THE WAKKER WEEKLY
Issue #1628 – Posted on: 11-April-2022
BREWERY “HOPP”ENINGS: Bushwakker Head brewer, Michael Gaetz, reports our extremely popular seasonally available PONCE DE LEON BLACKBERRY/RASPBERRY ALE is now on tap, in our offsale and available for growler fills too! A batch of KAI’S MUNICH HELLES is also making its way through the brewery. In addition to taking our beer home in glass bottles and 2 litre jugs direct from our pub, you can find a varying selection of 650 ml bottles of Bushwakker beer in a number of REGINA SLGA stores.
We had a line-up at the front door for the April edition of FIRST FIRKIN FRIDAY at The Bushwakker. The keg of West Coast Dry Hopped American Pilsener drained in 20 only minutes. Much thanks to Heidi for tapping the firkin like a seasoned veteran! Nary a drop was spilled! You can view the BUSHWAKKER FIRKINCAM EXPERIENCE by visiting www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0mIh6zQkFQ The next edition of FFF takes place on May 6th.
Our SASK CRAFT GUEST TAP is currently pouring Saskatoon’s High Key Brewing HEFEWEIZEN. This will be followed by the Pile O’Bones AMERICANO COLD BREWED STOUT.
This Weekend’s April 8th & 9th special Dining Feature is CAJUN STEAK w/ BBQ SHRIMP for $24.95. Our Saturday CLASSIC STEAK & A PINT SPECIAL will also be available. Our Monday and Wednesday WINGS & A PINT SPECIAL and Tuesday PIZZA & A PINT SPECIAL are also great value deals.
APRIL PREMIUM WINE FEATURES! This month’s featured wines are from South Africa. The red is BRUCE JACK SHIRAZ and the white is THE WOLFTRAP VOIGNIER/CHENIN BLANC/GRENACHE BLANC. Both are $8.50 for a glass and $22.95 for a half litre.
SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE APRIL FUNDRAISER. One of our longstanding Bushwakker Signature dishes is our Saskatchewan Hot Plate. We often hear our customers refer to this dish as being the Ukrainian Plate. It features perogies, house-made beer bread, house-made cabbage rolls, fresh sauerkraut and koubassa from the Ukrainian Co-op. For the month of April we will offer a Hot Plate & a Pint fundraising feature where $10 from each combo will be donated to the Ukrainian Canadian Congress of Saskatchewan to assist the Ukrainian people both here at home and in the mother country. Local artist, Kathy Hancock, has also donated postcards of her Ukrainian Sunflower (the national flower of Ukraine) which will be included with each meal purchase. Posters are also available and proceeds will be donated to the Ukrainian Congress.
To learn more about our April Support For Ukraine Fundraiser, visit https://www.facebook.com/TheBushwakker/videos/1005069437060164 to view our recent Talk of the Town interview with Lisa Peters.
The BUSHWAKKER LOCAL ARTS WALL April featured artist is DUSTIN RITTER. His artist biography is as follows:
My name is Dustin Ritter. I am a visually impaired artist with macular dystrophy. I got back into drawing for therapeutic purposes in 2018 and have created over 375 commissioned portraits in that time. I frame these portraits with reclaimed barn wood salvaged from my parent’s farm in Southey and old elevator wood from Cupar. In 2020 I started a job at Paper Crane Community Arts Center as an art instructor and have made a number of indoor and outdoor murals, collaborative portraits and an art exhibit with participants of varying ages, backgrounds and levels of development. I also do interactive murals, live portraits and caricatures for special events. I’m open for commissions and am happy to try my hand at any request.
Enjoy Dustin’s engaging works all this month!
The 2022 “Best of Food Regina” nominees have now been selected. Thank you for nominating your Bushwakker in 18 categories this year including BEST: Brewpub, Restaurant, Pub, Beer Selection, Scotch Selection, Happy Hour, No-Cover Music, Local Burgers, Nachos, Local Fries, Veggie Burger, Lunch Restaurant, Gourmet Pizza, Wings, Salads, Soup, Downtown Pub and Best Venue For a Post-Pandemic Party! Be sure to turn those nominations into wins by voting in the easy and fun multiple-choice ballot. Just head over to prairiedogmag.com or hit the button below. Voting is open only until May 2, so don’t delay. Best of Food 2022 | Prairie Dog (prairiedogmag.com)
Apr. 11: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. AZARIAH. Rockin’ Blues with this veteran Regina act. 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM.
Apr. 13: CHERYL’S 30TH BUSHWAKKER ANNIVERSARY. Let the bells ring out and the banners fly! Bushwakker floor manager, Cheryl Tovey, will be celebrating three decades of service and invites you to join her in some of her favourite things; fine pub grub, award-winning Bushwakker brews and great live blues music with TERRAPLANE. 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM.
Apr. 15: FESTIVE FISH GOOD FRIDAY. The biggest day of the year for our number-one selling Stubblejumper Pils battered fish served with our award-winning fries and house-made tartar sauce. Enjoy an order in-house or call 306-359-7276 and get it to go!
BUSHWAKKER “NEW NORMAL” NOTES
New Hours! We are open Monday – Thursday from 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM. The kitchen closes at 9:00 PM and last call is at 9:15 PM. Fridays and Saturdays we are open from 11:00 AM until 11:00 PM. The kitchen is open until 10:00 PM and last call is at 10:15 PM.
The government of Saskatchewan announced that the mandatory indoor masking health restriction will be lifted on March 1st. Bushwakker staff will continue to wear masks for the time being.
Proof of Vaccination is no longer required for restaurant dining. However, we have received many customer comments stating they will be reluctant to visit us because of the recent health restriction changes. To put our vaccinated customers who may have immunodeficiency concerns, family health concerns or simply are not comfortable with the latest easing of health restrictions somewhat at ease, we will make our Arizona Room available to them. Customers choosing to sit in this room will be required to provide Proof of Vaccination and ID. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated customers are most certainly welcome at Bushwakker and are invited to sit in the main pub area. Thank you to our legion of Bushwakker fans for your continued enthusiastic support!
Reservations are accepted and encouraged. We accept a limited number of reservations as late as 6:00 PM every day except Fridays. Fridays we accept reservations as late as 3:00 PM. Call us at 306-359-7276 to secure your table. We are now also able to accommodate larger groups. Our two banquet rooms are also available for private parties. Call Kelly at 306-359-7276 to book either our main floor Arizona Room or basement Clubroom.
Please continue to practice safe health measures. Remain connected to one another and to us! In addition to this weekly newsletter, we are very active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Check-in with us often as we navigate these continually evolving times together. Try to support local businesses whenever possible. Be vigilant in your resolve to protect yourselves which in turn will protect others.
From Brewers Journal Canada
Brewmaster professor Jon Downing and students from the Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management program answered a call for breweries around the world to brew Resist – Ukrainian Anti Imperial Stout in early March. Developed by displaced Ukrainian brewers, the Resist recipe was shared by Drinkers for Ukraine, an international effort to raise funds for Ukraine, with hopes that brewers worldwide will brew it in solidarity with the beer community in Ukraine whose livelihoods and, in some cases, their businesses have been destroyed by Russian attacks.
Later this month, Downing and students will also brew a Ukrainian Golden Ale, using a recipe developed from Pravda brewery in Lviv, Ukraine, which has halted beer production to make Molotov cocktails during the war.
For Downing, support for Ukraine is both professional and personal. During the early nineties – a pivotal time after Ukraine gained independence in 1991 – he was instrumental in launching two microbreweries in Ukraine (in Dnipro and Haivoron).
“Having seen the country being rebuilt once, I know it’s going to be rebuilt again. I know that the strength of Ukrainian people will make it happen,” he said. “Brewing is a part of it. Brewing is a part of the economy locally here in Ontario, worldwide and in Ukraine as well.”
The Teaching Brewery’s Resist – Ukrainian Anti Imperial Stout is expected to be available on March 30 and Ukrainian Golden Ale is expected to be released to the public in mid-May. Both will be available at the College’s Wine Visitor + Education Centre ($3.75 per can) while supplies last.
MacGregor walks into a bar and orders a shot of whisky then looks into his pocket.
He does this over and over again.
Finally, the bartender asks why he orders a shot of whisky and afterwards look into his pocket.
MacGregor responded, “Ay, I have a picture of me wife in there and when she starts to look good, then I’ll go home.”