THE WAKKER WEEKLY
Issue #1632 – Posted on: 09-May-2022
BREWERY “HOPP”ENINGS: Bushwakker Head brewer, Michael Gaetz, reports our new seasonally available fruit beer, JUST PEACHY BLONDE ALE is now available on tap, in our offsale and 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.
Our May 6th edition of FIRST FIRKIN FRIDAY will see a special brew created in the spirit of our Cinco de Mayo event. We don’t want to let the cat out of the bag but this image will provide you with a generous hint!
Our SASK CRAFT GUEST TAP is currently pouring the POMEGRANATE PALE ALE from the High Key Brewery in Saskatoon. Next up is the PILSNER CZECH LAGER from Swift Current’s Black Bridge Brewery.
This Weekend’s May 6th & 7th Cinco de Mayo Event Special Dining Features include: a CHICKEN ENCHLADA TRIO for $16.95, ADOBO CHICKEN & ROASTED CHILI QUESADILLA for $17.95, STEAK ASADA for $21.95, MEXICAN CHORIZO PIZZA for $16.95 and CINNAMON CHURROS for $9.95. 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.
MAY PREMIUM WINE FEATURES This month’s featured wines are certified organic from the VILLA TERESA WINERY in Italy. The red is a MERLOT and the white is a PINOT GRIGIO. Both are $8.95 for a glass and $23.95 for a half litre. Both wines are very dry.
Bushwakker bar manager, Grant Frew, presents a cheque for over $3200 to Terry Kuzyk, president of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (Regina Branch.) The funds will be used by the Congress to aid the Ukrainian community both here and abroad. The funds raised from the Bushwakker Ukrainian Hot Plate & a Pint sales as well as from local musicians Neil Child, Nathan Davis, Keely Coleman, Yianni Pantelopoulos, Steve Abbott, Cori Knelson, John Fortowsky, Trent Leggott and Albert Strangeman. Local artists, Dustin Ritter and Kathy Hancock also donated print sales and many customers offered straight cash donations. The fundraiser was so successful it will be extended throughout May. Anyone purchasing the Ukrainian Hot Plate & a Pint special will be entered to win a Ukrainian Sunflower vase created by local artist, Tracy Hurlburt.
EXTENDED! SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE FUNDRAISER. Due to your wonderful support, we will continue this fundraiser. To date the total money raised from food sales, art sales, donated musician fees and general cash donations is approximately $3000 which will be donated to the Ukrainian Canadian Congress of Saskatchewan. Let’s keep the momentum going!
We will continue to offer our Hot Plate & a Pint fundraising feature where $10 from each combo will be donated to the Ukrainian Canadian Congress of Saskatchewan.
A NEW TWIST! You will be entered to win a UKRAINIAN SUNFLOWER PACKAGE including a handmade “Coming Together” vase by Tracy Hurlburt and poster print by Kathy Hancock. Additional draw tickets are available. Posters are also available for purchase and proceeds will be donated to the Ukrainian Congress.
May 5-7: CINCO DE MAYO EVENT. Our talented kitchen team will once again present a variety of delicious Mexican-style cuisine. And yes, our pastry chef will increase her production of CINNAMON CHURROS with MEXICAN CHOCOLATE DIPPING SAUCE! Be sure to pick up some bottles of our seasonally available MEXICAN LIME RADLER too!
May 6: FIRST FIRKIN FRIDAY. Enjoy the pomp and circumstance of this longstanding Bushwakker monthly tradition! A piper from The Regina Police Services Pipes & Drums leads a small keg (the firkin) of special ale throughout the pub in a procession. A guest volunteer tapper is selected to wield the handmade wooden maul affectionately named, The Mighty Firkin Wakker, and attempts to tap the keg in one mighty blow! This month’s firkin offering will be in the spirit of our Cinco de Mayo event. The suds-soaking spectacular takes place at 5:30 PM.
May 9: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. ARTIE BALKWILL & JAECY BELLS. Acoustic blues/roots performer meets jazz-inspired keyboard and soulful vocalist. 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM.
May 11: Wednesday Folk Night. CHAD KICHULA. Solo acoustic show featuring two-fisted, blue-collar rock & Americana. 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM.
BUSHWAKKER “NEW NORMAL” NOTES
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.
By The Beer Connoisseur
Lindemans in Vlezenbeek, Belgium has announced a 200th anniversary special lambic that is a blend of multiple different lambics.
VLEZENBEEK, Belgium – Lindemans, one of the oldest Belgian lambic beer brewers in the world, is celebrating its bicentennial with a limited edition lambic, Cuvée Francisca. Founded in 1822 by Francisca Josina Vandersmissen and Joos Frans Lindemans, the brewery produces one of the world’s oldest beer styles with the greatest care and immense passion.
To celebrate the brewery’s rich 200-year heritage, Lindemans is releasing an exclusive anniversary beer: Cuvée Francisca. Inspired by and named after Lindemans first lady, Francisca Josina Vandersmissen, it is a unique blend of a four-year-old lambic from the oak casks T1001 (20%), T1006 (35%), T1017 (35%) and 10% young lambic from foeder (oak cask) T1014; it’s dry yet complex, making it a nicely balanced old gueuze for beer enthusiasts as well as those new to the style. First fermented in wooden casks and then refermented in a bottle for 12 months, it carries a distinct taste of oak, citrus and notes of vanilla with a sherry aroma. The jubilee blend has a refreshingly sour yet crisp finish, and pours a golden blonde color.
Francisca Josina Vandersmissen was born in Hof ter Kwadewegen in Belgium’s Pajottenland a region known for its noble beer lineage, as it is the only location in the world where authentic lambic can be brewed. Soon after Francisca married Joos Frans Lindemans in 1822, they moved into the Vandermissen farm brewery and thus Lindeman’s Brewery was born. Two hundred years and six generations later, Lindemans Brewery is still owned by the founding family and is now led by cousins and co-owners, Dirk and Geert Lindemans, and continues to operate in its same founding region.
“It’s an honour to carry on my family’s liquid heritage as the sixth generation of Lindemans brewers.” said Dirk Lindemans, co-owner and managing director of Lindemans Brewery. “What started out as a small family business has grown into an international renowned lambic brewery bringing new flavor profiles and experiences to fans all over the world. We wouldn’t be where we are today without Francisca Josina Vandersmissen and Joos Frans Lindemans, and we’re thrilled to be celebrating our 200th anniversary with a namesake beer in her honor.” added Geert Lindemans co-owner and managing director.
A limited release of only 25,000 bottles worldwide, Cuvée Francisca is available for purchase in 750 ml bottles in shops across the country. This batch is available as a limited release only.
About Lindemans Brewery
Since 1822, the Lindemans family has been brewing lambic in Vlezenbeek in the heart of Pajottenland, Belgium. Lindemans Brewery is the largest, independent, family lambic brewery. Due to the sharp increase in sales abroad, the company has become an established name in the international beer world. In 2021 Lindemans produced more than 113,000 hectolitres and currently has 70 employees. Lindemans is imported to the US by Merchant du Vin.
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We know these are uncertain times. Hope you had a chance for a quick break with a fine craft brew last Wednesday. May the Fourth have been with you!