THE WAKKER WEEKLY
Issue #1639 – Posted on: 27-June-2022
BREWERY “HOPP”ENINGS: Bushwakker Head brewer, Michael Gaetz, reports his brand new PASSION-BERRY fruit beer is now on tap, in our offsale and available for growler fills too! This new summer quencher is moving quick! Our long-awaited tank of KAI’S MUNICH HELLES is also currently available. 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.
Next Friday we’ll release a limited number of BLACKBERRY MEAD bottles to kick off another Saskatchewan summer! July 1st also happens to be FIRST FIRKIN FRIDAY. We’ll pipe-in and tap a very special extra fruity firkin of blackberry mead, passion fruit and raspberry ale at 5:30!
This Weekend’s June 24th and 25th Special Dining Features is a BLACK & BLUE RIBEYE STEAK SANDWICH 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.
Our SASK CRAFT GUEST TAP is currently pouring the LONG LAKE LAGER from Nokomis Craft Ales. Next up is the COSMIC CELEBRATION HAZY IPA from Pile O’ Bones Brewing.
JUNE PREMIUM WINE FEATURES This month’s red wine feature is the SILK & SPICE Red Blend which boasts grapes that are native to Portugal. The white wine is LES FUMEES BLANCHES Sauvignon Blanc from France. Both are $8.95 for a glass and $23.95 for a half litre.
It was an absolute thrill to once again host the Saskatchewan Trade & Export Partnership Farm Progress Show delegate reception last week. People from all over the world were so happy to come together once again. Always nice when the premier stops by to provide a welcome address.
We had a great experience working with Joel and his team at Bamboo Shoots Video Productions last week. Your Bushwakker Brewpub will be featured in an upcoming episode of “Behind The Menu” which will air on SaskTel Max this fall. Plenty of stories will be shared including the Bushwakker’s early days, the growth of craft beer in Saskatchewan, the dynamics of a family-operated business and even tales about our resident ghost! Lots of laughs, thrills and even a wee tear!
The Regina HOP CIRCUIT is back for a third year running from the May Long Weekend until the Labour Day Long Weekend. Check out the 2022 Hop Circuit video at Hop Circuit 2022_v5 (vimeo.com) Grab a map and visit all six participating breweries and receive a 2022 commemorative beer glass. Download the free app at Hop Circuit « Tourism Regina to make your experience even slicker!
We were delighted to present two great shows as part of the 14th JazzFest Regina music event. Being able to showcase some great local talent as well as Juno Award-winning artists was an honour. Much thanks to the Kevin Kasha Quintet as well as The Jocelyn Gould Quartet!
June 27: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. A STORRY WITH HUGHES. Blistering acoustic blues duo featuring Jeff Storry and Billy Hughes. Guitar blues clinic! 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM.
June 29: Wednesday Folk Night. FRESH BREATH. Alternative folk rock duo on a cross Canada tour. International Blues & Roots Radio Competition and Canadian Independent Music Video Awards finalists. 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM.
July 1: CANADA DAY FIRST FIRKIN FRIDAY/SUMMER BLACKBERRY MEAD RELEASE. We’ll be open from noon to nine this day! Limited edition bottles of our Blackberry Mead go on sale at noon. Blackberry Mead Cheesecake will also be available. The firkin of Blackberry Mead, Passion Fruit & Raspberry Ale Blend will be piped-out and tapped at 5:30 PM. Don’t miss the most fruit-forward brew in Bushwakker history!
July 2: RIDERS VS ALOUETTES. Team Green will be looking for their second home game win! Kickoff is at 5:00 PM. Be sure to stop by before or after the game and enjoy our game day gourmet MONTREAL BURGER & A PINT Special. Come “devour” the competition!
CURRENT HOURS OF OPERATION AND RESERVATIONS 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.
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. Our two banquet rooms are also available for private party rentals. Call Kelly at 306-359-7276 to book either our main floor Arizona Room or basement Clubroom.
Craft Breweries Seeing Growth Since 2019
from Brewer’s Journal Canada
It has been a rough couple of years for the brewing industry across so many facets. According to the Brewers Association, craft beer’s volume declined by over 9 percent in 2020, with 36 of the top 50 craft brewing companies reporting output decline relative to 2019.
The good news is that for the first time since 2019, the industry is coming out of the red. According to an article in Vinepair, the New Brewer magazine’s May/June edition listed that 28 of the top 50 craft breweries have reported that their output increased over the course of 2021. The number two craft brewery, Boston Beer — the umbrella company that produces names like Sam Adams and Dogfish Head — reported the largest volume increase with their output growing by six percent, producing a total of 1.8 million barrels of beer.
Each of the top 10 craft brewers lost at least some share in 2021 — Sierra Nevada, the number three craft brewery, reported an output decrease of 1 percent. The small declines in output proved to be irrelevant to growth overall, as companies like Brooklyn Brewery reported 18 percent growth, and top 50 newcomer Athletic Brewing reported an astronomical 177 percent growth in 2021.
Now, with pandemic restrictions beginning to ease, retail sales of craft beers totaled over $26.8 billion in 2021, 21 percent higher than the previous year. Furthermore, production volume in the industry as a whole grew by 7.9 percent, allowing for craft beer to now take up approximately 27 percent of the total share of the $100 billion U.S. beer market.
A Scottish woman visiting the U.S. walks into a bar and asks the bartender for a domestic beer. The bartender asks, “Anheuser Busch?”
The woman, a bit confused replies “It’s fine I guess… Anheuser pecker?”
Hope your solstice was great. Cheers to another super Saskatchewan summer!