THE WAKKER WEEKLY
Issue #1645 – Posted on: 08-August-2022
BREWERY “HOPP”ENINGS: Bushwakker Head brewer, Michael Gaetz, reports that our brand new LEMON LIME TART ALE, SUMMER WHEAT and KAI’S MUNICH HELLES are currently available on tap, in our offsale and for growler fills too. In addition to taking our beer home in glass bottles and 2 litre jugs direct from our brewpub, you can find a varying selection of 650 ml bottles of Bushwakker beer in a number of REGINA SLGA stores.
Thank you Regina! Of the dozen wins we received in the 2022 Best of Food Regina Awards, the BEST NO COVER CHARGE REGINA VENUE was a pleasant surprise. We first began presenting live music way back in the fall of 1991 when blues and jazz bands performed here on weekends. We quickly discovered that our customers didn’t appreciate the louder music whilst trying to have a conversation nor did they appreciate having to pay a cover charge. After a four month trial run, the music programming stopped as it was deemed bad for business. A few years later, Barry Whitmore of Uptown Jazz asked if his group could perform once a month on the slowest night of the week. Last Monday Night Jazz was born. Soon after other jazz bands began performing on Monday nights and soon the genre was expanded to include blues, Once Monday Night Jazz & Blues at The Bushwakker was firmly established, we considered what other musical genres our customers would appreciate. Folk music was the obvious choice (although Speed Metal was a close second – ha-ha!) and Wednesday Folk Night was launched. For over 20 years we have presented over 100 shows annually. We love sharing the talents of our local musicians with all of you!
This Weekend’s August 5th & 6th Special Dining Feature is a GREEK PLATTER for $21.95. 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 SALT SHAKER GOSE from Nokomis Craft Ales. This will be followed by the PINEAPPLE WIN from Regina’s Malty National Brewing
AUGUST PREMIUM WINE FEATURES This month’s wine features are the GOOD NATURED WINES from Ontario. The red is a Merlot Gamay VQA and the white is a Crisp Chardonnay VQA. Both are $8.95 for a glass and $23.95 for a half litre.
Our scorching summer Blackberry Mead Release continues! Much thanks to the many summer tourists who have stopped by this month to pick up some bottles of our famous mead.
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!
Aug. 5: 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 offering will be a special sneak preview of a unique twist on one of the most popular Bushwakker fruit beers of all time! The PONCE DE LEON WHEAT will be a summertime fruity treat! The suds-soaking spectacular takes place at 5:30 PM.
Aug 8: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. RESONANCE. Talented jazz duo featuring upright bassist, Fred Foerster, and powerhouse jazz vocalist, Christie-Anne Blondeau. 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM.
Aug 10: Wednesday Folk Night. THE JAMES & KEVIN SHOW. Lumsden rock act, Nickeltree, is celebrating their 25th anniversary this summer. James Irving and Kevin Baker from the band will present a special acoustic performance delving into their expansive repertoire. 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM.
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.
From Brewers Journal Canada
According to a report from Beer Canada, on average, British Columbians drink 64.8 litres of beer each year whereas Newfoundland and Labrador consume an average of 90.6 litres. Quebec and New Brunswick, 77.4 litres per year.
However, BC corners the market on a variety of beer and liquor stores as B.C.’s brewery count rose 15 percent in 2021, to a total of 230.
“We’ve witnessed an explosion of breweries to hit the market since 2014,” said Rhandi Clarke, who works in management for JAK’s Beer Wine & Spirits, a liquor store operation with 13 branches in B.C.
Clarke said the key ingredient keeping British Columbians from purchasing more is the price. “As a whole, locally produced alcohol products have gotten so expensive because of inflation.”
Beer lovers can now spend 6.8 percent more than they did in the 2020 fiscal year.
“The cost of grain alone — used as malt to brew beer — has risen 40 per cent in the past year,” said Clarke .
“We’re seeing a lot of lower-calorie options rising in popularity with summer,” Clarke said. For JAK’s, gin- and tequila-based drinks currently comprise close to 40 per cent of the company’s canned product sales.
“We’re seeing most of the beer that is sold in our stores comes from the breweries closest to that specific retail location,” Clarke said.
“It shows us that people want to support their community, to feel like they are a part of something.”
Warning! Beer will make your clothes shrink.
Money can’t buy happiness. Just kidding yes it can, if that money is used to buy beer.
Beer is my worst enemy, but the bible says to love your enemy.
Beer doesn’t make you fat… it makes you Lean…… on tables, chairs & random people.
Say ‘beer can’ with a British accent. I just taught you how to say ‘bacon’ with a Jamaican accent.
In the wine there is wisdom, in beer there is strength, in the water there are bacteria.
Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.
I don’t drink to forget. I drink because beer is delicious. Forgetting is just a bonus.
And that’s what summer in Saskatchewan is all about!