THE WAKKER WEEKLY
Issue #1666 – Posted on: 02-January-2023
Editor’s Note: Much thanks to our devoted legion of Bushwakker customers for your continued enthusiastic support this year. We often reflect on how all of our work and passion would be for nought if all of you were not here with us together in our 109 year old warehouse space. We will be celebrating our 32nd anniversary this January and are very excited to once again be able to present a big party where we can all come together in celebration of fine beer, food, good company, and of course…free haggis!
BREWERY “HOPP”ENINGS: Bushwakker Head brewer, Michael Gaetz, reports that our seasonally available BLACKBERRY MEAD, “MISSILE”TOW CHRISTMAS ALE, CHERRY PASSION FRUIT ALE, PICKARD’S OATMEAL CREAM STOUT and THREE DOWN PILSNER are currently available. There is also a batch of ARCTIC DARK LAGER working its way through the brewery. In addition to taking our beer home in glass bottles and 2 litre jugs direct from our brewpub, you can possibly find a varying selection of 650 ml bottles of Bushwakker beer in a number of REGINA SLGA stores.
Many years ago we gave you a simple formulated event and you loved it. No noisemakers, no escalated drink prices, no cover charge, no midnight champagne, no dancing, no line-ups, no hassle, no problem. The tradition continues this year for a 17th edition. Come spend a relaxing evening at the good ‘ol Bushwakker as we welcome 2023. Our full menu will be available and Chef Mike will also offer two special supper features:
Slow Roasted AAA Prime Rib. Topped with red wine rosemary jus. Served with house-made jumbo Yorkshire pudding, sour cream and chive mashed potatoes and zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower and red peppers sautéed in compound butter. Available in an eight-ounce cut for $34.95 or a ten-ounce cut for $38.95.
Steak & Shrimp. An eight-ounce Black Angus New York striploin topped with a garlic Black Tiger Shrimp skewer. Served with wild rice pilaf and zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower and red peppers sautéed in compound butter. $29.95.
Both specials starts with your choice of Tossed or Caesar salad or a bowl of New England Clam Chowder.
Two seatings are available from 4:30 – 7:00 as well as 7:15 – close. Call 306-359-7276 to reserve your table today!
This Weekend our Saturday CLASSIC STEAK & A PINT SPECIAL will be available as well as Chef Mike’s famous PRIME RIB DINNER for New Year’s Eve only. This will be your last chance for Bushwakker Prime Rib! Our Prime Rib Weekends will no longer be offered moving forward. 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 LEVITATION BOURBON BARREL-AGED IMPERIAL STOUT (10%) from Nokomis Craft Ales. Next up is the LIFT OFF BANANA STOUT from Malty National Brewing. This will be followed by a special Saskatchewan Craft Brewers Association AMERICAN PALE ALE brewed by Saskatoon’s 9 Mile Legacy Brewing.
JANUARY PREMIUM WINE FEATURES: This month’s wine features are the LES JAMELLES wines from southern France. The white wine is their SAUVIGNON BLANC and the red is their MERLOT. Both are $7.95 for a glass and $21.95 for a half litre.
After over 30 years of taking care of you, Cheryl will now be taking care of herself and will be hanging up her Bushwakker apron at the end of this year. But she is going out with a bang and you are all invited to come celebrate her monumental milestone at a huge “Last Blast” Bushwakker Bash in her honour on Thursday, January 12 at 5:30 PM. Live music with Terraplane, The Red Wagon Bohemians and a Storry With Hughes, a special firkin tapping presentation and Cheryl’s favourite dishes too! Come party with the most popular woman in Regina!
WE ARE HIRING! The busy winter season is here! We need full and part-time cooks. Stop by with your resume today or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Dec. 31: NOTHING FOR NEW YEAR’S EDITION #17. Our most popular non-event of the entire year! Two seatings are available from 4:30 – 7:00 as well as 7:15 – close. Call 306-359-7276 to reserve your table today!
Jan. 1: CLOSED. Happy 2023!
Jan. 2: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. AZARIAH. Rockin’ veteran blue band kicks off the 2023 Bushwakker jazz & blues calendar. 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM.
Jan. 4: MONTHLY ALES CLUB MEETING. Perhaps Santa brought you a home brewing kit and now you need to know how to master it. If you are interested in delving into the world of homebrewing or are just looking to brush up on your brewing skills then the ALES Club is for you! This month’s presentation topics will be SCOTTISH ALES and YEAST BASICS. Come to the Bushwakker basement clubroom at 7:00 PM and discover what the ALES Club can offer you. New members are always welcome!
Jan. 4: Wednesday Folk Night. CHAD KICHULA. Delivers two-fisted. Blue collar rock and Americana. 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM.
Jan. 6: FIRST FIRKIN FIRDAY! Enjoy the pomp and circumstance of this longstanding Bushwakker monthly tradition! A piper from The Regina Police Services Pipes & Drums leads a 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 a DOUBLE DRY-HOPPED SINGLE SAAZ HOP CZECH PILSNER! The suds-soaking spectacular takes place at 5:30 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 midnight. The kitchen is open until 11:00 PM and last call is at 11:15 PM. Closed Sundays.
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.
by Mark C. Anderson
Beer is so many things: Not only is it perfect for both everyday and special occasions, but it’s also both light and dark, both rich and robust, and both sour and sweet. With the ongoing rise of craft beer, it’s also proliferating like never before, which can make it challenging to find the best brew.
From light beers to stout beers, there’s also a wide variety of suds to choose from. “There are so many impressive beers out there, and it’s fun to navigate the different styles and regional strengths. Why limit yourself to one genre?” says Jeff Moses, a career brewer and craft bottle house pioneer; he’s also taken part in assembling beers for his award-winning Monterey Bay Beer Festival and San Francisco Holiday Beer Festival.
It’s a great question. So, to help you fill your favorite beer glass, here are our picks of the best beers to drink.
Best Overall: Peace Tree Blonde Fatale Belgian-Style Blonde
Region: Iowa | ABV: 8.5% | Tasting Notes: Fruit, Hops, Citrus
“While it may not be available everywhere, Peace Tree Brewing’s Blonde Fatale is my absolute favorite beer,” says Darian Everding, Product and Talent Development Specialist at London Underground in Ames, Iowa.
“It’s what I stock at home and reach for when I am out with friends or taking in a concert. It was the first Iowa beer I had, and it blew me away! It enabled me to see the wonderful quality being produced right in my community and made me very proud to be a part of Iowa’s hospitality community. It’s a great, well-balanced Belgian blonde that, at 8.5% ABV, walks the walk.”
Best Light: Estrella Inedit Damm
Region: Spain | ABV: 4.8% | Tasting Notes: Coriander, Orange, Spice
Estrella Inedit is a barley- and wheat-based extra lager from Spain’s Damm Brewery. Ferran Adrià, a Michelin-starred chef, collaborated with his sommeliers and Damm’s master brewers on this supremely food-friendly concoction that cleverly combines a malted-barley pilsner and ale-style wheat beer.
The result is a light-bodied lager, accented with coriander and orange peel, that’s clean and creamy, with a touch of fruity sweetness and spice. “Inedit is a beer for dining,” says Adrià. “We saw there was a gap to fill when eating.”
Best Low-Carb: Lagunitas DayTime IPA
Region: California | ABV: 4% | Tasting Notes: Lemon, Mango, Hops
A high-grade craft IPA that’s also light on carbs, Lagunitas’ DayTime IPA boasts full flavor with a very modest 3 grams of carbs and 98 calories. It checks an impressive amount of desired boxes: easy-drinking, hoppy, balanced, and bursting with citrus and tropical fruit. This California-crafted ale also has a low, 4% ABV, making it the ideal fresh summer beer.
Best German: Weihenstaphaner Hefe Weissbier
Region: Germany | ABV: 5.4% | Tasting Notes: Banana, Lemon, Yeast
With 1,000 years of practice, Germany’s Weihenstaphaner is one of the oldest existing breweries today, and its golden wheat beer might be its flagship.
A dream pairing for an old-school Bavarian veal sausage and cheese (though versatile enough to pair with seafood), the Hefe Weissbier has claimed a chest full of international awards. It enjoys full-bodied flavors of banana with a touch of clove, without sacrificing smoothness or refreshment.
Best IPA: Toppling Goliath King Sue
Region: Iowa | ABV: 7.8% | Tasting Notes: Tropical fruit, Citrus, Hops
Distributed nationally, this Iowa brew, according to Everding, is highly prized for its abundance of citrus and hazy appearance.
“In addition to being a tasty, high-ABV brew, coming in at 7.8% ABV, Toppling Goliath’s King Sue and Pseudosue beers form a collaboration partnership with the Field Museum in Chicago,” she says. Even better, King Sue used to be an annual release, but nowadays you can find it almost year-round, Everding adds.
My new year’s resolution is to be more optimistic by keeping my cup half-full with either rum, vodka, or whiskey.
New Year’s Eve is the only acceptable time to wear body glitter without being mistaken for a stripper.
My New Year’s resolution is 1080p I’m getting drunk just thinking about tomorrow night.
My New Year’s resolution is to stop hanging out with people who ask me about my New Year’s resolutions.
If your born in September, it’s pretty safe to assume your parents started out the New Year with a Bang!
This New Year’s I resolve to be less awesome since that is really the only thing I do in excess.
Anyone who says that alcohol is a depressant isn’t drinking enough of it.
My 2023 resolution is for everyone else to gain the 50 pounds I refuse to lose.
I was going to quit drinking for the new year, but then I remembered no one likes a quitter.
It’s officially New Year Eve, you only have a couple of hours to do all the things you will resolve not to do in the new year.