THE WAKKER WEEKLY
Issue #1702 – Posted on: 11-Sept-2023
BREWERY “HOPP”ENINGS! Bushwakker head brewer, Michael Gaetz, reports that our seasonally available GRANNY’S BITTER, KAI’S MUNICH HELLES, HONEY THISTLE WIT and TANGERINE DREAM FRUIT and are currently available. A batch of PREMIUM PALE ALE, FLEK’S CZECH DARK LAGER and RASPBERRY ALE are currently working their way through the brewery.
A packed house for the September edition of First Firkin Friday! Lots of interest in our never-before-presented Grapefruit Soda Pop Radler. Despite breaking the faucet on his first attempt, young 19 year old birthday boy, Landon, persevered and did a fine job tapping the firkin. His Mom and Dad served as the honourary firkin bearers. We love the “right of passage” so many families share at The Bushwakker!
This Weekend’s Special Dining Feature for Friday, September 8th and Saturday, September 9th is BISON RAVIOLI for $24.95. Our Saturday CLASSIC STEAK & A PINT SPECIAL as well as 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 LEMON SMASH AMERICAN WHEAT from Saskatoon’s High Key Brewing. Next up is a WHITE SAGE RYE from Swift Current’s Black Bridge Brewery.
SEPTEMBER PREMIUM WINE FEATURES: This month’s wine features are from two gentlemen who hail from CALIFORNIA. The red wine is MARK WEST PINOT NOIR. $8.95 for a glass and $23.95 for a half litre. The white wine is TOM GORE SAUVIGNON BLANC. $9.95 for a glass and $24.95 for a half litre.
Last weekend’s Labour Day Classic Three Day Burger Battle saw many Rider and Bomber fans enjoying their team’s namesake gourmet burgers. The final burger score was Sask Burger – 145 and Winnipeg Burger – 96. The final score of the Labour Day Classic saw the Riders upset the Bombers in overtime 32 – 30. Nice to see the best-selling burger was able to once again serve as an indicator as to which team would win the Labour Day Classic. Boo Yeah!
The Labour Day Classic is all about tradition! Friendly rivalry is a part of the game. A warm welcome to Rider Nation and The Bushwakker is extended to our many Winnipeg friends. Enjoy our Winnipeg Burger or Sask Burger & a Pint Special before or after today’s game. May the best burger win!
Lots of engagement on our social media pages last week over this post. Almost everyone who made a comment had a positive message to share. We truly enjoy the friendly banter we see between the Green & White and the Blue & Gold. Can’t wait to see how the Banjo Bowl plays out this year!
The Bushwakker Local Arts Wall September featured artist is MARGARET JESSOP! Her artist biography is as follows:
I was born and raised in Northern Manitoba where I developed an early appreciation for the woods and images in nature. My fifty years of art production have included ten years in tapestry work, then forty years in painting paper and canvas works.
Recently I have produced about two hundred works on found objects such as mirrors, wood, glass and boxes. For the past four years I have explored using a circular shaped canvas for some of my paintings. For me it is a meditative shape and provides a challenge for balancing movement within the circle. It is also a symbol of unity and infinity which I find in forest and lake landscape.
I have concentrated on the strikingly beautiful natural shapes of the hills, valleys, lakes and streams in British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Shows include Regina at the McIntyre Gallery and Art Gallery of Regina, Last Mountain Lake Cultural Centre at Regina Beach, Moose Jaw Cultural Centre, Moose Jaw Museum and Art Gallery, the Richmond Gallery in Vancouver, Grand Forks Public Gallery in B.C. and The Barn Gallery in Kelowna. In addition I have shown my tapestry work at the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina with the Dimensions show (Sask Craft Council.)
I am presently a member of the Aurora Art Gallery in Regina and have works at Innovation Place shows and sales.
My hope is that everyone will try to produce art in some form and enjoy doing it.
Enjoy Margaret’s colourful works all this month!
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.
Interesting Information About Non-alcoholic Beer May Be Found In a Study on Alcohol Consumption Patterns
From Brewers Journal Canada
One-fifth of individuals now regularly consume non-alcoholic beverages due to the increase in sober curiosity and the availability of these products.
Customer experience (CX) platform DISQO released new insights about alcohol and non-alcohol consumption behaviors and sentiment in its new report, “Alcohol & Non-Alcohol Advertising.” DISQO outlines attitudes impacting the market and growth opportunities for brands looking to diversify from traditional alcohol beverages with non-alcoholic (NA) alternatives.
“Alcohol marketing is evolving rapidly,” said Patrick Egan, Director of Research & Insights, DISQO. “With budget-constrained consumers who are increasingly focused on health, our insights suggest that marketers should be intentional in their messaging. Whether that’s educating about differentiated offerings, touting unique production processes, emphasizing functional benefits or justifying higher price points, advertisers need to keep up with consumers in an increasingly crowded category.”
DISQO’s report helps brands understand how they can refine their messaging to reach a wider breadth of consumers with alcohol and non-alcohol alternatives, and to measure campaign impact holistically. Finding highlights include:
Traditional beverages reign supreme, but consumers want diverse options.
Only 35% of consumers never drink alcohol; almost 20% drink beer at least weekly, and nearly 15% report the same for wine or liquor.
As consumers trial non-alcohol options, traditional categories are seeing more constrained growth
Interest in non-alcohol alternatives is growing, but varies generationally.
Top reactions to NA alternatives are curiosity (32%) and support (24%); Gen Zers (45%) feel curiosity at twice the rate of Boomers (27%).
However, 15-20% of consumers are confused about the NA category, suggesting that education is still needed to win over hold-outs.
Health consciousness is driving market evolution.
Over 20% of consumers cited alcohol’s impact on either mental health or physical health as their top reason for not consuming alcohol.
Approximately 40% stated that they are trying to drink less, and about the same percent agree there should be clearer calorie counts on alcoholic beverages.
Price and experience drive consumption of alcoholic and non-alcohol beverages.
Price ranks higher in importance for NA options compared to alcoholic options. This suggests that some may be dissuaded by the higher costs of NA beverages; over 25% think that NA alternatives should actually cost less than alcoholic options.
NA options see less importance placed on brand name, offering new entrants an opportunity to gain market share. Preference for NA options is driven more by low calorie count and pairing well with food than are alcoholic options.
Data was sourced from 32,006 consumers in DISQO’s audience, June 5-6, 2023, and weighted to represent the US population.
MORE PHILOSOPHY OF AMBIGUITY & IDIOSYNCRASIES OF ENGLISH:
IS THERE ANOTHER WORD FOR SYNONYM?
WHERE DO FOREST RANGERS GO TO “GET AWAY FROM IT ALL?”
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU SEE AN ENDANGERED ANIMAL EATING AN ENDANGERED PLANT?
IF A PARSLEY FARMER IS SUED, CAN THEY GARNISH HIS WAGES?
WOULD A FLY WITHOUT WINGS BE CALLED A WALK?
WHY DO THEY LOCK GAS STATION TOILETS? ARE THEY AFRAID SOMEONE WILL BREAK-IN AND CLEAN THEM?
IF A TURTLE DOESN’T HAVE A SHELL, IS HE HOMELESS OR NAKED?
CAN VEGETARIANS EAT ANIMAL CRACKERS?
WHY DO THEY PUT BRAILLE ON THE DRIVE-THROUGH BANK MACHINES?
For many parents this is the most wonderful time of the year! Still some warm weather left to celebrate the kids return to class with a cold one on the patio!