THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1717

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THE WAKKER WEEKLY

Issue #1717 – Posted on: 25-Dec-2023


All the best to you and yours this holiday season from your Bushwakker extended family! We wish you peace, health and happiness and we hope you have ample opportunities to share in a story and a laugh with friends and loved ones at this time. We are grateful to our legion of Bushwakker fans for your 32 years of enthusiastic support! Cheers to you!

 

BREWERY “HOPP”ENINGS! Bushwakker head brewer, Michael Gaetz, reports that our seasonally available BLACKBERRY MEAD, “MISSILE”TOW CHRISTMAS ALE, PONCE DE LEON BLACKBERRY-RASPBERRY FRUIT BEER, GRANNY’S BITTER and FLEK’S CZECH DARK LAGER are currently available. There is also a batch of PREMIUM PALE ALE currently working its way through the brewery.

 


The most popular item on our merchandise webpage is a Bushwakker gift card. Makes the perfect stocking stuffer for the Bushwakker fan on your list. Available in $25, $50, $100 and $200 denominations. Visit our website at https://bushwakker.com/gift-cards-wakker-wear/and get one mailed free of charge to your special someone today!

 

This Weekend’s Special Dining Feature for December 22nd & 23rd is CHICKEN & SAUSAGE GUMBO 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 RASPBERRY CHOCOLATE CAKE STOUT from Regina’s Malty National Brewing. This will be followed by the TWO-HEADED MONSTER lager from 9 Mile Legacy Brewing. And then the TWO SUNS HAZY DOUBLE IPA from Paddock Wood Brewing.

DECEMBER PREMIUM WINE FEATURES: This month’s red wine feature is the PETER LEHMANN “THE BAROSSAN” SHIRAZ from Australia. The white wine feature is the WHITE SHEEP SAUVIGNON BLANC from New Zealand. Both are $9.95 for a glass and $24.95 for a half litre.

 

This Weekend’s Special Dining Feature for December 15th & 16th & 17th is STEAK BORDELAISE for $28.95. 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 RASPBERRY CHOCOLATE CAKE STOUT from Regina’s Malty National Brewing. This will be followed by the TWO-HEADED MONSTER lager from 9 Mile Legacy Brewing. And then the TWO SUNS HAZY DOUBLE IPA from Paddock Wood Brewing.

DECEMBER PREMIUM WINE FEATURES: This month’s red wine feature is the PETER LEHMANN “THE BAROSSAN” SHIRAZ from Australia. The white wine feature is the WHITE SHEEP SAUVIGNON BLANC from New Zealand. Both are $9.95 for a glass and $24.95 for a half litre.

 


Last chance to get this year’s Bushwakker Christmas Mix Six-Packs! This year’s selection is one of the most exotic to date and includes a bottle of 2023 Blackberry Mead as well as a bottle of 2022 Blackberry Mead, a “Missile” tow Christmas Ale, Baron Bock and two more seasonal brews befitting the season.

 


We had no idea 18 years ago that so many of you would be so excited about a whole lotta’ nothin’! So much so that we are offering two seatings to our biggest non-event of the entire year. Full menu will be available as well as Chef Mike’s famous Prime Rib & Jumbo Yorkshire Pudding Dinners! Call 306-359-7276 to reserve your table today!

 


Was a nice surprise having a huge “choir” comprised of Regina firefighters serenading our appreciative brewpub patrons last week in their effort to raise Christmas funds for less fortunate families in our community. Bravo gentlemen!



Dec. 27: Wednesday Folk Night. BRADFORD. Talented acoustic duo featuring Brad Papp and Mark Radford. 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

 


Dec. 31: NOTHING FOR NEW YEAR’S 18. 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. Come spend a relaxing evening at the good ‘ol Bushwakker as we welcome 2024. Perhaps enjoy Chef Mike’s famous Prime Rib Dinner but we know a plate of nachos is also a fan favourite! Reservations accepted. Two seatings available.


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. Christmas Eve Sunday we are closed and Nothing For New Year’s Sunday we are open from 3:00 PM – 11:00 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.


Christmas Beers – A jolly guide to festive beer styles

From: The Zurich Beer Tour

Christmas is finally here. Even though it is going to a very special festive season this year, we are still excited to share a joyful time with our loved ones live or maybe online. In this article we want to give you all a small guide to the perfect beers you can serve your guests on Christmas dinner, or just to enjoy on your own while watching “Home Alone” (or whatever Christmas movie does it for you). Here comes our incomplete list of Christmassy beer styles, each one with an example beer we had recently.

What makes a beer Christmassy?

In almost every festive beer, it is the use of spices and other additions that make them taste like liquid Christmas. The most common spices to use are the ones used for gingerbread: ginger, nutmeg, clove and cinnamon. But there are of course dozens of spices and other things you can add to a jolly brew, as you will find out below. What also helps to create a warm feeling is of course some booze to warm you up. That’s why it is no coincidence that most of the following beer styles have an ABV that is slightly higher than in a refreshing summery brew. This is not only to warm you from the inside. Alcohol is a flavor carrier and because this beers are typically using bold flavors, a higher alcohol content creates a beer that is even more flavorful.

Christmas Stout

Stouts are in our opinion one of the best styles for Christmas beers. With their deep and dark color, chocolate, cocoa and coffee flavors, they already remind you of coffee and cake in a warm living room. Stouts go perfectly well with almost any Christmassy spice you could imagine. Cinnamon and vanilla are some of the most common ones to use.

Cloudwater Black Is Beautiful Stout is part of the worldwide collaboration project of Weathered Souls Brewing to support the Black Lives Matter movement, you can read all about this in our Better Together Blog where we reviewed this exact beer even more detailed. This stout comes with an ABV of 11% and was brewed with African cinchona bark, orange peel, cloves, cinnamon sticks, dandelion root, kaffir lime leaves, cardamom pods, tonka beans, birch leaves, star anise and caraway seeds. Perfect to have with a tasty chocolaty dessert.

Winter Warmer

A Winter Warmer is originally a British beer style. It is a strong, malt forward style that was only brewed in the winter months. It has a really dark color, although not as dark as a stout, an ABV of 6 – 8% (some WW even go up to 10% and above) and caramelly, bready malt aromas on display.

The Christmas version of world famous Delirium Tremens is only brewed for Christmas and New Year. It has a dark copper color and an ABV of 10%. The spices you can feel in this beer, like clove, are only coming from the yeast they used to ferment this beer, no spices were added. The flavors are malty sweet and the beer feels very warming but doesn’t feel overly boozy. A perfect winter warmer to have with your Christmas roast.

Gruit

Gruit was originally not a beer style but a mix of herbs for flavoring beer before hops became common for this purpose. The name Gruit origins in an area that is today covered by the Netherlands, Belgium and parts of Germany. Today, Gruit is a term used for almost every beer that is brewed using Gruit-like herbs. It commonly included sweet gale, mugwort, yarrow, ground ivy, horehound, and Calluna heather. But modern interpretations also use things like spruce tips, rosemary, star anise etc.

Historic ale

A historic ale brewed according to old #traditions, for example by using old brewing techniques or ingredients. Because of this very loose definition, not every Historical Ale is fitting the criteria of being a Christmassy beer. But because in the history of beer people used almost everything that had some kind of aroma to it to make beer, there are a lot of historical beers that would taste festive to us. People used often spices or honey, so together with the bready malt of the beer you get reminded of gingerbread for example.

P.S. Maybe leave one of those beers for Santa instead of milk and cookies this year, we think you will get the best Christmas gifts ever 😉


TIME OUT – Don’t Stop Believin’

About half way between Calgary and Regina on Christmas Eve the pilot came on the PA with an announcement:

“Ladies, Gentlemen and especially children: I’ve just seen Santa and his reindeer pass by our aircraft and wave to me, if the children will look out your windows now you might still get to see him.”

I’m not a child but I still looked.

 


And to all a good night!

Yes, we still have bottles of our famous Blackberry Mead available for your holiday season enjoyment!