THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1720

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THE WAKKER WEEKLY

Issue #1720 – Posted on: 15-Jan-2024

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 BEERGRANNY’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.

This Weekend’s Special Dining Feature for January 12th & 13th is KOREAN BBQ BEEF on BASMATI RICE for $23.95. 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 Bushwakker 33rd and Robbie Burns 265th Combine Birthday Bash is rapidly approaching. Get ready for FREE HAGGIS, NEEPS and BIRTHDAY CAKE, the Address to The Haggis, Highland dancing, a performance from The Regina Police Services Pipes & Drums and live Celtic music with The Highlanders. The event kicks off at 5:30 with the piping-in and tapping of a firkin of ISLE OF ARRAN ROBERT BURNS SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKEY AND TOASTED OAK-INFUSED PICKARD’S OATMEAL CREAM STOUT at 5:30 PM. Plan to arrive early in order to get a seat. $5 cover charge in effect.

 

Our SASK CRAFT GUEST TAP is currently pouring the TWO SUNS HAZY DOUBLE IPA from Paddock Wood Brewing. Next up is a MILK STOUT from Black Bridge Brewery. This will be followed by the AFRICAN QUEEN HEFEWEIZEN from High Key Brewing.

JANUARY PREMIUM WINE FEATURES: This month’s wine features are the HERON BAY WINES from British Columbia. The red is a CABERNET SAUVIGNON and the white wine is a SAUVIGNON BLANC. Both are the nice post-holiday season price of $7.95 for a glass and $21.95 for a half litre.

 



The 3rd Annual Frost Winter Festival returns to Regina at the end of the month. Don’t miss our two free big festival shows featuring JACK SEMPLE on Monday, January 29th and the REGINA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CHAMBER PLAYERS on Wednesday, January 31st. Both performances are at 7:30 PM. Rush seating only.

 


Our Bushwakker LOCAL ARTS WALL January Featured Artist is ABHIJEET BHUJBAL.

Abhijeet Bhujbal, originally from the city of Nashik in India, relocated to Regina in 2019 with his wife, and they have since embraced Regina as their new home. His artistic journey is inspired by his father, who used to sketch on Sundays. Even though his father never explicitly encouraged him to draw, Abhijeet found motivation simply by observing his father’s sketches, highlighting the old saying, “Actions speak louder than words.”

Abhijeet pursued an MBA in International Business and spent approximately 12 years working in various sales roles across different industries. During this time, his passion for sketching took a back seat. However, his wife’s encouragement reignited his interest in art, and he hasn’t looked back since.

He is a self-taught graphite pencil artist who specializes in drawing portraits of people, dogs, cats, and animals. He firmly believes in the power of motivation to start a journey, but its consistent discipline that fuels growth. Abhijeet is deeply grateful for the gift of artistic talent bestowed upon him and aims to use this gift to create enduring memories.”

Enjoy Abjijeet’s incredibly details work 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 on 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.


Beer’s DIY DNA — What Happens When Craft Beer and Homebrewing Decouple?

By Kate Bernot

Since taking up homebrewing three years ago, Hanii Takahashi has advanced quickly and enthusiastically. She upgraded her setup from a basic kit she bought on Amazon to an all-electric system and four-tap kegerator. Living north of Glendale, California, she then joined her local homebrew club, SoCal Cerveceros. And now, she’s in the process of obtaining certifications through the Beer Judge Certification and Cicerone programs.

“Since I started homebrewing, I feel like I’m so much of a cooler person,” Takahashi says. “Most people think that I look like a person who doesn’t know about beer. They say ‘Do you like beer?’ and I say ‘Yes, in fact, I actually brew it.’”

Takahashi is the kind of new, eager homebrewer the hobby could use more of. Membership in the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) has declined to roughly 30,000 people, a -35% drop since its high of 46,000 in 2018. During that time, the COVID-19 pandemic reduced attendance at in-person homebrew club meetings as interest in homebrewing also waned. But it was also a boon to other hands-on, at-home culinary hobbies, such as bread baking, vegetable gardening, and barbecuing. And while many of these hobbies have stuck for Americans post-pandemic, a declining interest in homebrewing is also taking place as beer is more challenged than ever. Historically, homebrewing hasn’t just been a pipeline to the pros, but a recognizable sign of people who are so passionate about a drink they love that they’re willing to make it themselves.

A drip in homebrewing runs parallel an existential question for the industry: What happens when people care less about craft beer?

Julia Herz, the head of the AHA for the past two years, is frank about homebrewing’s need to broaden its appeal. In particular, she cites an imperative to welcome in new, legal-drinking-age beer fans outside of the hobby’s typically older, male demographic.

“One of the biggest things I’m asked from homebrew club leaders is: How do we attract more young people and women to brew? How do we diversify?” Herz says, emphasizing an ongoing theme Bart Watson, chief economist of the Brewers Association, has also been highlighting for months. To grow homebrewing and beer fandom with a new generation, it’s time to start connecting with them as soon as possible.

Under Herz’s leadership, the AHA has committed itself to that: It has altered its mission statement to include language about “empowering an equitable homebrew culture” and “showcasing the fun of fermentation.” To support that, it published a code of conduct that it recommends homebrew clubs adopt. And this year, the AHA held its first boot camp for homebrewing club officers in conjunction with its annual Homebrew Con. The workshops focused on growing and sustaining homebrew club membership with an eye toward diversifying club demographics.

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TIME OUT – Still Hungry For Haggis

Jayne thinks she is a truly patriotic Scot. She burns supper every night.

Someone told me that a cow has three stomachs. Sounds like a load of tripe to me.

Haggis. The real reason Germany never invaded Britain.

“Haggis is kinda like a hotdog with a bad publicist.” – Craig Ferguson

 


A dish not for the meek! If you ever wondered what it would be like the savour the delicate, intricate flavour interplay found in a well-prepared haggis, this is your opportunity! See you on Saturday, January 20th for the Bushwakker & Robbie Burns Combined Birthday Bash! Pipes & drums, Highland dancing, live Celtic music, a firkin of Scottish Ale and free organ meat too! 5:30 PM. Plan to arrive early in order to get a seat. $5 cover charge.