The Bushwakker offers a wide variety of special events. Some are aimed at supporting various community cultural and charitable organizations. Others are intended to help patrons become familiar with food and beverage products that may interest them, like single malt scotches, classic beer styles and beer related cuisine. Events are usually intended for both the beer connoisseur and the neophyte.
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Events are also listed in The Bushwakker weekly newsletter, the Wakker Weekly. The Wakker Weekly is available by email and is available in hard copy at the counter at the Bushwakker entrance. It is also posted in this website. To subscribe, email stating your name and email address.
Monday Night Jazz & Blues - Live music every Monday night
Kick off your week with great live music every Monday night from 8:00PM to 10:30PM. Enjoy live jazz and blues acts in Regina's only regular live jazz & blues venue. Free admission.
Wednesday Night Folk - Live music every Wednesday night
Folk music isn't limited to an acoustic guitar, a lone voice and a campfire anymore. Enjoy local and touring solo artists, duos and bands playing a variety of musical genres from roots, bluegrass, alt-country to classic folk. 8:00PM to 10:30PM. Free admission.
First Firkin Friday: The first Friday happy hour each month
Experience the ceremony as a small keg (firkin) of fresh ale is paraded through the pub lead by a piper from The Regina Police Pipes & Drums Band. A volunteer is selected to drive a tap into the firkin with a handmade wooden maul affectionately named, "The Mighty Firkin Wakker". Incredible beer flavour unlike anything else. Quite often the volunteer tapper and the spectators within a 20 foot radius are soaked with squirting beer. Will you be the next person chosen to tap the First Friday Firkin? 5:30 PM.
Monthly ALES Meetings: The first Wednesday of every month
If you have been thinking about getting into the art of home brewing or have been wanting to improve your skills as a home brewer, now is the time to act! New members are always welcome. Come join some of the most passionate and talented home brewers in the province and learn how to make better beer and how to appreciate better beer. A different brewing topic is presented each month. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 8:00 PM in the Bushwakker basement clubroom.
Monthly Science Pub Series: Presented on the third Thursday of the month by the University of Regina Faculty of Science and The Bushwakker Brewpub. Our wildly popular Science Pub Series has returned and has developed so that a larger segment of the university including health researchers will be involved to make the revitalized Science Pub even bigger and better! Enjoy lectures on scientific topics of general interest in our Arizona Room (main floor banquet room) over beer and snacks. The room opens at 5:00 PM and quite often is full by 6:00 PM. Avoid disappointment and come down early for dinner and a pint before the one hour presentation which begins at 7:00 PM. Please note there are no presentations in the summer.
Annual Connoisseur Beer Tasting Series: A special beer tasting theme night is held in The Bushwakker Arizona Room each summer. Generally eight to ten specialty imported beers are discussed and evaluated. Some previous themes include: Specialty Stouts, Sour & Wild Ales, The Beers of Belgium, Beer and Cheese Pairing, Stouts and Porters, Specialty IPAs, Abbey vs. Trappist Ales, The World of Wheat Beers, Understanding Lambics, Imperial Stouts, Imperial IPAs and Big Bad Barleywines! Be sure to subscribe to our Wakker Weekly newsletter or follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram in order to avoid missing the announcement when beer tasting event tickets go on sale.
Every Saskatchewan Roughrider Homegame!
Join the Sea of Green at the Bushwakker before, during or after the game. Burger & a Pint special themed on every Green & White opponent. Go Riders go!
The Bushwakker 26th Anniversary/Robbie Burns 258th Birthday – Jan. 21, 2017
Join us as we celebrate over a quarter century of award-winning beer and pub cuisine and Scotland’s favourite son, Robbie Burns. Live rollicking reels with The Tilted Kilts and The Regina Police Services Pipes & Drums, highland dancing, FREE haggis, neeps and birthday cake, the tapping of the Scottish birthday firkin plus Burns poetry and historical overview from Saskatchewan author and playwright, Ken Mitchell. Bushwakker trivia quiz and prizes to be won too! A great way to shake those January blahs. The dance floor will be open! $5 cover charge in effect.
Archives Week - Feb. 8, 2017
Presented by the Saskatchewan Archives Board as part of Archives Week. This two hour event begins at 7:00 PM. This is the 13th annual Archives Week event showcasing the role that archives and archivists play in preserving and making available Saskatchewan's documentary heritage. Activities in communities across the province include celebrity reading events, film nights, open houses, exhibits and more.
Valentine’s Mead Tasting - Feb. 14, 2017
Treat yourself or bring your honey to this honey wine event which begins at 7:30 PM in the Bushwakker Arizona Room. Sample five mead offerings from Saskatchewan’s only full-time meadery, Prairie Bee Meadery, located just west of Moose Jaw. Made with premium quality light, locally produced honey and fruit, much of it grown on their own land. Meadery founder, Vickie Dirksen, will share her story and lead you through the mead making process. Tickets only $20 each. Only 50 tickets available. An optional special Valentine’s Mead Dinner will also be available prior to the mead tasting.
Saturday Afternoon Blues Showcase – Mar. 4, 2017
Presented in conjunction with The Regina Delta Blues Association and The Mid-Winter Blues Festival Week, our Saturday afternoon showcase is a great way to warm up for the festival finale later that evening. Enjoy three great local blues acts including: Brent Neilsen & Kara Golemba, Billy & Karen and Evan Chambers & The Third Alarm on the Bushwakker stage from 1:15 PM to 4:30 PM. Hosted by Jeff ``Redbeard` Corbett of 91.3FM CJTR. Be sure to try a slice of Redbeard`s signature chocolate cheesecake too! We will also be presenting live blues music at 8:00 PM on the Monday evening with Christie-Anne Blondeau and Wednesday evening with The Treefellers earlier that week.
St. Patrick's Day Celebration – Mar. 17, 2017
The annual Irish celebration falls on a Friday this year! The Guinness will be cascading, the bartender's fingers will be stained green from concocting Shamrock Lagers, the Irish food features will be delicious, Bushwakker head brewer, Michael Gaetz will create a delicious firkin of our very popular Irish Coffee Stout and everyone will be enjoying fine traditional and rollicking Celtic reels from Billarney, a 20 piece acoustic Celtic act. $5 cover charge.
The Sask Sampler – Mar. 25, 2017
The biggest Bushwakker Folk Night of the year! Up-and-coming folk artists from across the province strut their stuff are vying for a spot on the Regina Folk Festival, Ness Creek Music Festival and Gateway Music Festival stages. It`s not Folk Band Warz but it is a great night of Saskatchewan musical talent.
Annual Brewer's Dinner – April 22, 2017
It is the defining theme of The Bushwakker to provide delicious beer and delicious food. This evening truly reflects what we are all about. Enjoy a fabulous multi-course meal in which each course is prepared with a unique beer style and complemented with a different beer for drinking to enhance the flavours of each dish. Cutting-edge beer cuisine awaits!
May Long Weekend Keg Event/Screamin’ Mosquito Chili Beer Release – May 19, 20 & 21, 2017
What better way to celebrate the year’s first warm long weekend than with a Bushwakker keg? Receive free ice, cups, coasters and the use of a keg chiller tub with any May long weekend keg order. Four sizes of kegs are available for any gathering big or small. Our hot pepper-infused blond ale also makes its annual return this weekend. A popular brew for those who like it spicy!
August Long Weekend Keg Event – Aug 4,5 & 6, 2017
Celebrate the peak of a Saskatchewan summer with a Bushwakker keg! Receive free ice, cups, coasters and the use of a keg chiller tub with any August long weekend keg order. Four sizes of kegs are available for any gathering big or small.
IPA Day – August 3, 2017
Join us as IPA fans around the world celebrate what has become the symbolic beer of the entire craft beer movement. A number of new specialty imported IPAs will be available. Our kitchen will offer a tasty feature incorporating this iconic beer style as an ingredient. The biggest day of the year for hopheads and craft beer lovers alike!
Bushwakker Oktoberfest Week – Sept. 25 – Sept. 30, 2017
The official Oktoberfest celebration in Munich will be winding down as the Bushwakker weeklong Oktoberfest celebration begins. Enjoy a unique German-themed meal special every day of the week as well as a pint of our Bushwakker brewed Oktoberfest lager, Harvest Lager. A selection of German bottled beers and draughts will also be available. Prosit!
Annual Great Pumpkin Spiced Brown Ale Release – Oct. 7, 2017
Just in time for Thanksgiving! Cinnamon, nutmeg, fresh ginger, vanilla and cloves make for a delicious ale that tastes just like pumpkin pie.
A Celtic Hallowe'en – October 28, 2017
Live music with one of Regina's most energetic Celtic bands, The Tilted Kilts. Our Great Pumpkin Spiced Brown Ale will be on tap. Be sure to come dressed for the occasion and enter our Hallowe'en Costume Contest for a chance to win one of our most excellent Bushwakker prizes. The grand prize will be a $100 Bushwakker gift card! $5 cover charge in effect.
Single Malt Scotch Tasting – Saturday, November 25, 2017
One of our most popular events of the year! The featured scotches will be presented in six flights with product description and commentary. Entertainment for the evening includes live performances from The Regina Police Pipes & Drums Band and The Regina Highland Dancing Association. A special Scottish-themed dinner will be available as an optional dinner choice prior to the tasting event that evening. A selection of door prizes will be given away. Tickets will be available in late October. Don't delay, they sell out very fast!
Annual Blackberry Mead Release – the first Saturday of each December (December 2, 2017)
We spend all year making this Lumsden Valley honey nectar infused with juicy blackberries. Something this special takes quite a bit of time to ferment and mature. The result is an exotic elixir unlike any other. A new Bushwakker Mead Day record was broken last year when eager customers began lining up at 3:45 PM on the Friday and camped out overnight last year. Some brought lawn chairs, some brought patio heaters, some brought sleeping bags, some brought heated tents and ice fishing huts, some even brought BBQs and made bacon and eggs! Bushwakker head brewer, Michael Gaetz brings out cups of hot chocolate to those waiting in the line massive mead line. We open our doors at 11:00 AM and in just a few hours over 6000 bottles are snapped up by the legion of devoted Bushwakker Blackberry Mead fans. The supply of mead on tap usually last until the new year. This date marks the kick-off to the Bushwakker holiday season. Be sure to enter our “Why I Love Blackberry Mead” poetry contest and sit in the massive throne wearing a crown and robe whilst being treated like royalty for the day!
Annual Missiletow Christmas Ale Release – Dec. 9, 2017
Avid fans of our “other” Christmas specialty brew look forward to this day every year. Only one tank of our winter warmer is produced each year. Rich malt flavours with plenty of depth and complexity. The perfect ale to sip on whilst curled up with a good book in front of a fireplace on a cold Saskatchewan winter night. We hope this special ale will last on tap until Christmas but the limited number of bottles will most likely be sold out in the blink of an eye. See you at 11:00!
Nothing For New Year's 12 – December 31, 2017
We gave you a simple formulated event and you loved it. No noise makers, 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 2018. Perhaps try chef Mike's special prime rib and jumbo Yorkshire pudding New Year's Eve dinner. What a meal to finish off the year!
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