Bushwakker Brewpub

The Wakker Weekly Current Edition


Posted on: 20-Jan-2020


NEWS FROM THE BREWERY! Head brewer, Michael Gaetz, reports our seasonally available BLACKBERRY MEAD, “MISSILE”TOW ALE, KAI’S MUNICH HELLES, CRANBERRY BLONDE ALE and PICKARD’S OATMEAL CREAM STOUT are currently on tap. There are also batches of DOUBLE HONEY IMPERIAL IRISH RED ALE, TWO SON’S MILK STOUT, ARCTIC DARK MUNICH DUNKEL and SASKADIAN BLACK IPA working their way through the brewery.

Our January Premium Wine Features are from the SPIER WINERY in South Africa. The red is their Merlot and the white is their Chenin Blanc. Both are $7.95 for a glass and $21.95 for a half litre.

Our GUEST TAP is currently pouring a DRY HOPPED CHINOOK SOUR from Saskatoon’s High Key Brewing. This will be followed by the NERD RAGE COFFEE STOUT from Regina’s Malty National Brewing and then the YUPPIE IPA MONSTER TRUCKER Double New England IPA which they brewed in collaboration with Saskatoon’s Shelter Brewing. This will be followed by a CRANBERRY SAISON from Swift Current’s Black Bridge Brewery.

THE BUSHWAKKER GOODNESS IS SPREADING! ALL SIX REGINA SLGA stores offer a varied selection of Bushwakker beers in 650 ml bottles. The Quance Street SLGA store is also offering growler fills of our number one selling DUNGARVON IRISH RED ALE. Regina’s Urban Cellars east location and Metro Liquor also offer a selection of our bottled beers.

The BUSHWAKKER WRITERS CORNER current featured author is ALLISON KYDD. Allison grew up on the Saskatchewan prairies but lived in cities for much of her adult life. In 2008, she returned to rural Saskatchewan and, in 2012, Thistledown Press published her novella Emily via the Greyhound Bus, which was later shortlisted for a Saskatchewan Book Awards. Besides her novella and her recent novel, Allison has published prize-winning short stories, as well as magazine articles, newspaper articles and columns and has worked as a journalist, free-lance writer, editor and teacher. Allison is delighted to acknowledge the Alberta Foundation for the Arts and the retreats programs of both the Writers’ Guild of Alberta and the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild (as well as the encouragement and support of family, friends and the writing community) for their assistance in completing this novel, Few and Far. 

If you are interested in learning more about our province’s writers, join us in our new MONTHLY SUNDAY BOOK SIGNING SERIES which kicks off this Sunday, January 26 at 3:00 PM. More information is found in our events section below.


Jan. 20: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. HENDRICKSEN N’ SON. Father and son deliver Broadway show tunes and great jazz standards. 8:00 PM.

Jan. 22: Wednesday Night Folk. WINSOME KIND. Husband and wife duo make their Bushwakker debut and deliver original folk tunes. 8:00 PM.

Jan. 25: BEER BACON BANDS. This popular winter celebration is now a one night affair. Be sure to stop by the Bushwakker booth. We’ll have something for hopheads, fruit beer fans and those who like to keep it light! 7:00 PM.

Jan 25: BUSHWAKKER 29th/ROBERT BURNS 261st BIRTHDAY BASH. Join us as we celebrate almost three decades of award-winning beer and pub cuisine as well as Scotland’s favourite son, Robbie Burns! Live rollicking reels with Squeeze of Scotch and The Regina Police Services Pipes & Drums, highland dancing, FREE HAGGIS, NEEPS and BIRTHDAY CAKE, the tapping of the “Scottish” birthday firkin, plus the Address To a Haggis from Dana Nairn. A great way to shake those January blahs. The dance floor will be open! $5 cover charge in effect. 6:00 PM.

Jan 26: BUSHWAKKER MONTHLY SUNDAY BOOK SIGNING SERIES. Celebrating Saskatchewan Authors. Join us for a brief presentation by our featured authors and an opportunity to buy an autographed copy! The January edition will feature two local published writers, Gord Hunter and Judith Silverthorne. 3:00 PM.

Jan. 27: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. KEITH BOMPHRAY & FRIENDS. Great jazz standards with a few fun twists. 8:00 PM.

Jan. 29: Wednesday Night Folk. RON LOOS. Talented guitar plucker with razor-sharp wit. 8:00 PM.

Feb. 8: SASKATCHEWAN CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL. The first ever Regina craft beer festival hosted by the Saskatchewan Craft Brewers Association! Showcasing truly unique beers brewed by independent breweries across Saskatchewan. Host venue is the German Club. Tickets are $25 available online at Eventbrite. 4:00 PM

2020 Consumer Trends


2019 was an interesting year for craft beer, seeing it stray further than ever from the ideals of beer purity laws from a bygone Bavarian era. While hops, barley, water and yeast are as relevant as ever, adjuncts have mostly lost the purist stigma they held not long ago. In fact, additives of all kinds are largely what are fueling the latest craft beer craze. Let’s pick apart the data and see what we can extrapolate about the state of beer and where it may be headed.

Total dollar sales for all beer over the last 52 weeks rung in at more than $36 billion, which is up 2.8 percent from the previous year, while total volume sales were up just 0.4 percent, pointing to continuing customer willingness to pay more money for beer, along with gradual, consistent inflation, which has contributed to higher prices among most commodities. While the days of the $8 dollar six-pack are more or less gone, there’s more to blame than simply inflation. The styles that are commanding the most attention also require a ton of raw materials – namely massive hop, fruit and grain bills, which drive prices up considerably. Often, the selling point is more to do with the quality of a special ingredient rather than the quantity – think name-brand, designer hops or Madagascar vanilla with Ceylon cinnamon sticks.

The Numbers: As always, the data we’ve examined comes from IRI Worldwide, a market research firm that tracks category-wide sales trends of beer sold in numerous retail outlets and then produces a monthly report of its findings. These findings can be used to provide real-time insight into the ever-changing beer marketplace, both Craft and Macro. They can also help industry participants adapt to the marketplace and help you make more informed choices as a consumer. To save you the spreadsheet-trawling, we’ve pieced together the most important changes in beer sales over the year 2019 and will compare them to the prior year.

Before we delve further into this year’s data, here are a few things to keep in mind – these numbers are on an international scale and may not represent individual brewery or regional sales accurately. The numbers also do not draw a hard line between beer styles within certain categories, which could mask sales trends of smaller brewers. They track sales of packaged beer only and from a few different sources, including convenience stores (think gas stations), a general “food” category (grocery stores, etc.), and a combined multi-outlet and convenience (MULC) store category (a combination of grocery, drug, Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club, dollar stores and military stores, among others). We will focus on the MULC category. While not all-encompassing, it’s a great, well-rounded resource.

Big Styles in Craft: 2019 was another solid, stable year for Craft beer sales, which saw the segment’s dollar sales grow 2.6 percent compared to the previous year, in line with both beer’s growth as a whole and just slightly less than last year’s increase.

To the surprise of no one, IPA reigns supreme once more, with dollar sales up more than 13 percent from the previous year. This single category now comprises over 37 percent of total Craft beer sales. At around $1.6 billion of Craft’s total $4.3 billion share, it remains a force to be reckoned with, currently deriving its energy from juicy, hazy, milkshake examples of the style.

The popularity of these styles is now bona fide, well beyond a passing trend. The question is no longer “What will come next?” after milkshake brews, but “How will they evolve?” To that end, we can expect brewers to assimilate all of what is currently in vogue and follow a natural progression of creativity and technical mastery.

Whereas “hazy” may have been the selling point, you can tack on “brewed with lactose” (for mouthfeel), a variety of fruits that would make Edible Arrangements jealous, and even more adventurous grain bills. The brewers making these beers aren’t just pulling ingredients out of a hat. The beers that stand the test of time within this stylistic realm will reflect a mastery of the craft, with an enhanced focus on mouthfeel and the white rabbit of flavor balance and order, one of the most difficult elements to perfect within a brew. When the stated goal is to brew a beer with all the qualities of an apple pie, you’ll ideally taste the key flavors in the same order and proportion you would in the actual baked delicacy, , which takes intense attention to detail, along with trial and error. Otherwise, you’re left with a bland or overpowered mix of spices, which fails to form a cohesive whole.
While most IPAs we see require an esoteric level of skill to brew, their more readily palatable and recognizable flavor profiles are making beers more accessible to those who might otherwise be turned off at the first hint of bitterness. Every brewer’s foray into territory typically held by a wine or dessert is a chance to convert more craft drinkers. But that doesn’t mean traditional, subtle styles have once again been kicked to the curb.
Among the other styles contributing to the Craft category are golden ales, which grew nearly 14 percent compared to last year, making it the segment to see the largest growth after IPAs. It makes sense – they’re the perfect palate-cleansing antithesis to thick, enamel-stripping milkshake brews approaching double digits in ABV.

Other refined, less in-your-face styles fared similarly. Pale lagers, which saw an enormous 41.1 percent jump last year, are up another 24 percent in 2019, placing them at number eight within the top ten most popular styles. That’s rather surprising, but again, it can be viewed as a natural evolution of taste – along with the search for reprieve from heavier IPAs – without totally sacrificing the intrigue of hops.
Belgian ales saw an increase of nearly 12 percent, marking another year of double-digit increase in sales, while the omnipresent pilsner saw moderate growth at 6 percent. Again, these are generally clean, easy-drinking styles, which also make it no surprise that craft light beer grew by another 12 percent this year.
Naturally, the success of certain styles means other former champs have to ride the bench, if only for a while. Such is the case with seasonals, which have dropped 10 percent compared to last year, despite remaining the second highest-selling style. Most likely, the increase in experimental flavor combinations among IPAs and sours have stolen some of this category’s mojo.
Belgian wits and pale ales, the third- and fourth-most popular styles, respectively, are also down by 5.5 and 3.5 percent. Again, their drop is likely tied to the increase in popularity of other easy-drinking or hop-heavy styles.
Continuing last year’s trend, just about every dark beer style is selling less than the previous year, save for stouts and red ales. Again, this is to be interpreted as a result of what has currently got the market’s attention. Consumer interest is dictating what is brewed, so while drinkers are less interested in darker styles currently, brewers are also just brewing less – contributing to lower sales figures.


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Our Jan. 17th – Jan. 19th Weekend Special: Prime Rib & Giant Yorkie. 8 oz - $23.95 & 10 oz - $27.95

Soup & Sandwich Special is $13.95.  All hot specials are $16.95, except where noted, & include a serving of soup du jour, house, or Caesar salad.



Hot Special

Beer Pairing

Fri., Jan. 17

Lemon Chicken Rice


Portered Beef Ribs

Sodbuster Brown Ale

Sat., Jan. 18 &

Sun., Jan. 19



Steak & a Pint. $21.95

Mon., Jan. 20

Roasted Red Pepper Bisque

Pastrami & Swiss

Chicken Creole

Stubblejumper Pilsner

Tues., Jan. 21

Potato Leek

Sicilian Pizza

Greek Platter

Regina Pale Ale

Wed., Jan. 22

Beef Chili

Pesto Chicken Salad on French

Beef Empanadas w/ Garlic Lime Succotash

Chico IPA

Thur., Jan. 23

Jalapeno Corn & Chicken

Beef Fajita Wrap


Kai’s Munich Helles

Fri., Jan. 24

Washington Chowder

Smoked Ham on House-Made Honey Oat Bread

Prime Rib Shepherd’s Pie

Saskadian Black IPA

Sat., Jan. 25 &

Sun., Jan. 26


Open-Face Hot Beef

Steak & a Pint. $21.95

We strive to ensure all weekly specials and soups are made available. Product shortages or unforeseen circumstances may result in modification or even substitution of certain featured menu items.

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