THE WAKKER WEEKLY - Issue #1270 - Posted on: 01-Jun-2015

Bushwakker News

Our June premium red wine is Altano Douro DOC (a blend of touriga franca, tinta roriz and tinta barroca grapes) from Portugal; $7.95 for a glass and $22.95 for a half litre.  The white is Mud House Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand; $8.95 for a glass and $26.95 for a half litre. 

Our guest draught tap is currently pouring the Mikkeller Draft Bear Imperial Pilsner from Denmark. $9.95 for a pint. Ranked as the 8th best pilsner in the world according to Ratebeer.com. Next up is an Imperial IPA offering from Black Bridge Brewing in Swift Current, Saskatchewan

Bushwakker Events

May 28: The 13th Annual Souls Sisters Benefit Dinner & Concert. Presented by The Room Hair Design. Don’t miss this very popular annual fundraiser event. Your $30 ticket gets you a famous Bushwakker Burger, hand cut fries, Caesar salad and a half pint of Bushwakker beer. You can also take in the massive silent auction, raffles and 50/50 draws. Enjoy live music performances from Roxie Lenton, Judith Morrissey, Poor Nameless Boy and more. Proceeds go towards YWCA programs for women and children. Tickets available at the YWCA and The Room.

June 1: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. The Keith Price Trio. Winnipeg artist plays everything from cover material by artists like Nirvana, St. Vincent, and Sufjan Stevens to avant garde jazz material. 8:00 PM.

June 3: Wednesday Night Folk. The Six Songwriters Summer Showcase. Neil Child is joined by Regina singer/songwriters Regan Hinchcliffe, Dustin Ritter, David Cruz Malloy, Darren Forbes, Rebecca Lascue and fiddler, Mark Wilson. 9:00 PM.

June 4: Weird Whisky Tasting Event. Enjoy an evening evaluating whiskies from non-traditional whisky producing countries or products with unusual flavourings, finishes, ingredients or distillation techniques. Whiskey, wine and spirits aficionado, Mike Tory, leads you on a journey where the unexpected is to be expected. Only 50 tickets will be made available and are moving quickly. Only $20 each. 7:00 PM.

June 3: Monthly ALES Meeting. The final meeting of the 2014/2015 brewing season before their summer break will be held in the Bushwakker clubroom at 8:00 PM. This month’s topic will be Beer & Food Pairing. The monthly club meetings will reconvene on September 2 and are held on the first Wednesday of each month. New members are always welcome. 8:00 PM.

June 5: First Firkin Friday. Don’t miss the pomp and circumstance as a piper from The Regina Police Services Pipes & Drums band leads a small keg of specially created beer (the firkin) in a procession throughout the pub.  A volunteer is selected to tap the firkin and delicious suds tend to soak all those in near proximity. Tapping takes place at 5:30 PM and the pub is generally quite full by 4:00 PM. A favourite longstanding Bushwakker tradition!

June 8: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. Call Me Mildy. Original, alternative blues trio fronted by Greg Mildenberger. 8:00 PM.

June 10: Wednesday Night Folk. Ron Loos.“ Insightful” lyrics and fine guitar plucking from this local veteran performer. 9:00 PM.

June 15: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. Shane & Ethan Reoch. Regina’s friendliest bluesman is joined by his son for an evening of great blues tunes and storytelling. 8:00 PM.

June 17: Wednesday Night Folk. Bradford. Talented folk duo featuring singers/guitarists Brad Papp and Mark Radford. 9:00 PM. PLEASE NOTE: The Bushwakker will be closed to the public for a private function for Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership between 5:00 PM and 9:00 PM.

June 18: 2015 JazzFest Regina Bushwakker Performance - The Heavyweights Brass Band from Toronto. The biggest night of the year for live jazz at The Bushwakker! Brass band music is gaining street cred with six raucous musicians from Toronto. The Heavyweights Brass Band deftly mixes the diverse flavors of jazz, pop, funk, world beat and more into an irresistible, multicultural musical feast. This accomplished quintet injects every tune with an infectious sense of fun, excitement, and impeccable musicianship. An original, modern concept utilizing a classic instrumental line-up.  The band performs a mash-up of originals, classic New Orleans brass band repertoire and contemporary pop hits that share a consistent thread of quality, humour, virtuosity and fantastic collective improvisation. This is one of the coolest ideas for a band that we have heard in a long time. The band has a musical and personable appeal that transcends generations and genres. They have wowed crowds that ranged from university kids to retirees with their fresh and energetic approach to the genre. There's an equal attention to musicianship and entertainment that results in their winning formula. This is take-no-prisoners funky groove music at its best with plenty to keep the ears happy while the butt shakes! Rush seating tickets are $15 and available at the Bushwakker and Bach & Beyond.

June 22: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. ‘round Midnight. Popular act plays popular jazz featuring new lead singer, Carl Williams. 8:00 PM.

June 24: Wednesday Night Folk. Katie Miller Trio. Saskatchewan singer songwriter delivers folk rock songs from her debut album, Silverflower, along with covers of her musical influences including Neil Young and The Tragically Hip. 9:00 PM.

June 29: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. AZ Paris. Blues duo plays raw new original blues with a twist, and cover songs that are done with justice. 8:00 PM.




Is craft beer in a bubble?

by Chris Morris May 16, 2015, 

Over the past six years, the number of craft breweries operating in the U.S. has more than doubled. By the end of the year, experts say, there will be a new craft brewery opening in the U.S. every 12 hours.

For beer lovers hoping to try something new, that’s seemingly good news. But brewers and other insiders are growing increasingly concerned about the state of their industry. Expansion, after all, is good – but uncontrolled expansion could be a warning sign of a craft beer bubble.

“I think we’re nearing a crisis point,” says Matt Cohen, owner and brewmaster of Fiddlehead Brewing and a 16-year veteran of the craft beer industry. “I think there are a lot of people getting into [the industry] that either don’t have experience and have never worked in a brewery or just see it as a way to make money. You can be successful at it, but it’s a very difficult way to make money.”

Making money may be difficult, but finding start-up funds is significantly easier than it was 10 years ago. That’s one reason why so many breweries are opening up these days. Beer lovers and home brewers who decide to chase the dream can secure seed capital from friends and family (who only hear about the industry’s current popularity), banks and even angel investors.

“In the beginning, it was almost impossible to get funding,” notes Richard Norgrove Sr., CEO of Bear Republic Brewing Co. “Now the rapid growth has enabled some individuals who do not understand the market to get into it.”

That lack of experience is key. As Norgrove points out, launching a brewery is a lot more than just getting into the beer business. Founders are also starting a shipping and distribution business. They also often need to run a bottling (or canning) business. If they opt for a brewpub, they’re in the restaurant business as well. And regardless of size, they’re also responsible for creating a storage business.

It’s not a career that lets people learn on the job.

More concerning to Cohen, though, is the overall quality of craft beer. There are lots of good ones, but despite the industry and community’s tendency to focus on the positive, there are some really bad ones as well.

“I’ve had plenty of bad beer out there,” he says. “I’ve sampled plenty of startup breweries, and the beer is subpar. And this is what we saw in the early 2000s. A lot of people got into it, and there was a lot of beer on the shelf. And a lot of it wasn’t good.”

The last craft ‘downturn’ (which was more of a slowdown) actually started around 1996, when industry growth fell from 58% year-over-year to to 26% – then to just 2% in 1997, according to data from The Brewers Association. Through 2003, growth remained modest, ranging from 0% to 6%. In 2009, the explosive growth resumed.

Whether today’s craft brewers are in a bubble or not, there’s no sign of an imminent collapse. Last year, just 46 brewers shut their doors, according to the Brewers Association, while 615 were opened. Brewers say that closings are the most important numbers to watch.

“I don’t lose a lot of sleep about breweries opening,” says Peter Zien, brewmaster and owner of AleSmith Brewing Co. “What would make me lose sleep is if I saw breweries closing.”

Still, he added, “I think there is going to be a bubble, and it’s going to bust, and we’ll lose some – but the established ones will do fine.”




Time Out

A photographer for a national magazine was assigned to take pictures of a great forest fire. He was advised that a small plane would be waiting to fly him over the fire.
The photographer arrived at the airstrip just an hour before sundown. Sure enough, a small Cessna airplane was waiting. He jumped in with his equipment and shouted, "Let's go!" The tense man sitting in the pilot's seat swung the plane into the wind and soon they were in the air, though flying erratically.
"Fly over the north side of the fire," said the photographer, "And make several low-level passes."
"Why?" asked the nervous pilot.
"Because I'm going to take pictures!" yelled the photographer. "I'm a photographer, and photographers take pictures!"
The pilot replied, "You mean you're not the flight instructor?"


A young man from the city went to visit his farmer uncle. For the first few days, the uncle showed him the usual things - chickens, cows, crops, etc. After three days, however, it was obvious that the nephew was getting bored, and the uncle was running out of things to amuse him with. 
Finally, the uncle had an idea. "Why don't you grab a gun, take the dogs, and go shooting?" This seemed to cheer the nephew up, and with enthusiasm, off he went, dogs in trail. 
After a few hours, the nephew returned. 
"How did you enjoy that?" asked the uncle. 
"It was great!" exclaimed the nephew. "Got any more dogs?"


When the wise company president learned that his employees were tanking up on no-trace vodka martinis during their lunch hours, he issued the following memo: 
To all employees; If you must drink during you lunch hours, please drink whiskey. It is better for our customers to know you're drunk than to think you're stupid.

Letters Sent to Landlords:

I request your permission to remove my drawers in the kitchen. 

Can you please tell me when our repairs are going to be done as my wife is about to become an expectant mother. 

I want some repairs done to my stove as it has backfired and burnt my knob off. 

The toilet is blocked and we cannot bath the children until it is cleared. 

The person next door has a large erection in his back garden, which is unsightly and dangerous. 

Will you please send a man to look at my water, it is a funny color and not fit to drink. 

Could you please send someone to fix our bath tap. My wife got her toe stuck in it and it is very uncomfortable for us. 


Reader’s Poll

The Bushwakker has received ten awards from the Prairie Dog Reader’s Poll this year. Those are:

Best Server (Cheryl Tovey)
Best Pub Food
Friendliest Restaurant Staff
Best Nachos
Best Local Fries
Best Scotch Selection
Best After Work Drinking Spot
Best Place For a Retirement Party 
Best Place For an Adult Birthday Party
Best Place to Hold a Christmas Party

We also have an award of excellence from TripAdvisor




June artists

We have three for the month of June.

Linda Tidball (left)
E-mail: regsask@gmail.com
I was born in Regina and continue to live in the city. I have always been interested in creating and have done many crafts over the years.  After retiring from a career as a medical laboratory technologist I began cultivating an interest in art. I have taken classes in acrylics, mixed media, oils, pastels, watercolor and encaustic wax all taught by local artists as well as participating in workshops lead by visiting artists. My focus has been on still life and landscapes. My husband and I enjoy taking photographs which are inspirations for my paintings. I am currently a member of the Aurora Art Guild and enjoy working and painting with fellow artists.

Shiela Mitchell (centre)
E-mail: shiela.mitchell@gmail.com
Upon retirement in 2003, after raising a family of four, teaching for 19 years in several Saskatchewan communities, one of my goals was to take an Art class. I had gained an interest in art while having to wear an Art Teacher hat during more than one school year. We all know that in rural Saskatchewan schools, teachers often become involved in many subject areas outside their comfort zone. This can be a good thing. I have taken some workshops and varied classes from the LLLC from inspiring professionals who have made ART their life work. Presently, I continue to paint on a regular basis with friends to share ideas,  laugh and create what moves me. I have a wide and varied interest in subject matter from landscape, still life and the use of photos for inspiration. I began painting with watercolor and now work with acrylics.
I love this journey of self-exploration, expression and personal growth.

Trina Wirth (right)
E-mail: t.wirth@accesscomm.ca
I was born and raised in Regina. I am the middle child of seven. I have enjoyed art from a young age. I have done many crafts over the years such as pottery, paper tole, folk art, sewing and ceramics. In later years I started taking painting classes from local artists. I have worked with water colors, acrylics, mixed medium and oils. I recently joined the Aurora Art Guild to further my knowledge and participation in art.


The Night watchman

A company had a vast scrap yard in the middle of a desert. Management said, "Someone might steal from it at night." So they created a night watchman position and hired a person for the job. 
Then management said, "How does the watchman do his job without instruction?" So they created a planning department and hired two people; one person to write the instructions and one person to do time studies. 

Then management said, "How will we know the night watchman is doing his tasks correctly?" So they created a Quality Control department and hired two people. One to do the studies and one to write the reports. 

Then management said, "How are these people going to get paid?" So they created the following positions, a timekeeper and a payroll officer; then hired two more people. 

Then management said, "Who will be accountable for all of these people?" So they created an administrative section and hired three people; an Administrative Officer, Assistant Administrative Officer, and a Legal Secretary. 

Then management said, "We've had this command in operation for one year now and we're $18,000 over budget. We have to cutback on overall costs." 
So they laid off the night watchman.



Some dogs are smarter than others.


Weekend Seafood Feature: Halibut & Shrimp Provencal $16.95. (Suggested Beer Pairing: Brew & Gold)

Soup & Sandwich Special is $11.95.  All hot specials are $15.95, except where noted, and include a serving of soup du jour, chopped, or Caesar salad.

Soup

Sandwich

Hot Special

Beer Pairing

Fri., May 29

Tomato Vegetable

Jumbo Egg Salad Wrap

Caribbean Beef Kabob

Saskadian

Sat., May 30

Bushwakker

Steak & Eggs w/ Smokey Potatoes

Steak & a Pint. $17.95

Mon., June 1

Cream of Celery

Meatloaf Panini

Tomato & Bacon Linguini

Regina Pale Ale

Tues., June 2

Chipotle Beef

Wild Mushroom & Gouda Pizza. $13.95

BBQ St. Louis Ribs

Palliser Porter

Wed., June 3

Baked Potato

Crunchy Chicken Kaiser

Fish Tacos

Stubblejumper Pilsner

Thur., June 4

Curry Chicken

Taco Chopped Salad

Roast Curried Chicken & Pineapple

Cheryl’s Blonde Ale

Fri., June 5

Split Pea & Ham

Dagwood Club

Rosemary Pork Loin w/ Warm Potato Salad

Dungarvon Irish Red Ale

Sat., June 6

Bushwakker

Breakfast Grilled Cheese

Steak & a Pint. $17.95