THE WAKKER WEEKLY - Issue #1290 - Posted on: 19-Oct-2015

Bushwakker News

Our October wine features are from the Santa Julia Winery in Argentina. The red is the Reserve Malbec and is $8.50 for a glass and $24.95 for a half litre. The white is a Pinot Grigio and is $7.50 for a glass and $21.95 for a half litre.

Our guest draught tap is currently pouring the Common (a California Common) from the Black Bridge Brewery in Swift Current. $7.95 for a pint. Next up we will feature the Anderson Valley Highway 128 The Kimmie, The Yink, and the Holy Gose from California. $8.50 for a pint.

The winner of our Regina Pats Prize Package Draw which was conducted on our facebook page last week was Deana Williams. Congratulations!

BUSHWAKKER ABEX AWARDS FINALIST - TIME TO VOTE!

The Bushwakker has been selected as one of five finalists for the “Cornerstone” category in the 2015 ABEX Awards presented by the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce. That category relates to both our community involvement and our role in bringing change to our city and province. This is the only ABEX award in which the final decision is made based on popular vote! We are the only business representing Regina. Voting started on September 24th and continues right up to the gala awards on October 24th. You can view our awards submission at http://www.bushwakker.com/cornerstone. If you like what we are doing in your community, please vote for us at www.abexcornerstone.com. You can vote once every 24 hours. Please note that in order to vote you will be prompted to register at the website first, then will be sent a confirmation email, and then your voting capability begins. If you would like to support us and your city, vote and vote often!

Bushwakker Events

Oct. 17: Great Pumpkin Spiced Brown Ale Annual Release. The demand for our autumn specialty Bushwakker brew continues to grow and we have answered the call. We will once again brew a double batch of our pumpkin beer. One tank will be served on tap and the other will be bottled. Only 200 six packs will be made available and will go on sale at 11:00 AM. Limit of 12 bottles per person. Last year‘s supply of bottles sold out in just over a day. Cinnamon, nutmeg, fresh ginger, vanilla and cloves make for a delicious ale that tastes just like pumpkin pie!

Oct. 19: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. ‘round Midnight. A federal election jazz party! We’ll have the election on our big television tonight! Come enjoy some great jazz standards with this popular local jazz act whilst cheering on your favourite party. 8:00 PM.

Oct. 21: Wednesday Night Folk. Ben Winoski & Jeff Storry. Two acoustic guitars receive a serious workout. 9:00 PM.

Oct. 24: Riders vs Eskimos. Kick-off takes place at Mosaic stadium at 5:00 PM. Plenty of time to enjoy our Eskimo Burger & a Pint feature. Think of it as “devouring” the competition!

Oct. 26: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. Popular act, Shane Reoch, just keeps getting better and better. Regina’s friendliest bluesman now performs with a band. 8:00 PM.

Oct. 28: Wednesday Night Folk. The Divine Nine Singer Songwriter Autumn Showcase. Neil Child is joined by Regina singer/songwriters Rebecca Lascue, Dustin Ritter, Regan Hinchcliffe, David Cruise Malloy, Katie Miller, Darren Forbes, Trent Leggott and fiddler, Mark Wilson. 9:00 PM.

Oct. 31: Single Malt Scotch Tasting Tickets RELEASE DAY. Tickets to our November 28th annual Single Malt Scotch Tasting Event go on sale at 11:00 AM. Six specially imported single malts will be evaluated. Enjoy a pipes and drums and highland dancing performance. Tickets $79.95 each. Only 150 will be made available. This event historically sells out in one day.

Oct. 31: A Celtic Hallowe’en. What a Saturday night this will be! Rollicking Celtic reels from The Tilted Kilts, Great Pumpkin Spiced Brown Ale on tap and a Hallowe'en costume contest at 10:30 PM where the winner will receive a $100 Bushwakker gift card. $5 cover charge begins at 7:00 PM.


Great Pumpkin Spiced Brown Ale Annual Release This Saturday!


GABF'S NEW SESSION IPA CATEGORY IS UNUSUAL BUT VERY POPULAR

By Jonathan Shikes   Sept. 23, 2015

When judges rate beers at competitions like the Great American Beer Festival, they are typically looking for how well a particular brew fits its style definition. Does it taste, smell and feel like it is supposed to? Is it cloudy or clear? Does it have the right color, the right kind of head? 

But when the judges sit down this year to rate entries in the brand-new Session IPA category, they'll be looking for something that's a little harder to define: drinkability, as well as a lower alcohol content. All of the beers must be under 5 percent ABV.

“It's a tricky category, but it's really fun,” says GABF competition manager Chris Swersey, who notes how popular session IPAs have become.

The Brewers Association, which runs GABF, created the Session IPA category this year because 45 to 50 of the 94 entries in the more general, umbrella-like Session Beer category were IPAs in 2014. It was a good decision: The Session IPA category got about 150 entries in its 2015 debut. “It’s impressive," Swersey says. "That’s an awful lot of beers for a first-year category.”

Session beers are usually defined as such because a person could drink a couple of them during a “session” without getting too drunk. Certain styles can be challenging to brew as session beers, though, because lower alcohol means less malt. And less malt usually means fewer hops to balance out the malt — and less flavor.

Over the past couple of years, however, consumers have been clamoring for full-flavored IPAs with a lower ABV – and breweries have been rising to the occasion. In Colorado, several big beer-makers have turned out new ones, including Oskar Blues (Pinner Throwback IPA), Ska (Rudie), New Belgium (Slow Ride), Left Hand (Introvert) and Odell (Loose Leaf). Many of the large national craft brewers have done the same, including Sierra Nevada (Nooner), Firestone Walker (Easy Jack), Stone (Go To IPA) and Lagunitas (Day Time).

Here's part of how GABF defines the category: “Session IPAs are gold to copper… Hop aroma is medium to high with qualities from a wide variety of hops from all over the world. Low to medium maltiness is present… Body is low to medium. Beer entries which exceed 5.0% ABV should be entered in another category… Entries containing less than 4.1% abw (5.1% abv) which could be appropriately entered in any other classic or traditional category should be entered in that category and not entered as a Session Beer.”

Even trickier, however, is the regular Session Beer category, which has been in place for a couple of years. That's because there are a wide variety of styles thrown into that one category, with the only defining factor being that they have a low ABV. “It's diverse. It's more like a best-of-show category. For example, you have stouts competing against marzens,” Swersey says. “So the judges have to bring a lot of their knowledge to bear. But the ones who do it usually ask to do it because it's challenging.”

It's also done on the honor system, meaning GABF doesn't test the ABV on the entries. “That would be a practical impossibility,” Swersey says. Rather, GABF stresses that the judges be on the lookout for beers that might taste “a little hot” for the style. “If you aren't paying attention, your taste buds may lead you to that bigger beer.”

This year, there were about forty entries in the Session Beer category, which the GABF defines as, in part: "Appearance may vary from brilliant to hazy to cloudy with style of beer being made to lower strength. Aroma depends on the style of beer being made to lower strength. Any style of beer can be made lower in strength than described in the classic style guidelines. However, the goal should be to reach a balance between the style’s character and the lower alcohol content. Drinkability is a character in the overall balance of these beers. Beers in this category must not exceed 4.0% alcohol by weight (5.0% alcohol by volume).  Beers above these limits that are entered into this category may be disqualified before judging or after results are announced.

TIME OUT

Two old ladies, Sunny and Tina, were outside their nursing home having a smoke, when it started to rain.
Tina pulled out a condom, cut off the end, put it over her cigarette, and continued smoking.
Sunny: "What's that?"
Tina: "A condom."
Sunny: "Where'd you get it?"
Tina: "You can get them at any drug store"
The next day, Sunny hobbled into the local drug store and announced to the pharmacist that she wanted to buy a pack of condoms.
The guy looked at her strangely (she was, after all, in her eighties), but politely asked what brand she preferred.
"Doesn't matter," she replied, "as long as it fits on a Camel."
The pharmacist fainted.

A married couple was in a terrible accident where the woman's face was severely burned. The doctor told the husband that they couldn't graft any skin from her body because she was too skinny. So the husband offered to donate some of his own skin.
However, the only skin on his body that the doctor felt was suitable would have to come from his buttocks. The husband and wife agreed that they would tell no one about where the skin came from, and requested that the doctor also honor their secret. After all, this was a very delicate matter.
After the surgery was completed, everyone was astounded at the woman's new beauty. She looked more beautiful than she ever had before! All her friends and relatives just went on and on about her youthful beauty!
One day, she was alone with her husband, and she was overcome with emotion at his sacrifice. She said, "Dear, I just want to thank you for everything you did for me. There is no way I could ever repay you."
"My darling," he replied, "I get all the thanks I need every time I see your mother kiss you on the cheek.


Our Autumn Weekend Special will be a Prime Rib & Giant Yorkie Dinner (available in two sizes)

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., Oct. 16

Beef Vegetable

Chicken Pesto Wrap

Mustard Rubbed Pork Loin on Roast Potato w/ Chef’s Veg

Harvest Lager

Sat., Oct. 17

Bushwakker

Mexi Breakfast Bowl

Steak & a Pint. $17.95

Mon., Oct. 19

Creamy Avocado Chicken

Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Chorizo & Apple Penne

Granny’s Bitter

Tues., Oct. 20

Tomato Vegetable

Canadian Hawaiian. $13.95

Chicken Fajita

Stubblejumper Pilsner

Wed., Oct. 21

Gumbo

Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork Bun

Bourbon Chicken Rice Bowl

Arctic Dark Lager

Thur., Oct. 22

Beef Chili

Chili Lime Chicken & Sweet Potato Bowl

Smoked Pork Chop w/ Bourbon Applesauce

Palliser Porter

Fri., Oct. 23

Cream of Pumpkin

Avocado Smoked Turkey Wrap

Roast Chicken on Multigrain Rice

Regina Pale Ale

Sat., Oct. 24

Bushwakker

Burger & a Pint. $16.95

Steak & a Pint. $17.95