THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue # 1422


THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1422 – Posted on: 30-Apr-2018


NEWS FROM THE BREWERY! Head brewer, MICHAEL GAETZ, reports our seasonally available PONCE DE LEON blackberry/raspberry fruit ale, BARON BOCK, TWO SONS MILK STOUT, ARCTIC DARK MUNICH DUNKEL, SASKADIAN BLACK IPA and BREW & GOLD DORTMUNDER are now on tap. A batch of CHINOOK ESB and HARBINGER MAIBOCK are also currently working their way through the brewery.

Our guest tap is currently pouring a keg of Amber Sour from Nokomis Craft Ales. Next up is a Double IPA from Swift Current’s Black Bridge Brewery. Then we will pour Saskatoon’s 9 Mile Legacy Brewing 2018 Biere de Garde Anniversary Ale.

Our premium wines for the month of April are from the Bodacious Winery in Ontario. The red is a Shiraz and the white is a Pinot Grigio. Both are $6.95 for a glass and $17.95 for a half litre.

Our CHERYL’S BLONDE ALE is now available for growler fills at the Quance Street SLGA store in Regina. Three other fine Saskatchewan craft beers are also available. Enjoy them for a limited time!

650 ml bottles of our number one selling DUNGARVON IRISH RED ALE are now available at the Rochdale, Emerald Park and brand new Southland Sobeys Liquor stores!

Wear your best Star Wars costume and join our “May the Fourth” First Firkin Friday keg procession for a chance to win a $100 Bushwakker gift card!


Apr. 30: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. JEFF MERTICK & FRED FOERSTER w/ special guest Marie-Véronique Bourque. Soulful Regina bluesman in a special show showcasing songs from his brand new album, “Outrun The Sunrise.” 8:00 PM.

May 2: Wednesday Night Folk. PETE EASTMURE Toronto singer/ songwriter serves up Americana on his cross Canada tour!

May 2: MONTHLY ALES MEETING. After conducting their 25th annual ALES Open national homebrewing competition, one of Canada’s most respected clubs gets right back into their regular schedule. This month’s presentation topics include; Trappist Ales and Barrel-Aging Techniques. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Bushwakker basement clubroom and begin at 8:00 PM. New members are always welcome.

May 4: FIRST FIRKIN FRIDAY – Special “May the Fourth Be With You Edition. The big Fan Expo Regina event is this weekend and we want to help celebrate! Put on your best Star Wars costume and join the procession as a keg of special brew is paraded throughout the brewpub. A $100 Bushwakker gift card will be awarded to the person wearing the best Star Wars costume as determined by the audience. Yes, our piper from the Regina Police Services Pipes & Drums does indeed know how to play one or two Star Wars themes! A guest volunteer will be selected to wield the handmade wooden maul affectionately referred to as The Mighty Firkin Wakker, and attempt to tap the firkin in one mighty blow. This “May the fourth” special offering will be a special Galaxy dry-hopped JED-IPA. The next First Firkin Friday May the Fourth event won’t take place until 2029 so don’t miss this rare occasion. The space opera suds-soaking experience takes place at 5:30 PM.

May 5: BIG BREW DAY. The ALES Club and the Bushwakker Brewpub continue this longstanding tradition of celebrating craft beer at the grassroots level. Members of the club join Bushwakker head brewer, Michael Gaetz, and assistant brewer, Bradley Dalrymple, in brewing a special Imperial Brown Ale.

May 5BUSHWAKKER AT SAVOUR THE SOUTHEAST. Back for its third edition at Affinity Place in Estevan, Saskatchewan. We make our debut at this popular Food, Wine, Beer, Spirit and Music Festival. 7:00 PM.

May 7: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. THE MINISTRY OF GROOVE. 1970’s jazz funk and beyond. Love those horns! 8:00 PM.

May 9: Wednesday Night Folk. FARMER THE BAND. Canadian-grown American folk act from southern B.C. 8:00 PM.

May 14: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. BRIAN BAGGETT AND BEN WINOSKI. Chapman Stick master meets acoustic guitar whiz. One powerful duo! 8:00 PM.

May 16: Wednesday Night Folk. SEAN PINCHIN. Ontario folk and bluesman on a cross Canada tour. 8:00 PM.

May 17: THE EAGLES AT MOSAIC STADIUM. Be sure to stop by before, during or after the big concert to enjoy our Hotel California Burger & a Pint feature.

May 18: ANNUAL SCREAMIN’ MOSQUITO CHILI BEER RELEASE. Our hot pepper-infused blonde ale makes its annual return this weekend. We have partnered with local businessman, Tony Matharu at the India Food Centre in Regina to provide a selection of fresh spicy peppers that will showcase their unique flavours in addition to varying degrees of heat. The first pepper offering will a nice, easy introduction to the style and is one of our most popular offerings – the classic Thai Green Chili! Hurts so good!

May 18, 19 & 20: MAY LONG WEEKEND KEG EVENT. What better way to celebrate the year’s first warm-ish 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.

May 19: THE 3rd POET LAUREATE’S POETRY & A PINT PRESENTATION. The Saskatchewan Poet Laureate Program was the first provincial program of its kind in Canada. The Saskatchewan Arts Board, Saskatchewan Book Awards, and the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild are partners in the program, which is under the patronage of the Lieutenant Governor. Enjoy a Saturday afternoon of poetry readings from some of Regina and area’s established and up-and-coming writers including: Brenda Schmidt (Poet Laureate of Saskatchewan), Bernadette Wagner, Chelsea Coupal, Gillian Harding-Russell, Randy Lundy and Shelly Banks. Perhaps enjoy a slice of our special limited edition Poetry Dessert! 3:00 PM.

May 23: Wednesday Night Folk: SKYLAR BOUCHARD. Acclaimed Winnipeg singer/songwriter makes his Bushwakker debut. 8:00 PM.

May 24: HEALTH SCIENCE PUB presented by the Integrated Health Research Cluster. Citizen Scientists Creating Healthy Cities. Our wildly popular Science Pub Series has returned for a sixth incredible season! 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 presentation which begins at 7:00 PM. This month’s lecture will be presented by Dr. Tarun Katapally, Assistant Professor, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Regina.

May 28: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. 8’S ENUFF. Mini big band packs a powerful punch and delivers big, jazz and swing. 8:00 PM.

May 30: Wednesday Night Folk. RON LOOS. Razor-sharp wit and fancy guitar pluckin’. 8:00 PM.

Supreme Court Upholds Interprovincial Trade Law in Cross-Border Alcohol Case

The Globe & Mail

Canada has no constitutional guarantee of free trade between provinces, the Supreme Court has ruled in upholding a fine against a New Brunswicker who brought alcoholic beverages from Quebec into his home province.

Gérard Comeau was fined $292 after the RCMP caught him six years ago with 14 cases of beer and three bottles of spirits from Quebec. (Mounties on the Quebec side followed him back to the Restigouche River and radioed ahead to their colleagues on the other side as he crossed a bridge.) The province has a limit of 12 pints of beer or one bottle of liquor purchased outside its borders.

When he successfully fought the fine in New Brunswick Provincial Court, the case became about much more than beer. It had potential consequences for the flow of all manner of goods, from eggs to chicken and soon, to marijuana.

But the Supreme Court of Canada ruled unanimously on Thursday that New Brunswick was within its rights to fine Mr. Comeau. The case turned on Section 121 of the 1867 Constitution, which says goods must be “admitted free” as they move from one province to another. The court said the term, although ambiguous, should be interpreted in light of the principle of federalism, which allows regional diversity and local concerns to be reflected within a single nation.

“The federalism principle supports the view that provinces within a federal state should be allowed leeway to manage the passage of goods while legislating to address particular conditions and priorities within their borders.”

The ruling was authored by “The Court” − a signature used in major cases to lend a ruling more weight.

The court said the provinces cannot set out to impose trade barriers on the flow of goods. But as long as the provinces are regulating goods for a different purpose − as in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories, which control the flow of liquor from elsewhere for public-health reasons − the side-effects on trade must be allowed.  New Brunswick said its purpose is to manage the supply of liquor in the province, not to set up trade barriers.

The ruling was quickly seized on in the dispute between Alberta and British Columbia over a pipeline expansion, with B.C. saying a proposed Alberta law that would restrict the flow of oil out of the province would be struck down by the Supreme Court as a barrier to the flow of goods.

In Ottawa, the Conservative Party called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to do more to reduce interprovincial trade barriers, citing a Senate study that put their cost at more than $50-billion a year. The Prime Minister said in London that the government will look at the decision, but that it has made progress with an internal free-trade agreement last year.

Ian Blue, a lawyer representing Mr. Comeau, said the judges shrank from doing their constitutional duty. “I thought the Supreme Court would have a little more courage than they showed,” he said in an interview. “We consider it a political decision to favour the status quo.” By that, he meant that the court “bought into the broader provincial rights paradigm that we live in nowadays.”

Others cheered. Rob Cunningham, senior policy analyst with the Canadian Cancer Society, which intervened in the case, said a decision in favour of Mr. Comeau could have affected public health by allowing people to get cigarettes from provinces such as Quebec that have lower tobacco taxes. “Had the decision gone the other way, it would have opened the floodgates for interprovincial cigarette smuggling,” he said.

Provincial regulations on the sales of cannabis, once possession is legalized this summer, would be easy to evade if the provinces could not set the rules within their borders, he said. “It would have been a race to the bottom for health, safety and environmental standards.”

A New Brunswick judge who heard expert evidence from a single historian ruled that Canada’s founding fathers intended to allow internal trade to be completely free. But the Supreme Court said the judge substituted an expert’s opinion for nearly a century of appellate court rulings.

Paul Bates, a lawyer who represented the Consumers Council of Canada, which intervened in the case, called the decision a “classic Canadian compromise.”
“We don’t live in a land of constitutional absolutes. We live in a land of compromises and reconciliation.”

He said the decision is good for consumers, who will be able to benefit from the protections of provincial laws, such as those that prohibit hazardous products that may be found in other jurisdictions.

But Alexandre Moreau, a public policy analyst with the Montreal Economic Institute, was disappointed. “It’s a big win for government monopolies, but it’s a guaranteed loss for 37 million Canadians.”

He cited the trucking industry: Provincial regulations on such things as tire size and the number of hours a driver may be at the wheel cause some firms to send their vehicles through the United States on trips between Canadian destinations. Or just to trade with U.S. states.

New Brunswick Provincial Court Justice Ronald LeBlanc had upended a 1921 ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada establishing that while customs duties are not allowed, other trade barriers are. Usually, lower-court judges have to follow Supreme Court precedents. But Justice LeBlanc cited the Supreme Court’s 2013 ruling on prostitution laws, which established that when the facts and circumstances of a case change, lower-court judges can overturn rulings of higher courts.

In the Comeau case, however, the Supreme Court said all that had changed was that an expert had testified with a different view of Canadian history. If lower-court judges were allowed to overturn precedents for that reason, Canadian law would become chaotic, it said.

The Comeau case was the last to be heard by Beverley McLachlin before she retired as chief justice in December. She participated in the ruling.

If only his cantina had Jed-IPA on tap! “Sean” Solo will be at Bushwakker for the special “May the Fourth” edition of First Firkin Friday.



An Englishman, a Scotsman, and an Irishman get twisted at the local pub one night and conspire to rob the local bank. Drunk as they are, they try and rob the place but are too drunk to pull it off. As the alarms scream, they leg it out of the bank and down the alley. Hot on their heals are the cops, responding to the alarm. As the three drunks round a bend, they spot a Cats and Dogs Home and jump over the fence into the kennel yard. They see three burlap sacks lying on the ground and they each crawl into an empty bag. The cops leap over the fence behind them and spot the three bulging sacks on the ground. One cop kicks the first sack and the Englishman says, “Bark! Bark!” “Ah, must be a dog!” says the cop and he kicks the second sack. The Scotsman says, “Meow!” and the cop nods his head, exclaiming, “Must be cats!” and turns his focus on the last sack, kicking it sharply. The Irishman cries out, “Potatoes!”

Weekend Dining Feature: Smoked Cherrywood Back Ribs w/ Roasted Golden Beets & Potato Spinach Salad. $19.95 (weather permitting)

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., Apr. 27

Potato, Bacon & Leek

IPA Fish

Roast Pork Loin w/ Chanterelle Sauce

Sodbuster Brown Ale

Sat., Apr. 28


Breakfast Special

Steak & a Pint. $19.95


Sun., Apr. 29


Breakfast Special

Steak & a Pint. $19.95


Mon., Apr. 30

Blackened Chicken & Mushroom

BLTCA on French

Spaghetti Bolognese

Regina Pale Ale

Tues., May 1

Beef Barley

Butter Chicken Pizza

Steak Asada

Palliser Porter

Wed., May 2

Pork Goulash

Surf & Turf Wrap

Jerk Chicken

Baron Bock

Thur., May 3


Yogurt Chicken & Chickpea Salad

Fish Curry


Fri., May 4

“Hoth” & Sour

The “Dark Side”
Corn Dog

“Bantha” Elk Burger

Sodbuster Brown Ale

Sat., May 5


Breakfast Special

Steak & a Pint. $19.95


Sun., May 6


Breakfast Special

Steak & a Pint. $19.95


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.