THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue # 1441


THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1441 – Posted on: 10-Sep-2018



Our GUEST TAP is currently pouring the Oat Session Ale from Black Bridge Brewing in Swift Current. Up next is the Pile O’ Bones Brewery Cranberry Sour! Following that will be a Cold Pressed Coffee Cream Ale!

Our September premium red wine features are from the SHY PIG WINERY in Australia. The white is a Sauvignon Blanc and the red is a Shiraz. Both are $6.95 for a glass and $17.95 for a half litre.

650ml glass bottles of our number one selling DUNGARVON IRISH RED ALE are currently available at the Quance Street, Broadway Avenue and North Albert Street SLGA stores!!!

We were asked by the Regina Public Library to give an Introduction to Craft Brewing in Saskatchewan presentation. The event took place at the end of August and was sold out with a waiting list. We were very pleased to have the opportunity to tout the accomplishments of some of our fellow Saskatchewan craft brewers. Those in attendance heard a 75 minute presentation from Bushwakker bar manager, Grant Frew, and sampled six unique local craft beers. The participants were asked to evaluate each beer according to how closely it came to an ideal example of the style. All sampled products were excellent and quite varied in flavour profile. The tabulated scores out of 50 possible points are as follows:

1. District Brewing Lemon Ginger Radler   41.10
2. Bushwakker Brewpub Palliser Porter   40.92
3. Rebellion Brewing Lentil                         40.25
4. Nokomis Craft Ales Brown Ale  39.67
5. Black Bridge IPA!                  37.44
6. Pile O’ Bones Brewing Cranberry Sour  34.21

SASKATCHEWAN CRAFT BEER IN MOSAIC STADIUM. The 2018 edition of the Labour Day Classic was a historic moment for Saskatchewan Craft Brewers. For the first time ever Saskatchewan craft beer was made available inside the stadium! Three Saskatchewan breweries had products available in a “Craft Beer Corner” in the southwest part of the stadium. This is part of a four home game test to ascertain how Saskatchewan craft beer will enhance the experience of the fans. Because this is only a test and due to the considerable costs associated with installing more draught stations, only Saskatchewan craft breweries who have canned products were offered the opportunity to participate. Depending on how enthusiastically Saskatchewan craft brewed beer is embraced at Mosaic Stadium, additional draft beer lines may be installed in the future. For now, all eyes will be watching how this test progresses. The fans will decide with their taste buds and pride!


Sept. 7: FIRST FIRKIN FRIDAY. Enjoy the pomp and circumstance of this longstanding Bushwakker monthly tradition! A piper from The Regina
Police Services Pipes & Drums
 leads a small keg (the firkin) of special ale throughout the pub in a procession. A guest volunteer tapper is selected to wield the handmade wooden maul affectionately named, The Mighty Firkin Wakker, and attempt to tap the keg in one swift blow! The September firkin offering will be a CHOCOLATE CHERRY WHEAT. The suds-soaking spectacular takes place at 5:30 PM.

Sept. 10: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. JEFF MERTICK. Veteran Regina songwriter returns with his soulful vocals and New Orleans blues style. 8:00 PM.

Sept. 12: Wednesday Night Folk. REGINA SONGWRITERS GROUP (A Regional Group of the Songwriters Association of Canada) & SASK MUSIC PRESENTS. Local singer/songwriters showcase featuring Luke Rossmo, Dale Mac, and Glenn Sutter. 8:00 PM.

Sept. 13: OUTLAW TRAILS SPIRITS CRAFT DISTILLERY TASTING EVENT. Sample over a half dozen products from one of Regina’s newest craft distilleries. John & Charmaine Styles opened their doors in December 2016 in Regina’s Warehouse District. Their overall objective is to produce unique and flavourful spirits in a manner consistent with artisanal values using Saskatchewan raw products, with a focus on whiskies. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet the people behind the spirits and enjoy a presentation of the some of their vodkas, molasses rum, single malt and experimental grain spirits. Only 50 tickets will be made available and are $20 each. On sale now!

Sept. 15: SASK VS OTTAWA. Kickoff is at 7:30 PM. Enjoy our gourmet OTTAWA BURGER & A PINT game day special for only $18.95. Come “devour” the competition!

Sept. 17: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. THE JAZZ BAND-ITS. Enjoy big band, jazz and swing from the largest band to ever grace the Bushwakker stage. 8:00 PM.

Sept. 19: Wednesday Night Folk. SUN ZOOM SPARX. Funk, jazz fusion, psychedelia and mid-70’s ambience. 8:00 PM.

Sept. 20: HEALTH SCIENCE PUB – Trojan Horse For MS Rescue! Presented by the Integrated Health Research Cluster. Our wildly popular Science Pub Series has returned for a seventh 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 Anastasye Kisheev, Faculty of Science, University of ReginaMany people are likely familiar with Greek mythology, with one of the more famous stories being that of Troy. Using principles in this legend, we are developing ways to treat Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MS is a devastating disease where the protective insulation around the nerve is destroyed. This leads to impairment of movement and unfortunately eventually death. Saskatchewan has the highest incidence of this disease in the world, but the cause remains very elusive. Unfortunately current treatments are lacking. We are currently developing a therapy to treat MS using the story of the Trojan horse as a guideline, demonstrating that myth and science very much go hand in hand.


Remember that Study Claiming no Amount of Alcohol is Safe? Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Worry!

By Tristian Hopper – National Post

It’s sobering stuff, but before you start pursuing Prohibition II, here are some reasons why that Lancet story may not be the final word on happy hour

In what quickly became the world’s most widely circulated science story, a report last week in the Lancet claimed that “the safest level of drinking is none.” Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the wide-ranging study criticized government health boards who merely advocate moderate drinking, writing that they should “consider recommendations for abstention.”

It’s sobering stuff, but before you start pursuing Prohibition II, here are reasons why that Lancet story may not be the final word on happy hour.

The risks of moderate alcohol consumption cited in the Lancet study are incredibly low

According to the study, if you gather together 100,000 teetotalers, in a single year 914 of them can be expected to develop breast cancer, liver cancer or one of the other 23 health problems known to be brought on by alcohol use. But if you gather together 100,000 people who only consume one drink a day, 918 of them will come down with those same health problems. Final result? Consuming one drink a day will cause four of every 100,000 people to get sick. That’s an incredibly low risk factor. It means that if you’re a moderate drinker, your health would be far better served by buying a fire extinguisher or a bike helmet than by quitting the sauce.

In an extended critique of the Lancet study, British statistician David Spiegelhalter calculated that, on average, it would take an incredible 400,000 bottles of gin to prompt a single extra health problem among moderate drinkers. With these kinds of numbers, Spiegelhalter was particularly critical of the study’s conclusion that public health agencies should “consider recommendations for abstention.” Wrote Spiegelhalter, “there is no safe level of driving, but governments do not recommend that people avoid driving. Come to think of it, there is no safe level of living, but nobody would recommend abstention.”

… and they may not necessarily be due to alcohol

The new Lancet study doesn’t have any new data. It’s a “meta-analysis” of nearly 700 published studies from around the world. As such, it’s a very accurate measure of the fact that drinkers, on average, are less healthy and die earlier. But in a column for the New York Times, pediatrician and health researcher Aaron Carroll wrote that with a pool of data that large, the study is unable to control for “unmeasured” factors that might also be causing drinkers to get disproportionately sick. Drinkers might be poorer or more depressed, among other factors. Given this, Carrolll had sharp criticism for the study correlating any amount of alcohol with poor health. “I am sure that I could create a chart showing increasing risk for many diseases from 0 to 15 desserts,” he wrote. “This could lead to assertions that “there’s no safe amount of dessert. But it doesn’t mean you should never, ever eat dessert.”

A recent Lancet study came to very different conclusions

It got way less press, but only five months ago another wide-ranging alcohol study was published in the Lancet. This one also used massive datasets to determine the link between drinking and poor health.

The study is no fan of alcohol, an accompanying press release advised people that if they “already drink alcohol, drinking less may help you live longer.” The reason they included the “already drink alcohol” caveat is because when researchers broke open the data for “non-drinkers” they found that teetotalers were at way higher risk for death and sickness than their moderate-drinking peers. This doesn’t mean that alcohol is medicine, since the non-drinkers may be in that category because of some serious pre-existing condition. But it does pour water on the claim that non-drinkers are some magically healthy subset of the population (or that non-drinking is foolproof indicator of good health). Ultimately, the study stopped short of recommending abstention, and instead suggested keeping alcohol consumption below 100 grams per week. In Canada, this is equivalent to roughly eight drinks.

Just to be clear, heavy drinking is obviously bad

After years of steadily climbing upwards, life expectancy in the United States has been dropping in recent years, prompting health researchers to blame the trio of alcohol, suicide and drugs. In 2012 alone, 3.3 million people around the world died due to “harmful” consumption of alcohol, according to the World Health Organization. In Russia, so many men died of alcohol-related causes starting in the 1980s that the country has a recognized demographic of women unable to find husbands. Alcohol abusers get cancer more often, they destroy their organs and they injure themselves more often. In Canada, impaired driving remains the leading cause of criminal death. Roll all of this together and it is an extremely mainstream medical opinion that heavy drinking is always bad.

And no doctor is going to suggest you drink more
There is some correlation between light drinking and certain health outcomes. Even the new Lancet study wrote that light drinking may help to reduce ischaemic heart disease and diabetes among women — but maintained that the overall risks far outweigh the benefits. Regardless, here’s something that never happens: A woman walks into a doctor’s office and is immediately asked if she’s getting enough vodka. While alcohol used to be a staple medical prescription well into the 20th century, modern doctors are generally in agreement that it has no medicinal quality whatsoever. There are only two very specific exceptions: If someone is rolled into an Emergency Room with methanol poisoning, a doctor will prescribe an IV of alcohol to counteract the effects of the poison (resulting in an alive, but very drunk, patient). Or, if someone is already a severe alcoholic, a doctor may prescribe safe amounts of alcohol to help with withdrawal symptoms. The point is: If you’re a teetotaler, the medical community has no quarrel with your drinking choices. Most medical debates about alcohol are whether it’s measurably dangerous in small doses, not whether it should be part of a balanced diet.

For what it’s worth, old people tend to be healthy lushes

People blessed with extreme longevity are often medical anomalies, and should not be used as guides to proper public health policy. For instance, the oldest man in the United States, 112-year-old Richard Overton, pursues the extremely inadvisable habit of smoking up to 18 cigars per day. But it’s worth noting that an awful lot of very old people have lived lives replete with moderate alcohol consumption. A particularly illuminating 2007 study followed a group of 14,000 seniors for 23 years, at the end of which most had died. Incredibly, the drinkers fared way better than the teetotalers. “Stable drinkers … had a significantly decreased risk of death compared with stable non-drinkers,” it concluded. A 2008 study, meanwhile, found that people older than 50 who drink were less likely to develop disabilities as they grew older. This should not be taken of evidence that alcohol is a health tonic, only that for select demographics it’s not necessarily a barrier to a long and healthy life. The same definitely can’t be said of other drugs such as heroin or tobacco (with the notable exception of Overton, of course). The studies also illustrate a major problem with any research on alcohol health: People may drink moderately because they already live relatively healthy and balanced lifestyles, not the other way around. Either way, it’s good news for Queen Elizabeth II, who is well on her way to becoming European history’s first centenarian monarch while pounding through four cocktails a day.


Ethel checked into a motel on her 50th birthday. She was lonely and a little depressed at her advancing age so she decided to risk an adventure. She thought – I’ll call one of those men you see advertised in phone books for escorts and sensual massages. She looked through the phone book, found a full page ad for a guy calling himself Tender Tony, a very handsome man with assorted physical skills flexing in the photo. He had all the right muscles in all the right places, thick wavy hair, long powerful legs, dazzling smile, six pack abs!! She figured – What the heck, nobody will ever know, I’ll give him a call.
“Good evening, ma’am, how may I help you?”
Oh my, he sounded sooo sexy!
Afraid she would lose her nerve if she hesitated, she rushed right in: “I hear you give a great massage. I’d like you to come to my motel room and give me one. No, wait, I should be straight with you. I’m in town all alone and what I really want is sex. I want it hot, and I want it now … Bring implements, toys, everything you’ve got in your bag of tricks. We’ll go at it all night – tie me up, cover me in chocolate syrup and whipped cream, anything and everything, I’m ready! Now how does that sound?”
He said, “That sounds absolutely fantastic, but you need to press 9 for an outside line.”

Weekend Dining Feature: Queen City Marathon House-made Fettucine Carbonara. $18.95 

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., Sept. 7

Potato Cheddar

Blackened Chicken & Pear Caesar Wrap

Hunter’s Stew w/ Soda Bread

Palliser Porter

Sat., Sept. 8


Smoked Meat Bun

Steak & a Pint. $19.95 (NEW)

Sun., Sept. 9


Grilled Cheese, Bacon & Eggs

Steak & a Pint. $19.95 (NEW)

Mon., Sept. 10

Blackened Chicken Mushroom

Turkey & Provolone Melt

Bacon & Tomato Spaghetti

Last Mountain Lager

Tues., Sept. 11

Mustard Pork

Pastrami Pizza

Beef Stroganoff

Harbinger Maibock

Wed., Sept. 12


Balsamic Steak on Bruschetta Salad

Risotto Cakes w/ Sautéed Shrimp

Stubblejumper Pilsner

Thur., Sept. 13

Cream of Broccoli

Black Forest Ham

BBQ Beef Burger

Palliser Porter

Fri., Sept. 14

Ginger Beef

Szechuan Chicken Wrap

Sesame Stir Fry

Sodbuster Brown Ale

Sat., Sept. 15


Burger & a Pint. $18.95

Steak & a Pint. $19.95 (NEW)

Sun., Sept. 16


Breakfast Burrito

Steak & a Pint. $19.95 (NEW)

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.