Issue #1730 – Posted on: 25-Mar-2024

BREWERY “HOPP”ENINGS! Bushwakker head brewer, Michael Gaetz, reports that our seasonally available UPENDI PINEAPPLE PASSIONFRUIT FRUIT BEER, PREMIUM PALE ALE, PICKARD’S OATMEAL CREAM STOUT and FLEK’S CZECH DARK LAGER are currently available. There are also a batches of BREW & GOLD DORTMUNDER LAGER and GALAXY SMASH currently working their way through the brewery.


Last Saturday’s Pre-St. Patrick’s Day part saw plenty of customers enjoying our DUNGARVON IRISH RED ALE. This beer was first introduced approximately 25 years ago by our second brewer, the late Brant Ross, as a celebration of his recent marriage. He called it HONEYMOON ALE but unfortunately, it was not well received so the beer was quickly dropped from the brewing roster. The recipe was later discovered in the brew logs by our third brewer, David Rudge, who went on to open the Half Pints Microbrewery in Winnipeg. David felt the beer recipe was very good and fit into the BJCP category of an Irish Red Ale. After a discussion with the late company president, Bev Robertson, it was decided the beer would be resurrected and rebranded as an Irish Red Ale. Bev was from New Brunswick where the Dungarvon River flows. So DUNGARVON IRISH RED ALE was released and it quickly became the most popular Bushwakker beer of all time. It pairs wonderfully with a wide variety of dishes and is delicious on its own. Who knew a simple brand name change would make such a huge difference in customer perception?


The Bushwakker signature event makes its annual return and this year’s theme pays tribute to our late Bushwakker co-founders, Bev & Elaine Robertson. Delicious East coast-inspired cuisine and beer with a deep Bushwakker connection await you. Tickets on sale now. Don’t miss our most decadent dining experience of the entire year!

This Weekend’s Special Dining Feature for March 22nd & 23rd is CRAB CAKE SALAD w/ MANGO SALSA for $22.95. Our Saturday CLASSIC STEAK & A PINT SPECIAL as well as our Monday and Wednesday WINGS & A PINT SPECIAL and Tuesday PIZZA & A PINT SPECIAL are also great value deals.

Our SASK CRAFT GUEST TAP is currently pouring the FLAGSTONE RED CREAM ALE from 9 Mile Legacy Brewing. This will be followed by a RASPBERRY HEFFEWEIZEN from Paddock Wood Brewing.

MARCH PREMIUM WINE FEATURES: This month’s red wine feature is CLOOF VERY SEXY SHIRAZ from South Africa. The white is DOMAINE TARIQUET CLASSIC COTES DE GASCOGNE from France. It is made with a complex blend with several regional grapes including; Gros Manseng, Colombard, Ugni Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay. Both are $8.95 for a glass and $23.95 for a half litre.


Late Bushwakker co-founder and president, Bev Robertson, was an instrumental force in bringing the Saskatchewan Science Centre to fruition. To help celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Science Centre we will be donating $3.14 from each sale of Bev’s namesake POP’S PIZZA made between March 14 – 30 to the Science Centre as part of their PI MONTH celebration.


Wow! What a fantastic Pre-St. Patrick’s Saturday Party last weekend! Thank you to all the customers and entertainers who came together and made the day such a smashing success! Next year St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Monday so most likely we’ll be presenting yet another Pre-St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, March 15th.


We are open Monday – Thursday from 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM. The kitchen closes at 9:00 PM and last call is at 9:15 PM. Fridays and Saturdays we are open from 11:00 AM until midnight. The kitchen is open until 11:00 PM and last call is at 11:15 PM. Closed on Sundays.

Reservations are accepted and encouraged. We accept a limited number of reservations as late as 6:00 PM every day except Fridays. Fridays we accept reservations as late as 3:00 PM. Call us at 306-359-7276 to secure your table. Our two banquet rooms are also available for private party rentals. Call Kelly at 306-359-7276 to book either our main floor Arizona Room or basement Clubroom.

Adult-use Cannabis Legalization in Canada Has Led to Beer Sales Decline

By examining the units of hectoliters per 100,000 people in Canadian provinces, researchers discovered some interesting trends


A study conducted in Canada and recently published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence shows that beer sales have declined since legalization began in 2018. The study involved researchers from the College Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba, School of Pharmacy at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto.

The study, which was published on Feb. 27, shows that beer sales in Canada have dropped significantly. “Canada-wide beer sales fell by 96 hectoliters per 100,000 population immediately after non-medical cannabis legalization and by 4 hectoliters per 100,000 population each month thereafter for an average monthly reduction of 136 hectoliters per 100,000 population post-legalization,” authors wrote. A hectoliter is a unit of measurement frequently used in reference to wine, beer, grain, or other agricultural goods, and is the total of 100 liters (1 liter is approximately 0.26 liquid gallons).

However, researchers also explained that cannabis legalization did not cause any reduction in spirit sales (which covers whisky, rum, gin, tequila, liqueurs, and vodka).

Additionally, researchers believe that cannabis use could potentially lead to higher alcohol use in some people, specifically “those with greater sensation-seeking behaviors.” However, they also wrote that some consumers are substituting cannabis in the place of alcohol.

Data on beer and spirits sales in Canada were taken from the Beer Canada and Spirits Canada resources. Beer Canada provided details about approximately 90% of total Canadian beer sales, while Spirits Canada showed sales in relation to whisky, rum, gin, tequila, liqueurs, and vodka but did not include ready-to-drink cocktails. Beer sales were reviewed between January 2012-February 2020, and spirits sales were examined between January 2016-February 2020.

The study reviewed results in all Canadian provinces. In Manitoba and Ontario, researchers saw the most significant decline in beer sales, while cannabis did not affect beer sales in Quebec, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia. Provinces referred to as Western provinces (British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan) “saw the largest reductions in average monthly beer sales which ranged between 228 and 505 hectoliters per 100,000 population over the post-legalization study period.” In Atlantic provinces (New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island), there was “no significant immediate or lagged impact of cannabis legalization on beer sales.”



A new priest at his first mass was so nervous he couldn’t stand still.
He asked Father Murphy for some advice.
Father Murphy replied, “When I’m worried about gettin’ nervous
on the pulpit, I take a wee bit o’ whiskey. Just to calm my nerves.”
So the next Sunday he took the older priest’s advice.
Before the mass, he got nervous and took a drink. He
then proceeded to talk up a storm.
Upon return to his office after mass, he found the following note on his door:

A few sips of whiskey. Not the whole bottle.

There are 10 commandments, not 12.

There are 12 disciples, not 10.

Jesus was consecrated, not constipated.

Jacob wagered his donkey, he did not bet his ass.

We do not refer to Jesus Christ as the late J.C.

The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are not referred to as Senior, Junior, and the Spook.

David slew Goliath, he did not kick the shit out of him.

When David was hit by a rock and knocked off his donkey, don’t say “He was stoned off his ass.”

We do not refer to the cross as the Big T!

When Jesus broke the bread at the Last Supper he said, “Take this and eat it, for it is my body”; he did not say, “Eat me.”

The Virgin Mary is not referred to as the, “Mary with the Cherry”.

The recommended grace before a meal is not: “Rub-A-dub-dub, thanks for the grub, yea God”

Next Sunday there will be a taffy-pulling contest at St. Peter’s, not a peter-pulling contest at St. Taffy’s.


Easter is coming up quick which means it is almost time for another annual Festive Fish Friday on March 29th!