THE WAKKER WEEKLY - Issue #1283 - Posted on: 31-Aug-2015

Bushwakker News

Our September wine features are from the Red Rooster Winery in BC:  The red is Hen House Ruffled Red, a cabernet/merlot blend.  The white is Hen House Sly White, a sauvignon blanc/riesling/pinot gris/semillon/ chardonnay/orange muscat blend.  Both are $7.95 for a glass and $22.95 for a half litre.

Our guest draught tap is currently pouring the Saugatuck Serrano Pepper Amber Ale from Michigan for $8.50 a pint.  Next up will be the Red Racer Maple Bacon Ale from Surrey, B.C.

Bushwakker Events

Aug. 29: Bushwakker Motherwell Red Fife Witbier Official Launch. The Bushwakker is a proud partner of Parks Canada this summer and has brewed a Motherwell Homestead commemorative brew which will be officially unveiled at the Symphony under the Sky at Motherwell Threshing Day Grand Event. Motherwell Red Fife  Witbier,  a  Belgian style of wheat beer, utilizes the historic Red Fife wheat in its production. This special easy-drinking wheat beer is the perfect summer quencher.  Motherwell Homestead National Historic Site is located an hour NE of Regina near Abernethy.  Enjoy a jam packed day of activities including threshing demonstrations, the Field to Fork Festival and kids activities during the "Cultivate Victory" world war commemorations. The highlight of the afternoon will be the performance from the Regina Symphony Orchestra! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a symphonic concert at the homestead. Event goes ahead rain or shine so come prepared.  Tickets are available at the Bushwakker. $10 each or $35 for a family. Enjoy a great family day of historic music at a historic site drinking a historic brew! (This event is allowed to sell beverage alcohol under an SLGA special occasion license and only beverage alcohol sold on the premises may be consumed on the premises.)

Aug. 31: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. Brian Baggett. A master of the 10-string Chapman Stick. Such full sound from one man playing one instrument! 8:00 PM.

Sept. 2: ALES Monthly Meeting. If you have been thinking about exploring the art of home brewing or have been wanting to improve your skills as a home brewer, now is the time to act! The first meeting of the Ale and Lager Enthusiasts of Saskatchewan 2015/2016 brewing season is tonight. This is generally their most highly attended meeting of the year. New members are always welcome. Come join some of the most passionate and talented home brewers in the province and learn how to make better beer and how to appreciate better beer. A different presentation topic is discussed each month. This month’s beer style discussion will be IPAs. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 8:00 PM in the Bushwakker basement clubroom.

Sept. 2: Wednesday Night Folk. Union Duke. Toronto act makes their Bushwakker debut and plays upbeat folk-rock-country bluegrass. 9:00 PM.

Sept. 4: First Firkin Friday. Enjoy the pomp and circumstance as a piper from The Regina Police Services Pipes & Drums leads a small keg throughout the pub in a wee procession before birthday boy and long-time Bushwakker supporter, Mr. Andrew Gilbert, wields the mighty ``Firkin Wakker`` handmade wooden maul and attempts to tap the firkin in one mighty blow. Should be a messy one! The spectacle begins at 5:30 PM. Plan to arrive early in order to get a front row beer drenching.

Sept. 6: Labour Day Classic Burger Battle. There are only a few Sundays each year when the Bushwakker is open and this is one of the big ones! We welcome our many Manitoba friends who make their annual pilgrimage to the Bushwakker and Mosaic stadium. This is also the only day of the year where you can choose from either our Bomber Burger & a Pint feature or our Rider Burger & a Pint feature. History has shown that the burger that sells the best prior to the game is a strong indicator as to which team will win the Labour Day Classic. We open at 11:00 AM.

Sept. 7: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. The Bushwakker will be open on Labour Day Monday. We invite our many Manitoba friends to stop by before making their return trip home. For those looking to end off their Labour Day weekend in a big way, we invite you to witness the largest band to ever grace the Bushwakker stage. Enjoy big band jazz with the 20 plus members who comprise The Jazz Band-Its. 8:00 PM.

Sept. 9: Wednesday Night Folk. Bradford. Popular folk guitarists duo featuring Brad Papp and Mark Radford. 8:00 PM.

Sept. 14: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. ‘round Midnight. Popular act plays popular jazz and adult contemporary tunes featuring lead singer, Carl Williams. 8:00 PM.

Sept.16: Wednesday Night Folk. Ben Winoski and Jeff Storry  demonstrate their acoustic guitar prowess. 9:00 PM.

Sept. 19: Riders vs. Ottawa. Be sure to stop by the Bushwakker before, during or after the game. Enjoy our RedBlack Burger & a Pint feature and `devour` the competition. Kick-off is at 7:00 PM.

Sept. 21: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. National award-winning blues artist Whiteboy Slim returns with his one man rhythm section. 8:00 PM.

Sept. 23: Wednesday Night Folk. Chad Kichula Trio. Americana folk inspired by Steve Earl and Bruce Springsteen. 9:00 PM.

Sept. 27: Riders vs. Montreal. Yet another rare Sunday Bushwakker business day. Kick-off is at 2:00 PM. Be sure to drop by the Bushwakker and enjoy our Alouette Burger & a Pint feature before, during or after the game. Go Riders go!

Sept. 28: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. AZ Paris. Veteran blues duo returns for an encore performance. 8:00 PM.

Sept. 30: Wednesday Night Folk. Billarney. Enjoy one of the largest acoustic Celtic acts to ever grace the Bushwakker stage. 9:00 PM.

Oct. 1: LB Distillers Tasting Event. Enjoy an evening evaluating a variety of products from Saskatoon’s Lucky Bastard Distillery. White spirits, brown spirits and even some liqueurs will be sampled. An overview of the distillation process as well as a recounting of the distillery’s initial business name rejection in 2010 to their incredible growth they have achieved in 2015. Only 50 tickets will be made available. Only $20 each. 7:00 PM.



Why you still get drunk drinking “session” beers

Joe Stange, August 17/2015

The difference between a 4% and a 5% beer is much wider than we assume.

We begin with a quiz: When it comes to our body’s alcohol intake, what’s the real difference between 4% and 5% alcohol by volume?

(a) 1%
(b) 20%
(c) 25%
(d) Much more than 25%

The answer is at the end. It’ll make more sense if you don’t skip ahead.  First, let’s talk about American session beer—increasingly popular thanks largely to flavorful, low-strength IPAs. For our purposes, a “session” is simply the enjoyment of several beers—more than two, I’d say—with companions. The idea is not to get zonked but to remain lucid enough for conversation, coordinated enough to walk straight, sensible enough to call a cab.

Is it an indulgent form of binge drinking? Oh my yes. Let’s call it what it is. But it’s one in which low alcohol content makes a critical difference.
Unfortunately—perhaps dangerously—American breweries have abused the word, even as their marketing folks have seen that session, like sex, sells. Or maybe we’re seeing a general misunderstanding of what a session ought to be, based on how our bodies process alcohol. Inevitably this leads to wider misunderstanding among drinkers—though ultimately the responsibility for smart choices rests with us and us alone.

So let’s clear this up, and maybe we can all make better choices.  In the question above I chose two alcoholic strengths. The lower one, 4%, is what sessionistas often propose as an upper guideline—sometimes allowing a limit of 4.5%. Meanwhile, 5% is mainstream lager strength.  I’ve read and heard arguments in favor of considering 5% beer to be session beer, and there are plenty of beers on the market above that strength that use the word “session.” Full Sail’s Session Lager, which helped to popularize the word, is 5.1%. In a world where special beers are forever playing near the upper boundaries, maybe a 5%-plus session beer sounds fine. But it’s not.

Our bodies can process a certain amount of alcohol, continuously. That process doesn’t stop until we die. There is a nifty way of explaining just how much—on average—our bodies can handle. It’s what health officials in some countries, notably Britain, call “units of alcohol.”

The US and Canada use a different measure called the “standard drink,” which is larger than the British unit of alcohol. There is a reason for that: Our governments are trying to define moderate drinking habits: no more than one or two standard drinks per day. The measure is based on what people typically consume, so one 12-ounce beer of 5% strength is one standard drink.

The Brits have taken a different tack: Their unit is based on the amount of alcohol that an average person can process in an hour. This can be useful information to know. For reference, an imperial pint of 4% strength beer—a fairly typical strength for cask ale—has 2.3 units of alcohol in it.

American officials say we shouldn’t have more than one or two standard drinks per day; the Brits say no more than two to four units daily. Experience suggests that most beer geeks venture well beyond those limits at least once per week.  And if we’re going to be honest about what a session is—an indulgent, prolonged drinking event—then it doesn’t take long to blow the lid off those limits, even with lower-strength beer.

(Oh and we’re not even talking about calories today. Nope, better not.)

So let’s do some easy math, using the British units of alcohol. And let’s say we’re of average build and can process one unit per hour. But let’s also say that we’re in the United States, drinking 12-ounce beers with friends over an evening.  I did some math for you: A 12-ounce beer of 4% strength contains about 1.4 alcohol units. Let’s say you’re drinking only one beer per hour—you’re probably not, but for simplicity, let’s say you are. In that case, your body processes 1.0 units and leaves 0.4 to begin laying down that gentle buzz. Have another beer the next hour, your body handles another unit, and the excess goes to 0.8, and it accumulates from there. The next hour, you’re at 1.2 units excess. It’s a neat (if oversimplified) way to measure intoxication.Now, a 12-ounce beer of 5% strength has about 1.8 units. That leaves 0.8 after your hour of your body doing what it does. After another beer and another hour, you’re at 1.6. The next hour, you’re at 2.4—that’s double the excess alcohol, and it only continues to accumulate.

Obviously the difference is further exaggerated if we were to compare proper session beers lower than 4%—as they should be—and beers stronger than 5%—like most of today’s novelties.

All of that excess—inevitable unless we’re drinking the lightest table beer—affects our mood, our blood-alcohol levels, our physical coordination, our ability to think and speak, to operate machinery. It affects our ability to not embarrass ourselves in front of potential or current mates. It’s important, and it’s important that the difference is substantial.

Many of us beer-inclined folks tend to drink more than is healthy for us. Not all of us, but many of us. It’s important to recognize these things. If we’re going to make better decisions, we need better information. Better labeling on the package wouldn’t hurt either.

So the correct answer is (d). And it may be the difference between self-indulgence and plain old drunken stupidity.




Time Out

A man wakes up one morning to find a gorilla on his roof. So he looks in the yellow pages and sure enough, there's an ad for "Gorilla Removers."

He calls the number, and the gorilla remover says he'll be over in 30 minutes.

The gorilla remover arrives, and gets out of his van. He's got a ladder, a baseball bat, a shotgun and a mean old pit bull. "What are you going to do," the homeowner asks?

"I'm going to put this ladder up against the roof, then I'm going to go up there and knock the gorilla off the roof with this baseball bat. When the gorilla falls off, the pit bull is trained to grab his testicles and not let go. The gorilla will then be subdued enough for me to put him in the cage in the back of the van."

He hands the shotgun to the homeowner. "What's the shotgun for?" asks the homeowner.

"If the gorilla knocks me off the roof, shoot the dog!


Weekend Seafood Feature: Grilled Red Snapper w/ Jalapeno Pineapple Relish & Coconut Rice $16.95 (Suggested Beer Pairing: Cheryl’s Blonde Ale)

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., Aug. 28

Cheesy Pepper Pot

Ham & Turkey on French

Beef & Red Wine Stew

Palliser Porter

Sat., Aug. 29

Bushwakker

Breakfast on a Bun

Steak & a Pint. $17.95

Mon., Aug. 31

Bayou Jambalaya

Shrimp Po Boy

Wild Mushroom Steak Sandwich

Sodbuster Brown Ale

Tues., Sept. 1

Chicken Noodle

Salami, Ricotta & Basil Pizza. $15.95

Goat Cheese Enchiladas w/ Ancho-Chili Sauce

Kai’s Munich Helles

Wed., Sept. 2

Ham, Lentil & Kale

Brisket Rueben

Butcher’s Daughter IPA Burger

Butcher’s Daughter IPA

Thur., Sept. 3

Split Pea Green Chili w/ Chorizo

Fish Tacos

Braised Thighs w/ Cider Apple Sauce & Veggies

Last Mountain Lager

Fri., Sept. 4

New England Clam &

Sweet Potato

Chicken on Jalapeno Cheese Bread

Beef, Porter & Mushroom Pie

Palliser Porter

Sat., Sept. 5

Bushwakker

Bomber or Rider Burger & a Pint. $16.95

Steak & a Pint. $17.95

Sun., Sept. 6