THE WAKKER WEEKLY - Issue #1321 - Posted on: 23-May-2016

BUSHWAKKER NEWS

Our May premium wine features are both VQA wines from British Columbia. The red is Conviction Dreamers & Schemers (Merlot/Cabernet Franc) and the white is Conviction Movers & Shakers (Gewurztraminer/Sovereign Opal.) Both are $7.95 for a glass and $22.95 for a half litre.

Our guest tap is currently pouring the new Folklore Imperial Stout from Black Bridge Brewery in Swift Current. Next up we have a couple of small kegs of Puddle Jumper Rhubarb Cider from Living Sky Winery in Perdue, Saskatchewan. Should be gone in the blink of an eye!

The Bushwakker is now OPEN ON SUNDAYS from Noon to Nine. Enjoy our Sunday Steak & a Pint feature. Lots of folks coming in for growler fills with smiles on their faces! 

The Bushwakker will be releasing a new full menu on May 30. We haven't refreshed our menu in over two years. Executive chef, Mike Monette and general manager, Kelly Monette, painstakingly reviewed each and every menu item. Many items have received a refining makeover while others are completely brand new. A few slower moving dishes were removed. Overall the total number of food items has increased and you will be given more choice in the options available to you. Maintaining and improving quality while still being conscientious of good value continues to be the resonating theme of our menu choices, portion sizing and pricing. 

BUSHWAKKER EVENTS

May 20: ANNUAL SCREAMIN’ MOSQUITO CHILI BEER RELEASE. Our hot pepper-infused blond 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 be the hottest of the season and was last year’s most popular offering – the Scotch Bonnet! Hurts so good!

May 20, 21 & 22: MAY LONG WEEKEND KEG EVENT. What better way to celebrate the year’s first warm 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 21: THE 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, Her Honour the Honourable Vaughn Solomon Schofield. Enjoy a Saturday afternoon of poetry readings 
from some of Regina and area’s established and up-and-coming writers including: Eric Greenway, Shelley Banks, Courtney Bates-Hardy, Brenda. Niskala and Coby Stephenson. Hosted by Gerald Hill, Poet Laureate of Saskatchewan. 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

May 23: CLOSED ON VICTORIA DAY. Enjoy your Victoria Day with family and friends and take advantage of our May Long Weekend Keg promotion.

May 25: Wednesday Night Folk – Special Edition. REGINA WOMEN IN SONG. This popular music event returns, showcasing some of Regina’s up-and-coming female artists. This year’s line-up includes; Holly Noir, Eden the Cat and Bushwakker bartender/server, Lexy Desjarlais. 9:00 PM.

May 26: THE 14th ANNUAL SOUL SISTERS BENEFIT DINNER & CONCERT. Presented by The Room Hair Design. Don’t miss this very popular annual fundraiser event. Your ticket gets you a famous Bushwakker Burger, hand cut fries, Caesar salad and a half pint of Bushwakker beer. You can also take in the massive silent auction, raffles and 50/50 draws. Enjoy live music performances from Saskatchewan artists, Poor Nameless Boy and Zero Fox. There will also be entertainment provided by local comedians. Proceeds go towards YWCA programs for women and children. Tickets available at the YWCA & The Room.

May 30: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. THE MINISTRY OF GROOVE. Popular act plays 1970’s jazz funk and more. Love that horn section! 8:00 PM.

May 30: New Bushwakker Full Menu Release


The Surprising Relationship Between Beer Consumption and Weight Gain

By Adonia Dennis

The origins of beer can be traced to as far back as the fifth millennium BC, with many historians believing that it is one of the oldest beverages ever produced by humans. Some fractions of the brewing industry firmly believe that the introduction of bread and beer was the catalyst that signaled the start of structured civilization and technological development. Under current market conditions, the annual revenue generated by the beer industry is estimated to exceed slightly USD$ 300 billion. China takes the top spot for the highest beer production in the world while the United States ranks closely behind at second place. 

Drinking Beer and Metabolic Syndrome
In a society where a majority of the people are overly obsessed with healthy living, activists constant harp on the damaging health effects that are caused by beer consumption. Those who have a weak spot towards this habit would advocate moderate consumption at all times, limited to a maximum of fourteen drinks in a week at 12-ounce per serving. Although beer is essentially considered liquid calories, many people fail to recognize its limited capacity to offer health benefits. For instance, beer consumption can be used as an unconventional metabolic syndrome treatment method. This unique theory was established by an Australian study where health experts discovered that moderate consumption of beer is directly linked to a lower prevalence of Type 2 diabetes. 

Thorough physical and medical examination on each participant also showed that regular drinkers who fall under the obese category had a more favorable vascular risk profile as compared to their counterparts who avoided alcohol consumption. Although this scientific experiment laid the foundation for further investigative studies into the far-reaching health benefits of beer consumption, the health experts stopped short of recommending existing non-drinkers to start picking up the habit. This is due to the high level of discipline required to maintain moderate consumption at all times. The study elaborates that excessive beer consumption reverses the benefit and increases the risk of developing metabolic syndrome by as much as 60%. 

Drinking Beer and Weight Gain
A significant breakthrough discovery was unearthed by the Linus Pauling Institute and Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, Oregon State University, United States earlier this year. Researchers from the University targeted the specific compound of Xanthohumol, that is commonly found in beer, and aimed to identify if it conferred any health benefits to its consumers. Some of the health factors that were examined include glucose levels, lipid metabolism rate, changes in weight, and other heart disease risk factors. 

In order to facilitate a detailed experiment, a total of 48 mice subjects were used and randomly split into 3 different groups. Each of these groups was fed with high-fat diets and varying amounts of Xanthohumol. The first group was not prescribed to any dosage of Xanthohumol; the second group was given 30 milligrams per kilogram of body weight while the last group was given 60 milligrams per kilogram of body weight. The whole experiment lasted for a period of 12 weeks, and each mouse subject was evaluated at the conclusion of the trial. 

After all the results had been compiled and cross-referenced, it was scientifically proven that mice who were prescribed with the highest dosage of Xanthohumol enjoyed more health benefits than those subjects who were not given any dosage. These benefits include:
  * 80 percent decrease in harmful cholesterol levels
  * 42 percent reduction in insulin levels
  * 78 percent drop in inflammation risk
  * 22 percent less weight gain

As all mice subjects were given high-fat diets, it was inevitable that each of them experience weight gain. However, mice in the group with the highest dosage of Xanthohumol recorded the least percentage of weight gain overall. It was also discovered that this group of mice subjects experienced an increase in oxygen intake, enhanced metabolic rates, and a reduction of plasma in protein. 

The experts responsible for this scientific experiment expressed their delight in identifying the Xanthohumol compound and were amazed at its extensive range of health benefits. Although this landmark research was conducted on mice subjects, it is believed that the Xanthohumol compound found in beer would offer similar benefits to the human body as its benefits coincide with characteristics of metabolic syndrome. Furthermore, the results published here seem to echo the findings that were highlighted in the earlier study. 

As with every scientific experiment, the experts warned that the parameters used in this trial significantly exceeds normal dietary levels. 60 milligrams of Xanthohumol equates to approximately 3,500 pints of beer a day. Nonetheless, individuals can rely on health supplements to help them meet this minimum standard requirement. 

Other Scientific Evidences
According to established nutritionist Dr. Kathryn O’Sullivan, beer contains a relatively low-calorie value when compared to other alcoholic drinks. Its calorie value is also significantly lower than common food items such  as a bag of chips, a piece of banana, or a cup of cappuccino. She further explains that as long as beer consumption is strictly maintained at a moderate level, there is minimal risk of weight gain and does not lead to the development of a beer belly. Her sentiments are consistent with both studies highlighted above, as health experts univocally advocate on the importance of drinking in moderation. 

Several other distinguished health experts have also released their findings that support the concept of beer consumption in moderation. Through an in-depth review of numerous independent studies, the TNO Nutrition and Food Research Institute from the Netherlands discovered that one pint of beer on a daily basis can help to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. On the other hand, the University of Catania found out that drinkers enjoy a decreased risk of osteoporosis. The high silicon content can also help the nails, hair, and skin maintain its radiance for an extended period of time. 

Conclusion
Health experts have worked hard to address the several myths that revolve around beer consumption. While many health activists strictly avoid drinking, they are most likely to be misinformed about the potential health profile of beer. Unlike other unhealthy foods, beer consumption can offer several health benefits to the body as long as it is taken in moderation. Potential health risks only present themselves when individuals started to abuse this substance and relied on it excessively. Otherwise, the controlled drinker can expect to experience health benefits such as reduced weight gain, increased immunity to metabolic syndrome, a decreased risk of osteoporosis, healthier cholesterol levels, and a significant drop in inflammation risk. 

TIME OUT

MacGregor pulled up next to a little girl walking home from school and said "If you get in, I'll give you a lollypop". The girl kept walking. Following along slowly, MacGregor said "Come on and get in the car with me and I'll give you two lolly pops". She kept her eyes on the sidewalk and continued on her way. MacGregor said "Get in with me and I'll give you this whole bag of lollypops!" Finally, the girl turned and said "Look daddy, YOU bought the Ford Pinto, YOU ride in it!!!


Our New Fresh Pasta Weekend Feature is Tagliatelle Bolognaise. $16.95  (Beer Pairing: Dungarvon Irish Red 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., May 20

Potato, Bacon & Cheddar

Dagwood Club

Honey & Herb Roast Chicken. $16.95

Regina Pale Ale

Sat. May 21 & Sun. May 22

Bushwakker

Steak & a Pint. $17.95

Mon., May 23

CLOSED

HAPPY VICTORIA DAY!

CLOSED

Tues., May 24

Beef Barley

Bacon & Sausage Pizza. $13.95

Asparagus Stuffed Chicken

Last Mountain Lager

Wed., May 25

Ginger Chicken & Rice

Chimichanga Wrap

Roast Pork Loin

Harbinger Maibock

Thur., May 26

Cheesy Pepper Pot

Muffaletta

Beef Fajitas

Regina Pale Ale

Fri., May 27

Roast Cauliflower & Bacon

Beef Tenderloin & Quinoa Salad

Braised Bison Short Ribs

Sodbuster Brown Ale

Sat. May 28 & Sun. May 29

Bushwakker

Steak & a Pint. $17.95