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Spirits Untapped

Investigating the spirit and spirits of bars & breweries

Canadian Beer Day 2020

Happy Canadian Beer Day, from all of us (all 3 of me?) at Mark’s Tavern, Eh! October 7th is Canadian Beer Day. A day to celebrate the awesome folks who brew, sell, deliver, serve, and drink beer.We typically have beers... Continue Reading →

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

I started watching Cheers when I was a kid, and marveled at the idea of a place where everybody knows your name. As I got older (the show ran from 1982 until 1993 so I had already graduated from University... Continue Reading →

5000 Beers

It's no secret that I've long been a huge fan of the app Untappd. Because I enjoy tracking and rating the many different beers I love to try both locally and when I travel, the app has given me so... Continue Reading →

Hey Bartender

This past Friday, a musician that I stumbled across on social media from my old hometown stomping grounds of Sudbury, Ontario, has released a new single. Ashley Joanisse is a Canadian singer-songwriter of country and pop music. No, she's not... Continue Reading →

Recent Live Beer Tastings

During the self-isolation, quarantine, and lock-down situation facing the world, one of the things Liz and I have tried to do was order from as many local breweries as we could. It's not like we weren't already doing that prior... Continue Reading →

Stuck In The House Here With You: A Parody of “Stuck in the Middle with You”

When self-isolating, in your attempt to flatten the curve and spread of Covid-19, there are a few things you can do. You can support and order great craft beer from local brewers. (Seriously, if you're in Ontario, check out this... Continue Reading →

Message on a Bottle

How cool is this? Get your short story published on a beer label. Refined Fool Brewing in Sarnia is hosting a short story contest to help celebrate fellow local independent business The Book Keeper. They make great beers, and already... Continue Reading →

Happy Friday the 13th – Sept 2019

Happy Friday the 13th. Did you know that the superstition surrounding the fear of Friday the 13th is compiled up an intriguing selection of different fears and beliefs which form a recipe for a super superstition? The main ones are... Continue Reading →

Canadian Beer Day

A new initiative to annually celebrate one of Canada's most beloved products, beer, has been announced by Beer Canada, a brewery trade organization. Occurring on the first Wednesday before Thanksgiving each year (Canadian Thanksgiving, in October, of course), Canadian Beer... Continue Reading →

Last Year in Beer: Mark’s Experience – 2018

Though it's late in January, on Jan 1st I took some snapshots of my previous 365 days in beer via Untappd. I check in all unique (or, I should say, perhaps about 98% of all unique beers I try. Occasionally... Continue Reading →

A Chill Barrie Hot Spot

Yesterday, on a quick late afternoon stop in Barrie, I had the chance to check out a cool little Barrie hotspot that I can imagine gets quite packed in the evenings. Chillz Dessert Lounge in downtown Barrie, has "expected the... Continue Reading →

Because Beer 2018

One of our annual "cannot miss" local beer festivals is the Because Beer Craft Beer Festival at Pier 4 Park in Hamilton. As usual, every year there are new added elements that make it that much better. And, no, I'm... Continue Reading →

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