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Spirits Untapped

Investigating the spirit and spirits of bars & breweries

Canadian American Beer Festival

Canada and the United States aren't just good neighbors (ie, the world's longest unprotected border); but when we collaborate, we can do some tremendously good things together. And when breweries collaborate, they can also bring some truly stunning things to... Continue Reading →

Pizza, Beer and an Old Town Ghost

One of the many fun historic ghost tours that Liz and I have been on was a BeerQuest Walking tour of downtown Portland that included multiple stops, multiple samples of local brews and some fun historic ghostly tales of multiple... Continue Reading →

Ghostly Tales From A Hamilton Bar

It's no secret that one of my favorite haunts in Hamilton is a bar called The Winking Judge (it is also often listed or referred to as Augusta's Winking Judge). I discovered it while researching for my 2012 book Haunted... Continue Reading →

A New Ripple In Beer Foam Art

Okay, I'll admit it. When I'm drinking a beer and there's no hearty conversation going on either with the people I'm drinking with or with the bartender or the regulars hanging out at the bar, after each sip I will... Continue Reading →

Friday the 13th and Beer

Here's wishing you a safe and uneventful Friday the 13th, outside of discovering new beers to try, that is. That's the type of event I can really get behind. But in the interest of avoiding bad luck, or at least... Continue Reading →

Blue Me at Moon River

Last summer (the summer of 2017), Liz and I drove from Ontario down through the Eastern United States on our way to a conference I was attending in Orlando, Florida. We figured it was the perfect opportunity to explore as... Continue Reading →

Beer Unboxing from Canada Craft Club

I have had a subscription to Canada Craft Club for a long time, and each month the box arrives, I delight in the opening of it. So when the box arrived yesterday, I thought it might be fun to record... Continue Reading →

Your Brain on Alcohol

We were laughing about the pair of Facebook live videos that I shot a few weeks ago when we were investigating the beer and music scene in Portland at the White Eagle Cafe and Saloon. Of course, I never noticed... Continue Reading →

We’d Need A Giant Beer To Go With This Pizza

Las Vegas has come onto my radar a lot in the past six months. Not that long ago, a 20 Books to 50K writer's conference took place there, a great speaker I met in the fall of 2017 and am... Continue Reading →

Feeling Groggy?

Yesterday was St. Patrick's Day. If you partook in the festivities, perhaps this morning you are feeling a little groggy. Perhaps, if you were like the tens of thousands of students wandering around the streets of Waterloo yesterday near Ezra... Continue Reading →

Keeping a ‘Beer’-emory Alive

Memories are fascinating to me. How we can store and then recall specific elements of time and then discount and purge so many other moments. What prompts one moment to stand out? Especially, amidst so many other, seemingly similar, moments.... Continue Reading →

The Good Old Spirit at the Hoodoo Bash

"If you're afraid, then you better stay home 'Cause there's no turning back once the dice are cast Lovers and strangers will all go thru changes When they get the good, old spirit down at the Hoodoo Bash" - Peter... Continue Reading →

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