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Spirits Untapped

Investigating the spirit and spirits of bars & breweries

Author

Mark Leslie

Writer, editor and bookseller who haunts Southern Ontario. Craft beer enthusiast. Author of thrillers and horror novels such as A CANADIAN WEREWOLF IN NEW YORK, EVASION and I, DEATH. Also writes a series of stand-alone non-fiction titles exploring ghosts and the paranormal which include HAUNTED HAMILTON, SPOOKY SUDBURY, CREEPY CAPITAL, TOMES OF TERROR, HAUNTED HOSPITALS, and MACABRE MONTREAL. Editor of the anthologies CAMPUS CHILLS, TESSERACTS SIXTEEN, FICTION RIVER: EDITOR'S CHOICE and FICTION RIVER: FEEL THE FEAR.

Liquid Art Fest 2018

On Saturday, Liz and I were at the afternoon session of the Liquid Art Fest held at Collective Arts Brewery in Hamilton, Ontario. To use the Untappd rating system, we would give this festival a very strong 5 out of... Continue Reading →

Three Cheers for Beers N Fears

Just a few weeks ago, if you happened to visit one of a handful of special breweries in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, you might have discovered a unique merger of books and beer that sets this particular beer and book... Continue Reading →

Barnaby’s First Bar Adventure

It was 2016 on this day that Liz and I brought Barnaby in to a bar for the first time. It wasn't his last time. But, since Liz and I have already shared our first beer experiences here, I figured... Continue Reading →

Mixing Drinks with Other Passions

It's interesting how a person's passions can blend or mix and create an intriguing concoction. Take this website (and the forthcoming book that inspired it), for example. Spirits Untapped was derived from my passion for sharing tales of ghostly locales... Continue Reading →

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 →

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