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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.

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 →

The Only Prescription is More Cowbell

The other day on a trip through Blyth, Ontario to our camping spot at Point Farms Provincial Park, Liz and I were fortunate enough to make a stop at Cowbell Brewing Company, which is situated on the corners of Highways... Continue Reading →

Bridging The Craft Beer Experience

Just in time for this past week's Canada Day celebrations, Trestle Brewing Company in Parry Sound celebrated their official ribbon-cutting and Grand Opening. I was lucky enough to visit the site just prior to and just after that grand day.... Continue Reading →

Never-Ending Foam

The other day when I was recording a live Facebook beer tasting video things went wrong. The beer I had just opened, a delicious and boozy Houblen Dobbelen IPA Tripel from The Ticketybrew Company, started foaming and just wouldn't stop.... Continue Reading →

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 →

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