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Spirits Untapped

Investigating the spirit and spirits of bars & breweries

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Posts about specific locations and locales

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Pizza Heaven And Beer Magic

Earlier this week, Liz took me to a "new" pizza place she had recently discovered. (I say "new" because it has been there for a while now, but it is still new to us). I've already returned there a second... Continue Reading →

The Cross Brewery House

The building that is now known as the Rouge Restaurant and was designated as a Municipal and Provincial Heritage Site in 1973 was originally built in 1891 by A.E. Cross in a Calgary neighborhood now known as Inglewood. Originally from... Continue Reading →

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