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Spirits Untapped

Investigating the spirit and spirits of bars & breweries

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 →

A Midwinter Night’s Drink: Eat, Drink and be Faerie

In much of Canada, there's a long dark period between Christmas and the spring thaw when it can be a "dark and depressing" monotony of short days, cold, snow and erratic weather. That's why we thought it might be fun... Continue Reading →

Living Wine Labels Augmented Reality APP

Yes, this is a blog about the spirit and spirits of beer culture. But we can't help shine the light on one of the most awesome augmented reality apps found on wine bottles. Originally known as 19 Crimes, the Living... Continue Reading →

Last Year in Beer: Mark’s Experience – 2017

Because of the handy nature of my Untappd account, I’m able to either look up or export a report on all of the beers that I have recorded. I typically report about 99% of the new beers that I have.... 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 →

And A Buck And A Half A Beer

This year Canada and the world lost a musical legend when Gord Downie, the lead singer and lyricist for The Tragically Hip passed away. A little more than a year earlier, CBC, which broadcast the final stop in Kingston, the... Continue Reading →

Welly Cask Fest 2017

Founded in 1985, Wellington Brewery is one of Canada's oldest independent craft microbrewery and  was one of the first North American breweries to revive the ancient technique of brewing cask-conditioned beer (also known as English style "Real Ales"). We first discovered... 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 →

Because Beer 2017

Because Beer is an annual summertime beer festival that takes place in Hamilton at Pier 4 Park (64 Leander Drive). It is a wonderful opportunity for people to discover beers from a selection of hundreds of different taps and dozens... Continue Reading →

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