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Spirits Untapped

Investigating the spirit and spirits of bars & breweries

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 →

Nique: A Unique Hamilton Spot

Their website says that NIQUE is not just a restaurant. We'd agree with that. It's far more. They also talk about their delicious food in a comfortable environment with a strong sense of community. We're also 100% behind that. There's... Continue Reading →

A Recent Gathering of Beer Friends

We recently hosted a party for a couple of friends who are getting married later this year. It was a "Shower" with a "fill the bar" theme. Given the couple's love for craft beer, the party itself had a very... Continue Reading →

899 Bottles of Beer on the Wall

I'm an avid "logger" on the social beer app UNTAPPD. And so, every year I like to take a quick review of my "past year in beer." Here's a quick look at it. Though I try NOT to check in the same... Continue Reading →

Skulls and Passion for Beer

In our frequent visits to various breweries and great beer locales, Liz and I discovered 5 Paddles Brewing Company in Whitby. It was immediately apparent, almost from the moment we walked in, that we were stepping into a place where the passion... Continue Reading →

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