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Spirits Untapped

Investigating the spirit and spirits of bars & breweries

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 →

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 →

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