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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 →

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 →

A Beer with Norm

This past weekend, Liz and I worked at my Mark Leslie author table at Hamilton Comic Con. It's always a fun time, meeting interesting people, engaging in fun conversations, checking out great Cosplay costumes and observing some of the celebrity... Continue Reading →

Liz’s 3 Most Memorable Beers – #2

Spicy chili, ginger and lime in a wit beer. The description of this beer from Ballast Point Brewery highlighted a key word that initially turned me off......wit.  Early on, as I tried different styles of beers, I recognized that I had... Continue Reading →

Crazy Over Krisp

One of the first bars that we visited when we were in San Diego this past July was The Hopping Pig Gastropub in the Gaslamp Quarter of downtown. The bar was quiet as it was mid afternoon when we walked... Continue Reading →

Half Door Brewing

We absolutely loved hanging out at Half Door Brewing, and not just because of the wonderful atmosphere -- this brewery and restaurant/bar on the corner of Island and 9th in downtown San Diego looks more like the two story house... Continue Reading →

One of Our Favourite Haunts

  The Winking Judge in Hamilton, Ontario is one of our favourite haunts. I first learned about this bar when I was researching for Haunted Hamilton (2012). Ever since I discovered their rotating 22 Ontario craft beer taps, I have haunted the place... Continue Reading →

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