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Because Beer 2018

One of our annual "cannot miss" local beer festivals is the Because Beer Craft Beer Festival at Pier 4 Park in Hamilton. As usual, every year there are new added elements that make it that much better. And, no, I'm... Continue Reading →

Never-Ending Foam

The other day when I was recording a live Facebook beer tasting video things went wrong. The beer I had just opened, a delicious and boozy Houblen Dobbelen IPA Tripel from The Ticketybrew Company, started foaming and just wouldn't stop.... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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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