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Canadian Beer Day 2020

Happy Canadian Beer Day, from all of us (all 3 of me?) at Mark’s Tavern, Eh! October 7th is Canadian Beer Day. A day to celebrate the awesome folks who brew, sell, deliver, serve, and drink beer.We typically have beers... Continue Reading →

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

I started watching Cheers when I was a kid, and marveled at the idea of a place where everybody knows your name. As I got older (the show ran from 1982 until 1993 so I had already graduated from University... Continue Reading →

5000 Beers

It's no secret that I've long been a huge fan of the app Untappd. Because I enjoy tracking and rating the many different beers I love to try both locally and when I travel, the app has given me so... Continue Reading →

Recent Live Beer Tastings

During the self-isolation, quarantine, and lock-down situation facing the world, one of the things Liz and I have tried to do was order from as many local breweries as we could. It's not like we weren't already doing that prior... Continue Reading →

Stuck In The House Here With You: A Parody of “Stuck in the Middle with You”

When self-isolating, in your attempt to flatten the curve and spread of Covid-19, there are a few things you can do. You can support and order great craft beer from local brewers. (Seriously, if you're in Ontario, check out this... Continue Reading →

Canadian Beer Day

A new initiative to annually celebrate one of Canada's most beloved products, beer, has been announced by Beer Canada, a brewery trade organization. Occurring on the first Wednesday before Thanksgiving each year (Canadian Thanksgiving, in October, of course), Canadian Beer... Continue Reading →

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 →

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