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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Priceless Collections at Collective Arts

Before my more bold adventures into the enjoyment of craft beer, one fun thing I liked to do when traveling was wanting to try the local beer. Beer that you just couldn't get "back home" or beer that was unique to... Continue Reading →

Mark’s 3 Most Memorable Beers – #3

This post is in response to Liz's cool question about Your 3 Most Memorable Beers. This is my third post in that series. (Here's the first & Here's the second) I normally write horror. Perhaps that's why my other two "most memorable" beer stories... Continue Reading →

Bold & Beautiful Tastes at Brux House

At the western end of the main "action" area of Locke Street (at Hunter) in Hamilton sits a beautiful building bursting with inspiration from the European beer belt. With a fun look and an extensive selection of premium bottles of unique craft beers... 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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