Welcome to the Beer Festival Calendar, your online source for beer tasting events from around the world! Ludwig, the beer-drinking lion, and his staff, Maryanne Nasiatka and Paul Ruschmann, are glad you're here and hope you return often.
There are 33 festivals on the calendar for this coming weekend, and Ludwig has left his top three picks inside an empty mug of Maibock. Here they are: The Calgary International Beerfest; the Cinco de Micro Brewfest in Salem, Oregon; and the St. Louis Microfest.
Ludwig also reminds us that the Craft Brewers Conference and BeerExpo America takes place this week in Philadelphia.
There's also a Beer Week coming up: Roseburg (Oregon) Beer Week, which gets underway on Saturday and runs through the 14th.
The Beer Festival Calendar has come a long way since it went live 15 years ago. Last year's edition featured a record 1,478 events--more than five times the number of events during our inaugural season.
Maryanne and Paul are also the authors of Michigan Breweries, which hit the bookstores in September 2006. To put it mildly, much has changed in the past decade. Our book profiled 66 breweries. Today, there are more than 230 in the Great Lake State, with dozens more planning to open in the year to come.
In addition, Maryanne and Paul have written articles for All About Beer magazine and other publications. You can find some of their favorite "oldies" on the site.
Finally, did you know that this site has a blog? Called "Ludwig Roars," it's a light-hearted look at craft beer and the brewing industry. Regular features include The Friday Mash, a roundup on unusual stories; and Beer By the Numbers, with oddball statistics that may surprise you.
Thanks for stopping by, and we hope to see you again!
Maryanne, Paul, and Ludwig