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.

Now is the winter of our discontent...but not for long! The days are getting longer, and the shortest month of the year is about to peter out.

But first, there are 25 festivals on the calendar for the coming weekend. Ludwig, who spotted the first bock beer of the season at the local grocery store the other day, is here with his top three picks: the
Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair in Dublin, Ireland; the Clarens Craft Beer Festival in South Africa; and the Naperville (Illinois) Winter Ale Fest.

Beer Weeks, you ask? Yes, there are two to tell you about.
Grand Rapids Beer Week gets underway Sunday, and runs through February 28. Its headline event is the Michigan Brewers Guild Winter Beer Festival, which has been expanded to two days. Sacramento Beer Week kicks off Thursday, and runs through March 8. 

As always, we're looking for festivals. Please let us know about worthy beer events in your corner of the world.

In addition to the festival calendar, this site has a wealth of information about your--and our--favorite beverage, including:

* The "Beer Traveller Series," a collection of more than 60 articles about beer-drinking destinations. We just added several articles to the collection, including our pieces about Pennsylvania, great beer bars, San Francisco, and "old school beer and baseball tour," and our farewell column at
All About Beer.

* "Good Beer Books," Paul's reviews of books that belong on your reference shelf. He just added reviews of Douglas Wissing's "Indiana, One Pint at a Time" and Pete Brown's "Three Sheets to the Wind." Hope you enjoy them.

* And "Worts of Wisdom," observations about beer from now and the past.

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What's that, Ludwig?

Our beer-drinking lion asks, "What, you haven't visited his blog,
Ludwig Roars? It offers a light-hearted look at beer-related news, places, and events from around the world. He also says that the writing is--pun definitely intended--rip-*roaring* good.

Finally, a shameless plug for ourselves:

If you're in, or near, Michigan, please consider buying our book,
Michigan Breweries. It's a comprehensive guidebook that we keep updated at one of our sister sites. Find out why Michigan is The Great Beer State. It makes a great present for the beer lover in your life!

Thanks for stopping by, and come back often!


Maryanne, Paul, and Ludwig



“Maybe when you’re in a constant state of lubrication, the joints stay nice and loose.”

—National Football League Hall of Famer
John Riggins, who is reportedly interested in hosting a television show about beer.

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