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.
Welcome to 2015, everyone! We're ready to build another Beer Festival Calendar--our 15th. And we've come a long way over the years. Last year's calendar had more than four times as many events as the first edition, which appeared in 2001.
It's the dead of winter, but there are 20 festivals on the calendar for the coming weekend. Ludwig's top three picks are the Brewers of Indiana Guild Winterfest in Indianapolis, the Colchester (England) Winter Ale Festival, and the Columbus (Ohio) Winter Beerfest.
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.
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
WORTS of WISDOM
“I think having beer in the office is more about the principle of the thing.”
—Forrest Woolworth, Chief Operating Officer of PerBlue, a Madison, Wisconsin, start-up that offers beer as an employee perk.
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