BeerFestivals.org is the Internet's most comprehensive source of information about beer festivals and other tasting events around the world. Last year, we provided the lowdown on 1286 festivals from 20+ countries, from Canada to Estonia to New Zealand and, of course, the U.S. and Great Britain. We expect to cover even more events listed in 2012.
This site is brought to you by Michigan-based freelance writer Paul Ruschmann, a beer enthusiast who's traveled to many of the world's "hop spots." It's his way of saying "cheers" to his fellow beer lovers, wherever they are. Beerfestivals.org is a labor of love for Paul, whose "day job" is analyzing and writing about legal and public policy issues.
Beerfestivals.org wouldn't be possible without the efforts of Maryanne Nasiatka, who designed the site and still more time--not to mention can after can of fairy dust--solving those technical problems that never seem to go away. In real life, Maryanne is Paul's wife and valued partner in all of life's endeavors.
Our beer-related features first appeared online ten years ago, and we've covered a lot of ground since then. From 2003 to 2010, Paul and Maryanne were the "Beer Travelers" at All About Beer magazine, taking readers on a tour of beer destinations from Michigan to Maine to Munich.
In 2006 a book we authored, Michigan Breweries, hit the shelves of bookstores, breweries, specialty shops and online retailers. We traveled the length and breath of our home state and visited all of its breweries. And yes, we sampled the beer as well. As a morning talk show host in Detroit was fond of saying, "it's a dark and dirty job, but someone had to do it." And we're glad that it was us. We also maintain a site listing major updates so you'll always the latest info available for your beer travels.
This site also wouldn't be possible without the help of countless festival organizers, brewery staff, beer writers, and festival-goers around the world, who have helped provide much of the information we've put together here. Thanks to all of you!
We'd like to hear from you. If you'd like to tell us about a festival, tell us about a great place to drink beer, or simply tell us how we're doing just fill out the contact form.
On this site, you'll also find links to the Web's best beer sites and reviews of worthwhile books about beer. If you'd like us to review your book, drop us a line.
We hope our site inspires you to make 2012 "The Year of the Beer Festival." In the meantime, pull out a cold one and share our adventures. The door is always open.