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.
Perhaps because Valentine's Day falls on Sunday, there are only 15 festivals this coming weekend. One event in particular stands out: Zwickelmania, a one-day open house at dozens of breweries throughout the state of Oregon.
We also have Beer Week news. Tampa Bay Beer Week is underway, and runs through the 13th; and Arizona Beer Week opens on Thursday and closes on the 20th.
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