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.

There are 29 festivals on the coming weekend’s calendar, and Ludwig has put down his tankard of barleywine (really, really potent barleywine) long enough to give us his top three picks. They are the
Asheville Winter Warmer Beer Festival, the Cambridge (England) Winter Ale Festival, and the South Bend Brewfest.

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



“It was so cold that no one could open the bottles of the long-neck Pabst they sold at the stadium. So they stacked the beers floor to ceiling in the public toilets and sold them that way. It was also the only place your lips wouldn’t freeze to the bottle.”

--Green Bay Packers fan
Pete Helf, who attended the famous "Ice Bowl" game in 1967.

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