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.

April showers bring May beer festivals. There are 34 on the calendar for the coming weekend. Ludwig, who's trying to figure out where to plant the maypole, is here with his top three picks:
Beerfest at the Ballpark in Lansing, Michigan; Dark Lord Day in Munster, Indiana; and The Legendary Boonville (California) Beer Festival.

There are Beer Weeks coming up as well.
Madison Beer Week and Montreal Beer Week both kick of on Friday, and close on May 8. Missoula (Montana) Beer Week starts on Saturday, and runs through May 7. Ludwig says that if this paragraph were an episode of Sesame Street, it would be brought to you by the letter "M".

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

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“Most people hate the taste of beer—to begin with. It is, however, a prejudice.”

--Winston Churchill.