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.

Think summer, everyone! Memorial Day weekend is coming, and it marks the unofficial start of summer. You can celebrate at one of the 30 festivals on the calendar for the coming weekend. Ludwig, who wonders whether last year's swimsuits still fit him, is here with his top three picks: the Cambridge (England) Beer Festival; FemAle, an celebration of women in brewing, in Bend, Oregon; and SMaSH, a single-malt and single-hops beer festival, in Bend, Oregon.

There are four Beer Weeks coming up as well.
ABQ (Albuquerque) Beer Week and Norwich (England) City of Ale both kick off on Thursday and run through June 4. Asheville Beer Week gets underway on Friday and closes on June 3. Vancouver Beer Week also begins on Friday, and comes to a close on June 4.

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 290 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 workers sit at computer screens. They still get thirsty, but not for Pabst Blue Ribbon. They want something better-tasting.”

Michael Jackson, The Beer Hunter.