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.

Labo(u)r Day weekend is coming up, which means there will be a limited schedule of festivals--16 in all. Ludwig's top three picks are the
Durham (England) Beer Festival; the Festival of Iowa Beers in Amana; and the Little Woody Barrel-Aged Beer Festival in Bend, Oregon.

Also worthy of mention:
Septemberfest in Carrara, Italy. This is a 14-day celebration of Bavarian beer and culture which began as a sister-cities arrangement between Carrara and Ingolstadt, Germany.

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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“I like beer. On occasion, I will even drink beer to celebrate a major event such as the fall of Communism or the fact that the refrigerator is still working.”

—author and humorist
Dave Barry (1947-).