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.
This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer in the United States (our Canadian friends get a week's head start on us, as the 23rd is Victoria Day), which means Maryanne and Paul kick off their annual Back Deck Beer Festival, which runs through Labor Day--longer if the weather permits.
There are 28 other festivals on this weekend's calendar, and Ludwig--who is washing down a zebra steak with a pint of pilsner--is here with his top three picks. They are Albuquerque Blues & Brews; the California Festival of Beers in San Luis Obispo; and SMaSH (which stands for "single malt and single hop") in Bend, Oregon.
We also have Beer Weeks aplenty. Leading off is ABQ Beer Week in Albuquerque, which opens on the 26th and comes to a close on June 5. Two more get underway on the 27th: Asheville Beer Week, which runs through June 4; and Vancouver Craft Beer Week, which ends on June 5.
Another two Beer Weeks kick off on Memorial Day: Idaho Beer Week, a state-wide celebration that closes on June 4; and Outer Banks (North Carolina) Beer Week, which wraps up on June 5.
Finally, while it isn't called a Beer Week, Norwich (England) City of Ale is an 11-day celebration at dozens of established. It runs from May 26 through June 5.
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