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.

We're a month into autumn, and there are still plenty of festivals on the calendar. Thirty-one, to be exact, this coming weekend. Ludwig, who's so far resisted drinking a pumpkin ale, is here with his top three picks: the
Detroit Fall Beer Festival; the Steel City Beer & Cider Festival in Sheffield, England; and the Wisconsin Craft Beer Festival in Milwaukee.

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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"You don’t want to lose an hour waiting in line for a hot dog when you can snack on what’s around your neck.”

—Denver resident Vere Nicoll, on why he wore a pretzel necklace at the
Great American Beer Festival