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.

The Christmas countdown is now underway, and the 2016 festival season is winding down. We're on track to end the year with a record 1,502 events on the calendar. Thanks to everyone who submitted events to us, and special thanks to everyone who visited our site this year.

And what's Ludwig up to? Glad you asked. He's basking in the glory of the Detroit Lions' come-from-behind win against Minnesota on Thanksgiving. After we caught him pricing Super Bowl tickets on his lion phone, we reminded him of the old adage, "pride (pun intended) goeth before a fall".

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

2016 Festival Count:



"Our service staff took it on the chin. People were buying beers, and literally dumping them on the floor”.

—Dick Cantwell, former co-founder and co-owner of Elysian Brewing Company, on “hate tourists” who visited the brewery to vent their anger over its being acquired by Anheuser-Busch InBev.