An Era Ends

You may have noticed that The Beer Festival Calendar hasn’t been updated for a while, and that there aren’t any new entries on this blog.

The reason is that Maryanne passed away on June 20. Her death was unexpected, and she was only 60 years old.

We’ve often said that maintaining the calendar and blog is a two-person (and a beer-drinking lion) operation. Paul was responsible for searching for festivals, answering correspondence, writing festival listings, and finding stories for this blog. That was the easy part.

Maryanne did the real work around here. She handled the technical end of the site, which entailed everything from dealing with hosting companies and honing her Rapid Weaver skills to making the physical changes to the site. Maryanne made sure this site was available and that you could access it.

Without Maryanne, this site has lost its heart and its soul. Thus I’m sad to announce that as a result her passing, there will be no more updates this year; and that The Beer Festival Calendar will not return in 2018.

My sincere thanks go to everyone who supported The Beer Festival Calendar. I’d especially like to thank those who contacted Ludwig with news about festivals to be added to the calendar. And I lift a pint in the general direction of the millions of people who visited our site during its (can it be that long?) 15-year run.

Cheers, everyone!

Some R&R for Ludwig

In case you haven’t looked at the front page of The Beer Festival Calendar, Ludwig decided to take a well-earned vacation. He went to London to watch the Atlanta Falcons-Detroit Lions football game. (The Lions overcame a 21-point deficit and won, so the players and coaching staff really ought to buy him a few cold ones.)

Currently, Ludwig is on a mission to visit every London pub with “Lion” in its name. That’s a tall order, and we’re betting that he runs out of time and money before he runs out of pubs.

With Ludwig out on the town, there won’t be a Friday Mash this week. However, Maryanne and Paul might jump in with a post or two if they find something newsworthy.

Ludwig Roars Turns Five!

It’s hard to believe, but this blog is celebrating its fifth anniversary today. Ludwig, Maryanne, and Paul would like to thank you for visiting us by pouring you a virtual beer. Cheers, everyone!

Merry Christmas From Ludwig

Hello, everyone! I’ve picked out a tree to trim, and will be spending some quality time with my family. That should help me recuperate from the pain of the Detroit Lions’ collapse.

Now, let’s all sing along:

Have a jolly holly Christmas. It’s the best time of the year. I don’t know if there’ll be snow…but we’ll drink lots of beer!

See you in 2014,


Where in the U.S.A. is Ludwig?

It’s Thanksgiving and Ludwig has taken the weekend off. We didn’t ask the driver of the lion limo where he’s going, but we strongly suspect he’s at Ford Field watching the Lions game and he’s on his way to Madison to drink beer, eat bratwurst, and watch the Nittany Lions play the Badgers.

He did say he’ll be back on Monday.

Ludwig Takes a Vacation

Our beer-drinking lion has been working so hard that he’s accumulated a substantial amount of comp time. He’s decided to spend some of it while the weather is nice and the lion limo is at his disposal.

We’ll let you know when he’s back.

The Friday Mash (Winter’s Tale Edition)

Winter is here! The southern solstice occurred at 11:12 am Greenwich Mean Time. Both ancient and modern cultures have marked the first day of winter, and the lengthening days that follow it, with rituals and celebrations–and the liberal consumption of beer.

And now….The Mash!

We begin in Nashville, where country singer Thomas Rhett has stirred up a hornets’ nest with his new single, “Beer With Jesus.” It stands at number 21 on the country charts.

The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal will hear a complaint against Earls Restaurants, which serve Albino Rhino beer. Earls says the name is derived from an animal, not people suffering from albinism.

Why did St. Sixtus monastery allow Westvleteren 12 to be sold in the United States? The monastery needed a new roof, and the monks knew American beer geeks would pay big bucks for their ale.

One of the beer world’s trends of 2012 is nanobreweries. These pint-sized breweries (pun intended) require less than $100,000 to start, and their product serves as “a liquid business card.”

From the Odd Couple Department: in La Crosse, Wisconsin, City Brewery is turning biogas into electric power, then sending some of it to Gundersen Lutheran Health System, which is aiming to achieve energy independence.

Ever have problems transporting multiple growlers? Now there’s a solution: Growler on Board, which not only holds three growlers, but also keeps them from bumping into one another.

Finally, the Brewers Association’s definition of “craft brewery” didn’t sit well with the August Schell Brewing Company. The 152-year-old brewery blasted the BA for excluding it because its grain bill includes a small amount of corn.

This just in: Ludwig wants you to know that he’s going on vacation for the Christmas holidays. The lion limo will arrive Sunday, and he doesn’t expect to get back until after New Year’s. In the meantime, keep quaffing those holiday ales.

Ludwig Turns 1,000!

Just over three years ago, our beer-drinking lion launched Ludwig Roars, a light-hearted look at the world of beer. This weekend, while he was relaxing at the spa, Maryanne and Paul counted his blog posts, and discovered that this one will be his 1,000th.

This is a milestone that calls for a celebration. And Kyle Maxwell delivers with this video of a man drinking Das Boot, a glass filled with six regular-sized beers, in 15 seconds:

Hey Everyone, I’m Back!

The lion limo just pulled out of the driveway and before I unpack, I’d like to tell all my blog readers that I’m back. I’ll post something later this evening, but first I need a cold beer. A Mac & Jack’s African Amber sounds about right. They have one of the best logos in the craft-brewing industry.



Ludwig Takes a Vacation

Our beer-drinking lion has been working hard, looking for festivals to post on the calendar and sifting through beer news to find the most blog-worthy stories. In fact, he’s been working so hard that Maryanne and Paul have decided to send over the lion limo and whisk him off for a well-deserved vacation.

Fear not. Ludwig will return, tanned and rested, on Monday, July 9.

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