Ludwig Roars

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!

The Seven Deadly Beer Festival Sins

Thrillist.com’s Meredith Heil describes herself as “a professional beer aficionado (aka massive nerd),” who’s seen her share of beer festivals. Some were downright amazing, but she’s been to a number of failed festivals: “Picture hordes of pretzel necklace-clad mouth breathers and tank-topped spring breakers pounding corner store-quality imperial IPAs like vodka shots. These guys are all about drinking hard and fast–which is fine, of course, but probably not worth that triple-digit ticket price.”

Heil names seven red flags that a festival is going to disappoint. Along the way, she quotes Ludwig Roars’s own Paul Ruschmann:

1. There aren’t many local breweries.
2. Snacks cost extra.
3. Bottles outnumber jockey boxes (or any other portable draft setup).
4. It’s only pouring beers you can find at the grocery store.
5. There’s no water in sight.
6. Bloggers aren’t repping it.
7. The tasting window is less than three hours.

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!

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:

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