Meet the Editor-in-Chief
Dave brewed his first batch in 2009 and started writing about beer soon thereafter. In addition to geeking out on beer and language, Dave enjoys hiking, traveling, and other gerunds as well. Email Dave
Since 1978, Zymurgy magazine has been the leading light for amateur brewers in North America and around the world.
The magazine features innovative and award-winning recipes, articles on do-it-yourself projects, explanations of brewing science, and presentations of brewing techniques in addition to a healthy dose of beer culture.
Zymurgy is the bi-monthly journal for members of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA). Join the AHA for a subscription and other member benefits.
|Jan./Feb. 2018||Gadgets Issue||December 22|
|Mar./Apr. 2018||Ingredients Issue||February 16|
|May/Jun. 2018||Homebrew Independence||April 20|
|Jul./Aug. 2018||Best Beers in America||June 21|
|Sep./Oct. 2018||National Homebrewer Competition||August 21|
|Nov./Dec. 2018||Brewing Better Beer||October 19|
How to Send a Query to Zymurgy
Your first step should be to read the magazine to become familiar with our style as well as the kinds of articles that we publish. Then submit a brief written query via email to Editor-in-Chief Dave Carpenter that summarizes your idea and explains why you’re the writer to bring the story to our readers. When proposing an article, keep in mind that we generally assign stories at least three months prior to an issue’s cover date.
Don’t simply offer your services for whatever stories we may be looking to assign. Queries give us a chance to see how a prospective writer’s mind works. Stories proposed by our editors are almost always assigned to writers we have already worked with and/or various experts in the field.
The best place for writers to break into the magazine are The Last Drop (500 words) and feature articles (1,500-2,000 words). The Last Drop is a light-hearted look at anything homebrewing (or beer) related.
Feature articles are typically closely matched to the established themes for each issue (generally established each summer for the following calendar year) and are usually homebrewing related. Many feature articles will include at least one original homebrew recipe that is typically based on 5 gallons. When possible and applicable, an extract version of an all-grain recipe (or vice versa) should be included.
Due to a large volume of queries, please do not expect an immediate response. If assigned a story, you will be required to sign a contract that grants the Brewers Association first-time North American rights to publish the article in both print and electronic formats. Payment for articles vary.
Zymurgy welcomes letters, opinions, ideas, article queries and information in general from its readers. Correspondence should be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a brewing-related question for Professor Surfeit. Email the professor with your question, and it could appear in Zymurgy magazine.
If you have interesting homebrewing stories or photos, or would like to comment on something you’ve read in Zymurgy, email Dave Carpenter.
Submit Homebrew Labels
Hey homebrewers! If you have a homebrew label that you would like to see in our magazine, send it to Magazine Art Director Jason Smith.
You’ve Gotta Drink This
If you’ve had a commercial beer you just have to tell the world about, send your description in 150 words or less to Dave Carpenter.
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Zymurgy is published by the American Homebrewers Association, a division of the Brewers Association, a not-for-profit organization. All material (c) 2014, American Homebrewers Association. No material may be reproduced without written permission from the AHA. The opinions and views expressed in articles are not necessarily those of the AHA and its magazine, Zymurgy.