About Zymurgy

Meet the Editor-in-Chief

Dave Carpenter
Dave Carpenter

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). Members enjoy access to a digital archive of Zymurgy magazine through 2000. Access the digital archive with the eZymurgy desktop platform or the Zymurgy mobile app (Apple app / Android app)

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Mailing Schedule

Issue Mail Date
January/February 2019 December 21, 2018
March/April 2019 February 15, 2019
May/June 2019 April 22, 2019
July/August 2019 June 21, 2019
September/October 2019 August 23, 2019
November/December 2019 October 21, 2019

Contributor Guidelines

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 tozymurgy@brewersassociation.org.

Dear Professor

If you have a brewing-related question for Professor Surfeit. Email the professor with your question, and it could appear in Zymurgy magazine.

Dear Zymurgy

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.


Interested in advertising in Zymurgy? Check out our Advertising section for the current rate card and more information, or contact us.

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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.