The New Brewer is the Journal of the Brewers Association. It is published six times a year (January/February, March/April, May/June, July/August, September/October, November/December) and has a circulation of more than 5,000 (as of mid-2010). Readers are typically professional craft brewers (small, independent and traditional) with an annual production of beer less than 2 million barrels.
How to Send a Query to The New Brewer
Your first step should be to read the magazine to become familiar with our style and understand the kinds of articles we publish. Then submit a written query via a brief email to Editor-in-Chief Jill Redding 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 almost always are assigned to writers we have already worked with.)
Write a Feature
The best place for writers to break into the magazine is feature articles (1,500-2,500 words).
Feature articles are typically closely matched to the established themes for each issue (generally established each summer for the following calendar year) and are generally related to the craft brewing industry and community. Once 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. Fees for articles vary, depending on writer and piece.
Articles should be submitted on or before the specified due date in a Microsoft Word document that is single-spaced (with breaks between paragraphs). A brief author’s bio (2-3 sentences) should be included at the end of the article.
In addition, press releases related to beer, brewing and the allied trade can be submitted for consideration for Brew News and Industry Supplier News to Jill Redding.