It’s hard for me to go into a bookstore and not come home with a beer magazine. No longer! Now I just subscribe to magazines and in this space I will try and share why I like these four:
- Zymurgy - This is the magazine you get when you join the American Home Brewers Association . They do a great job of telling you what some current styles are as well as introducing you to the latest and greatest brewers. If you are looking for contests to enter this is a great resource. They even include some recipes for your to try in your own home brewery.
- Brew Your Own - Do you like home brew gadgets, recipes and general know how? If so than this is your mag … every issue is packed with tons of recipes, tips on home brew remedies and in-depth scientific articles on the science behind home brew (some of these articles are way over my head but it’s another great reference while your waiting on your wort to boil).
- DRAFT - This is a great mag for the person who loves all kinds of beer but more so what can be purchased versus brewed. They have countless articles on the best beer for whatever season we are in and they do great top 10 lists. My only gripe with a lot of these lists is that if you live in Cincinnati like me you are not going to find Russian River unless it’s a collaboration brew like BRUX. It’s still a great magazine and has more novelty beer items than any other mag I have found.
- Imbibe - Man cannot live on beer only can he? I think someone proved that you actually can. However this magazine explores all beverages including: beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, etc. and would be the ultimate coffee table mag for the man cave. When I am not drinking beer I do like whiskey especially bourbon and this mag has some great references for drink recipes as well as particular spirits that are new to the market. If you can make up your mind on what to drink this is your magazine.
All of these are excellent choices and if you are in Barnes & Noble or your local book seller than take a look through the magazine rack and pick up one of this great reads!