Writer Guidelines

All About Beer Magazine is a consumer-oriented magazine that entertains and educates the beer-loving community about the breadth and variety of beers, the history and culture surrounding beer appreciation, the methods and traditions of beer making, and the political and social environment that affects the pursuit of beer pleasure. Published six times per year, our readers are primarily beer consumers, but they also include brewers and industry professionals.

Departments open to freelancers

AABM relies on a group of staff and regular writers and occasionally accepts submissions or solicits articles from freelancers for features, short news items, travel pieces, and book reviews. It is rare that AABM accepts unsolicited manuscripts; instead, the author should contact Editor Daniel Hartis (hartis@allaboutbeer.com) with a story idea and short outline.


AABM features present a dimension of the world of beer in a unique and refreshing style meant to appeal primarily to the beer consumer. We rarely publish a feature on a single beer, brewery or brewer, but instead take a look at a larger picture. Occasional features focus on related subjects—other alcoholic beverages, food, entertainment—where the common themes are high quality, fine craftsmanship and local character. Potential features are evaluated on the story idea, its relevance to the beer lover and the strength of the writing. Articles in the first person are accepted only when the point of view is a critical part of the story.

Word count: 2,000-2,500 words, as assigned

Short News Items

The beer industry moves at a rapid pace and often brewers and breweries make news, create innovative products, and become news themselves. AABM is interested in publishing timely pieces both in print and on the website that cover news in a timely and informative manner.

Word Count: 750-1,000 words, as assigned.

Travel Features

The magazine publishes a travel piece called Beer Weekend that details a weekend vacation centered around beer. This feature is typically rooted in the United States and includes not only brewery visits but cultural experiences, local dining options and other points of interest. It is designed to be a primer for readers and is, ideally, written by a local journalist with detailed knowledge of the area.

Word Count: approximately 1,200 words

In each issue, we publish one to two short On Location profiles on breweries or beer bars. These profiles should transport the reader to the tasting room, giving them a sense of what it’s like to drink beer on location at the brewery.

Word Count: approximately 600-700 words

Book Reviews

Each issue of AABM typically contains reviews of two to three books. The books—whether newly published or not—must be relevant to the beer lover, and touch upon an aspect of the beer world, such as brewing techniques, beer-related travel guides, collections, history, etc.

Word count: 250-700 words, as assigned