Christmas is rapidly approaching and perhaps you're in the market for something beer related. As an alternative to all that beer, I'm going to spend a little time this week attempting to inform you about some of the beer specific magazines available by subscription or in your local bookstores. First up is All About Beer - a magazine which makes me realize we've never had an original idea at Hoosier Beer Geek.
Magazine: All About Beer
Byline: Celebrating the World of Beer Culture
Subscription Information: $19.95 for six issues (bimonthly)
Source Issue: Sept. 07
Cover: Dave Alexander of the Brickskeller in Washington DC
Look: Recently redesigned. Clean, Classy, Composed. Semi-gloss paper.
Non-beer ads: None.
Mainstream Magazine Equivalent: All About Beer is the National Geographic Adventurer of beer. Or maybe Harper's, with a lot more pictures.
6 pages of news
A "New on the Shelves" section
"Pull Up A Stool With" brewmaster interviews
A feature on best beer bars (which lead me to the Brickskeller)
A feature on style - the history behind IPAs
Beer Essentials - essential books for beer lovers
Buyers Guide of Beer Lovers - continental ales, with 6 pages of beers in style reviewed with scores, label pictures for a few of them
Beer Talk - 8 "beer celebrities" (authors and experts) offer their opinions on 16 selected beers, label pictures for all the beers reviewed
Two beer editorials
Beyond Beer Column - a small article about cocktails with recipes
Homebrewing Column - eurobeer feature with a recipe for "Angry European Red Lager"
Beer Traveler Section - an article about brewery tours in Europe and America
Stylistically Speaking Section - munich dunkels
New beer book reviews
And a closing editorial
Pluses: All About Beer regularly published Michael Jackson's journal, and has been published for 16 years. Quite a few of the magazine articles are available online for free, minus the pretty layout and photography. As I said before, they're doing everything we're doing, on a national level. Maybe there is a career in this?
Minuses: None that I can tell. For the beer dedicated, this is well worthy of a subscription.