Zymurgy Magazine Turns 40, Updates its Look

AHAlogoZymurgy (Boulder, Colorado), the preeminent magazine for homebrewers, is celebrating its 40th anniversary by unveiling a new look and feel with the release of the November/December 2018 issue.

Established in “1978 by Charlie Papazian—the ‘Godfather of Homebrewing’—as he launched the American Homebrewers Association® (AHA)”, Zymurgy is a bi-monthly journal that “serves the homebrewing community the latest information and advice to support their passion for brewing and drinking quality beer.”  For 40 years, the writers at Zymurgy have provided “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.” With the release of the November/December 2018 issue, this shared knowledge will now be expanded to include the following features (the descriptions below were sourced from an AHA press release):

  • A regular guest column called “Ferment on This” and a regular department called “Ask the AHA,” which replace World of Worts and Dear Professor, respectively.
  • A new spread for beginners, named for Papazian’s signature mantra “Relax, Don’t Worry, Have a Homebrew!”, which includes basic brewing advice, commonly used acronyms, a carbonation chart, and more.
  • An expanded department called Beer School, formerly Style Spotlight, that includes such topics as off flavors, exam preparation, and sensory development.

For those of you who are already avid readers of the magazine, you can expect Zymurgy to continue to publish the annual “Best Beers in America” survey.

“We’ve come a long way from a 12-page stapled pamphlet to the sleek remastered magazine that we are today,” said Dave Carpenter, Zymurgy editor-in-chief. “It’s been 40 years since the AHA printed the very first issue of Zymurgy, sparking a passion for homebrewing that ignited a craft beer revolution. I can’t think of a more fitting way to celebrate Zymurgy’s 40th birthday than to thank all those homebrewers who have made American beer what it is today. I hope you enjoy the refreshed magazine and continue to feel inspired by what you discover inside.”

If you would like to get your hands on a Zymurgy issue or subscription, the magazine is available via AHA membership subscription and at homebrew shops nationwide.  There is also a digital archive for Zymurgy that dates back to 2000 – this also includes Spanish-language editions – available on the American Homebrewers Association website.  Prost!