We are consistently seeking feature and department articles for the print magazine, and prefer that you email concise pitches rather than finished articles.
Pitches should be two-to-three paragraphs, written in the style in which you plan to write the article. They should state for which department or feature you’re pitching and should include the theme of your proposed article, as well as the references you plan to contact for interviews. We appreciate pitches that come with ideas for sidebars, too.
Our content includes first- and third-person narrative, interviews, profiles, and stories about trends that relate not only to beer, but also to travel, lifestyle, and food. We rarely write about just one brewery, brewer, beer, or event. Instead, the articles focus on cities/destinations, and larger movements and ideas that cultivate and shape the craft beer scene in Oregon, Washington, and California (and occasionally Rocky Mountain states, and Alaska, and Hawaii). We expect articles to include relative facts and quotes from reputable sources. And finally, but not least important, it’s imperative that the writer have a distinct tone—be it edgy, humorous, cynical, inquisitive, etc.
Beer West content is forward-thinking and focused—if we cover events, we rarely, if ever, cover events that have happened in the past and instead report on events happening in the following season.
Adventure – travel stories, outdoor activities, craft beer-themed excursions
101 – how to’s, expelling myths, informational articles, breaking down beer styles
Chef – profiles of chefs or food movements on the West Coast with featured recipes
Flavor – explorations of particular styles of beer and other beverages, and their ingredients
Neighborhoods – profiles West Coast cities and towns with noteworthy beer scenes, especially up and coming beer towns/cities
Detour – profiles of regions of non-West Coast cities and towns with noteworthy beer scenes, can be national or international
Pairings – pieces about the lifestyle of beverages and what it goes well with; This section is very much a grab bag- we’ve done beer + food, saké + food pairings, beer + running, beer + board sports, and beer + music, among others.
Features are generally 3,000 words including sidebars. They should be about larger trends and movements within the West Coast beer communities.
Spring Issue (Travel)
-On newsstands: March – May
-Article deadline: approx. Dec
-Best pitch dates: Oct-Nov
Summer Issue (Green)
-On newsstands: June – August
-Article deadline: approx. March
-Best pitch dates: Jan-Feb
Fall Issue (Food)
-On newsstands: September – November
-Article deadline: approx. June
-Best pitch dates: April-May
Winter Issue (Best Of West Coast, Gift Guide)
-On newsstands: December – February
-Article deadline: approx. September
-Best pitch dates: July-Aug
To pitch: please send two writing samples with your pitch in the body of the email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow at least two weeks for a response.