Call for Proposals

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new academic book project and invite proposals for chapters for


Editors: Paul Bruski, MFA, and Annie Sugar, Ph.D.

Publisher: McFarland and Co.

Book Website:

Contact Email:

Deadline for abstract submissions: July 14, 2017 July 31, 2017

The recent craft beer revolution in the United States upends many previously-held mainstream notions about beer quality, its consumers, its makers, and its image. While other recent publications address the history of American brewing, craft and otherwise, this book will address the unique culture around the brewing and consumption of beer, including attitudes, experiences, values, and the symbolic meanings of the beverage. This edited collection of essays will encapsulate the current state of this culture.

Possible topics might include:

  • Beer and communities
  • Beer as community
  • Beer and identity formation
  • Negotiating authenticity in beer culture
  • Intersections of beer and race, class, gender, religion, and/or sexuality
  • Macrobrew vs. microbrew culture
  • Beer and the concept of place
  • Beer’s symbolic power
  • The political economy of beer culture
  • Beer labels and names
  • Beer and social media
  • Beer geek culture

Please respond with chapter abstracts of 300-500 words and a CV/Resume by July 14, 2017 July 31, 2017 to Proposals should be for original essays that have not been published previously (including in conference proceedings) and that are not currently under consideration for another edited collection or journal. Final chapters must adhere to Chicago style and be approximately 6,000 words, inclusive of endnotes and bibliography.

The projected timeline for this publication is as follows:
Abstract submission & CV/Resume due: Friday, July 14, 2017 Monday, July 31, 2017
Acceptances sent by Friday, September 15, 2017
First drafts due: Friday, January 5, 2018
Final drafts: Monday, April 30, 2018
Publication: Late 2018/Early 2019

Please email questions and proposals to: