10 Best Magazines for Bartenders and Adult Beverage Enthusiasts

Magazines That Focus on Cocktails, Liquor, Wine, and Beer

While browsing through popular magazines, you may find the occasional cocktail recipe or article about a hot new liquor, beer, or wine, but what if you want more? Even though only a few magazines are devoted to cocktails, bartending, and other adult beverages, those available are worth a subscription. Some magazines explore a variety of drinks, while others focus on the craft of bartending or a specific drink like whiskey, wine, or beer. Whether you prefer the tactile experience of a print magazine or the ease of a digital subscription for on-the-go reading, let's explore the best alcohol-focused magazines.

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    Imbibe Magazine

    Imbibe Magazine

    Imbibe Magazine

    "Imbibe" is the best and most well-rounded drink magazine you will find. Its tagline is "Liquid Culture," and each issue includes articles on a variety of beverages. Cocktails and liquor make a regular appearance, though you'll also find wine, beer, coffee, and tea among its pages. Amateurs, professionals, and enthusiasts are sure to find it an informative and entertaining read. It publishes six issues a year and offers print and digital subscription options.

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    Chilled Magazine

    Chilled Magazine Is All About Drinking Well
    Chilled Magazine

    For a dedicated bartending magazine, "Chilled" is a top choice among professional bartenders and mixologists. It's also perfect for anyone associated with the beer, wine, spirits, and hospitality industries because it offers insight into the latest trends behind the bar. It's packed with great information, including recipes, personality profiles, and industry news. The print edition is free for anyone in the trade, and with six issues each year, you can't beat that deal.

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    Bartender Magazine

    Bartender Magazine
    Bartender Magazine

    "Bartender" is one of the oldest magazines dedicated to mixing drinks, and it remains a good read for pro and home bartenders alike. It features profiles of bars and bartenders, liquor reviews, drink recipes, and tips. Published just three times a year, a print subscription is available, and the digital subscription is free to newsletter subscribers.

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    Whisky Magazine

    Whisky Magazine

    Whisky Magazine

    As you may have guessed, "Whisky Magazine" is all about whiskey. Each issue gets in-depth on the industry with reviews, profiles, issues affecting distilleries, and almost everything else going on in the world of whiskey. Published eight times each year, this is a subscription any whiskey enthusiast or bartender will appreciate. It is one of the more expensive magazines, though the print and digital subscriptions are worth every penny.

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    Whisky Advocate

    Whisky Advocate Magazine

    Whisky Advocate

    Previously known as "Malt Advocate," this magazine dropped the beer and is now called "Whisky Advocate." With four print issues a year, it's an excellent read for any whisky connoisseur, especially if you're interested in discovering new brands or special bottlings. The publisher also puts on Whisky Fest, a series of annual gatherings for enthusiasts in a few major U.S. cities.

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    Irish Whiskey Magazine

    Irish Whiskey Magazine

    Irish Whiskey Magazine

    "Irish Whiskey Magazine" is a must-have for everyone who loves to explore Irish whiskey. From history to modern trends, every issue is an informative read for industry pros and enthusiasts. The beautifully produced magazine is published four times a year, and whether you go with the print or digital subscription, it's one you'll enjoy reading cover to cover. Be sure to order the back issues because they're filled with must-read stories.

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    The Tasting Panel Magazine

    The Tasting Panel Magazine

    The Tasting Panel Magazine

    "The Tasting Panel" is the magazine for anyone who wants to stay updated on the latest distilled spirits and wine. If there's a new brand or label on the market, you'll probably read about it in this publication. While it's geared more toward industry pros, drink enthusiasts will find it fascinating too. There's a complimentary print edition if you're in the trade, and consumers can enjoy it for a reasonable subscription fee or catch digital issues on the website.

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    Wine & Spirits Magazine

    Wine and Spirits Magazine
    Wine and Spirits Magazine

    "Wine & Spirits" is an excellent magazine for devotees of adult beverages. There are more wine articles than distilled spirits coverage, but it's all worth reading. This magazine is ideal for sommeliers and wine enthusiasts who like learning a bit about liquor at the same time. It's a quality publication with seven issues each year and the digital and print subscriptions are both reasonable.

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    The Beer Connoisseur

    The Beer Connoisseur Magazine

    The Beer Connoisseur

    "The Beer Connoisseur" magazine is dedicated to everything happening in the beer industry. It's long been a resource for brewers (both pro and home) and beer drinkers, offering reviews, profiles, brewery tours, and intriguing stories. Traditionally a print magazine, the format changed in 2019. "The Beer in Review" print issue comes out annually and is an extensive recap of the previous year's beer trends. The web magazine remains bi-monthly and is available to subscribers.

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    Craft Beer & Brewing

    Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine

    Craft Beer & Brewing

    "Craft Beer & Brewing" is an essential resource for brewers and beer drinkers. Whether you're a homebrewer, have an established brewery, are following the dream of opening one, or just love a well-crafted brew, it's the magazine you need. Inside each of the six issues each year you'll find coverage about beer trends, brewing recipes and tips, brewery profiles, and so much more. The publisher also offer courses, and the website has useful tools needed to perfect your brew as well as subscriber-exclusive articles.