October launched in the beginning of 2017 with a simple goal: to celebrate craft beer. Our daily editorial coverage has done just that, toasting the joy of craft brewing culture and the common ground we find when we share a beer with someone else. As editor-in-chief, I have encouraged both our staff and our hardworking contributors to think beyond the six-pack, because beer isn’t just a collection of tasting notes. It’s a cultural phenomenon, the fruit of human passion and ingenuity, and a vehicle for storytelling.
To that end, we are immensely proud of all that we have accomplished. Nevertheless, it is with a heavy heart that we announce we are winding down October and will conclude publishing at the end of this year.
As saddened as we are to move on from October, we feel confident that the work we have accomplished over the past three years has pushed the beer conversation forward.
October's team—composed of women, queer, and non-binary folks—does not resemble the "typical" taproom-goer, and we set out to help defy the stereotypes that have long plagued beer culture. We held our first theme week devoted entirely to celebrating women in beer, highlighting the many ways in which women are pushing this industry forward and innovating how and what we drink. We’ve given BIPOC writers and brewers a platform for their stories and championed equity and inclusivity within the beer industry. We hope that, in lieu of October, our peers in beer media will continue this mission.
While it may be last call here, we’ve still got a few sips left. For the rest of this month, look out for a retrospective of some of our favorite stories and some new ones we’re very excited about.
To our devoted readers: Thank you for making October a dream job for all of us. It's been an honor to bring the wonderful—and sometimes delightfully weird!—world of beer to your screens.
Matthew Zuras, Editor-in-Chief
& the October Editorial Team