I don't know why they did this, but I suspect the introduction of DRAFT and Beer Advocate in the last year help prod redesign. For the purest out there, you'll be happy to know this new look hasn't come at the cost of content. In fact, the September issue has a wonderful piece on Pubs and Publicans and still features works by Randy Mosher, Fred Eckhardt, Charlie Papazian and those you've come to admire and look up to.
As much as I have enjoyed this magazine over the years, I admit this 'seemed' a bit nicer overall. Yeah, I guess I too am a sucker for slick looks - or, as my friend Tyrone Wells sings...
beauty makes me stop and stare just like any other manSo, congratulations to AAB on their new and improved look. I hope this brings the results you were hoping for. Oh, if you are not yet a subscriber - it is only 19.99 a year if you order online. I don't know of anyone with discount links like we have for Draft and BYO - but twenty bucks ain't nothing.