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Space, Place, and Culture: An Applied Geography of Craft Beer

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Many countries across the globe are experiencing a growth in the number of commercial craft breweries. For example, in the United States, between 2009 and 2017 the number of craft breweries increased from 1,653 to 6,372. European countries have experience similar growth. Over the same period, the number of craft breweries in Italy increased from 242 to 693, in France from 263 to 1,000, and in the United Kingdom from 694 to 2,378. Consumer interest in craft beer is not restricted to the United States and Europe. It is rapidly becoming a global phenomenon, with beer drinkers from Canada to Colombia, and Australia to China demonstrating a thirst for beer brewed in small batches by locally-owned craft breweries. Growing consumer interest in craft beer is driven primarily by a younger demographic, who prefer the broad diversity of styles and flavors offered by craft breweries. Craft beer also attracts consumers who prefer products made in their local community, by people who live in their local community.

The growth of craft beer offers an opportunity for scholars to study this rapidly growing industry from a wide variety of disciplinary perspectives. Indeed, the growing literature on craft beer can be found in journals representing disciplines as diverse as Law, Geography, Planning, Economics, Tourism Studies, and Food Studies. In this special issue, we purposefully embrace this multi-disciplinary approach by inviting contributions from scholars from a wide variety of disciplines and perspectives. These include cultural economics, applied economics, management studies, business administration, geography, environmental management, anthropology, business history, and ethnology.

Submission guidelines

The deadline of this special issue is November 30, 2019. Any manuscripts submitted before then will be reviewed right away and published once accepted.

Papers in Applied Geography had just been added to ProQuest, a citation indexing service. The journal is expected to apply for inclusion in other indexing services with new volumes published. To submit your manuscript for consideration for publishing in the journal, please upload your manuscripts using the submission portal (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rpag).

Feel free to contact the Guest editors below with any questions on this Special Issue. 

Guest Editors

Dr. Neil Reid, Professor, Dept. of Geography and Planning, University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, USA neil.reid@utoledo.edu

Dr. Maria Giulia Pezzi, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Urban Studies and Regional Science, Gran Sasso Science Institute, Gran Sasso Science Institute, L’Aquila, Italy giulia.pezzi@gssi.it

Dr. Martin Stack, Professor, Helzberg School of Management, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Geography, Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Missouri, USA martin.stack@rockhurst.edu

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