The “Unemployed Reporter” porter

Behold, “The first beer brewed by print journalists, for print journalists.”

At least that’s what former Hartford Advocate writer Jon Campbell calls it. He has created a beer called “Unemployed Reporter” that according to the label is “as dark and bitter as the future of American journalism.”

“Porter style beers were first popularized in the nineteenth century by merchant sailors and manual dock laborers,” the label reads. “Unemployed Reporter is crafted in the same tradition, honoring a profession likewise doomed to decline and irrelevance.”

Other digs at the industry are made, including, “…a high alcohol content designed to numb the pain of a slow, inexorable march toward obsolescence. While Unemployed Reporter is especially delicious as a breakfast beer, it’s still smooth enough to be enjoyed all day, every day. And let’s be honest: what else do you have going on?”  Campbell even added comedy to the usual government warning label; “drinking alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car, but it’s not like you have to wake up and drive to work tomorrow so fuck it.”

Campbell said the porter hasn’t expanded outside the five gallon bucket in his closet, yet.

For every working, unemployed or soon-to-be journalist’s sake, I hope it will soon.

And I’ll be first in line when it does.


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