Journalist Brews Unemployed Reporter Porter

Official beer of print journalists is dark and bitter

Print journalists face a pretty bleak market these days. But when most people would be reaching for a beer, one guy decided to make his own. According to, former Hartford Advocate writer Jon Campbell got into home brewing and came up with new Unemployed Reporter Porter, the beer for print journalists.

Unemployed Reporter bills itself as "the first beer brewed by print journalists, for print journalists." As one would expect from a beer brewed by a writer, the label copy is worth the price of entry.

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

The porter has flavors of chocolate and roasted barley malts "as dark and bitter as the future of American journalism." It bills itself as being an exceptionally delicious breakfast that's smooth enough to drink all day long. The alcohol content is high, of course, at 6.2 percent alcohol by volume.


The comically bleak label copy even makes its way into the government warnings on the bottle. "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 f*** it."