Laid-Off Journalist Brews ‘Unemployed Reporter Porter’

Former Hartford Advocate writer Jon Campbell has picked up a new hobby now that he’s, well, a former Advocate writer.

His homebrew, Unemployed Reporter Porter, includes “chocolate and roasted barley malts that are as dark and bitter as the future of American journalism” and “a high alcohol content designed to numb the pain of a slow, inexorable march toward obsolescence.”

The label, which you can view at, features a black and white photo of a journalist sitting over a typewriter and crying into his palms.

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

Campbell worked at the Advocate for just seven months in 2011, according to his LinkedIn. The Advocate, which is owned by Tribune Co., went through a round of layoffs in July 2011.