DBTB Episode 93: Laurie Porter of Smog City Brewing Co.

Show notes from John Holl:

 As we’ve talked about on the show in the past, there are serious conversations and allegations happening in the beer industry, specifically, these days, around the treatment of women. Sadly, many of these stories are not new, but a lot of them have not been publicly talked about, until a few weeks ago when women started sharing their stories on social media. 
There’s been a lot of talk, hopefully a lot of listening, some changes, and work towards meaningful action. 

Laurie Porter is my guest this week. She’s the co-founder of Smog City, a brewery with several locations in Southern California that has helped shaped the Los Angeles Beer Scene over the last decade. She’s on brewing industry advisory boards and guilds, and has focused, in her words, on every aspect of her company except the brewing. 
But this week Smog City is set to release Total Boss, a red IPA made by the women of the brewery to spark a conversation about misogyny, sexism, assault, and more happening in the beer space. 
Porter has spent a lot of time thinking about this and from the brewery’s beginning has tried to focus efforts to make Smog City a safe place and one where people are happy to work and feel like they can do their jobs without fear. 
Still, these last few weeks have gotten her thinking about where things are, where they were, and where they can be.”

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This episode is sponsored by:

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