Jonathan Porter - Co-Founder, Brewmaster

Owner and brewmaster, Porter, leaning against a brick wall in front of barrels.


Co-Founder and Brewmaster of Smog City Brewing Co., Porter is an award-winning brewer with over 13 years of professional brewing experience. His technical skill and pursuit of exceptionally balanced and creatively inspired beer help make Smog City Brewing an industry leader in the Los Angeles craft beer community. Porter combines his knowledge of beer styles and passion for great food and drink to create solid examples of classic styles as well as experimental beers.  He believes that "anyone who says they don't like beer just hasn't had the right one yet."


Laurie Porter started Smog City Brewing Co. with her husband Jonathan 8 years ago and has quickly become an industry leader in the Los Angeles craft beer scene while building a strong following for her brewery with a great community of customers. She helps run every aspect of the business, from brand building to taproom operations to bookkeeping, with a focus on providing customers with a great experience and making Smog City Brewing Co. the best brewery in Los Angeles. Laurie's ability to foster relationships with community, political, and non-profit organizations has been key to telling the Smog City story and help give back to the local community at the same time. Laurie is also deeply invested in the L.A. County Brewers Guild and serves on the Board of Directors for the California Craft Brewers Association, helping to define how the beer industry will grow and develop in California. With a strong belief that collaboration and industry support will lead us towards a healthy and sustainable future, Laurie's commitment to craft beer has always extended beyond the boundaries of the brewery. 

Laurie Porter -Co-Founder

Owner, Laurie Porter, leaning on a wine barrel in a room full of barrels.

Aften Lee - Brand and Marketing Director

Cesar is smiling at the camera with black frame glasses from inside the Smog City sour side barrel room.


 Aften left a career in the aerospace industry to pursue her passion for craft beer and was lucky enough to snag her first official craft beer job at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. as their Events Team Manager for the Southwest U.S. After almost 3 years with Sierra Nevada, Aften left to start her own business working on event & marketing projects in the craft beer industry. After working with Smog City on several projects, it became clear that it was a great fit and Aften joined the team in early 2020 as our Brand & Retail Director. Aften oversees our taprooms, marketing, strategic partnerships, brand building, and more. She is a Certified Cicerone who loves food & beer, introducing people to craft beer through education and community building, and Saisons.

Greg Bechtel- Director of Operations

Cesar is smiling at the camera with black frame glasses from inside the Smog City sour side barrel room.


Greg is an Advanced Cicerone® who has been selling/pouring/making/drinking craft beer in LA since 2010. Greg joins us from Simmzy's where he oversaw brewing operations at the Brewery at Simmzy's Burbank and ran the beer program for their restaurants. Prior he worked at El Segundo Brewing Company starting as their first sales rep and ultimately lead their sales team. Before that, Laurie was personally selling and delivering beer to him at Simmzy's Manhattan Beach where he was their beer buyer. Greg is passionate about family, food, and the LA craft beer community and is excited to have a new home at Smog City!

Cathy Dolan - Director of Sales 

Pat Cross is sitting with his favorite beer, the Bourbon OE under an umbrella to protect his complexion


Cathy Dolan brings to the Smog City family wonderful sophistication in distribution and sales management and an investment in building the Smog City brand out in the world. She is not only extremely professional and organized but great at building relationships in our craft beer community in Los Angeles.

Andrew Carroll- Retail Manager

Lead Brewer Jake is smiling with his brew glasses around his neck.

Andrew Carroll has been floating around the LA beer world for over a decade and has done a little bit of everything in his journey to Smog City. Early in the days of Beer Paper he worked as an occasional contributor and event organizer. At the same time, he was hosting trivia nights in LA and OC bars and pubs while preaching the gospel of craft beer. He then took a brief sojourn into academia as a punk rock historian before settling into the management of a hyper-local mixed-used retail, arts, and events space in downtown Long Beach - MADE. There he worked as a small business and arts advocate and helped develop one of the city’s cultural hubs. With his help, MADE opened its own beer and wine bar with music venue - Elinor. At Elinor, Andrew used his love of beer to develop and maintain its hyper-local beer list and his academic obsession with music to curate its incredibly varied events programming. Now, he is bringing this wide experience to Smog City to continue its mission to cultivate a customer experience of quality, culture, and respect whenever someone enters one of our taprooms.




THE TEAM

Matt Foxworthy

MATT  - BREWER


SCARLETT - BEERTENDER

Ricardo

RICARDO - PACKAGING TECH

Reina is sitting on the grass next to a camera with one around her neck too. She has glasses on, her hair in a bun, and is sipping from a can.

RAFAEL- BEERTENDER

ANTHONEAL - SALES REP

Dina

MARCELLO - BEERTENDER

Eddie seems to be photobombing his own photo. He is enthusiastically smiling infront of a wall of taps and spirits.

EDDIE - PRODUCTION MANAGER

Toby is in his habitat on the sour side. Tanks and glycol lines can be seen behind him. He is squinting and wearing a Smog City hoodie.

TOBY- SOUR CELLARMAN

Josh is smirking while cheersing the camera with a stein full of dark lager. He is wearing a hat, so his mohawk can not be seen and he has one dangling earring visible.

LYNNSY- TAPROOM MANAGER (TORRANCE BREWERY)

VANESSA - BEERTENDER

Reina is sitting on the grass next to a camera with one around her neck too. She has glasses on, her hair in a bun, and is sipping from a can.

TODD- BEERTENDER

Frank Estrada

FRANK  - PACKAGING LEAD

JAVIER- TAPROOM MANAGER (GLENDORA)

Keith is half turning toward the camera with sunglasses on at a Seahawks game. The sun is lighting half of his face.

JERRY- PRODUCTION

Keith is half turning toward the camera with sunglasses on at a Seahawks game. The sun is lighting half of his face.

JIMMY- LEAD BEERTENDER/DRAFT TECH

LALO - CELLAR PERSON

TYLER - BEERTENDER

BRETT - MARKETING SPECIALIST

Julie

JULIE - BEERTENDER/EVENT COORDINATOR

Sam Hastings

SAM - BEERTENDER/DESIGNER

KEVIN - SALES REP

Dina

DINA - BEERTENDER

Emma

EM - LEAD BEERTENDER

Nicole

NICOLE - BEERTENDER

BRENT - SHIFT BREWER

Emma

HAYDN - DELIVERY DRIVER

Paul. Beertender for Smog City Glendora

PAUL - BEERTENDER

Paul. Beertender for Smog City Glendora

CHEYNE - PACKAGING TECH

PAT - LEAD BEERTENDER

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