We like seeing things come full circle and partnering with 21st Amendment’s head brewer Zambo is one of those moments. Going way way back, Zambo worked at BJs Brea when Porter first launched into the craft beer industry 8 years ago. Porter was fresh out of the American Brewer’s Guild and found himself cleaning kegs at BJs Brea. Soon after Zambo transferred from BJs Woodland Hills to Brea where they worked together until Porter was promoted to assistant brewer in Oxnard. Now they head up their own outstanding breweries and have come together in Smog City’s first official collaboration.

     Featuring wine character from wine country and citrus from SoCal, California Love is a collaboration designed to bring the best of NorCal and SoCal together.

       Califronia Love is an Imperial Red brewed with pinot noir must, citrus peel and aged on oak chips. This highly hopped red clocks in at 9.6% ABV. On tap beginning this Thursday in the Smog City Taproom!

       Here’s a look at the Collaboration Brew Day.



Look at the color of that beer! The Pinot darkened it considerably from this color.


This is what happens when you leave your camera unguarded.

This is what happens when you leave your camera unguarded.

Porter and Zambo

Porter and Zambo




Citrus Peel

Freshly Grated Citrus Peel

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Amarillo, Citra and Centennial Hops



California Love, 9.6%

California Love, 9.6%

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