Podcast: Great 48 Alum Laura Hansen

Matthew JohnsonSeptember 6, 2023
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On this week’s PHOENIX magazine podcast, we visit the New Penny Cafe in Avondale to chat with co-owner Laura Hansen — who also owns Saddle Mountain Brewing Co. and was named a member of our Great 48 class of 2022.

While the hospitality industry has always had a high turnover rate, restaurants have suffered the most during the “great resignation.” But the employees of Saddle Mountain Brewing Company – the Goodyear brewery that won a Great American Beer Festival award in 2020 – remain loyal to owner Laura Hansen, who made sure her team was fed during the pandemic. The former teacher says it was the classroom where she developed her management style. “I value other people and what they bring to the table,” she says. “But I’m aware the buck stops with me.”

For more on New Penny Cafe, visit their Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/newpennycafe/

Saddle Mountain Brewing Co. https://www.saddlemountainbrewing.com/

Great 48 of 2022 https://www.phoenixmag.com/2022/07/07/the-great-48-2022/

Arizona Craft Beer Awards & Festival azcraftbeer.com