Master Brewer

Sterling, VA Based Brewery


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We are seeking a master brewer to help launch our start up brewery based in Loudoun County, Virginia, serving the greater Northern Virginia and Washington, DC community.  We will focus on five flagships, seasonal offerings and many specialty beers. We are seeking a Master Brewer who is ready to head brewing operations who shares our values and visions to help launch this new brewery. We will be located in business friendly Sterling, VA, which is located in Loudoun near the border of Fairfax County.  We have a lease we are about to sign and are ready to go.

Business Concept and Vision

Concept:  We will be a production brewery with a robust tasting room that will attract a large number of beer fans on a daily basis. The concept of this brewery is to create a showcase tasting room in a very busy suburban setting, where the local workforce and neighbors can come enjoy fresh, world class beer made onsite or take beer to go. As the brewery grows, we will distribute to local bars, restaurants and grocery stores, and specialty shops, eventually adding mobile canning as an early packaging solution to go with our kegs.

Loudon County is very sophisticated market with the highest per capita income in the United States. Although there has always been a great selection of craft beer available, there have been very few local breweries the region can be proud of until recently.  In Northern Virginia in particular there is still a huge gap in the marketplace, with just one production brewery and two brewpubs inside the Capital Beltway. Loudon County, the third most populated county in Virginia, has a population of 363,000 and about 16 total brewpubs, production breweries, and non-breweries

Company vision: We plan start off as a small local brewery. With smart and steady growth, we will become a regional brewery within 10 years, serving 5-10 states and the District of Columbia. We will earn a reputation as a premier brewery our market. We envision a robust tasting room, with many local regular customers as well as scores of tourists and weekend visitors. 

Company values: Our vision is to Loudon County with world class craft beer that will provide soul to an area that is eager to grasp homegrown products. We value creativity, openness, free thinking and quality. Our beer, tasting room, and employees will reflect these values to create the brewery we have envisioned.  

Production: We expect to brew and sell 1800 barrels (bbls) in the first year of operations, by the end of the fifth year we will maximize our space by brewing 6000 bbls.   

Job Description

A new Northern Virginia brewery is looking for a Master Brewer for full time work running brewery operations. Duties and responsibilities include brewing, recipe formulation, supply and ingredient ordering, cleaning/sanitizing tanks and other equipment, yeast propagation and lab work, cellar work such as beer transferring and fermentation monitoring and clarification, packaging work, accurate record keeping, inventory monitoring, washing kegs, some preventative maintenance, barrel cleaning and filling, wastewater management, grain disposal, and having a good time. You will be able to hire an assistant part-time brewer once operations are underway.

Required:
Minimum 3 years brewing experience in a production brewery
Experience ordering ingredients and supplies.
Strong Quality Control Background
Strong mechanical aptitude
Strong cleaning/sanitizing skills
Able to work effectively with multiple tasks simultaneously
Strong yeast handling skills
Flexible schedule requirements (including some weekends work)
Able to frequently lift up to 75 pounds and move up to 165 pounds
Detail oriented
Communicates well

Desired:
Great recipe development skills
Recognized brewing education
Laboratory knowledge
Works well with others
Computer proficiency
Organization/management skills

Compensation:

Will include a completive salary, full benefits, generous leave time, and small equity stake in the brewery, as well as other fun perks. 


We are looking for a brewer who is creative, passionate and ready for a great challenge.

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