Head Brewer

Wachusett Brewing Company


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Wachusett Brewing Company is looking for a seasoned brewer with hands-on operational experience, ready to lead all aspects of a commercial brewery– from development of a functioning brewery to recipe creation & execution of some ridiculously good beers.

Primary Function:

The Head Brewer is responsible for ALL aspects of the brewery operations from recipe formulation and optimization on pilot brewery, to brewing, filtering, cleaning and lab work.

Responsibilities:

  • Involved throughout the entire brewing process from grinding to filling the fermenters
  • Management of the Brewhouse staff
  • Tracking and recording key measurements during the process
  • Yeast management (harvesting, pitching and counts/viabilities)
  • Raw ingredient handling, all aspects of a brew day, transferring wort, yeast handling, packaging, monitoring fermentations, etc.
  • Operate brewhouse with maximum attention to detail and accuracy
  • CIP and Sanitization on all vessels (fermenters, heat exchanger, mash tun, kettle and bright beer tanks)
  • Troubleshooting, technical maintenance and adherence to SOP’s
  • Order supplies
  • Organize production logs
  • Work and communicate well across all levels of a brewery operation (management, packaging, customers, suppliers, etc)
  • Oversee the QA/QC program
  • Gather data relative to beer quality and clarification process
  • Learning and executing the processes involved in cellaring activities – clarification (including DE filtration), carbonation, dry-hopping, transfers, etc.
  • Cellar and fermentation tank and related equipment sanitizing
  • Production activities will also include responsibility of opening and closing facility
  • Comply with all safe chemical handling procedures including personal protection equipment such as gloves and googles
  • General facility cleaning and organization

Other Requirements:

  • Follow proper safety procedures and QC guidelines
  • Follow proper cleaning procedures for filter, brite tanks and fermenters
  • Practice proper yeast management
  • Keep the brewhouse clean and organized
  • Must be able to bend, squat, crawl, kneel, push, pull and walk on uneven surfaces on an occasional basis
  • Must be able to climb stairs both inside and outside, frequently lift 60 lbs occasionally up to 150 lbs.
  • Ability to work in a brewery environment which may be loud, slick, humid, hot and cold

Education, Experience and Skills

  • Prior experience on at least a 15 BB system in a full production brewery
  • Prior management experience a plus
  • Experience creating and brewing multiple styles of beer
  • Prior knowledge of barrel-aging, sours, yeast strains, hop varieties, grain varieties, grain roasts, etc.
  • Ability communicate effectively
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and constantly changing work environment
  • Writing and math skills are necessary to accurately complete a dilution calculation, volume, flow, density, weight, length, pressure and other unit conversions, calculate beer volumes/losses and alcohol content
  • Strong work ethic and self-starter
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and team collaboration

Compensation and Benefits

We offer a competitive compensation package based on experience including healthcare, company retirement contribution, opportunities for advancement and of course a generous beer benefit so that you can enjoy the luxuries of your hard work.  For the right candidate, relocation costs may be considered.

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