Head Brewer

The Fermentorium Beverage Co.

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The Fermentorium Beverage Company in Cedarburg, WI is a growing craft beer brewery with a 2500 square foot tasting room that serves the craft beers made on site. If you love beer, and want to work in a fun, fast-paced environment with an opportunity to grow with a new business, we want to hear from you.

The Fermentorium is looking for an experienced and creative candidate to serve as head brewer and get involved with all aspects of brewery operations. This is an excellent opportunity to get involved with a growing brewery from the early stages and work in a collaborative environment to shape the evolution of a beer portfolio with no limits on experimental concepts. We have a twenty barrel, three vessel brewhouse with a mash mixer in the mash tun and rakes in the lauter tun which allows us to do step mashes. We focus on seasonal and limited release releases which supplements our year-round offerings. We also have a 10 gallon Sabco RIMS system for pilot beers that are sold in our tasting room.

Our upcoming expansion has created the need for an experienced head brewer to join our team.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Brewhouse operations:
    • Milling, Mashing, Lautering, Boiling, Whirlpooling, Knockout, Grain Out, and Brewhouse Vessel CIP (including Heat Exchanger)
  • Cellar-Related operations:
    • Fermenter CIP/Scrub/Sanitation, Cell Counting, Checking Gravities/Monitoring Fermentation(Incl. Glycol Controls), Capping/Chilling/Dry Hopping Schedule and Procedures, Yeast Management, BBT Cleaning and Sanitizing, Recording Fermentations, Reading BBT Levels and Recording, Checking Co2 in Beer
  • Packaging operations:
    • Carbonation of beer, Fining, Kegging, Bottling, Canning, Checking Co2 in Beer
  • Quality Assurance Operations:
    • Cell Counts, Pitch Rates, Gravity Measurements, Process Sampling, Yeast Viability Measurement, Taste Panel
  • Pilot Brewhouse Operations:
    • Recipe Formulation, Brewing, Fermentation, Packaging and Taste Panel
  • Create and manage brewing schedule
  • Develop and brew new recipes
  • Manage all operations of the brewery
  • Detailed record keeping and quality control reporting
  • Ability to maintain inventories of raw and finished goods
  • Strong communication, planning, and organizational skills
  • TTB tax and production filings
  • Use proper operating, cleaning and preventative maintenance procedures
  • Help develop and refine brewery-wide SOPs, particularly with an eye to improving consistency in brewhouse output
  • Develop and brew new and current recipes
  • Create a harmonious team environment with all staff
  • Mentor and train less experienced brewers in the cellar and brewhouse
  • Participate in festivals and promotional events
  • Public tours, education, tastings and interaction with brewery guests
  • Assist in future planning for growth
  • Must be willing to pitch in on tasks outside your key responsibilities


  • Degree in Fermentation Science or completion of brewing-science program
  • 3+ years professional brewing experience minimum
  • Experience in yeast handling
  • A self motivated, outgoing, enthusiastic and success driven personality
  • Strong work ethic
  • Team oriented but also independently driven
  • Strong problem solving ability
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Good cleaning and sanitizing abilities
  • Ability to multi-task and work in a high paced environment
  • Willing and looking to learn and grow with a startup brewery

Additional desired skills:

  • Science/Lab background
  • Mechanical background or ability
  • Barrel/mixed fermentation/Foeder experience
  • Cicerone Certification
  • Familiarity with Ekos Brewmaster
  • Familiarity with Wild Goose canning line

Physical requirements:

  • Ability to lift 55+ lbs repeatedly
  • Ability to crouch, kneel, stoop, crawl and other brewing/cellaring maneuvers into tight spaces repeatedly
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to work in noisy environment
  • Ability to work in hot or cold environment for prolonged periods of time
  • Must be competent with MS Office, Google Docs
  • Must be able to enjoy making great beer

Position reports directly to Director of Operations.  Successful candidate will be involved in all aspects of brewery functions with opportunities for off-site events such as conferences.  If you’re looking for a rewarding position and don’t mind hard work please send cover letter, salary requirements and resume to info@thefermentorium.com

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