Cellar Operator

Funky Buddha Brewery


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A cellar operator is responsible for all aspects of processes related to fermentation, conditioning, treatment, clarification, carbonation, and any other processes required to achieve a final product ready for packaging. This employee must be a hard working, responsible, and self-motivated individual with a passion for craft beer and a desire to continue learning and growing within the industry. The candidate should also be a sociable person who is comfortable occasionally representing the brewery in public. Natural leadership, integrity, loyalty, and a good sense of humor are all factors in who we hire.

Full-time benefits include health insurance, paid time off, tuition reimbursement, paid holidays, 401K, product allowance, and more as outlined in the employee handbook. Responsibilities include:

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Assistance with yeast handling and management
Cellaring duties including fermentation management
CIP (clean-in-place) of brewing and fermentation tanks, and other equipment
Operation of centrifuge for beer clarification
Careful execution of treatment plans for specialty beers
Logging of all brewing related notes from brew day through fermentation, finishing, and packaging
Following SOP (standard operating procedure) in each phase of fermentation, clarification, carbonation and packaging
Maintaining sanitary practices in all aspects of beer processing
Executing preventative maintenance on all brewhouse and cellar equipment
Preparation, filling, transfer of beer from liquor and wine barrels
Assistance with lab testing and other Quality Assurance activities

REQUIREMENTS

One year experience in a commercial production brewery or high-volume brew pub
A strong passion for brewing and a desire to advance personal growth in the brewing industry
Some understanding of brewing aspects, including cellaring, yeast handling, CIP, and sanitization
Strong organizational habits, a self-motivated work ethic, and good critical thinking/problem solving skills
Flexibility in terms of hours and a willingness to work night shifts, weekends, and overtime
Computer literate with some understanding of Microsoft Office/spreadsheet programs
Ability to multi-task
Ability to work as part of a team

EXPERIENCE IN ANY OF THE FOLLOWING IS PREFERABLE:

An understanding of quality assurance (QA) methods and techniques, laboratory operations, and basic knowledge of chemistry and biology
Prior packaging, bottling, and racking experience
Mechanical experience and aptitude
Forklift operation or certification

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Ability to frequently sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl
Heavy physical work including climbing stairs, climbing into tanks, pulling hoses, etc.
Willing to work in wet, hot and cold conditions
Willing to work in consistently loud environments
Ability to work safely with potentially hazardous chemicals
Ability to frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 lbs.

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