Brewer/Cellar Person

Ska Brewing Company

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Head Brewer

About Us

It takes characters to brew beer with character, and we at Ska Brewing Co. have been doing that since 1995. Our award-winning craft brewing roots are firmly planted in Durango, Colorado, where we work hard and play harder. Our community-minded organization does all it can to give back to the town we love.

About the Job
In this position, you will be responsible for Cellar and Brewing duties based on the needs of the production schedule. You will be expected to Your responsibilities have a direct effect on preparing beer for packaging. This is a non-exempt position.

o Cleans, sanitizes, and purges tanks according to S.O.P.’s (bright, fermenting and brinks)
o Yeast harvests, pitches and drops
o Carbonation and dissolved oxygen monitoring
o Track beer throughout filtration process
o Administering of filter and process aids
o Strict adherence to C.I.P. and process S.O.P.’s
o Effectively communicate mechanical and process issues with Head Brewer/Cellar Lead
o Basic beer movements – empty and fill tanks, transfer beer
o Ensures work area is clean and well organized
o Ensures tank exteriors are cleaned regularly
o Monitors and records results of fermentation and cellaring of beer
o Ensures that product and process is free from microbiological contamination
o Ensures equipment is maintained and kept in good working order
o Filters and carbonates beer as required
o Ensure appropriate samples are taken for Quality Assurance

o All aspects of brewhouse operation and wort production including but not limited to
     ? Milling, mashing, lautering, and wort boiling
     ? Safe and efficient transfer of wort to fermentation vessels
     ? Routine troubleshooting and maintenance
     ? Maintaining cleanliness and sanitation of all equipment and work areas
     ? Monitor and record process times, temperatures, gravities and pH levels
     ? Collection of sterile samples for lab analysis

o Maintain a safe and compliant work environment
o Assist in inventory management
o Assist in safety compliance and QA/QC
o Follow all operational procedures set forth by Ska Brewing Company, its subsidiaries and anyone else we deem worthy and authoritative
o Knowledgeable in safe brewing practices 

Our Ideal Candidate 
o Must be at least 21 years of age
o Passion for brewing and a commitment towards the production of a consistent and quality product
o Two years brewery experience with a minimum of one year CIP experience, brewing AND cellaring experience preferred 

o Should have a strong focus on safety and efficiency

o Good communication skills
o Flexible hours, weekends and night shift availability
o Attention to detail is a must
o Ability to follow complex instructions and adhere to them
o Precision in daily tasks
o Ability to work around loud noise levels
o Ability to frequently reach with hands and arms as well as stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl
o Ability to frequently and safely lift and/or move up to 165 pounds
o Ability to be frequently exposed to wet conditions
o Ability to work with potentially hazardous chemicals
o Ability to work around moving mechanical parts
o Positive, get it done no matter what attitude

Ska Brewing offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, rewarding work environment and growth for committed team members.

*Prior to your start date, we require successful completion, as determined in our sole discretion,
of a pre-employment criminal background check.

If you are interested and your skills fit our needs, please submit a cover letter and resume to with “Cellar Person – BB” in the subject line.

Durango was runner up for Best New Adventure Hub in Outside Magazine in 2012. Here is what they had to say about our small town in Southwest Colorado, which also boasts 300+ days of sunshine per year: “Durango an adventure-sports capital? Go in April and you’ll see why. Within an hour of town, you can ski spring corn, nordic-ski around an alpine lake, kayak the Animas River, catch fat trout, hike a thirteener, ride 10,000-foot passes on a dizzy-making scenic byway, and mountain-bike blue-ribbon singletrack.” We were also voted one of the best small towns in 2011 by Outside Magazine. “Think of it as a border town. It has Southwest underpinnings—Mesa Verde National Park is only 47 miles to the west—but because it sits in the lush Animas River Valley, it serves as the geographic and cultural link between high desert and high country. A thousand miles of mountain-biking trails surround the city (pop. 16,900), the largest wilderness area in Colorado is just to the north (500,000-acre Weminuche Wilderness), two ski resorts are an easy drive away, and the paddle-friendly Animas flows almost down Main Street. At night, six local craft breweries appease the nearly 4,000 students at Fort Lewis College.”

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