Zilker Brewing Company
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Zilker Brewing Company is expanding our distribution footprint and offerings in Central Texas and is seeking a talented and experienced lead brewer to add to our team. Close to downtown Austin, TX; we are an urban brewery with a focus on distinctive small batch brews and a solid core lineup of beer for wider distribution. Our brewhouse is a flexible 15bbl system with a 2019 output of 3200bbls.
5 years professional brewing experience (Required)
College degree or brewing degree (Preferred)
Leadership Responsibilities and Duties
Set a positive example for the rest of the brewery team
Manage raw ingredients and other brewing supplies
Divide up brewday between brewers in accordance with production schedule
Train new brew team members on applicable work
Develop new recipes in conjunction with the Head Brewer.
Communicate new beer offerings with taproom staff and social media staff
Participating in professional organizations and training opportunities
Communicate personnel issues with management
Brewing Responsibilities and Duties
General cleaning and maintenance of workspace in accordance with cleaning schedule
Adherence to documentation practices
Evaluation of raw materials and communication of inconsistencies (grain, hops, etc.)
Cleaning and sanitization of fittings and small parts
Thorough completion of work everyday from start to cleanup.
Responsible for all brewing operations including:, wort production, cleaning, yeast handling, brewhouse CIP
Ensures the highest quality beer is being created in the facility.
Upholds QA/QC standards.
Yeast management (harvesting, viability, cell counts, make methylene blue solution, pitching, checking pitch rate)
Accurate record keeping.
Adherence to documentation practices
Properly storing and organizing grain
Properly storing and organizing hops
Operation and general maintenance of boiler (Turn on/off, blowdown procedures)
Once a quarter customer facetime (beer tastings, pint night, events, etc.)
Fosters a culture of education, internal collaboration, and continuous process improvement.
Contributes to weekly team meetings along with head brewer.
Communicates changes in process, expectations, personnel, equipment, etc. effectively and promptly with all necessary personnel.
Critical Thinking/Problem Solver
Communicate effectively with cellar team, brewers, and head brewer
General knowledge of tools and mechanical skills
Good manual dexterity
Hold yourself and others accountable
Ability to climb ladders and work in confined spaces
Physically capable of performing daily brewery work; standing most of the day, crouching, lifting 50LBs +, maneuver 160lbs regularly
All staff will be expected to fill multiple roles as necessary to ensure smooth operation and the success of the brand. This is the nature of a smaller craft brewery, especially one seeking to grow either in production volume or quality.
Willingness to do tasks outside the scope of the Lead Brewer position (cellar work eg.).
Contribute ideas to ensure company's long term success
Accessible for remote communication in off hours
Willing to work staggered shifts as required by the production schedule
Willing to work weekends if required by the production schedule.
Full-time pay based on experience
Paid Time Off and Paid Holidays
Health, Vision and Dental Insurance
Free beer, merchandise discounts
Living in Austin
Being a member of an amazing Austin beer community
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.
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