Head Brewer

City Barrel Brewing Co.

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Come work for Kansas City's fastest growing brewery.  We are a 15bbl brewery focusing on innovative hoppy, wild and sour beer paired with a farm to table scratch kitchen.  We in a growth phase and looking for an organized production guru to lead our brewery.  In this role, the ideal candidate will manage pub brewing, production brewing as well as packaging and cellar operations.


Reports to: Chief Executive Officer

In alignment with City Barrel Brewing Company’s values, this position pursues excellence in all aspects of our Tap Room Operations.  The HEAD BREWER is responsible for developing people and processes to uphold City Barrel Brewing Company’s Mission Statement: 

City Barrel Mission Statement: To profitably deliver the highest quality hoppy, wild, and sour beers and cultivate extraordinary experiences.


  • Own it 

  • Do your best, and next time do it better 

  • Create knowledge through friendly education

  • Be excellent to each other

  • Innovation through collaboration


  • Brew House Operations – all responsibilities of wort production (including milling, mashing, boiling, grain-out, brewing house vessel clean-in-place (CIP), and detailed record keeping in Ekos.

  • Cellar-related Operations – all responsibilities for fermentation and conditioning management, including fermenter/brite beer tank (BBT) CIP & sanitation, monitoring fermentation, dry-hopping, yeast management, transferring beers between tanks, monitoring conditioning and detailed record keeping.

  • Manage employees schedule to maximize labor and brewery efficiencies with the goal of producing 3,000 barrels of beer in 2021. 

  • Brewery Facility Maintenance - manage maintenance on all brewery operation equipment to ensure the facility is working at peak condition.

  • Packaging Operations:  Kegging, keg washing, canning, & bottling.

  • Manage sour barrel/Foeder program alongside non-sour cellar and ensure no cross-contamination

  • Strict adherence to sanitation protocol of the brewing equipment, including cleaning and sanitizing, maintenance and troubleshooting, including pumps, heat exchangers, filters, gas regulators, keg couplers, etc.

  • Execute proper sampling and analysis of product in accordance with recipe schedule, monitor vital fermentation critical control points including but not limited to target gravity, pH, temperatures and pressures.

  • Further develop quality control programs across the business with the goal of continuous improvement in product and process.

  • Work with Recipe Formation Team to develop new recipe formulation and development, including special batch collaborations.

  • Monitor and report inventories of beer and raw materials, including grain, hops, yeast and chemicals in Ekos and coordinate orders with the CEO.

  • Train and oversee future brewery employees in various production responsibilities.

  • Act as a leader, policy maker and implementer, and as a professional.

  • Communicate with all employees, guests, supervisors, and vendors in a respectful, timely, and professional manner.

  • Management and performance of brewery sanitization, cleaning, and maintenance.

  • Represent the brewery at local events and festivals, attend events, and setup and serve, as needed.

  • Perform proper cell management and yeast handling & pitching procedures.

  • Act as Safety Manager for production and set safe working conditions, hold regular safety meetings and keep safety manager logs.

  • Live every one of City Barrel’s five core values. 

  • Ekos Management

  • Inventory Management/Oversight

  • Purchasing Raw Materials in most cost-efficient manner possible

  • Maintain the highest standard of brewery cleanliness.

  • Manage Pilot Brewery

  • Other Duties as assigned


  • +2 years as a Head Brewer – 4-6 yrs brewing

  • Industry education preferred (not required)

  • Experience in Ekos Brewery Management Software

  • Proven brewery knowledge including chemistry & biology

  • Strong Problem Solving skills and mechanical & electrical troubleshooting skills

  • Self-motivation as well as ability to work efficiently as part of team

  • Adherence to workplace safety procedures and ability to work in confined spaces and strong knowledge of brewery hazards

  • Ability to execute and manage details for multiple projects while maintaining alignment with and focus on company level strategy and goals

  • Proficient written and verbal communication skills

  • Basic computer knowledge, specifically with Microsoft Word and Excel & G Suite – Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar and the ability to effectively use scheduling and budget systems

  • Demonstrated attention to detail, with the ability to effectively manage multiple priorities and apply appropriate judgment in a fast paced environment

  • Ability to motivate employees to work as a team to ensure production goals are met.

  • Ability to effectively respond to feedback from customers, peers, employees and management

  • Ability to consistently maintain professionalism, collaboration, and self-motivation

  • Ability to perform brewing and inventory operations on Ekos 


  • Duties are performed in both indoor and outdoor settings, with events often taking place in the elements in all four seasons

  • Occasionally exposed to wet, cold and/or humid conditions; outside weather conditions; extreme cold; extreme heat and risk of electrical shock.

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud


  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds without assistance and maneuver 170 pounds safely with proper body mechanics

  • Ability to stand for long periods of time and reach with hands and arms, stoop, crouch, bend, twist.

  • Ability to work near moving mechanical parts safely

  • Ability to work in conditions that are wet, humid, hot, cold, loud, and with risk of electrical shock

  • Safely handle caustic and acidic chemicals and sanitizers and know proper time, temperature, and application.

  • Move large quantities of food products with carts, dollies, hand trucks, and other moving equipment

  • Ladder climbing, bending, twisting, reaching, pushing, pulling, and performing repetitive motions

  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus in various levels of lighting     


  • Full time flexible hours are mandatory (able to work days, nights, weekends, holidays)

  • Travel required throughout the U.S. for training, branding, and team building opportunities

  • Occasional car travel within a 30-mile radius required

  • The selected candidate must pass a post offer, pre-employment background check

  • You must be at least 21 years of age to work for City Barrel Brewing Company


  • Competitive compensation

  • Health Insurance

  • Dental

  • Vision

  • Paid Time Off

  • Conveniently located in one of the country’s most underrated cities, Kansas City, MO.

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