Lead Brewer

City Barrel Brewing Company

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Reports to: Director of Brewing Operations


City Barrel Brewery + Kitchen is the fastest growing brewery in the Kansas City area.  We are a fun blend of a distribution brewery, pub and innovation brewery.  We brew Hazy IPAs, fruited IPAs, and other crazy fun things so we can afford to make barrel aged mix-ferm sours and lagers.  


 $14-$20/hour depending on experience

In alignment with City Barrel Brewing Company’s values, this position pursues excellence in all aspects of our Tap Room Operations.  The BREWER LEVEL 2 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.

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • Develop and refine SOPs for all production operations

  • Work with the Director of Brewing Operations to plan and execute beer programming and brewing scheduling.

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

  • Communicate with FOH management when beers will be released and how.

  • Maintain all brewing equipment in good working order

  • 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. 

  • Other Duties as assigned

  • Inventory Management/Oversight

  • Maintain the highest standard of brewery cleanliness.

    • Ensure brewery staff are adhering to weekly, monthly quarterly cleaning program.


  • 5+ years as a commercial brewer 

  • 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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