Head Brewer

Bent River Brewing Company

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Head Brewer Wanted for 25 Year Old Established Brewery in West Central Illinois

Bent River Brewing Co. is searching for a full-time, salaried head brewer to join our production team.


Duties Include:

  • Wort Production on 5 bbl, 15 bbl, and 30 bbl brew houses
  • Cold side processes to include cellar management, yeast management, monitoring fermentation, and beer transfers
  • Assist in packaging including kegging, bottling, and canning
  • Occasionally fulfill Bent River’s draft line cleaning obligations
  • Manage and participate in barrel-aging of beers
  • Help hire, train and supervise brewing and production staff
  • Ensure all areas of the brewery are up to cleanliness and sanitation standards
  • Overseeing the safety and security of the staff or any visitors to the brewery
  • Ensure current products are brewed to Bent River Standards and develop new beers for the company
  • Participate in offsite events that Bent River is involved in
  • Oversee maintenance and functionality of all brewery equipment at all locations
  • Regularly monitor and execute routine maintenance schedules of all equipment
  • Provide insight for new beers, styles, techniques and keep in tune with industry trends



  • 2 or more year’s professional brewing experience
  • Willing to work weekends if necessary; a 48 to 52 hours per week and possibly more to meet company objectives
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Live within 20 minutes of the facility and be willing to come in on short notice
  • Ability to regularly lift 50 pounds and team lift/maneuver 165 pounds
  • Knowledge of all aspects of the brewing process from grain to glass
  • Communication skills to collaborate with ownership and staff
  • Passion for the craft brewing industry
  • Experience with bottling/canning lines and trade skills a plus



  • Salary is to be commensurate with experience and quarterly bonuses if objectives are met
  • Full company paid health insurance
  • Retirement program
  • Company paid phone
  • Paid vacation time
  • Possible relocation stipend, temporary boarding and/or car allowance
  • Potential partnership/stock options in the future to the right individual
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