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The Head Brewer is responsible for leading the brewing team to produce top quality and consistent beer in the safest and most efficient manner possible. The position is responsible for moving brands forward from inception, through development, and into final production. They will coordinate with brewery leadership on the creation and execution of beer concepts, ideas, and recipes.
They will be responsible for all aspects of brewing such as ingredient purchasing, planning and execution of brewing functions, leading process improvement efforts, and ensuring safe and sanitary working conditions. The Head Brewer is also a hands-on member of the brewing team, meaning that they will be expected to be competent in executing wort production, active fermentations, dry hopping, conditioning beer, lab monitoring and packaging tasks when necessary.
- Lead new product development with recipe formulation and innovative techniques to create new and exciting flavor experiences while coordinating with the management team to adhere to TTB labelling guidelines and product launch time frames.
- Manage and plan brew schedule, regularly communicate schedule to taproom, marketing, and sales departments.
- Capable of performing all brew house, cellar, CIP, QC, and Packaging duties.
- Coordinate purchasing and inspection of raw material ingredients; ensure inventory is on hand for brew days and recipe/brewing transaction are recorded in ERP system.
- Author new and edit existing SOPs and implement systems to ensure brewers are performing in compliance with processes. Manage brewing logs and beer record keeping files.
- Completion and submittal of quarterly TTB reports.
- Manage development, planning, and execution of site pilot brewing program.
- Organize and unite the team with constant communication on performance and focused objectives and goals inside the brewery.
- Recruit, train, motivate, educate, lead, schedule and manage brew-house staff.
- Lead by example and set a Safety First culture by always wearing PPE, following LOTO procedures, and looking out for the well-being of the staff with identification and correct hazards and environmental concerns in a timely manner.
- Ensure the facility is regularly cleaned and always in a presentable condition. Maintain brewing areas to ensure compliance with company quality, sanitation and safety standards.
- Maintain and keep the brewing facility in working order, which includes having equipment serviced regularly by a professional, or brewing staff.
- Performs other related duties as assigned by management.
Ambassador: The Head Brewer is one of the premier resources of the brewing staff; representing the Company at internal and external events.
- Oversee in-house and external tours and brewer events with staff ensuring we represent the brewery well at each occasion.
- Provide tours that convey the brewers’ passion, convey the distinctions of our brewery in the craft industry, and adjust content to the audience.
- Be the primary point of contact for our brewery material suppliers, and mediate any quality and supply issues.
Quality Finished Beer Production and Process Improvement: Quality finished beer production is ultimately the most important part of this job. Our beer is consistent, free from defects, true to style and of the highest quality.
- Maintain an adequate supply of malt, hops, yeast, packaging, and other brewery supplies to keep up with production.
- Qualify new suppliers and keep records of supplier issues and performance.
- Track and analyze performance on a daily basis to identify gaps and opportunities to continuously improve the quality, consistency, and cost of our products.
Strategic Mindset - Anticipates future trends and implications accurately. Readily poses future scenarios. Articulate credible pictures and visions of possibilities that will create sustainable value. Creates competitive and breakthrough strategies that show a clear connection between vision and action.
Drives Results - Has a strong bottom-line orientation. Persists in accomplishing objectives despite obstacles and setbacks. Has a track record of exceeding goals successfully. Pushes self and helps other achieve results.
Ensures Accountability - Follows through on commitments and makes sure others do the same. Acts with a clear sense of ownership. Takes personal responsibilities and processes for monitoring work and measuring results. Designs feedback loops into work.
Communicates Effectively - Is effective in a variety of communication settings: one-on-one, small and large groups, or among diverse styles and position levels. Attentively listens to others. Adjusts to fit the audience and message. Provides timely and helpful information to others across the organization. Encourage the open expression of diverse ideas and opinion.
Collaborates - Worked cooperatively with others across the organization to achieve shared objectives. Represents own interests while being fair to others and other areas. Partners with other to get work done. Credits others for their contributions and accomplishments. Gains trust and support of others.
- Bachelor’s Degree in a related technical field required (Science or Engineering preferred) and/or a formal brewing education from an accredited brewing program (Siebel, UC Davis) or professional brewing experience.
- 3-5 years of experience in a Craft Brewery (10+ barrel brew house, barrel aging, sour production, pilot brewing, keg/can/bottle packaging, brewery installation a plus).
- Possess and maintain proficient understanding of Laboratory Operations / Quality Assurance / Sensory Trained to measure cell health, pitch rates, ABV analysis, BU analysis, taste and color analysis.
- Possess basic mechanical skills - manage maintenance program – coordinate spare parts inventory, preventative maintenance schedule and serve as first line of troubleshooting/problem solving.
- Planning and scheduling of workforce and production to meet packaging, shipping, and new product launch objectives.
- Experience in successfully creating beer recipes.
- Budgeting and ability to set priorities for team to work within well-defined financial targets and guidelines.
- Must be able to evaluate, develop and execute training plans for Brewing/Cellar staff.
- Knowledge of brewing and packaging equipment as well as steam, chilled water, and compressed gas utilities.
- Software (Office 365, ERP).
- Must have current or be able to obtain Fork Lift Operator Certification.
- Strong customer orientation. Passion for people and beer.
- Excellent teamwork, interpersonal, presentation, and verbal/written communication skills.
- Flexibility to do whatever it takes to get the job done right.
- Highly motivated, self-starting, and resourceful.
- Strong judgment, professional maturity, and impeccable integrity.
- Effective time management, particularly ability to multitask, prioritize and plan around different responsibilities and initiatives.
- Ability to work flexible/ weekend hours, available for cellar chores and attendance at special events/festivals, sales support, beer tastings/dinners.
- Frequently stand for the duration of the shift, walk, bend over, twist, kneel, climb, stoop and crouch. This position requires the ability to routinely and repeatedly lift up to 55 pounds and maneuver 170 pounds repeatedly.
- Use their hands to perform fine manipulation, handle or feel, and must be able to reach with hands and arms.
- Identify product deficiencies (color, smell, taste). This requires having close, distance, color and peripheral vision as well as depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
- This position requires proper handling of hazardous materials and operation of complex moving machinery.
- Regularly exposed to a damp, wet environment with hot liquids, airborne particles, chemicals, and moving machinery.
- Must be able to travel via car, airplane or train.
This Job Description is only a summary of the typical functions of the job, not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks and duties.
Artisanal Brewing Ventures is an Equal Opportunity Employer