Head Brewer

Gathering Place Brewing Company (GPBC) seeks a Head Brewer to lead our brewing operations. This full-time position provides a unique opportunity for an experienced production brewer to take the reins and flex their creative muscles in a growing, community-oriented company.

Responsibilities

The Head Brewer is responsible for the brewing operations, including brewing, fermentation, cellaring, and packaging. Other duties include but are not limited to:

  • Develop new recipes and improve existing recipes with input from owner
  • Set the brewing schedule and maintain inventories of raw materials and finished beer
  • Manage yeast per best practices and industry standards, including pitching, cropping, and monitoring yeast
  • Ensure the highest quality and consistency through use of best practices, including lab tests to monitor and troubleshoot fermentation, in-process, and finished beer
  • Cleaning and sanitation of all equipment and work areas
  • Ensure product quality in tap room by helping clean lines, checking CO2, etc.; work closely with tap room staff and provide training about beer knowledge
  • Assist with distribution, including moving kegs to load and unload trucks, and occasionally delivering kegs to local accounts using a company vehicle
  • Perform equipment maintenance, troubleshooting problems that arise, and repair as needed
  • Help develop standard operating procedures that ensure all aspects of beer production and packaging align with safety, sanitary, and quality protocols while allowing for process improvement and workflow efficiency
  • Be an active brewery representative, including attending promotional events and festivals, occasionally participating in tours and other educational and marketing events which may require night and weekend availability
  • Assist the owner and other team members in developing growth strategies; assist in hiring and training employees; effectively communicate (written and oral) with the owner and others to create a supportive work environment

Qualifications

  • 3 years professional experience as a production brewer
  • Formal brewing training (certificate/diploma) from a recognized and accredited brewing program (Siebel, UC-Davis, etc.)
  • Strong knowledge of brewing techniques, quality control, lab analytics and interpreting the results, yeast management, cleaning and sanitation, cellaring and packaging, and brewery equipment
  • Experience in recipe formulation and development; a high degree of curiosity to use new ingredients and flavor combinations
  • Knowledge of developing and documenting formalized Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for all brewery processes
  • A commitment to safety and quality by following industry standards, best practices, and OSHA regulations and requirements
  • Strong organization and time management skills and attention to detail; ability to multi-task
  • Ability to work well as a member of a team and independently
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and ability to give and take constructive feedback
  • A friendly attitude and willingness to interact with customers in the brewery and at festivals and other events
  • Strong work ethic and flexibility as the brewery grows through the start-up phase and beyond

Physical Abilities

  • Ability to lift 55 pounds and move up to 165 pounds safely
  • Ability to work in confined spaces, with a clear demonstration of safe work practices
  • Must have the ability to regularly stand for long periods of time, perform tasks that require dexterity and precision
  • Ability to work near moving mechanical parts
  • Ability to frequently reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, or crouch
  • Frequently exposed to wet conditions, exposure and handling of caustic chemicals
  • Ability to work in to work in a loud environment with temperature fluctuation and humidity

Compensation

This full-time position pays a competitive salary with health benefits, sick leave, and paid vacation. Opportunities for professional development, including conferences (Craft Brewers Conference) and further education (Siebel Institute).

Please send a resume and cover letter to joe@gatheringplacebrewing.com.