Head Brewer Needed
BREWER/PRODUCTION MANAGER WANTED
We here at Fairhope Brewing are soon to be in need of a head brewer. Our current head brewer, Gil, got his dream offer with a start-up in West Virginia, and he just could not pass it up. We are therefore looking for the right person to come in and continue our tradition of producing world-class beer in Fairhope, Alabama! (Located about thirty minutes from Mobile, AL and about 45 minutes from the white sandy beaches on the Gulf of Mexico.)
For this position, we have three main requirements:
-- commercial brewing experience;
-- a fun, open mind; and
-- a tremendous work ethic.
The job of a brewer requires long hours with occasional weekends, plenty of standing, and often very warm conditions inside the brewery. In addition to our big three requirements, we are looking for someone with good communication and organization skills, attention to detail, and the willingness to take initiative regarding needed tasks in the brewery.
We use two brewing systems - a Premier Stainless 30-bbl brewhouse with 60-bbl fermenters for our mass-produced beers, and a Portland Kettleworks 10-bbl brewhouse with 10-bbl fermenters for specialty brews to keep the fifteen taps in our taproom full. We have a CODI canning line that we use for our four flagships as well as seasonal varieties.
Our current distribution territory includes nearly all of Alabama, the Florida panhandle, and coastal Mississippi, with production in the 4000 barrel range.
At the moment, our team consists of 8 members… Jim and Brian in front of the house, Gil brewing with help from Alex, Tom as facility manager, with Darius, Dillion, and Austen as packaging experts.
If you would like to be considered, please send your resume and cover letter, as well as answers to the three questions below, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(1) You've finished brewing your first beer at FBC. After 24 hours, you notice that there is no action in the blow-off/airlock. What are the first three things you would look for in diagnosing a potential fermentation problem? Suggest a remedy for each.
(2) What is a specific accomplishment you have achieved in a previous job that indicates you will thrive as a brewer in Fairhope?
(3) Please tell us your favorite movie starring Keanu Reeves, and explain why.
More information on Fairhope Brewing Company here: www.fairhopebrewing.com
More information about Fairhope, Alabama here: https://www.travelawaits.com/2562633/fairhope-alabama-best-things-to-do/
-- All aspects of wort production, from raw ingredient handling to transferring wort
-- Yeast Management (harvesting, viability/vitality tests, pitching, etc.)
-- Managing Fermentations: checking gravities, dry hopping, carbonating, etc
-- Transferring finished beer, carbonating and testing finished beer
-- Managing the packaging team for getting finished beer in kegs and cans
-- Recording detailed data on brewhouse operations
-- Running CIP on fermenters, brewhouse, brite tanks, etc.
-- Following SOPs for all aspects of brewhouse operations
-- Managing and ordering raw materials, ensuring all inventory necessary is available
-- Recipe development
-- Ensuring the cleanliness of all areas of the brewhouse
-- Maintaining equipment and other areas of the brewery and facilities
-- Assisting in all aspects of quality control (lab work, sensory panels, etc.)
-- Ensuring safety of yourself and other team members at all times
-- Two-plus years of wort production and cellar experience (preferably in a 10bbl brewhouse or larger)
-- Team player – ability to work well with others to accomplish team goals
-- Ability to manage hop contracts
-- Ability to manage staffing and schedules for all production employees
-- Attention to detail and ability to work unsupervised while maintaining safety and quality standards
-- Strong time-management skills
-- Good communication skills
-- Ability to operate a forklift and pallet jack (or learn)
-- Ability to lift 55+ lbs regularly, and move 165 lbs
-- Ability to safely handle concentrated cleaning chemicals on a regular basis
-- Ability to crouch, sit, stand, pull, push, bend, and/or twist while working in confined, wet, hot, and/or cold environments, and stand an entire shift
-- Ability to climb and work on a ladder
-- Proficiency in-house brewing software (a plus but not required)