CABCo Brewer.pdf
Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing Company (CABCo.) is looking for a talented, quality-focused, team-orientated, passionate brewer to join our team. The ideal candidate must be capable of working independently as well as with a team & converse well with staff regarding product specifications & sales strategies.

Job Description:
Position: Brewer
Department: Brewery Division
Reports to: Director of Brewery Division

Job Accountabilities: Management of microbrewery. Supervises all brewing, training of assistant brewers, sanitation and safety procedures, while promoting beer through marketing and restaurant functions. Maintains lineup of Core Brews for Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing Company, Root Beer, Ginger Beer, and high quality, locally inspired Premium Brews.

• Complete various brew house operations, but are not limited to: milling, mashing, lautering, boiling, whirl pooling, knockout, grain out, CIP fermenters, chilling, wort cooling, dry hopping, racking, washing and filling kegs, conditioning, transfers, filtration, and various other procedures.
• Perform designated quality control checks at various stages of brewing process: checking gravities, monitoring fermentation, pitch rates, yeast viability measurement, gravity measurements, process sampling and sensory analysis.
• Production of core and premium brews, plus sodas to Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing Company’s standards.
• Maintain brewery, BATF, inventory and brew sheet paperwork.
• Beer production that exceeds beer sales year over year.
• Expand portfolio: distribution, events, etc.
• Ensure availability of product in-house & out-of-house
• Schedule work for brewers while maintaining budgeted labor costs on a weekly basis.
• Attend management meetings to update in-house managers on brewery issues on a weekly basis.
• Weekly product forecast.
• Evaluate and monitor beer and raw materials involved in brewing.
• Brews original beers according to demographics and promotional needs.
• Operate brew equipment to maintain acceptable inventory of raw materials and beer.
• Supervises cleanliness & sanitation of all equipment, tanks and work areas to maintain consistent beer quality.
• Fundamental knowledge of plumbing and machinery mechanics/maintenance.
• Possess good beer knowledge and a good sense of smell, distinguishing flavors, and colors in beer.
• Work schedule that various based on production and other brewery needs.

• Train assistant brewers to become head brewers and/or work at a level consistent with brewery production.
• Research, technical and piloting specialties on an ongoing basis.
• Train & test staff in beer knowledge at daily shift meetings.
• Participate in beer dinners and festivals, customer relations and marketing/promotions/charitable events.
• Conduct brewery tours when necessary.
• Participate in guild affiliations.
• Manage production for offsite accounts if applicable.

Job Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:
• 1-3 years experience as a Head Brewer in a Brewery / Restaurant.
• Ability to work and communicate well with staff, customers and outside parties.
• Competent with Microsoft office & basic computer functions.
• Organized and detail oriented.
• Ability to problem solve and get assistance as needed.
• Capable of speaking in front of a small group of people as an instructor.

Physical Requirements:
• Able to stand for long periods of time (up to 8-10 hours per day).
• Able to frequently lift heavy materials.
• Able to work with hazardous chemicals & handling of hazardous materials.
• Exposure to hot fluids.
• Exposure to pressurized vessels and transfer lines.
• Exposure to extremely variable temperature levels.

50% Lift 55 lbs. from ground to shoulder high.
25% Lift 110 lbs. from ground to waist high and moving 150 lbs. along the floor.
15% Climb stairs, ramps, and ladders up to or exceeding 20 times per day.
10% Work in small and confined spaces.
10% Read, write and calculate basic algebra.

High school diploma
Coursework with an accredited Brewing School a plus.

About Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing Company:
Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing Company (CABCo.), located in the heart of the Court Avenue Entertainment District in downtown Des Moines, opened its doors in 1996, offering guests extraordinary American cuisine along with fine handcrafted ales. Awarded Restaurant of the Year (Iowa Restaurant Association & Beef Council), Highly Recommended (Datebook), Good Neighbor Award (National Restaurant Association), #1 Microbrewery (Cityview Magazine & Des Moines Register), & Gold, Silver, & Bronze Medals (Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer). The restaurant and bar is open seven days a week serving a full-scale food and beverage menu along with ten handcrafted beers on tap. For more details, visit

Applications Accepted By:
Fax or E-mail: 515-282-3789 or
Subject Line: CABCo. Brewer Attention: Carl Wertzberger, General Manager
Mail: Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing Company Attention: Carl Wertzberger 309 Court Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309