Center of the Universe Brewing Company (COTU) is ready for a full time Head Brewer

Center of the Universe Brewing Company is looking for a highly motivated and skilled brewer who is eager to make their mark on the craft brewing industry. With an estimated opening of November, 2012, we want to set up our brand new brew house and cellaring equipment to the tastes of COTU’s most important asset, its brewer. Located in Ashland, VA, just outside of Richmond, COTU is looking to support a craft brew starved region of Central Virginia. With plenty of pre-production momentum building through its charitable efforts including “Homefront IPA” and “Hops for Heroes,” COTU is looking for someone ready to join their staff in opening a much anticipated and publicized brewery. If you are ready to let your brewing skills shine, we want to make it happen.

Candidate will possess the following skills:

• Formally educated at an accredited brewing school
• 3-5 years working as a brewer at a production facility
• Commitment to quality and consistency
• Ability and willingness to diligently follow recipes and procedures
• Addiction to detail and documentation
• Extensive knowledge of industry standards including GMP, OSHA, HAACP and TTB regulations
• Desire and ability to make Center of the Universe Brewing Company the Center of Your Universe – long days and nights, brewing, packaging, cleaning, sanitizing, organizing, tinkering, inventing…
• Full working knowledge of packaging equipment including bottling and labeling lines
• Ability to lift 55lbs and move 160lbs when necessary
• Excellent sensory analysis
• Have at least as much passion for producing great beer as we do


• Operating and maintaining a 15bbl brewhouse
• Cellar duties from CIP to fermentation monitoring
• Manage inventory of hops, grains, and packaging materials
• Operation and cleaning/sanitizing packaging and kegging equipment
• Cleaning and sanitation of the brewhouse and cellar
• Work with manager(s) to perfect recipes and processes
• Basic maintenance and repairs
• Public Speaking: tours, festivals, tastings, special events
• Quality Control
• Be willing and able to perform and help out on other aspects of the brewing business
• Produce amazing beer

Competitive Salary BOE, Health Care, Profit Sharing Plan, Vacation/Personal Time

If you are interested in working with us at the Center of the Universe, please send your resume to Phil at