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  • Head brewer needed for startup in chicago metro area - scorched earth brewing co

    In early 2014, Scorched Earth Brewing Co is launching a 15 BBL craft brewery in Algonquin, IL, a beautiful community located in the Chicago metropolitan area, and along the banks of the scenic Fox River. The brewery, situated within a small warehouse district, will have a tap room where patrons can come and relax, sample the brewery’s beers, and play a game or two with their friends. Most of the beer brewed by Scorched Earth Brewing Co will be packaged and distributed throughout the Chicagoland region and beyond.

    We are looking for a brewer to manage the brewery’s day-to-day operations. Initially, the individual will work closely with the brewery’s founders to complete the startup process, including setting-up equipment, establishing operating procedures, and helping develop unique beer recipes. We place enormous value on character traits such as creativity, hard-work, self-motivation, loyalty, attention to detail, accountability, professionalism, respect, sharing, giving, and humor. To be a good fit at Scorched Earth Brewing Co, the applicant should exhibit many of these traits on a regular basis (hey, we know everyone has a bad day once in a while). Additionally, the applicant must demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to be our Head Brewer:

    • Three (3) plus years experience as a professional brewer (lead shift brewer at a 15 BBL or larger brewery preferred, but not required), with experience and knowledge in formulating and brewing award-winning recipes, using unique ingredients like fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs, coffee, honey, and chocolate;
    • Experience using traditional brewing techniques like open fermentation, cellaring and blending casks, etc;
    • Experience brewing, cellaring, blending, and packaging sour beers in a professional setting;
    • Experience managing and propagating different yeast strains;
    • Experience kegging and bottling (Meheen bottle filler experience preferred, but not required);
    • Experience bottle conditioning, as well as force carbonating;
    • Experience with beer clarification and filtration techniques;
    • Formal brewing and related education is not a requirement, but is preferred;
    • Lab experience is a plus;
    • The ability to communicate with and manage others;
    • The ability to work on your own with little or no supervision;
    • Strong mechanical and problem solving skills;
    • Strong verbal communication and organizational skills;
    • Passionate about all things beer and ability to communicate beer knowledge (Cicerone certification preferred, but not required);
    • Ability to work flexible hours, including weekends
    • Ability to maintain valid Driver’s License;
    • Ability to maintain a clean and safe workplace;
    • Must be at least 21 years of age;
    • Ability to pass drug and background check.

    In addition to the bullets listed under the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities section listed above, the Head Brewer will also have the following additional Duties and Responsibilities, including, but not limited to:

    • Perform all duties in a safe manner;
    • Perform all brewing tasks with cleaning and sanitizing procedures as one of the primary focus at all times;
    • Help create standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the brewery, including safety; cleaning and sanitizing; quality, etc.;
    • Help to create and manage an inventory scheme;
    • Record and analyze all brewhouse information accurately and legibly;
    • Be computer literate and have familiarity with Microsoft Office (Word and Excel);
    • Give tours, and participate in festival and competitions as required;
    • Help to educate tap room staff and retail accounts about the brewery’s beer;
    • Operate a forklift.

    Physical demands at the brewery include, but are not limited to:

    • Working with potentially dangerous equipment, high noise levels, and hazardous materials;
    • Standing for long periods of times;
    • Working in hot, cold, and wet environments;
    • Climbing stairs and ladders;
    • Bending, moving or lifting 75 pounds safely;
    • Using repetitive motions when brewing.

    If you are looking for a challenging and rewarding experience in one of the best metropolitan areas of the country with a growing appetite for all things craft beer, then please contact Mike Dallas at mdallas@scorchedearthbrewing.com. Send me your resume and a brief cover letter describing your interest in joining our brewery and how you can be an asset to our team. Also, please include a brief salary history. Compensation is dependent on experience and abilities.
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