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Production Brewer/Cellar Operator - Arbor Brewing Company - Ypsilanti, MI

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  • Production Brewer/Cellar Operator - Arbor Brewing Company - Ypsilanti, MI

    This full-time position directly reports to the Head Brewer and Operations Manager. This is a broad and unique opportunity as this person will be utilized across our production space between the brewhouse, cellar and canning line. The primary task for this individual will be operating the brewhouse and producing wort 2nd shift (1pm – 9pm, usually 2-4 days/week), outside of that, this position is a key part of our cellar team, preparing beer for package (FV/BT CIP, centrifuge, FV additions, etc.). As needed, assistance will be provided to the packaging team as well assisting our various locations with draft line cleaning.

    Primary Brewing Duties may include:
    • Routine production of wort to spec. by recipe (Use of pH/DO meter, density meter, etc.)
    • Effective CIP and routine maintenance of brewhouse equipment
    • Preparation/harvest of yeast/yeast brinks for pitching
    • Creating and brewing pilot batches (10 gallon) for brewery taproom as needed
    Primary Cellar Duties may include:
    • Regular monitoring of beer-in-process (gravity, pH, dissolved oxygen, etc.)
    • Preparation of fermenters/brite tanks for transfer of wort/beer
    • Preparation of ingredients for brewing staff as well as maintaining clean condition of ingredient storage areas.
    • CIP and operation of dry-hop induction pump
    • CIP and operation of GEA centrifuge
    • Regular operation and maintenance of keg washer
    • Preparation of parts for kegging and subsequent kegging of beer
    • Regular cleaning/maintenance of tap lines at all company locations, as well as festival equipment upkeep and preparation.
    • Assist in maintaining cellar in orderly/clean condition
    • Attending and working brewery events, onsite and off premise
    • As needed, support the packaging team assisting with canning of beer.
    Candidates must share our team-wide approach toward maintaining a heavy-focus on quality and safety and have a passion for adhering to establish SOPs/specifications for creating consistent, outstanding craft beer!

    Desired Qualifications and Skills:
    • Must be 21 years of age or older
    • 1-2 years professional brewing experience preferred and/or a degree from a recognized brewing education program.
    • General knowledge of the brewing and fermentation process and/or homebrewing experience
    • Able to work a flexible schedule including mornings, days, nights, weekends and holidays.
    • Education minimum: High School or equivalent.
    • Valid driver's license
    • Prior forklift operation/certification
    • Mechanical aptitude and troubleshooting experience desirable
    • Basic computer skills (Email, Microsoft Office, etc.)
    • Ability to be flexible and adapt to change on short notice and willing to do any job that is required for successful operation of the brewery
    • Strong interpersonal skills and attention to detail
    • A desire to work as part of team but also have the ability to work independently, with initiative and maintain focus in a fast-paced environment
    Job Requirements:
    • Able to repeatedly lift 60lbs or more above waist-level and stand for long periods of time
    • Able to regularly twist, turn, kneel, climb, stoop, bend, crawl, climb ladders & stairs, lift &carry supplies and equipment weighing up to 75 pounds using appropriate techniques and tools
    • Possess good dexterity to manipulate hoses, valves, and clamps
    • Able to comply with safe chemical handling procedures, including personal protection equipment such as gloves and goggles
    • Able to remain calm in a high-stress environment and troubleshoot as needed.
    • Strong organizational, communication and documentation skills
    • Able to learn quickly, work independently and unsupervised while still following established SOPs.
    • Able to work in a factory/production type environment that may be humid, hot, loud, cold, slick and that often has trip and head height hazards.
    Employee Benefits
    • Accrued sick-time at hire and PTO awarded after 1-year of employment.
    • Health, Vision, Dental coverage available for full-time employees after the first 60 days


    Arbor Brewing Company has been a leader and innovator on the Michigan craft beer scene since opening the doors to its original brewpub in 1995. The Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery (Corner Brewery) opened in 2006 in the weird and wonderful city of Ypsilanti, MI and has been expanding ever since, brewing beers for draft and package distribution throughout the state of Michigan as well as for our brewery taproom/biergarten and newly opened Plymouth Brewery and Taproom.


    It is Arbor Brewing’s philosophy and policy that any unlawful discrimination against any employee or

    applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin,
    age, marital status, veteran or military status, the presence of a medical condition or disability, height,
    weight, genetic information, or status in any group protected by Federal, State or local law will not be

    Competitive hourly pay will be commensurate with experience.

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