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Head Brewer - Duck Foot Brewing Company - San Diego, CA

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  • Head Brewer - Duck Foot Brewing Company - San Diego, CA

    Duck Foot Brewing Company is looking for a Head Brewer to help bring
    our operation to the next level. We are looking for a creative,
    positive-minded, can-do attitude to brew on our 15 bbl. system and
    help get beer to our thirsty taproom and wholesale customers.

    The ideal candidate will have 3-6 years of professional experience as
    a brewer including packaging and distribution, 2 or more years of
    formal brewing training, a passion for all things beer, the ability to
    maintain existing recipes and beers and the creativity to develop new
    recipes and processes. A good understanding of barrel-aging, sour
    beers, yeast strains, hop varieties, grain varieties as well as
    brewing with fruit and other ingredients would be a plus.


    • Oversee all aspects of brewing operations.

    • Manage a staff of 2 or more assistant brewers or cellar workers.

    • Report regularly to the Chief Fermentation Officer.

    • Develop and maintain a well-organized brewing schedule that keeps
    all brands available for all wholesale and retail demand.

    • Harvest, store, maintain and re-use house yeasts per best
    practices and industry standards; work with yeast providers to
    purchase new yeast as required to meet brewing requirements.

    • Maintain and improve lab testing procedures; work to build
    in-house lab-testing to maintain peak quality.

    • Perform all cellaring operations and sanitary procedures.

    • Maintain proper brewing, cellaring, cleaning, and sanitation
    Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and develop new ones as required.

    • Keep the brewery and other work areas clean and presentable.

    • Work with staff and local government to develop and maintain a
    wastewater treatment process.

    • Establish and maintain a clean, organized, safe working
    environment for all employees in compliance with OSHA and other
    regulatory bodies.

    • Organize all raw materials, chemicals and ingredients as needed to
    ensure brews continue as scheduled. Work with management to assure
    that all ingredients are purchased and in stock on a regular basis to
    meet brewing demands.

    • Use in-house Ekos brewing software for tracking of finished
    product and raw materials.

    • Maintain meticulous documentation and logs for all brew house and
    fermentation activities for each beer.

    • Maintain existing recipes and brew processes to assure consistent
    quality and reproducibility.

    • Brew small batch and seasonal beers for the taproom and wholesale

    • Work with staff to maintain existing barrel-aging program and
    regularly produce releases of barrel-aged beer.

    • Help to cut controllable costs (where applicable) and maintain a
    profitable brewery.

    • Adhere to quality control processes and troubleshoot any
    quality-related issues.

    • Keep all staff, sales and management up to date on brewing
    schedule and release of new products.

    • Train and supervise all brewery staff in the use of all brewing
    equipment, brewery wide SOP's, and Safety Procedures.

    • Ensure taproom beer lines are clean and SOP's are established
    and maintained for handling and supplying beer to taproom guests.

    • Attend, work, set up/break down Festivals, Tastings, Beer Dinners,
    and Events as needed.

    • Act as a brewery and Craft Beer ambassador for Duck Foot.

    • Work with sales team to coordinate and ensure all deliveries are
    sent to proper locations in a timely manner.

    • Troubleshoot, and maintain all brewery and beer related equipment
    including (but not limited to): Pumps, Draft Lines and equipment,
    Brewhouse accessories (auger, mill, lights, rakes, etc), CO2 lines and
    regulators, all tank parts and accessories.

    • Maintain inventory in Ekos (software management system) and work
    closely with accounting team to track all finished beer.

    • Train all serving staff on new beer releases, beer information,
    and draft system operations.

    • Work to constantly improve efficiency in all brewery and brewing
    related processes.

    • Schedule, Manage, Assist with, and Oversee all Packaging (canning
    and kegging) operations.

    • Coordinate pickup of spent grain.


    • Strong verbal, written and organizational skills.

    • Ability to work independently and with the brewing team.

    • Moderately computer savvy with emphasis on Ekos and Excel.

    • LEAD certification or equivalent.

    • Beer Judge/Cicerone certification a plus.

    • Forklift operation/certification.

    Physical Requirements

    • Brewing is hard work. Expect to sit, stand, kneel, stoop, crouch,
    walk, lift, shove, pull, get wet, get hot, get cold, work with
    hazardous chemicals, noise and other general unpleasantness.


    • Competitive salary commensurate with experience.

    • Vacation and sick time.

    • Footwear/apparel allowance.

    • Lots of free beer.

    Last edited by StephDF; 04-03-2018, 02:09 PM.