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    True Respite Brewing Company in Rockville, MD, (D.C. metro area) is seeking a Brewing Operations Manager / Head Brewer to join our growing team.

    Who we are looking for:

    We are seeking a motivated, goal-oriented individual who is passionate about quality and who is excited to take on a diverse role within the business. This individual should thrive in a leadership role where teaching and learning are both regular expectations. This role sets the tone for the entirety of the production staff including everything from safety, to quality, to attitude and work habits. We will be selecting someone with experience repeatedly delivering a top quality product across a diverse array of styles, who loves working with others, and whose approach to problem solving is to find the best solution--regardless of who may have suggested it.

    We have worked hard to build a highly team-oriented environment and the communal culture of this brewery is strong. Especially for this leadership role, working well with others is a necessity. We are proud to be a close-knit group of teammates and look forward to welcoming a new leader to the crew.

    Day-to-day, this role will be heavily focused on management of our brew team, production scheduling, quality assurance, maintenance, recipe formulation, R&D, and doing whatever labor is necessary to meet production goals. Be aware: this will regularly include completing tasks in anything from wort production, to cellaring, to packaging, to lab work, to swinging a mop.

    Ultimately, this person is responsible for safely producing consistent, high quality packaged and kegged beer and for managing the team, equipment, and processes that make it possible.

    Brewery Operations Responsibilities
    • Ensure a safe workplace for our team by enforcing and continuously improving our safety program
    • Wort Production, Cellaring, Packaging & QAQC
    • Direct and oversee schedules for Wort Production, Cellaring, Packaging, and QAQC
    • Manage Production, Packaging, Cellaring, and QAQC team members
    • Manage and oversee the creation, implementation, continuous improvement, and proper training of production and quality Standard Operating Procedures [“SOPs”]
    • Manage and improve the QAQC program
    • Work with ownership to forecast and develop production schedules
    • Manage and oversee preventative maintenance schedules
    • Recipe formulation & raw materials recommendations (malt, hops, yeast, etc.)
    • Ensure raw materials are properly kept and stock is on hand when needed
    • Work with ownership to forecast raw ingredient contracts
    • Research & Development for new ingredients, processes, styles, etc.
    • Act as “first responder” to ensure problems are responded to promptly and communicated clearly to ownership
    • Ensure proper record management (Ekos Brewmaster)
    • Understand how this role affects our multiple business sectors and work directly with members of each, including: Accounting, Sales, Distribution, Tap Room & Special Events

    True Respite Brewing Company is looking for an experienced candidate with the following skills and qualities:
    • Required: 5yr+ professional brewing experience
    • Required: 2yr+ management experience
    • Quality focused and detail oriented
    • Strong communication skills
    • Organized and timely
    • Dedicated and personable
    • Interested in lifelong teaching and learning
    • Strong troubleshooting and logical problem-solving skills
    • Willing to adopt and represent the brand in media appearances, on social media, etc.
    • Authorized to work in the US
    • Able to safely operate a forklift
    • Ability to lift and maneuver sixtels and half barrel kegs (up to 165 LBS)
    • Able to stand for long periods of time (up to 8-10 hours per day)
    Who we are:

    True Respite Brewing Company is a production microbrewery and tap room in the heart of the Washington D.C. Metro Area. In fact, we sit right between the Rockville and Shady Grove stops on the D.C. Metro Red Line. We opened 3.5 years ago as a tiny draft-only operation brewing on a 3.5 BBL brewhouse and have expanded to become a 2,200 BBL/year packaging and distributing brewery brewing on a 3V, 15 BBL production brewhouse. We also proudly own and operate our own Alpha 4-head canning line.

    We brew, package, and distribute five core SKUs. However, we’ve made our name brewing, packaging, and distributing a wide assortment of specialty one-off batches. Our constant innovation and our appetite to brew both trendy and classic styles (including a killer lager series) is a tough model to replicate with consistently high quality. It is one of our greatest competitive advantages.

    We distribute throughout Maryland and D.C. with regular shipments for a national consumer audience via Tavour and occasional direct retailer shipments to Arizona (with more states opening soon.) We have experienced near-constant volume growth since opening and are self-distributing to nearly the entirety of our distribution footprint. We are also considering beginning distribution in Virginia in short order.

    Our ownership team also includes all three Co-Founders of, a craft beer sales and home delivery website adopted by over 200 breweries and craft beverage producers across 36 states around the country. It was developed and given for free to our peers in craft beverage manufacturing at the onset of the pandemic with the singular goal of saving as many fellow craft makers as we could in a time of crisis. We always try our best to be great neighbors and we are seeking an individual with a similar community-minded philosophy.

    Our equipment:
    • 3V 15BBL American Beer Equipment Production Brewhouse (Steam)
    • 2V 3.5BBL Blichmann ProSeries Pilot Brewhouse (Electric)
    • 258 BBL of Fermentation Capacity
    • 79 BBL of Brite Space
    • Alpha Beer Cannon Strike Package Canning Line (~40 CPM)
    • Ska Half Pint Depalletizer
    • Semi-Auto Keg Washer

    • Full Time (Salaried, Exempt) based on experience
    • Contribution to health insurance premium
    • Potential for ownership equity
    • Generous PTO and family leave policies
    • Paid Membership in Guilds / Professional Groups
    • Product / Merch Discounts