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    Post Head Brewer for startup - full time

    BIRCUS Brewing Company, located in Ludlow, Kentucky is part of the greater Cincinnati area growing micro brewery scene.

    POSITION SUMMARY: Responsible for completing day-to-day activities necessary to make high quality beer.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
    • Adhere to and advance the “Safety Always” culture of BIRCUS Brewing Company.
    • Maintain BIRCUS’s quality standards in all areas of brewing.
    • Maintain a sanitary and microbiologically stable work environment through CIP (Clean in Place) procedures and solid general housekeeping practices in collaboration with assistant brewers.
    • Follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
    • Manage brew house operation.
    • Monitor yeast, including laboratory cell counts, pitching, and cropping yeast.
    • Monitor fermentations, including routine analysis of in-process beer.
    • Manage centrifuge/filter operation.
    • Setup and tear down hard and soft piping assemblies.
    • Carbonate beer and prepare it for packaging.
    • Perform continual lifting, dragging, carrying, and manipulating of hoses, parts, pumps, buckets, and reservoirs, requiring standing, walking, crouching, and lifting regularly throughout the duration of shift.
    • Perform routine preventative maintenance on equipment and infrastructure in collaboration with assistant brewers and plant operation staff.
    • Aid in the professional development of assistant brewers.

    Additional duties as necessary.

    MANAGERIAL/LEADERSHIP RESPONSIBILITIES:
    Brewmaster will be a salaried employee with equity stake in the company and in a position to manage and hire/fire a crew.

    MATERIALS/MACHINES/EQUIPMENT USED:
    • Computer and other process automation systems.
    • Brewing raw materials, including water, hops, malt, wheat, breads, and yeast.
    • Cleaning and sanitizing chemicals.
    • Pumps, hoses, valves, clamps, gaskets, and other brewery equipment.
    • Fork lift/aerial lift truck.

    IMPORTANT SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
    • Positive outlook and attitude.
    • Ability to work unsupervised while maintaining safety and quality standards.
    • Attention to detail.
    • Strong mechanical aptitude.
    • Ability to manage multiple processes at one time.
    • Self-motivated with good time management skills.
    • Ability to coordinate with other departments according to schedule.
    • Ability to work in a diverse team environment.
    • Ability to effectively communicate with staff throughout the brewery.
    • Work off shifts including weekends and holidays.

    THE IDEAL CANDIDATE WILL POSSESS:
    • An accredited Brewing Certification or related science degree.
    • Two years or more of experience in a production brewery.
    • Demonstrated understanding of the brewing process.
    • Outstanding communication and problem solving skills.

    PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
    To perform this job, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
    • Ability to frequently sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and climb.
    • Ability to frequently talk, hear, and smell.
    • Ability to frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 55 lbs.
    • Ability to frequently reach with hands and arms. Use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls.
    • Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and the ability to adjust focus.
    • Must be able to participate in critical assessment of beers.

    WORK ENVIRONMENT:
    The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
    • Environment is usually that of a brewery.
    • Regularly work with hazardous materials.
    • Work with wet floors and with wet equipment.
    • Regularly work around high voltage, hot water, and steam.
    • Frequently work in a sanitary environment.

    BARRELS:
    • Maintain barrel beer inventory records, including communicating barrel filling and de-barreling schedules.
    • Develop barrel filling plan, working with Event Manager and Production Logistics Coordinator to ensure the beer is available when it is needed.
    • Schedule and perform racking of beer out of barrels.
    • ‪‪Coordinate small batch packaging runs and occasionally package small batch runs.‬‬
    • ‪‪Arranging for monthly taste panels to determine above schedules.‬‬
    • ‪‪Maintain inventory of barrel parts and equipment.‬‬
    • ‪‪‪‪Schedule movement of barrels to and from production to other locales.‬‬‬‬
    • Provide QA samples for yeast and bacterial analysis.
    • Rotate barrels in and out of the program. Discard when barrels are no longer usable, and get new barrels into service shortly after arrival.
    • Manage upcoming bread recycled to beer program with Blue Oven —including selecting yeast strains, monitoring progress, and ensuring no cross-contamination risks.
    ‪‬
    PILOT BREWS:
    • Maintain master list of pilot brewed beers, with brewing results, tasting results, and next steps/recommendations.
    • Schedule the "Amazing" pilot brews to be delivered to BIRCUS events.
    • ‪‪Maintain inventory of kegs of pilot brews in designated area, and purge on a regular basis.‬‬

    MAINTAIN INVENTORY OF PILOT BREWING INGREDIENTS INCLUDING:
    • ‪Having an accurate supply list so recipes can be formulated using available ingredients‬
    • ‪‪Dispose of ingredients past their lifecycle‬‬
    • ‪‪Order new ingredients, hop varieties, malt types, yeast strains as desired and/or as directed.‬‬
    • ‪‪Maintain good storage practices for all pilot ingredients‬‬
    • ‪‪Keep an interesting and diverse supply of ingredients.‬‬
    • ‪‪Train brewers to brew on system‬‬
    • ‪‪Maintain an electronic brew log of every pilot beer‬‬

    ‪SPECIALS/TESTS:‬
    • ‪‪Develop paperwork for ingredient or procedural tests and distribute to brew crew.‬‬
    • ‪‪Ensure brewers understand the test, what we’re trying to learn and why.‬‬
    • ‪‪Place tags on tanks that have Test beers that require blending or special packaging.‬‬
    • ‪‪Ensure that test beers are kept separate, blended, or are packaged separately as needed.‬‬
    • ‪‪Maintain electronic record of the taste results, brewing results, and next steps/recommendations.‬‬
    • ‪‪Perform lab bench blends of barrel aged beers and certain special creation beers for analysis and evaluation. Ensure that these lab bench blends are representative of production scale beers.‬‬

    ‪SPECIAL CREATION BEERS:‬
    • ‪‪Coordinate with Blue Oven on production of all special creation beers requiring raw farmed ingredients or baked goods.‬‬
    • ‪‪Communicate Core Brand needs with Production Logistics Coordinator to ensure core brand availability is not impacted by pulling beer for a special creation beer.‬‬
    • ‪‪Keep track of what beers need to be made, and when so that no special requests get dropped.‬‬
    • ‪‪Ensure that sufficient inventory is set aside to make special creation beers from all special release beers.‬‬
    • ‪‪Maintain a supply of diverse and exciting ingredients for special creation beers, and keep the supplies inventoried, well organized, fresh, and neat.‬‬

    ‪GENERAL:‬
    • ‪‪Train Brewing Team in all aspects of these beers.‬‬
    • ‪‪Arrange for tastings with necessary partners.‬‬

    IF INTERESTED PLEASE EMAIL RESUME AND COVER LETTER TO paul@bircus.com

    Visit www.bircus.com for more information about our company.
    Last edited by BIRCUS Brewing; 12-17-2016 at 01:12 PM.

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