Title: Quality Manager
Hours: 5 days per week, Monday - Friday with some exceptions (ie, attending an event), 8 am - 4:30 pm (approx.)
Pay: DOE, Salary

The Rare Barrel, an all-sour beer company based in Berkeley, CA, has an immediate opening for a full-time position as a Quality Manager. We are searching for someone responsible and trustworthy who can match our passion for sour beer and commitment to quality. We work as a team and share in both the difficulties and the fun aspects of working at a brewery. A degree in microbiology, chemistry, food science and/or brewing is required. Prior experience working in a brewery, winery or distillery is strongly preferred. Candidates with less experience should feel free to apply and could be considered for a less intensive position. This position will report directly to the Director of Blending and Brewing.

This is a physical position. The Quality Manager must be able to lift 120 lbs. (this is a bona fide occupational qualification) be able to stand for long periods of time, and be comfortable working on their feet.

Safety must always be a priority. Due to the physical nature of the job and the inherent risks of working in a production facility doing this job safely must be your first priority.

Must be honest, trustworthy, dedicated, hard-working, self-motivated as well as possess a great attitude and attention to detail. A personal commitment to cleanliness and organization is required.

Must love sours.

Teach and explain complex topics to production staff in a simple and straightforward way.
Laboratory, microbe isolation and Quality experience.
Expertise in microbiology, chemistry, fermentation and/or food science.
Troubleshooting and problem solving.
Working as an independent entity but also with the production team.
Working under pressure and multitasking.
Not just fixing problems but also anticipating problems.
Computer experience in MS Office and Google Drive.


Quality Assurance
Develop and maintain standards for all processes, ingredients and actions in brewing, primary fermentation, aging, blending, adding secondary ingredients, packaging and quality release to ensure the highest quality of our beer.
Coordinating and administering sensory analysis of ingredients, in-progress beers and finished beers.
Manage yeast and bacteria health and performance.
Troubleshoot issues with in-progress and finished beers.

Quality Control
Performing in-house analysis of beers and coordinating out-of-house testing.
Coordinating and administering sensory analysis of finished beers.

Administrative, Management and Other Duties
Coordinate all the relevant communication with all departments.
Develop all SOP and Best Practices for lab duties, equipment and managing the lab.
Train, manage and oversee any other lab staff members.
Keep lab and all lab related equipment clean and organized.
Procuring and maintaining lab supplies and equipment.
Recommending equipment upgrades with cost / benefit ratio analysis.
Isolate, evaluate, propagate and maintain yeast and bacteria.
Keep OSHA, MSDS and other required practices and paperwork up to date.

Other duties as needed.

Pre-employment background check and illegal-drug screen required.
The Rare Barrel is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume as one .PDF document to jay at therarebarrel dot com with “Quality Manager – INSERT FIRST NAME LAST NAME” in the subject line. Thank you!