The term “Head Brewer” is used to describe the lead brewer in charge of the brewing operation.

Head Brewer Job Responsibilities
The Head Brewer has a very significant role at within SDE’s Head Brewery operation. This position is expected to be involved in many aspects of the beer making process including product development, sourcing of raw materials, brewing beer, shipping beer, meeting customers, training staff on key characteristics of the beer, and marketing beer. Their key responsibilities are:
• Product development
They will work in conjunction with management, brewery owners and the marketing team to develop interesting and unique beers that consumers will enjoy. This will involve creating recipes and brewing small batches for testing. The beers must be designed to not only taste great, but to satisfy consumer demand in the market.
• Sourcing raw materials and dealing with suppliers
The Head Brewer is responsible for sourcing high quality raw materials required for the brewing process. They must determine if the raw materials are of sufficient quality for the beer being produced. The Head brewer will also ensure that materials are stock piled correctly and that there is sufficient inventory available for the current beer production rate.
• Brewhouse operations
The key responsibility of the Head Brewer is to oversee the brewing process. They will ensure the brew recipe is being followed accordingly and accurately and the beer is stored correctly. They often direct other staff to ensure that brewhouse operations are being performed adequately.
• Equipment maintenance and purchasing
They must maintain equipment within the brewery and make decisions with the Management team about equipment purchases. They must also create a maintenance schedule which works well with production requirements.
• Quality control
The Head Brewer must assess the quality of the brew throughout the brewing process. They will be responsible for both scientific and taste-testing of the brew.
• Production record keeping
Detailed records must be kept, with the goal of improving beer quality and production processes.
• Managing cellaring of beer
They must ensure that different beers are correctly stored.
• Maintain safety and hygiene standards throughout the brewery
The Head Brewer must ensure that work is performed in a safe manner and strict hygiene standards are maintained.
• Represent the company at trade events and liaise with customers
Typically, a Head Brewer will have a fair amount of interaction with customers and members of the public at beer tastings and trade shows. Ideally, they should be great communicators who can promote the beers being produced and the brewery itself.
• Managing key production requirements and setting KPIs
They may be responsible for setting production goals and identifying key performance indicators at the brewery.
• Manage bottling and delivery processes
The Head Brewer may have some involvement with the bottling facilities and delivery schedules for the finished product.
• Budgeting
There will be budgets for beer production, marketing, product development, staffing and purchasing equipment. The Head Brewer will have direct input in this budget process and report to management.
• Brewery improvements
The Head Brewer must create a plan for improving the brewing and setting up goals for improving the productivity, hygiene and safety of the brewery.

Head Brewer Education
While some Head Brewers develop into the role by working their way up from junior positions at a brewery, most Head Brewers have an IBD/Brewing qualification. Other qualifications that can beneficial to a Head Brewer include:
• Chemistry or Chemical Engineering degree
• Marketing degree
• Microbiology degree
• Food science or food technology degree

Head Brewer Work Experience
A Head Brewer needs to have a minimum of 2years’ experience working as a brewer and procuring raw materials for the brewing process. Ideally, they will also have experience with:
• Brewery equipment maintenance
• Budgeting
• Managing staff
• Developing new beers
• Record keeping
• Quality control
• Project management

Key Skills of the Head Brewer
Some of the key skills that a Head Brewer should possess include:
• High level written and verbal communication skills
• Leadership skills, managerial skills and the ability to motivate staff
• A passion for beer making and developing new beers
• Very high-level brewing skills
• Physically fit and able to lift weights of up to 66 pounds
• Personable and able to communicate well with customers
• Problem solving skills
• Some mechanical knowledge and familiarity with brewing components
• Innovative, creative and motivated to create some new and delicious beers
• Quality assurance skills and drive for continual improvement