Head Brewer

Ironmonger Brewing

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Our head brewer is moving out of state to be closer to family, so we are searching for an experienced, passionate, self-starter who is ready to dive in head first as our new head brewer. We're about to enter our third year of production, just renovated our taproom and have some big plans in the works for our future! The head brewer oversees and manages all of production. You will be responsible for providing leadership and direction for the brewery. Our head brewer will be here until the end of September to help train and allow for a smooth transition.

Responsibilities and duties to include, but are not limited to:
-Over-seeing day-to-day production (brewing, cellaring, packaging, and staff)
-Brewing: Ability to produce wort following recipes and able to make adjustments on the fly to ensure every batch meets brand specs, is consistent and without flaws.
-Recipe development for taproom only exclusives (20 taps to fill), limited distro, core brands, and barrel program beers
-Cellar Operations: CIPs, transfers, clarifying (no centrifuge, no filter), yeast management, gravities & pH checks, dry hopping & other FV additions
-Packaging: cleaning and filling kegs, assisting mobile canners w/pack & stack and labeling (eventually we’ll get our own canning line, but we’re not in a rush, so rejoice, no operating a line in house!)
-Scheduling: Beer from grain to glass, production team, and mobile canners. You’ll coordinate with the sales team to determine distribution forecasting and schedule brews & packaging accordingly to ensure an even supply that meets demand. You’ll also work with the taproom manager to ensure taps are always full and we have a rotating selection of beers, and planning out occasional taproom only can releases of dope ass beers.
-Maintaining excellent, detailed records of all work performed
-Development and maintenance of SOPs as necessary
-QA/QC management: ensuring every batch meets the highest standards, hits brand specs, and has no flaws or off-flavors, knowledge of basic lab equipment and procedures
-Passionate and knowledgeable about producing a wide range of beer styles and able to keep the tap list balanced with beers for everyone. As much as we love the froot, pastries, and hazybois, we aim to have a good balance across the 20 taps so that there’s always something for everyone and you don’t get burned out on brewing one style over and over and over and over….. 
-Inventory management: hops, grains, chemicals, kegs, cans, labels, warehouse supplies) and reordering supplies (or working with our Admin to reorder) as necessary
-Promoting the brand at events and fests as necessary
-Routine maintenance as necessary and scheduling PM with contractors as necessary
-Keeping the barrel program running, it takes time so planning and preparing accordingly

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
-Must be 21 years of age or older
-An exceptional and discerning palate with enough knowledge to know if/where your palate needs a second opinion (i.e. can’t smell diacetyl) 
-Brewing School or relevant 4 year degree not required, but gives you bonus points
-3-5 years minimum brewing experience, production experience a plus
-Excellent leadership skills, preferably demonstrated in your current or a previous role
-Desire to grow and lead a team
-Time managing, multi-tasking, self-motivated wizard
-Desire to brew kick ass beers with passion and knowledge about all styles of beer
-Extensive four letter word vocabulary
-Computer literate, experience with Ekos is a plus, but we'll train you
-Quick thinking, level-headed problem solver and troubleshooter
-Positive attitude and an ability to stay calm under pressure
-Organized, can communicate appropriately with the right people, creative, and all that other jazz
-Forklift certified/certifiable
-Valid driver’s license
-Ability to stand for extended periods of time
-Able to regularly twist, turn, bend, and lift supplies weighing up to 55lbs
-Able to maneuver up to 165lbs with proper techniques and tools (we’ve got a forklift, pallet jacks, and dollies, work smarter not harder)
-Able to work in a non-temperature controlled environment with moderate noise and seasonally fluctuating temperatures

We're small, so we are still working on getting full benefits for everyone, it's something we are working hard on providing. In the meantime, we do offer a place where you have complete creative control of the brewing program, we're a small brewery so there isn't a ton of oversight, absolutely no micromanaging, just trusting each other to get our own shit done. The owners are super hands off on the brewing program, brew good beer of any style and any variety and they're happy. But right now, we do offer:
-Competitive pay
-401(k) plan
-Flexible schedule, flexible PTO
-No canning or bottling line to operate and manage
-Complete creative freedom and control of the brewery

-Send resumes to info@ironmongerbrewing.com with Head Brewer in the subject line.

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