Lead Brewer

Crooked Hammock Brewery

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Lead Brewer


Come join our team as we prepare to open our newest location in Myrtle Beach set to open May, 2020!  Join early to help us prepare for the opening!!!


Summary of Position

The Lead Brewer is a leader of the Crooked Hammock beer brand.  They have oversight of brewing operations in their specific location.  They will focus on brewing delicious beer and leading/developing their team.  The Lead Brewer is a leader in the growth of our beer brand. Must Enjoy the ride!


Duties & Responsibilities:  (not meant to be an exhaustive list and may change at any time, as business needs demand)

Leadership & Team Development

  • Build the Crooked Hammock brew team;

  • Oversee staffing decisions, orientation, performance management, training, safety and quality of the brewery operation collaborating with Director of Brewery Ops;

  • Train others to brew delicious beer;

  • Ensure team members have the right tools, knowledge and equipment required to do their jobs safely and effectively;

  • Make employment and termination decisions including interviewing, hiring, evaluating and disciplining brewery personnel, as appropriate, and in accordance with Company policies, rules, and procedures, collaborating with Director of Brewery Ops;

  • Oversee and ensure that restaurant policies on employee performance appraisals are followed and completed on a timely basis;

  • Live the brand and be a brand ambassador.


  • Brew delicious beer that fits the Crooked Hammock brand;

  • Be an expert on all things brewery related;

  • Provide expert knowledge of the brewing process, recipe formulation, and ingredients with an ability to troubleshoot quality and production issues;

  • Ensure quality control - flavor profile, check, and taste all standard and one-off brews throughout the brewing, fermentation, and serving process;

  • Recipe Formulation, collaborating with Head Brewer;

  • Continuous tweaking of recipes to ensure efficient usage of ingredients;

  • Monitor and continuously improve brewing operations with regards to safety, quality, efficiency, cost optimization and profitability;

  • Ensure control of beer cost by oversight of brewing, storing, and serving beer to company standards;

  • Check and maintain proper beer holding and serving temperature;

  • Provide expert knowledge and understanding of brewery equipment including maintenance and repair;

  • Implement new techniques or working of new equipment;

  • Maintain oversight of brewing scheduling;

  • Prepare all required paperwork, including forms, reports and schedules in an organized and timely manner;

  • Communicate with distributor on retrieval of kegs, billing, etc. as well as preparation for distribution;

  • Attend all coordination meetings with management and General Manager to ensure clear communication on brewery operations;

  • Effectively communicate all brewery happenings with restaurant team and management;

  • Provide and update training materials to properly describe beers - “Beer 101”

  • Highlight areas in need of improvement to Director of Brewery Ops;

  • Make decisions in the best interest of the restaurant, brewery, and business at all times.

Sales & Marketing 

  • Collaborate with  Beer Brand Manager and La Vida marketing team on beer brand growth;

  • Work with Sales to schedule canning operations and needs, communicating with Brew Manager(s) and Brand Manager(s);

  • Be a liaison to distribution partners, including pricing and product information;

  • Engage, educate, and promote brewed products to restaurant guests and staff;

  • Represent brewery at tradeshows or beer festivals, as needed.



  • College degree preferred;

  • At least 2 years of experience in brewing in a production or pub brewing environment;

  • At least 1 year experience in a leadership role;

  • A combination of practical experience and education may be considered as an alternative;

  • An understanding of brewing processes and equipment; 

  • An understanding of federal and state regulations regarding brewed beer products;

  • Professional communication skills both verbal and written. Will communicate with managers, kitchen and dining room personnel, as well as guests;

  • Strong planning and organizational skills. A self starting work ethic and the ability to multitask, prioritize and adapt to changing situations;

  • Ability to work flexible hours is required, including off shifts;

  • Microsoft Office skills and proficient in Google Docs;

  • Frequently walk and occasionally bend over, twist, kneel, climb, stoop and crouch. This position requires the ability to lift up to 55 pounds and maneuver 170 pounds;

  • This position requires proper handling of hazardous materials and operation of complex moving machinery;

  • Be able to work in a standing position for long periods of time;

  • Requires the kind of relentless pursuit of quality that comes with a deep love of our brand and the products that we produce, in order to ensure their continued quality into the future.


Employment with LaVida Hospitality or any of its’ companies (Crooked Hammock Brewery,  Fork & Flask, Taco Reho, Big Chill Surf Cantina, Big Chill Beach Club) is “at will,” meaning that employment may be terminated at any time, with or without notice, and with or without cause, by either the employee or the Company.

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