Dixie Brewing Company is searching for a brewer/cellar operator to join our growing team! The ideal candidate must be passionate and knowledgeable about brewing, cleaning and teamwork while also capable to competently represent Dixie’s mission and core values. This role will be responsible for every interaction with our beer – from brew house operations to finished beer in tank. Dixie’s current production facilities include a 4-vessel 100-bbl GEA/Huppmann Brewhouse and a 2-vessel 15-bbl innovation brewhouse housed in an 85,000 square foot state of the art manufacturing facility in New Orleans East.
Safely handle hazardous chemicals
Communicate effectively with other brewers and management, and contribute to a positive work environment
Participate in problem solving and best manufacturing practices – Food Safety, 5S, etc.
Be a brand ambassador and professionally and enthusiastically participate, as needed, in brewery tours
Focus on quality beer manufacturing in everything you do
Take part in taste panel work as directed
Educate other brewery employees in beer and the brewing process
Coordinate with brewing and marketing teams to suggest new products, new ingredients, new processes, see pilot brewing expectations below.
Perform and oversee all aspects of the brewing process to Dixie’s standards (grain handling, wort production, fermentation, beer processing, packaging, yeast management, cleaning/sanitization, safety, and routine maintenance) filling in as necessary to train and during periods of high production and/or vacation coverage.
Learn how to operate and optimize Alfa Laval cellaring equipment.
Monitor and maintain the water household and boiler function;
Monitor, record, and evaluate cellar efficiency and performance. Identify and suggest improvements for all brewhouse processes including daily monitoring of brewhouse extract efficiencies and remediation of actual or potential quality
Filling out paperwork and spreadsheets with timeliness and accuracy;
Manage all consumables required in brewing operations. Ensure all grain, hops, yeast, spices, cleaning chemicals, cellar consumables are available per the brewing schedule. Manage consumables DOH to prevent out-of-stock and/or perishable concerns.
Take ownership and brew on the pilot brewing system for brand development and test brews.
Moving 55# ingredients upstairs to the brew deck
Keeping the brewhouse, mill room and silo room clean and presentable;
Adhering to the CIP schedule for the brewhouse tanks. Adhering to the schedule for visual inspection of the interior of the external boiler;
Assist QA manager in completing brewhouse and cellar labs testing including but not limited to: yeast count/viability, wort stability, brewing water chlorine and Ph, wort O2 levels.
Monitor all quality control parameters and adjust processes as necessary to achieve brewery standards for product quality
Participate in maintenance program and help on overhauls, major repairs, etc.
Work in packaging as needed
Qualifications are preferred but equal experience is equivalent in a case by case basis.
3+ years of professional brewing experience
Proficient in Microsoft software
Familiarity with automatic control systems
Working knowledge of pneumatic systems, industrial electricity, mechanical power, steam generation and distribution, industrial refrigeration and sanitary process piping and systems strongly preferred
Strong analytical and critical thinking skills with the ability to work autonomously with focus and determination.
Flexible hours and ability to perform typical physical duties
Continual learner and increasing knowledge and skills through literature and professional organizations such as MBAA, ASBC, BA.