Brewer II

Modern Times Beer

San Diego, CA, USA

Full time

Jul 2

This job is no longer accepting applications.

STATUS: Full-Time, Non-Exempt

REPORTS TO: Brewing Manager


The Brewer II reports to the Brewing Manager and is responsible for many aspects of the day-to-day operations of the brewery. They play active roles in brewing, cellaring, packaging, and cleaning. The Brewer II will follow brewing procedures and recipes established for and approved by Modern Times Beer. Candidates must share Modern Times’ commitment to quality, safety, business ethics, and continuous innovation.


  • Raw materials receipt, storage, and retrieval for brewing
  • Milling up to 3,000 pounds in 50-55-pound bag increments, in accordance with a brew/recipe sheet, over approximately 45 minutes
  • Wort production and hopping, on both the 30 Bbl and Pilot system, to correct sugar and hop concentrations as
  • dictated by the recipe/brew sheet
  • Filling out brew logs, noting any discrepancies, and performing associated math equations such as mixing ratios and serial dilutions
  • Correctly engaging/disengaging valve and frequency drives associated with the brewhouse
  • Spent grain removal, which includes the manipulation of a manual screw valve and driving a forklift with a tip-hopper attached while not damaging brewhouse plumbing or spent grain removal vehicle
  • Dry hopping the prescribed amounts of hops to a designated fermenter via the top port of the tank (requires the careful operation of a scissor lift at heights up to 32 feet)
  • Yeast management, including the harvesting and/or pitching of yeast from the prescribed fermenter/brink while following sanitary procedures
  • Following established procedures to clean the brewhouse, fermenting, and brite tanks
  • Safely handling cleaning chemicals, and using the prescribed amount for each task
  • Transferring or filtering beer from fermenter to brite tank in a sanitary manner under balanced pressure, and correctly assembling/disassembling the plate and frame filter as needed
  • Applying the correct pressure and volume of compressed CO2 gas to brite tanks for carbonation and displacement of beer as it is being packaged
  • Using the associated equipment to fill or empty wooden casks, kegs, barrels, etc., and safely moving vessels on their storage rack with a forklift
  • General cleaning of horizontal, vertical, and sub-grate surfaces
  • Thorough understanding of Brewhouse operations, vessels, and CIP
  • Ensure Proper Wort is produced in the brewhouse
  • Hitting target mash pH, mash temp, liq to grist, OG, cool in volume, cool in temp.
  • BT/CIP SIP sign off, Yeast harvest, yeast tank CIP, Brewing 30/40 bbl batch SOP
  • CLT/HLT troubleshooting, boiler troubleshooting, water management, perform BH Kettle sour
  • Mash in on time according to schedule and tank availability
  • Able to use the schedule and daily fermentation data to determine the availability of yeast and how it affects the brew schedule
  • Work with the cellar operators, lab, and scheduler to ensure brew can be mashed in on time
  • Notify Brewing Manager or Supervisor if brewhouse targets cannot be hit
  • Know which actions to take on individual turns to hit fermenter full spec by modifying grist, steam, boil time or liquor addition and or sugar additions
  • Provide ideas in a productive and positive manner to help reach targets over the long term (lower mash temp or rest time, longer WP rest, lower sparge addition)
  • Notify Brewing Manager if inventory is running low (Includes malt, hops, brewing aids, cleaning supplies)
  • Use and calibration of pH meter and Anton-Paar Densitometer
  • Thorough knowledge of brewhouse CIP
  • Thorough knowledge of brewhouse vessels and operation
  • Be a team player and able to interact with all levels within the organization
  • Adhere to and enforce all applicable local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations
  • Other tasks may be assigned as needed


  • Must be 21 years of age or older at the time of application
  • Able to pass a post-offer, pre-employment background check
  • Minimum 2 years of commercial production brewery experience required
  • Forklift operator certification required
  • Prior experience operating a forklift and pallet jack required
  • Strong work ethic and self-starting attitude
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a love for meeting and interacting with people
  • Thorough attention to detail and desire to take initiative
  • Must adhere to company’s policies and procedures
  • Desire to work in a fast-paced, growing company


  • Evening, weekend, holiday availability required
  • Ability to work any shift in a 24/7 production environment required
  • Able to stand for prolonged periods
  • Able to stoop, crawl, twist, turn, lift, kneel, climb ladders and stairs
  • Able to manipulate valves and clamps
  • Able to read and follow written instructions
  • Able to regularly lift/carry 44-pound boxes
  • Able to regularly lift/carry 55-pound bags above waist level
  • Able to regularly twist, turn, kneel, climb, stoop, bend, crawl, lift and carry supplies and equipment weighing up to 75 pounds using appropriate techniques and tools
  • Able to lift/move 165 pounds with appropriate equipment and/or assistance
  • Able to proficiently stack and move barrels on barrel racks
  • Able to comply with safe chemical handling procedures, including personal protective equipment such as gloves and goggles
  • Able to both work and thrive in a high-stress environment that has a quiet to moderate noise level
  • Able to read and follow written English instructions
  • Able to safely navigate the tasting room and snack bar areas, including crowded spaces
  • Able to work in a factory/production environment that may be loud, slick, humid, cold, and hot
  • Able to work in indoor and outdoor environments with moderate noise and occasionally slippery floors
  • Able to comply with and enforce all health, safety, and personal hygiene policies and standards

**Applications accepted until the role has been filled**


  • Modern Times is a partially employee-owned company, with 30% of our equity held in an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), guaranteeing employees the opportunity to earn equity in the company over time
  • Health, Chiropractic & Acupuncture benefits (with a CA-$159.00 per month employer contribution towards any plan)
  • Dental benefits (with a 100% employer contribution option)
  • Vision benefits (with a 100% employer contribution)
  • Life insurance (with a 100% employer contribution)
  • Long-term disability (with a 100% employer contribution)
  • Unlimited paid time off (pending manager approval)
  • Eligible to participate in 401(k)
  • Eligible for a 2-month paid sabbatical after 5 years
  • Radical beer and coffee perks

Full-time employees become eligible for health benefits on the first 1st after 30 days of employment (For instance, if your start date is May 15th, you’d be eligible for benefits July 1st).


Modern Times began as a 30bbl production brewery in the Point Loma neighborhood of San Diego. Modern Times is named after a beautifully crazy utopian community founded in 1850, and many of our beers are named after real utopian experiments or mythological utopias. Today, we're distributed throughout California, Nevada, Arizona, Maui, the Pacific Northwest, and select international markets. We operate a tasting room at the brewery, as well as in San Diego’s North Park community, and opened brewery/restaurant locations in Portland, Los Angeles, and Encinitas in 2018, Santa Barbara and Oakland in 2019, and Anaheim in 2020. We brewed our first batch on May 18th, 2013; our beer went on tap for the first time on June 24th, 2013; we held the soft opening for the Lomaland Fermentorium tasting room on August 9th, 2013; and our Grand Opening was September 7th, 2013.

In the summer of 2017, we became California’s first-ever employee-owned brewery, with 30% of the company now owned by our employees and the goal of 100% employee ownership in the future. We think that’s pretty radical.

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Modern Times Beer strongly supports equal employment opportunity for all applicants regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.

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