Shift Brewer

Smog City Brewing Co.

Torrance, CA, USA

Full time

Jul 6

The shift brewer’s role is to produce wort to trained SOP’s while living and breathing the Smog City core values of Quality, Community and Respect. A shift brewer is organized, responsible and communicates effectively when faced with problems in the brewing process and with the brewhouse and brewery equipment. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Runs the brewhouse to trained SOPs 
  • Wort Production
  • Milling, Mashing, Boiling, Heat Exchange, Pitching Yeast, Brewhouse CIP
  • Yeast Handling
  • Cell counting with cellometer, calculating accurate pitch rates, pitching cone to cone, from brink, evaluating yeast health on a daily basis
  • Data recording
  • Making all pertinent measurements to process incl. temp, pH, gravity, DO, CO2
  • Using paper logs, spreadsheets, and production software to record data
  • Receives raw materials and maintains accurate inventory as it pertains to your position incl. malt, hops, adjuncts, chemicals, finings, nutrients, etc.
  • CIPs fermentors, bright tanks, transfer hoses, recirculation loops, and any other cleaning required to execute the above

General Requirements:

  • Stay organized and communicate effectively
  • Understands and adheres to recipes and formulas.
  • What is on the brew log goes in the tank, what goes in the tank is recorded on the paper log and in the brewery software.
  • Maintains a safe, clean and positive work environment.
  • Maintain cleanliness and sanitation of all equipment and facilities at all times.
  • Learns and adheres to standard operating and safety procedures in wort production, vessel cleaning and sanitation, yeast handling, fermentation and maturation, sample collecting and filtration operations.
  • Maintains the operational efficiency and safety of the equipment you use. 
  • Catch it before it breaks, fix it if you can, bring it to someone’s attention if you can’t.
  • Keeps accurate logs and governmental compliance paperwork.
  • Assists in safety compliance and QA/QC.
  • Works hard and efficiently on a daily basis to make the best beer possible.
  • Participates in beer festivals and events. You make the beer, tell the world about it!
  • All staff help out wherever they are needed. The above are guidelines but additional responsibilities may, and most likely will, be required.
  • Must be able work work nights & weekends

Minimum Physical Requirements:

  • Must be in good physical condition and able to maneuver in confined spaces.
  • Must be able to walk, sit, stand, and/or crouch for extended periods of time.
  • Must be able & willing to work early morning, daytime, evening and/or weekend shifts.
  • Must be able to lift 55 lbs. (malt bag!) to shoulder level repeatedly and maneuver at least 165 lb. (full keg!) containers safely.

Necessary Skills:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and use your time efficiently.
  • Insane knowledge of the brewing process and how everything you do affects the quality of the beer.
  • Excellent beer knowledge, a good sense of smell and taste with the ability to communicate what you are sensing.
  • Must be able to follow directions.
  • Subject line of the email must read: Seven Sicilian sailors sailing the seven seas.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely with respect to all personnel at all levels, in addition to customers.
  • Forklift experience is a plus.

Education/Experience:

  • A minimum of six months of professional experience at a commercial brewery or 3 years of home brewing experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or formal brewing education preferred.

To Apply:

Send a cover letter and resume to ilovebeer@smogcitybrewing.com

The cover letter should describe why you are interested in the position and why Smog City Brewing Company should hire you.

Please provide a resume that includes all relevant work history. It should also contain your education and any formal/informal brewery training.

You must provide 3 references, one character reference, one professional reference and a third of either character or professional nature. At least one reference should be from your current/most recent place of work. 

References WILL be checked.

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