Assistant Brewer

Fernson Brewing Company

Sioux Falls, SD, USA

Full time

Aug 11

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The Role

The Assistant Brewer will work under the supervision of our Head Brewer and will be involved in all aspects of the brewing, cellaring, and packaging process. The role requires a teamwork-oriented, responsible, and self-motivated individual with a desire to continue learning and growing within the craft beer industry. The Assistant Brewer position is a full-time, hourly position with benefits. Compensation will be determined based on experience.  The qualified employee must possess a minimum of the following listed skills, knowledge, and experience. If interested, please send a resume to


Assist Head Brewer in daily job duties including, but not limited to:

  • General Facility Maintenance
  • Clean and organize brewery
  • Dose and maintain detergent and sanitizer solutions
  • Adhere to 5S Principles: Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardize, Sustain
  • Brew Day Prep
  • Preparing brewhouse for use
  • Receive and inspect raw materials (grain, hops, yeast, etc.)
  • Stage and mill grain
  • Brewhouse CIP and washdown
  • Wort Production
  • 30 bbl, 3-vessel brewhouse
  • Cellaring Labor
  • Fermenter and Brite Tank cleaning
  • Cellar monitoring, yeast handling, and pitching
  • Fermentation monitoring & sample analysis (gravity, dissolved oxygen, CO2)
  • Operation of Alfa Laval Brew 80 centrifuge
  • Packaging Prep/Runtime
  • Keg cleaning/filling
  • Canning line assistance
  • Warehousing
  • Staging distributor orders
  • Unloading and organizing raw materials
  • Miscellaneous
  • Maintain proper documentation of all tasks performed
  • Occasional barrel racking and special project activities

Preferred Skills & Traits:

  • Passion for craft beer, the brewing industry, and community
  • Integrity, dependability, adaptability, self-motivation, attention to detail
  • Able to work independently and with the team
  • Results-driven with a commitment to quality
  • Able to accurately follow verbal and written directions, including existing SOPs, while helping improve practices as we grow
  • Understanding of specific beer process terminologies
  • Able to easily understand how things work and quickly troubleshoot equipment that may need repair or adjustment
  • Able to demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness, monitor own work to ensure quality and apply feedback to improve performance
  • Passion for cleaning and sanitizing
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to troubleshoot beer related issues
  • Desire to take ownership and embrace continuous improvement
  • Able and willing to work a variable shift schedule (from early morning to early evening) that is dependent upon the operational needs of the brewery
  • Follow all company policies & procedures, reflect organizational core values and strive to maintain a clean and safe working environment
  • Follow the production schedule and daily tasks determined by Head Brewer.
  • Willingness to assist with tasks outside key responsibilities

Physical Requirements

  • Able to work in a manufacturing setting:
  • Able to lift and carry 55 lbs regularly
  • Move and lift up to 165 lbs occasionally
  • Able to lift, drag, carry and manipulate kegs (full or empty), hoses, and other equipment.
  • Remain on feet for most of the day
  • Safely navigate heat, chemical, noise, mechanical, and confined spaces risks
  • Follow SOPs and directions effectively

Ideal Candidate Education & Experience:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent, Bachelor’s degree a plus (especially science, engineering or brewing education)
  • Strong work ethic, punctuality, and professional maturity are a must
  • At least one year of commercial brewery experience or 3+ years home-brewing
  • Strong technical understanding of the brewing process and sanitation
  • Experience in cellaring and brewing production
  • Experience with sanitation and cleaning systems
  • Lab/microbiology experience
  • Forklift experience
  • Valid driver’s license

If you think you’re a great fit, drop us an email with your resume and cover letter at

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