Head Brewer

Coronado Brewing Company

San Diego, CA, USA

Full time

Jul 24

Coronado Brewing Company is looking for an enthusiastic, quality focused, innovative and passionate Head Brewer to lead our growing production brewing team in San Diego, CA. This is a hands-on leadership position, integral to the success of the business and operations. The Head Brewer must be comfortable as an active participant in all facets of brewery production operations.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS & DUTIES:

  • Manages day-to-day production operations with a heavy focus on organization, cleanliness, and maintaining a positive working environment.
  • Ensures products meet the highest quality standards.
  • Leads new product development via recipe formulation, innovative techniques, and collaboration with team members throughout the organization.
  • Manages, schedules, and trains new brewing team members.
  • Plans and manages production schedule to efficiently meet production goals ensuring there are not out of stock situations.
  • Builds strong team cohesion by maintaining a positive attitude, being engaged, approachable, and highly communicative.
  • Sources and manages inventory of all raw materials and maintains strong partnerships with raw material vendors.
  • Maintains situational awareness of utilities: boiler, R/O filter, liquor tank levels, as they relate to daily operations and correct any issues as they arise.
  • Maintains and creates SOPs as needed to ensure that all brewing, cellar, and QC processes are completed by team members in a consistent, safe, and efficient manner.
  • Ensures that the brewery equipment and production area is kept clean, organized, and in good working order to meet quality, sanitation, and safety standards.
  • Reviews, approves, and submits all department expense reports and invoices within the required accounting timeframes.
  • Maintains meticulous records for all brewing operations.
  • Strives for continuous improvements in beer quality, consistency, and cost.
  • Works closely with Sales and Packaging teams on the production brew and cellar schedule and effectively communicates any changes.
  • Manages production using Orchestrated Beer (OBeer).
  • Creates, verifies, and maintains Brewhouse and Cellar Bill of Materials (BOMs).
  • Manages all aspects of the personnel schedule, including, but not limited to staffing appropriately each day, taking PTO requests into account, ensuring correct amount of budgeted, non-overtime hours.
  • Actively communicates any delays or issues pertaining to brewhouse or cellar activities to necessary departments.
  • Ensures yeast management parameters are followed throughout the entire process.
  • Participates in or delegates monthly inventory counts of all raw materials and reconciles any variances between OBeer and physical counts.
  • Identifies capital improvements to increase the overall effectiveness of brewing operations.
  • Flexible scheduling to work day, night, or weekend shifts when necessary.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Team oriented with strong communication skills.
  • Passion for craft beverage production including but not limited to beer, cider, seltzer, etc.
  • High degree of passion for quality, process improvement, and attention to detail.
  • Mechanically inclined with equipment operation experience and strong ability to troubleshoot.
  • Strong physical ability – able to frequently lift 55# grain bags and service equipment, sometimes requiring bending, reaching, crouching, crawling.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • 7-10+ years of brewing experience, 5+ years of leadership or management experience.
  • Strong technical brewing background with formal brewing or engineering education a major plus.

If interested and qualified, please attach a resume and cover letter and send email

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