Upper Hand Brewery

Escanaba, MI, USA

Full time

Jul 31

JOB TITLE: Brewer 

LOCATION: Upper Hand Brewery

REPORTS TO: Shift Lead- Brewing

FLSA POSITION TYPE: Full Time, Hourly Non-Exempt 

SHIFT: 1st Shift Monday-Friday 8:00AM-4:00PM

Pay Rate Starting at $20/hour

POSITION SUMMARY: Responsible for completing all of the day-to-day activities necessary to make high quality beer.  


• Adheres to and advances the “Safety Always” culture of Upper Hand and Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

• Embraces how diversity and eccentricities make Upper Hand and Bell’s a better company. Operates in a spirit of open and honest cooperation while valuing the inherent self-worth & dignity of every employee.

• Directly responsible for maintaining Upper Hand's quality standards in all areas of Brewing.

• Maintain a sanitary and micro-biologically stable work environment through CIP (Clean in Place) procedures and solid general housekeeping practices in collaboration with assistant brewers.

• Follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

• Brewhouse operation.

• Yeast handling, including laboratory cell counts, pitching, and cropping yeast.

• Monitor fermentations including routine analysis of in-process beer.

• Centrifuge/filter operation.

• Setup and tear-down of hard and soft piping assemblies.

• Carbonate beer and prepare for it for Packaging customers.

• Continual lifting, dragging, carrying, and manipulating of hoses, parts, pumps, buckets, and reservoirs, requiring standing, walking, crouching, and lifting regularly throughout the duration of shift.

• Performs routine preventative maintenance on equipment and infrastructure in collaboration with assistant brewers and maintenance staff.

• Aid in the professional development of assistant brewers.

Additional duties may be assigned as necessary.


• None

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


• Computer and other process automation systems.

• Brewing raw materials; including water, hops, malt, and yeast.

• Cleaning and Sanitizing Chemicals

• Pumps, hoses, valves, clamps, gaskets, and other brewery equipment

• Fork lift/aerial lift truck.


• Positive outlook and attitude.

• Ability to work unsupervised while maintaining safety and quality standards.

• Attention to detail.

• Strong mechanical aptitude.

• Ability to manage multiple processes at one time.

• Self-motivated with good time management skills.

• Ability to coordinate with other departments according to schedule.

• Ability to work in a diverse team environment.

• Ability to effectively communicate with staff throughout the brewery.

• Work off shifts including weekends and holidays.


• An accredited Brewing Certification or related science degree.

• >2 years’ experience in a production brewery.

• Demonstrated understanding of the brewing process.

• Outstanding communication and problem solving skills.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Ability to frequently sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and climb.

• Ability to frequently talk, hear, and smell.

• Ability to frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 55 lbs. 

• Ability to frequently reach with hands and arms. Use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls.

• Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and the ability to adjust focus. 

• Must be able to participate in critical assessment of beers. 

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. 

• The work environment is usually that of a brewery.

• The employee regularly works with hazardous materials.

• The employee works on wet floors and with wet equipment.

• The employee regularly works around high voltage, hot water, and steam.

• The employee frequently must work in a sanitary environment.

Upper Hand Brewery is an equal opportunity employer. At Upper Hand we believe diversity and eccentricities make us a better company. Across every department and at every level, Bell’s Brewery is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion because it's who we are. We value and recognize the inherit self-worth and dignity of every employee and strive to uphold a work environment that allows every employee to thrive as their full selves.

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