Brewery QA Technician

Hopworks Urban Brewery

Portland, OR, USA

Full time

Sep 1

We are seeking a Brewery QA Technician who is passionate about craft beer and the use of sustainable business practices. The ideal candidate brings a related work experience, at least 2 years coursework & lab work in brewing/fermentation science, and is a super organized, multi-tasker who welcomes the opportunity to take on this 1-person role with our 13-member team producing 10,000 bbls/year.

The position is full-time, approx. 30hrs/wk. (or more depending on production), 4-5 days/wk. with flexible hours between 8a-4p.

Position Summary 

The HUB QA Technician maintains the highest standard in quality control for all beer produced at HUB.  This position executes all QA functions, assays, and parameters for the brewery; performs all quality control tests on the product at various stages of brewing and packaging; oversees statistical analysis and deviation for consistency; and helps implement & improve HUB’s quality control processes. As needed, the QA Technician will also cross-train and work in other areas of the brewery to support brewing and packaging operations.

Responsibilities 

  • Work with Brewery Operations Director and Head Brewer to schedule QA testing.
  • Ensure QC tests are performed regularly on wort samples and finished beer for specification and micro stability (plating), and ensure that brewing staff performs all release parameter tests correctly.
  • Track and monitor barley specifications, extract, and performance.
  • Track data and review with Operations Director & Head Brewer.
  • Standard laboratory analysis, including sterile sampling, Bitterness, Color, Alcohol, Dissolved Oxygen.
  • Collect and examine product samples during production and test for quality, color, content, consistency, viscosity, acidity, or specific gravity.
  • Measure or weigh ingredients, using scales or measuring containers.
  • Set temperature, pressure, and time controls.
  • Complete necessary paperwork and maintain neat, accurate QA logs for all brewing QA activities including recording production and test data, processing steps, temperature and steam readings, cooking time, batches processed, and test results.
  • Taste and sign beer for release, based on qualitative and quantitative analysis.
  • Implement and track taste panel scoring. Track trends on age date reporting.
  • Monitor and manage Age Date Library.
  • Work with Brewery Operations Director and Head Brewer to solve quality issues and implement process improvements.
  • Assist with producing R&D beers and beverages, ensuring a shelf stable product goes to market.

Required & Desired Qualifications 

  • Minimum 2 years of brewery and/or related quality control and lab experience.
  • Course work in microbiology or lab science for breweries.
  • Education & knowledge in brewing science and safe chemical handling.
  • Understanding of fermentation, set points, and diacetyl rest.
  • Must possess extensive knowledge of current industry practices.
  • Must have strong knowledge of safe work operations, policies, and procedures.
  • Strong verbal and written English communication skills.
  • Strong team-player qualities as well as ability to work independently in a dynamic, fast-paced work environment.
  • Dependable attendance and flexible availability to work evenings and weekends if needed.
  • Proficient computer and email skills.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Motivated to make a difference in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Experience with and passion for the B-Corp philosophy to meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability.

BENEFITS & PERKS

  • Paid Time Off is earned from Day 1.
  • Health and Wellness Discount Plan available from Day 1.
  • Health Insurance options after 60 days (medical, dental, vision, FSA, life & disability, EAP)
  • 401k Plan.
  • Beer Benefit + Discounts on HUB food and merchandise!
  • Discounts with community partners - Patagonia, Next Adventure, TREW, and more!
  • Free Hopworks t-shirts and hat.

WHO WE ARE

Hopworks is a B Corp dedicated to using beer as a force for good. Our brew sites are Salmon-Safe Certified, and we source Salmon-Safe hops and malt whenever possible. Our skilled, thoughtful team creates exceptional beer and food with a commitment to sustainable business practices that protect our planet and support our community. The HUB family is staying safe and staying strong with a friendly team, effective safety protocols, fresh and innovative brews & menu items, and the support of our communities. We strive to provide our team a great place to work and grow and to provide our consumers and guests great tasting beer and food.

BE YOURSELF AND GROW WITH US

Hopworks Urban Brewery values a diverse, dependable, safety-conscious team who are passionate about using beer as a force for good. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer, so come as you are. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual-orientation, national origin, disability, protected veteran’s status, or any other trait or status that has nothing to do with someone’s ability to do the job. We are committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive workplace that includes team members with diverse backgrounds, thoughts, and experiences. We believe that enables us to learn and grow and spread our values through incredible beer and food.

CHEERS!

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