Head Brewer

Dry Dock Brewing Company

Aurora, CO, USA

Full time

$60-70k (annually)

Jan 17

Dry Dock Brewing Company, located in Aurora, CO, is seeking an experienced Head Brewer to lead the production and innovation of beer, seltzer, Docktails and partner brewing products. Dry Dock is a regional brewery which operates two separate breweries, a 7 BBL tasting room (South Dock) and a 40 BBL production facility (North Dock).

Job Summary:

The Head Brewer will report to the Director of Brewing and have brewers and cellar persons as direct reports. This is a mentally and physically intensive position that requires exceptional motivation and excellent professionalism in the face of a demanding and fast-paced production environment. They will be safetyminded, efficient, quality-focused, have a great work ethic, a positive attitude and be part of the team.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervision of all aspects of North and South Dock breweries, including wort production, cellar operations, and preparation of finished beer for packaging.
  • Work as a team with Packaging and Plant Manager, Lab Manager, Controller, and Director ofBrewing Operations.
  • Hire, manage, schedule, train and develop brewing and cellar staff for both breweries.
  • Work with Director of Brewing Operations, Brewers and Owners on the development of new products for production.
  • Work with OrchestratedBeer software system to process production orders, enter purchase orders, and conduct material inventory counts on an as needed basis.
  • Ensure staff is following all food safety and Good Manufacturing Processes.
  • Work with tasting room management in planning beer production and seasonal releases, and schedule South Dock brewery production.
  • Maintain workplace safety while upholding quality standards.
  • Maintain accurate and legible records.
  • Perform routine preventative maintenance and cleaning of equipment and infrastructure.
  • Ensure all brewing operations are done in a consistent manner with a focus on quality.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience and Education Requirements:

  • Minimum of 5 years prior experience in brewery environment.
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
  • Formal brewing education and training preferred.

Preferred Experience and Skills:

  • Ability to multitask and manage time while being detail oriented.
  • Excellent troubleshooting skills.
  • Strong mechanical background.
  • Love of craft beer and knowledge of the industry.
  • Experience in forklift operation and ability to train others.
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team environment as a leader and problem solver.
  • Ability to work at a fast pace, in high pressure situations, while maintaining professionalism and composure.
  • Flexible schedule and adaptive to change.
  • Ability to learn quickly and apply new procedures and skills.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Is generally happy and can have fun, even on high stress and demanding days.
  • Need to be self-motivated.
  • Ability to multitask and manage time while being detail oriented.
  • Reliable transportation.

Physical Demands

  • Standing for long periods of time.
  • Frequent walking, bending, twisting, kneeling, climbing, stooping, crawling and crouching.
  • Must be able to correctly lift up to 50 lbs to shoulder height and push or pull up to 160 lbs.
  • Use of ladders.
  • Use hands, fingers to wrist and maintain fine digit manipulation and must be able to fully extend arms.
  • Must be able to maintain adequate vision (with or without corrected lenses). Adequate peripheral vision is also necessary for safety purposes as are depth, distance, and ability to focus.
  • In performance of job duties, employee is routinely required to communicate effectively with coworkers.
  • Physical ability to handle pallets of inventory that weigh up to 2,100 lb. using a pallet jack.
  • Must be able to work in hot, cold, wet, loud, and unpredictable environment.
  • Must be able to work around steam, electricity, harsh chemicals, and solvents.
  • Ability to perform repetitive tasks in a production-line setting.
  • This position may come into direct contact with hazardous materials such as chemicals, noise and equipment. Hazardous materials include CO2 as well as loud noises as part of the brewing process.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary: $60,000 - $70,000 per year. Benefits include health care, dental, vision, short-term and long-term disability, 401k, life insurance, paid sick leave, paid vacation and free beer.

Equal Opportunity:

Dry Dock Brewing Co. is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital/familial status.

Please email resume with title “Head Brewer” in subject line. We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible. The position will remain open until it is filled.

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