Shift Brewer

Smog City Brewing Co.

Torrance, CA, USA

Full time


Mar 30

The shift brewer’s role is to produce wort to trained SOP’s while living and breathing the Smog City core values of Quality, Community and Respect. A shift brewer is organized, responsible and communicates effectively when faced with problems in the brewing process and with the brewhouse and brewery equipment.

Primary responsibilities:

- Runs the brewhouse to trained SOPs

- Wort Production

- Milling, Mashing, Boiling, Heat Exchange, Pitching Yeast, Brewhouse CIP

- Yeast Handling

- Cell counting with cellometer, calculating accurate pitch rates, pitching cone to cone, from brink, evaluating yeast health on a daily basis

- Data recording

- Making all pertinent measurements to process incl. temp, pH, gravity, DO, CO2

- Using paper logs, spreadsheets, and production software to record data

- Receives raw materials and maintains accurate inventory as it pertains to your position incl. malt, hops, adjuncts, chemicals, finings, nutrients, etc.

- CIPs fermentors, bright tanks, transfer hoses, recirculation loops, and any other cleaning required to execute the above

General requirements:

- Stay organized and communicate effectively

- Understands and adheres to recipes and formulas.

- What is on the brew log goes in the tank, what goes in the tank is recorded on the paper log and in the brewery software.

- Maintains a safe, clean and positive work environment.

- Maintain cleanliness and sanitation of all equipment and facilities at all times.

- Learns and adheres to standard operating and safety procedures in wort production, vessel cleaning and sanitation, yeast handling, fermentation and maturation, sample collecting and - filtration operations.

- Maintains the operational efficiency and safety of the equipment you use. 

- Catch it before it breaks, fix it if you can, bring it to someone’s attention if you can’t.

- Keeps accurate logs and governmental compliance paperwork.

- Assists in safety compliance and QA/QC.

- Works hard and efficiently on a daily basis to make the best beer possible.

- Participates in beer festivals and events. You make the beer, tell the world about it!

- All staff help out wherever they are needed. The above are guidelines but additional responsibilities may, and most likely will, be required.

- Must be able to work nights and weekends

Minimum Physical Abilities:Must be in good physical condition and able to maneuver in confined spaces.

- Must be able to walk, sit, stand, and/or crouch for extended periods of time.

- Must be able & willing to work early morning, daytime, evening and/or weekend shifts.

- Must be able to lift 55 lbs. (malt bag!) to shoulder level repeatedly and maneuver at least 165 lb. (full keg!) containers safely.

Necessary Skills:

- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

- Ability to work independently and use your time efficiently.

- Insane knowledge of the brewing process and how everything you do affects the quality of the beer.

- Excellent beer knowledge, a good sense of smell and taste with the ability to communicate what you are sensing.

- Must be able to follow directions.

- Subject line of the email must read: Seven sicilian sailors sailing the seven seas.

- Communicate clearly and concisely with respect to all personnel at all levels, in addition to customers.

- Forklift experience is a plus.


- A minimum of six months of professional experience at a commercial brewery or 3 years of home brewing experience.

- Bachelor’s degree and/or formal brewing education preferred.

To Apply:

Send a cover letter and resume. The cover letter should describe why you are interested in the position and why Smog City Brewing Company should hire you. Please provide a resume that includes all relevant work history. It should also contain your education and any formal/informal brewery training. You must provide 3 references, one character reference, one professional reference and a third of either character or professional nature. At least one reference should be from your current/most recent place of work.

References WILL be checked.

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