Brewery Quality Manager

Atwater Brewery

Detroit, MI, USA

Full time

$50-65k (annually)


May 26

Atwater, Detroit's beer and home of the Dirty Blonde, is seeking an experienced quality manager to join our Detroit brewery.

Position Requirements

  • Maintain and manage a comprehensive Quality Control Plan and Quality Assurance Plan
  • Ensure continuous improvement
  • Perform daily sampling, analysis and organization of data in accordance with a designated sampling plan
  • Manage fermentation from brewhouse knockout through filtration (go/no-go on tank temp changes, capping, yeast dumping, track all applicable data such as pH, gravity, co2 vols and implement an action plan)
  • Maintain go/no-go plan(s) for all finished products (daily sensory panels prior to packaging, for example).
  • Perform daily microbiological sampling in accordance with a designated sampling plan
  • Yeast management including harvest schedule, cell counts, viability counts, pitch rate calculation, in collaboration with Brewing Team Leader
  • Packaged product sampling and analysis including gas analysis, seam analysis, microbiological analysis and total package quality checks
  • Maintain a neat and clean laboratory
  • Care, cleaning and maintenance of all laboratory equipment
  • Maintain sensory analysis program, conduct scheduled sensory training for production staff
  • Contribute to management of safe production practice, and produce safety incident reports
  • Produce weekly quality report and participate in weekly meetings with production management team to assist with total brewery process flow
  • Ensure Quality Control (sensory testing) with Atwater taprooms
  • Ensure rotation in all Atwater coolers
  • Monitor code dates on finished product
  • Assist with other production functions and support as needed

Credential and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in microbiology, chemistry or other related field
  • Experience – A minimum of 5 years of experience in brewing or food & beverage manufacturing.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience working in a lab


  • Experience supervising and leading coworkers
  • Ability to multitask and work at a fast pace
  • Attention to detail and ability to produce accurate, precise and reproducible data
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite
  • Optimistic, self-motivated, positive attitude
  • Desire to take initiative, act promptly and be proactive
  • Passion for quality beer

Physical/Working Conditions

  • Ability to lift up to 50lbs
  • Ability to stay seated at a desk for extended periods of time, as well as ability to stand, move around and climb ladders
  • Work in an environment that has a moderate to loud noise level (moderate noise – office with printers and computers; loud noise – factory or manufacturing space)
  • Work environment can include areas that are wet and non-temperature controlled
  • Reports to Director of Operations

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