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Head Brewer Position

Haw River Farmhouse Ales is currently interviewing candidates for Head Brewer for our small brewery team. If you're interested, please read the job description below, and if you think you may be qualified and would like to apply for the position, please begin the process by polishing up your cover letter and resume, then filling out an applicant questionnaire as the first step. You'll be able to upload your cover letter and resume through the questionnaire.

Brewing & Production
• Lead brewery team through creation of recipes, production of wort, fermentation and packaging of all ongoing Haw River beer brands
• Collaboratively design and brew new seasonal beers and one-off beer brands
• Play an active role in the daily brewing and fermentation process, completing tasks as needed and managing team members to achieve results
• Collaboratively manage our barrel-aging and mixed-culture program to maximize efficiency and quality

Ongoing Operations
• Create and edit spreadsheets/calendars to manage the production schedule in order to monitor progress, increase efficiency, plan & project, and avoid unwanted issues
• Enforce OSHA guidelines and manage safety compliance
• Oversee cleaning, sanitation and cold side maintenance
• Manage and maintain production schedule and labor needs based on current and anticipated inventory & scheduling
• Ensure overall brewery cleanliness and safety
• Develop relationships with key suppliers to optimize quality, reliability, and pricing, and manage inventory of ingredients and supplies on an ongoing basis
• Organize and manage sourcing locally-grown ingredients from growers and farmers
• Become proficient with brewery operations software or systems in use

PR & Events
• As needed, serve as a public and media face of the head of Haw River Farmhouse Ales’ brewing operations
• Participate in events and internal & external beer education sessions, as needed

• Work closely with all brew staff to improve communication and efficiency
• Oversee quality control/yeast maintenance/tasting sessions to ensure quality and consistency
• Write and manage Standard Operating Procedures for brewery staff and develop training materials
• Manage inventory (raw materials, brewhouse supplies, finished goods)
• Maintain brewhouse and production records, manage & prepare regular tax records and documents

Growth & Expansion
• Assist in maximizing the execution of our brewery expansion into 90 additional barrels of fermentation space
• Address and resolve new challenges in the face of a brewery expansion
• Work to discover and source new ingredients
• Participate in the hiring process of additional needed brew staff
• Collaborate to expand our barrel program
• Actively participate in weekly discussion concerning upcoming brew ideas and all logistical items being faced at that time

• Advanced understanding of and proficiency in all aspects of brewing
• 3-5 years of increasing responsibilities in a commercial brewing facility, ideally brewing at least 1,000 barrels annually
• Ability to operate forklift, hand truck, pallet jack, and other warehouse equipment
• Superior attention to detail and professionalism
• A positive attitude and skills working as part of a small team
• An unyielding desire to make the best, most creative beer possible
• Flexibility & creative problem solving abilities surrounding changing demands
• Ability to stand for long periods of time
• Excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills
• Ability to lift or move heavy products ranging from up to 165 lb
• Ability to work in a wide variety of temperatures and conditions
• Willingness to learn duties as they arise in correlation to growth and expansion