Careers – Lead Production Brewer

Upstreet was founded in 2015 with the mission to Refresh The Community. As Prince Edward Island’s only B Corp Certified Company, we are doing business differently and making an impact. We brew award-winning Upstreet craft beer and Rewind seltzers and, after only a year, have achieved national recognition and distribution with Libra, our innovative line of non-alcoholic beer. In 2021, we produced 6500hL of beer, seltzer, and NA beer and, thanks in big part to Libra, are planning to double that in 2022 by adding new equipment, distribution, and (of course!) people. This is your opportunity to join one of Canada’s most unique breweries and beverage producers and help us achieve our vision of creating & owning the category of balanced lifestyle beverages.

Job title Lead Production Brewer
Reports to Production Manager
Salary $50-60k/year

Job purpose

The Lead Production Brewer leads the production of beer and non-alcoholic beer from grain to glass as well as the production of other beverages including vodka seltzers and sodas. They are ultimately responsible for the production of all beverages produced, the quality of all products and supervising the daily activities during production. More than simply being able to effectively replicate recipes, the Lead Production Brewer strives to continuously streamline the brewing and cellaring processes and be aware of industry trends and best practices. This person will also work closely with the Innovation Brewer to scale up production of Libra non-alcoholic beer for distribution across the country.

Core Functions and Duties

% of Time Core Functions and Duties
65 Oversee Brewing and cellaring operations, including:

  • Brew days tasks such as mashing-in, sparging, kettle additions, transfer to fermenter, and cleaning
  • Assisting with milling of grain and spent grain removal.
  • Relieving staff brewers when necessary
  • Fermentation additions such as dry hopping, juices, fining agents
  • Temperature management
  • Tank cleaning
  • Beer transfers
  • Carbonation of beer
  • Fermentation logs
10 Quality Control

  • Maintaining product specifications and beverage production processes
  • Documentation of batch records and cleaning logs to adhere to food safety regulations
  • Raw ingredient lot tracking
  • Brewing logs
15 Production & Resource Management

  • Work with Production Manager to order ingredients and supplies for beverages including malt, hops, yeast, salts, fruit, natural flavours, cleaning chemicals, etc.
  • Planning and scheduling resources for brewing on a daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly timeframes with Production Manager
  • Supervise Brewer and Cellar Person to ensure all SOPs are followed and tasks are completed in a timely manner
  • Perform regular inventory checks on raw materials, chemicals, and other brewery consumables
10 Continuous Improvement 

  • Ensure all processes are completed using specified SOPs
  • Maintain systems and ensure brewery staff are doing the same
  • Work with Production Manager to identify efficiencies and implement any changes as agreed upon
  • Work with Innovation Brewer on scaling of pilot batches, recipe changes, brewing SOPs, equipment/batch troubleshooting, and general procurement.

Qualifications

Qualifications include:

  • Certification as brewmaster (or equivalent) with at least 5 years experience brewing commercially.
  • Preference for experience in a production brewery
  • Detailed knowledge and experience with brewing process
  • Detailed knowledge of beer styles
  • Strong mechanical aptitude
  • Accustomed to repetitive tasks. 

Working conditions and schedule

Able to work safely with hot liquids, pressurized vessels, hazardous machinery and noise. Brewery hours typically 6AM-6PM during peak production and brewers work 8hr shifts such as 6AM-2PM or 10AM-6PM. Some evening and weekend work as dictated by the beer fermentation schedule. 

Physical requirements

Required to be on your feet the majority of the time. Able to perform repetitive tasks such as lifting, going up and down stairs/ladder. 

Direct reports

Brewer

Cellarperson

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