Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Head Brewer Wanted!!!! Come Live in Paradise and Help Us Make Amazing Beer.

Yep, it's official we need resumes, cover letters etc. We want a head brewer and we need them to start sometime in June. Here are the specifics.

Accepting Resume’s: Full time Head Brewer position for Katabatic Brewing Company
Katabatic Brewing Company is a start-up production brewery in Livingston, MT a world-renowned fly-fishing mountain town 1-hour from Yellowstone National Park, minutes from the Absorka Wilderness, and 30 mins from Bridger Bowl Ski Area. Montana is second in craft breweries per captita! Our brewery is located in a historic brick building downtown that is currently being totally renovated. We are a production style brewery with a retail sample room and a 7-barrel(bbl) Premier Stainless brewhouse, with four 7 bbl fermenters and four 7 bbl bright tanks. We will not be serving food. We will initially focus on the sales to area bars and restaurants as well as out of the taproom offering 4-6 beers with a number of creative seasonals. The Head Brewer is responsible for every aspect of managing, operating and maintenance of the production side of the brewery.

The head brewer will lead wort production, yeast management, ordering supplies, QA/QC panels, documentation for in-house and regulatory reporting, etc. This position offers an exciting growth opportunity and fun, creative work environment to a passionate brewer.

The ideal candidate has at least 1-3 years on the brew deck as an assistant or head brewer on at least a 5 bbl or larger system, and has working knowledge of all aspects of brewery operations as well as packaging and distribution. They must also be a team player and be willing to engage the public during tastings, special events and at festivals. The head brewer must be able to lift in excess of 75-150 lbs repeatedly. This candidate needs to understand barrel-aging, sours, yeast strains, hop varieties, grain varieties, grain roasts, etc. Duties include but are not limited to:

              Filing all state and federal excise reports and brewers report of operations
              CIP and maintain all brew house and cellar vessels
              Clean beer lines and maintain draft equipment on site and at outside accounts
              Build a Mug Club in the tasting room
              Host brewers dinners on and off site
              Hold beer classes, pre-shift and store meetings to educate staff about company beers and planned events
              Forecast sales and production for all company beers
              Fill kegs for outside accounts and tasting room guests
              Create recipes for seasonal brews
              Participate in regional beer events and festivals including the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup
              Establish tasting panel to insure consistent quality of all company beers
    Essential Functions and Responsibilities
·       Cleaning and sanitation of all equipment in the brewery
·       Brewing recipes to specifications, and ability to develop recipes. Awards for beers a plus!
·       Yeast management and propagation
·       Responsible for the entire brewing and quality control processes and hence should be well versed in scheduling, brewing, cellaring and packaging operations
·       Manage raw materials, inventory control, scheduling and hop contracts, coordinating with suppliers
·       Sanitary sampling, yeast cell counts and record keeping of all beers produced
·       Equipment maintenance and troubleshooting
·       Start and maintenance of a top quality QA/QC program
·       Process development and Standard Operating Procedures enhancement
·       Strong verbal communication and organization skills.
·       Monthly detailed inventory
·       Weekly production accounting, overseeing budgets and expenses for department
·       Mentoring to all employees on the brewing process and beer education
·       Cutting controllable costs and maintaining a profitable brewery
·       Use of proper and safe chemical handling techniques
·       Safety Protocols and OSHA compliance
·       Fill server shifts in the sample room as needed
·       Ability to work flexible shifts
·       Participation in events, festivals, promotions, etc. (this is a must).

This is a full time salaried position with benefits. We acknowledge the importance of an outstanding head brewer and are interested in offering top candidates the potential for profit sharing in the company. The brewer position will receive a competitive salary based upon previous work experience and expertise. The benefits package includes accumulating leave days at start of employment and upon completion of probationary period includes using leave days, medical benefits and the potential for profit sharing based on performance. We are looking for a rock star brewer who has set their sights on the moon, as we would like to get there ourselves. Come along for the ride!

To Apply:
Send resume, cover letter, and references to katabaticbrewing@gmail.com. Applications received on or before May 15th, 2014 will receive priority review. Please include any relevant work experience including size and type of equipment that you have worked on as well as any awards and accolades that you’ve won!

There is no relocation assistance provided for this position.
Proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. required.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Taking it down to the studs....

I recently wrote a post about the reconstruction we are doing at our building after all the deconstruction. I forgot that the whole back of the building, where our brewing equipment will be, still needed to be completely demolished.

Looks a tad different than it did! So that's all done and now we get to rebuild. Here's to upward and forward movement.