Assistant Brewer

LOCATION: Upper Hand Brewery in Escanaba, MI

REPORTS TO: Production Manager

POSITION TYPE: Full Time, Hourly Employee

POSTING DATES: 07/14/2014 – 08/03/2014

POSITION SUMMARY: The Assistant Brewer is responsible for performing a variety of fundamental and support tasks befitting a production brewery, including all cellar, packaging, and general housekeeping operations, with assistance in brewhouse and maintenance duties as needed.


  • Adheres to and advances the “Safety Always” culture of Upper Hand Brewery.

  • Assists in and performs beer production operations, including cellar and laboratory processes, filtration, vessel CIP, and other beer production tasks.

  • Assists in and performs packaging operations, including keg and bottle filling, labeling, palletizing, wrapping, and warehousing.

  • Assists in and performs essential warehousing functions, including accepting and fulfilling shipments, and inventorying materials.

  • Cleans and performs preventative maintenance on facilities and equipment as assigned.

  • Supports fellow brewery staff in their respective responsibilities as assigned by the Production Manager.

  • Stands, walks, crouches, and lifts regularly throughout duration of shift, including continual dragging, carrying, and manipulation of hoses, pumps, parts, buckets, carts, tools, and reservoirs.  

  • Must have a flexible schedule to accommodate demands of production.

Additional duties may be assigned as necessary


  • None

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Grain handling, brewhouse, fermentation, packaging, and warehousing equipment.

  • Cleaning agents, lubricating agents, and other potentially hazardous chemicals.

  • Brewery utilities, including: electrical, air compression, steam, water, compressed gasses, and glycol refrigerant.

  • Standard safety systems, including confined space air meters, fall restraint, and personal protective equipment.


  • The ability to work unsupervised while maintaining established safety and quality standards.

  • A desire to learn and demonstrate best practices and assist in developing a quality-oriented standard of protocol in a new brewery setting.

  • An understanding of Lock Out / Tag Out, Confined Space Entry, and other important core safety protocols.

  • The capacity to manage multiple processes simultaneously and adapt to the irregularities of a shifting production schedule.

  • Fastidious workmanship and attention to detail.

  • Excellent communication skills and a collaborative attitude.

  • Exemplary productivity and self-directedness.


  • Professional experience in a brewing or food/beverage processing facility.

  • Formal and documented education in brewing or packaging science, or a degree in Science, Maintenance, Engineering, or a similar field.

  • Computer proficiency including Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel) and Internet browsers.

  • Prior experience operating a lift truck preferred.  Additional training and certification will be provided by the employer.

  • Enthusiasm for craft beer and a commitment to understanding and supporting beer quality.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to frequently sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and climb.

  • Ability to frequently talk, hear, and smell.

  • Ability to frequently lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.

  • Ability to frequently reach with hands and arms. Use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls.

  • Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  

  • The work environment is generally that of a brewing, packaging, and shipping facility.

  • The employee regularly works with hazardous materials and utilities.

  • The employee works on wet floors and with wet equipment.

  • The employee regularly works around high voltage, flame, hot water, steam, broken glass, and CO2 sources.

  • The employee frequently works in a sanitary environment.

  • The employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts.


Upper Hand Brewery is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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