Head Brewer

Five Dimes Brewery

Westwood, NJ, USA




Aug 15

Five Dimes is seeking an experienced Head Brewer to join our crew. The right candidate will work closely with the entirety of the brewery team in order to achieve the shared quality and growth goals of the brewery

The Head Brewer oversees and directs all brewing processes including, but not limited to, raw material selection, recipe formulation, production schedules, troubleshooting, equipment maintenance, and finished product quality assurance/quality control procedures. The Head Brewer is responsible for optimization of brewery operations, budgeting, and the ongoing development of the department and any staff within.


Lead Brewing Production

  • Oversee all brewing operations at the brewery, including: day-to-day process issues, recipe management, operating policies, procedures, and safety policies, in accordance with OSHA requirements.
  • Work with the CEO and Department Heads to create a brew schedule that accommodates internal and external demands.
  • Collaboratively design new recipes for seasonal and specialty beers
  • Prepare weekly schedules for brewing, beer transfer, and staffing/timing to meet production needs.
  • Report a five-day brew schedule to the Leadership Team every Thursday by 12pm for the following brew week- Monday through Sunday.
  • Ensure that deadlines are met to prevent production scheduling conflicts
  • Prepare annual estimated costs in the brewing department, including operating budgets for both the short and long-term plans.
  • Oversee departmental budgets, expenditures, usage, receipts and inventory of raw materials, chemicals, and brewing aids.
  • Order brewing materials, brewery chemicals, and related replacement parts to arrive on time and in proper amounts.
  • Maintain detailed records and inventory of raw materials, quality checks, and production schedules.
  • Maintain accurate brewing records; provide a monthly summary/production reports.

Brewhouse Management

  • Enhance, and/or develop and enforce the policies and procedures of the organization, including creating and documenting comprehensive Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for:
  • Brewing and cellar operations, including malt handling, wort production, fermentation, yeast handling, liquid transfer, fining, colloidal stabilization, filtration, carbonation, keg cleaning/coding/filing.
  • Equipment operations, including cleaning and sanitization procedures.
  • Safety protocols.
  • Quality Control (QC) and Quality Assurance (QA) programs and procedures.
  • Manage and supervise brewing staff:
  • Lead brew-team meetings, communicating current objectives, production performance to plan, challenges and successes, troubleshooting, and taking corrective action when necessary.
  • Oversee and develop the brewhouse staff through technical, supervisory, and line assignments in all functions supported by standard job descriptions, performance objectives, and performance assessments.
  • Conduct regular performance evaluations for brewhouse staff.
  • Development and utilization of comprehensive brewhouse staff training materials and programs.

Quality Assurance

  • Ensure that proper samples of raw materials, in addition to in-process and finished beer, are collected and analyzed appropriately to ensure a quality finished beer.
  • Approve beer for release based on quantitative and qualitative parameters falling within operating and exception limits.
  • Work with staff to resolve quality issues, elevate significant problems to the CEO, Taproom Manager, and Sales Manager to ensure that no contaminated beer is released to the market.
  • Ensure the cleanliness and sterilization of tanks, screens, inflow pipes, production areas, and equipment, using hoses, brushes, scrapers, or chemical solutions.
  • Oversee functionality and maintenance of brewing equipment, CIP equipment, water delivery equipment, and sewer related systems

Additional Responsibilities

  • Provide our Bookkeeper with all the necessary data and metrics for filing of Quarterly tax report.
  • Stand in for the Assistant Brewer and Cellarman as needed in their absence; this may require working weekends, holidays and any shift as needed.
  • Represent Five Dimes as a brand ambassador in the taproom or at events, festivals, and promotions, as needed.

Required Skills

- Proficient in all modules of Ekos.

- Great attitude and passion for craft beer required.

- Ability to work effectively in a team environment.

- Ability to work independently with excellent time management abilities.

- Understanding of beer flavor defects and their causes.

- Understanding of beer chemistry and biology.

- Excellent organizational and planning skills.

- Detail oriented.

- Ability to work under pressure and under strict deadlines.

- Excellent oral and written communication skills.

- Strong personnel management and leadership skills.

- Thorough understanding of manufacturing COGS/cost accounting and budgeting processes.

Physical Requirements

Ability to:

- Occasionally work long periods in front of a computer screen.

- Stand for long periods of time (up to 10 hours per day).

- Regularly lift, push, or pull 170+ pounds.

- Climb ladders and perform job while standing on a ladder

- occasionally climb stairs and work on tall tanks

- Work in hot, cold, wet, tight, or cramped spaces and/or awkward positions for extended periods of time.

- Work in an environment with high noise levels, hazardous chemicals and wet/slippery floors.

Experience and Education

  • 5+ years of professional brewing experience.
  • Proficiency in brewing and fermentation processes along with canning and kegging operations is required.
  • Bachelor’s Degree and/or Certificate from an accredited brewing science school preferred (technical and/or brewing specific courses preferred).
  • 2–3 years management or supervisor experience preferred.

***This position is full time and pay is commensurate with experience.***

Alcohol Responsibility – All candidates must fully understand that they are a representative of not only the company, but of the alcohol beverage industry. They are to conduct themselves within the limits of the law and with concern to the responsibility of consumption at all times. This includes working hours, trade shows, festivals, and while entertaining in the name of the company, or its affiliates. Any poor reflection or legal matters that may arise due to poor judgment may be dealt with by means of disciplinary action up to and including termination.


This Job Description is only a summary of the typical functions of the job, not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks and duties.

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