Founded in 2018, Alaska Pacific Beverage Company (APBC) is a premier, award winning, and truly Alaskan brewery. Our state-of-the-art Production Facility sits just blocks away from our Anchorage Pub in a growing urban setting. Both pub locations feature menus that highlight locally, sustainably sourced Alaskan ingredients and boast tap lists featuring award-winning beers in a wide variety of styles.
Our Vision is to: Share Alaska with the world.
Our Mission is to: Transform our community with innovation and creativity through the best locally crafted goods and legendary hospitality in Alaska!
Our Core Values: Be Legendary, Be Honorable, Be One Team.
The Master Brewer/Production Manager is responsible for all aspects of the beer production process and day-to-day operations of the brewery. It is a high-level role which can involve many different tasks including managing other brewers, making purchasing decisions, meeting with customers and other businesses, creating new types of beer, setting production goals and managing resources.
The Master Brewer/Production Manager is highly experienced with the beer brewing process and is ultimately responsible for the quality of beers that a brewery produces. They are usually involved with creative decisions including what kinds of beer to produce, where to source the best raw materials for that particular beer and what kinds of machinery should be used in the production process.
They must also consider the marketability of the beers they intend to produce and work in conjunction with marketing staff and the brewery owners to develop successful beers.
- The main contact point for the brewery – acts as the main contact point for the brewery and will liaise with the media, consumers, suppliers, beer trade associations and other businesses.
- Work with the marketing team to improve the profile of the brewery – For a brewery to be a success, it must sell a high-quality product that is well marketed. The brewery must also maintain a high profile. The Master Brewer/Production Manager works with marketers to publicize the brewery and improve brand recognition. They will also help develop the unique character of the brewery through branding and the types of beer being sold.
- Selecting and forecasting raw materials that are used in the brewing process – The Master Brewer/Production Manager must be able to evaluate the quality of the raw materials used in the brewing process and work with suppliers. They may have to perform or organize scientific tests on the raw materials to ensure they have specific qualities necessary for beer making.
- Checking brew conditions – The Master Brewer/Production Manager must ensure that the production process is running correctly, and brew conditions are correct. They may have to manage other brewers, directing their attention as needed and ensuring the beer is meeting specific targets.
- Record keeping and quality control – Detailed records of the beer production process must be maintained. That will include the quantities of raw materials used, the recipe for the beer, scientific analysis of the brew at different points and final taste testing.
- Responsible for managing the yeast propagation system.
- Manage the day-to-day operations of the brewery – Any brewer will spend a great deal of time on the floor of brewery, making sure that staff are working efficiently, and the production process is running smoothly.
- Help to build the customer base – The Master Brewer/Production Manager will meet with customers and potential customers to showcase the quality of the beer that the brewery is producing. They may have to give customers guided tours of the brewery to demonstrate production capacity and the development of the brewery’s production capacity.
- Meeting with trade associations – They may have to attend trade association meetings, award presentations and conventions to show case the breweries products.
- Develop new brewing recipes to meet market demand – Developing new beers is an important part of the Master Brewer’s job. They often must work with marketing staff to identify market demand for specific types of beer and develop new products to meet that demand.
- Responsibility for maintaining Occupational Health & Safety and compliance with food standards – Ensuring that staff are working in a safe environment is a key part of the Master Brewer’s job. They may work in conjunction with a health and safety specialist to keep the beer production and bottling processes as safe as possible. Managing hygiene on the production line and ensuring that food safety standards are maintained are also important responsibilities of the Master Brewer/Production Manager.
- Managing key production requirements and setting KPIs – The brewery will have to produce a specific quality of beer over a certain time period. The Master Brewer/Production Manager manages the timelines involved, sets production goals and identifies key performance indicators.
- Manage maintenance schedule on the production line – All equipment must be carefully maintained to ensure equipment failure does not delay beer production. The Master Brewer/Production Manager will also advise the brewery owners on the purchase of new equipment.
- Managing staff skill development – In addition to managing staff, the Master Brewer/Production Manager will help organize training to develop their skills.
- Advise on capital expenditure – the Master Brewer/Production Manager may have to advise brewer owners on how to best increase production capability. The Master Brewer/Production Manager may also play a role in helping plan capital expenditure in other avenues, including advertising and the hiring of new staff.
- Manage bottling and delivery processes –the Master Brewer/Production Manager will also oversee the bottling facilities and delivery schedules. They must ensure that clients have received the beer they have ordered.
- Inventory control – Having adequate raw materials, bottles and packaging materials is an important task that the Master Brewer/Production Manager is responsible for.
- Budgeting – The Master Brewer/Production Manager will often have a specific budget which they must work within. Equipment purchasing decisions, staffing decisions and the sourcing of raw materials must be managed to fit within that specific budget.
- Improve the brewery – Goals which improve the productivity of staff and the production line must be established by the Master Brewer/Production Manager. Improvements in other areas including hygiene, capital expenditure, brew quality must also be continual.
The Master Brewer/Production Manager will spend their time on the production floor, in offices and in public spaces, promoting the brewery. The production floor can be a noisy, smelly, hot and humid environment. It can also be a dangerous environment with heavy machinery, hot liquids and forklifts moving very heavy loads. The work hours of the Master Brewer/Production Manager can change dramatically depending on the brewery’s schedule and production issues. They may have to travel to promote the brewery and work unusual hours. The brewery can run 24 hours a day and the Master Brewer/Production Manager may be called into work to fix problems that occur at any time.
An educational qualification may help the job prospects of a Master Brewer/Production Manger and may possess a degree in one or more of the following areas:
- Brewing and distilling
- Chemical engineering
- Food science or food technology
A Master Brewer/Production Manager must have demonstrated experience working as a brewer and managing other staff. Their work experience must also demonstrate that they have strong problem solving skills, practical skills and in-depth knowledge of beer science to include, but not limited to:
- At least 3-5 years experience in brewing beer
- Demonstrated ability to manage a beer production line
- Experience in a role that involved managing staff
- Experience keeping records for quality control
- Experience managing projects
- Mechanical or engineering experience
- Food production experience
- Communication – will liaise with dozens of people each day including suppliers, employees, managerial staff, suppliers and more.
- Computer literately and technological skills – Many tasks will be performed on a computer including communication tasks, record keeping, project management and resource management
- Engineering or mechanical skills – familiar with the equipment used in the brewing process and the specific equipment used by their brewery.
- Engineering or mechanical skills are very useful when maintaining and installing equipment
- Excellent project management skills and methodical nature – Beer production is a complex procedure when done at a large scale. The Master Brewer/Production Manager will have to manage each step of the process in fine detail. The brewer must be very methodical, and detail orientated — the brewing process must be replicated precisely every time it is performed to ensure product remains of a high quality.
- Capable of managing staff – Managing staff well is crucial to the success of the brewery. The Master Brewer/Production Manager must ensure all necessary tasks are being performed correctly by staff and to a sufficient standard.
- Be capable of innovation and continual improvement – devising innovative ways to improve production and must innovate when it comes to developing new types of beer.
Work Authorization/Security Clearance
Must be authorized to work in the US
Northern Hospitality Group and its affiliates are equal opportunity employers.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Company: Northern Hospitality Group
Position: Master Brewer
Req #: 8871469
Location: 721 W 1st Ave, Anchorage, US, AK, 99501
49th State Brewery
49th State Brewery