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Assistant Brewer - Cellar Person

Missoula, MT, USA

Job Position

Part Time/Full Time (30-40 hrs/week)

About the Role

Imagine Nation Brewing Co.
Job Position: Assistant Brewer/Cellar Person

Imagine Nation Brewing is located in the beautiful Missoula valley of Montana. Our taproom and original brewery is near downtown Missoula on the Clark Fork River, and is the only brewery in town with a riverfront patio. In 2022, as a top rated brewery in Montana, the torch was passed to new owners with the plan to grow the reach and vision of Imagine Nation Brewing with the addition of a new production facility.

Founded in 2015, Imagine Nation Brewing is a community-oriented and community-based Missoula microbrewery grounded in the world’s great brewing traditions. Through expansive beers, a celebratory atmosphere, a beer garden, and workshops, we address the critical challenges of our time. The purpose of the brewery is to support people in their own transformation so they are better prepared to authentically connect and transform the world around them. Imagine Nation Brewing Co. transcends how a brewery serves a community by being the first in the country to include a center for community transformation. Through craft beer and education, the INBC model is a unique celebration and dialogue, envisioned to joyfully address the challenges of our time and fuel social change in Missoula, Montana, and beyond.

The following job position includes not only duties related to the position of assistant brewer, but also expectations related to being a part of the Imagine Nation team. We are a brewery that strives to make world class beer and beverages; but more importantly, the purpose of the INBC vision is to go beyond beer.

CODE OF CONDUCT
The Imagine Nation Code of Conduct was developed in collaboration between employees and employers over the course of various months. While the larger document is to be signed and followed by all INBC employees, the following are highlights:
Act in a respectful way with colleagues, managers, patrons, and all others while on shift and off shift in a way that represents both personal and organizational integrity.
Always speak well of the brewery to those outside the brewery. Should difficulties arise, address them directly and constructively with the appropriate people within the company.
Maintain strict confidentiality about brewing processes and techniques with those outside of the direct production team, except for aspects listed on the Beer Guide for INBC staff.
Give of oneself creatively and generously to improve brewery functions, quality of products, and customer service.
Add positive energy to team dynamics and the overall running of the brewery.
Grow in focus, discipline, and ability to oversee integrative processes.
Constantly pursue excellence in brewing and evolution in one’s own humanity in order to be a better brewer and a better source of positive social change within and beyond the brewery.

RESPONSIBILITIES
The assistant brewer is a production position focused primarily on cellar duties and beer packaging, with secondary focus on brewing. The overall responsibility of the assistant brewer is to support the production team in any capacity necessary to ensure proper execution of beer production. This position reports directly to the head brewer. Key responsibilities are as included, but are not limited to the following:

Maintain a clean, organized, and safe working environment.
Maintain quality standards.
Maintain strict adherence to SOPs for all tasks
Safely handle chemicals.
Respectfully handle production equipment.
Communicate and report issues.
Sample and document cellar samples daily
CIP and sanitize fermentation vessels, brite tanks, brewhouse, and canning machines.
Clean and sanitize Sanke and Corny style kegs.
Transfer products from fermentation vessels to brite tanks.
Operate all canning responsibilities including: Setting up of canning machine; Tearing down of canning machine; and performing all 3 packaging positions: e.g. filling; seaming; packaging on both WGC50 and WGC250.
Fill kegs from brite/serving tanks.
Swamp brewery, cellar, cold room or any other space to ensure a clean and sanitary environment.
Clean draft lines and manage draft system from both serving tanks and kegs
Sample and record gravity, pH temperature of fermenting products
Conduct and provide feedback for VDK tests
Manage yeast, including harvesting yeast from tanks, disposal of spent yeast, caring for pitchable yeast, and propagation.
Dry hop and adjunct beers.
Carbonate and monitor carbonation levels in finished products with Zahm & Nagel.
Prepare Brewhouse and Ingredients for brew days.
Mash in on brew days.
Treat beer with precision and attention to detail.
Complete necessary documentation of processes performed, products, materials and ingredients used and/or transferred on brewery management software.
Support in conducting needed maintenance and solving problems inside the production area and beyond.
Support/Coordinate in setting up, breaking down, and representing the brewery at brewfests and special events.
Assist in shuttling materials between facilities.
Receive materials from suppliers.
Attend and contribute to production meetings to ensure plans are communicated, understood and managed effectively.
Anything else needed/identified to ensure efficient running of the brewery.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Ideal candidate has 1+ years experience in commercial brewery setting. Brewing certification, diploma, or degree preferred, but not required

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
Ability to work a flexible schedule: days, nights, and/or weekends.
Significant amounts of this position are labor and cleaning focused. Applicants must be able to confidently climb ladders, lift and carry up to 75lbs., and maneuver filled kegs.
Must have their own vehicle, valid driver’s license, and insurance coverage.
Work must be conducted in a clean, sanitary, and O2 minimizing fashion, understanding that failure to do so can compromise finished beer. Obsessive attention to detail focused on brewery cleanliness is required at all times.
Fermentation Science education preferred but not required.
Canning experience preferred but not required.
Forklift certification preferred but not required.
Ability to work well in a team environment and be self-motivated.
Passion for the brewing process and beer.
Ability to work in hot, cold, and wet environments.
Must be at least 21 years of age.

ONGOING EDUCATION & PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
Strive to improve in necessary areas identified in professional performance reviews.
Enhance analytical and interpersonal skills through critical engagement of curricula established by the Head brewer/Brewing Team. The curricula will consist of beer related and beyond beer related themes.
Complete readings, papers, podcasts, documentaries in a timely schedule.
Attend and critically engage with the supervisor during dialogues.

TIME COMMITMENT:
¾ time to full time: 30-40 hours a week

COMPENSATION:
$20 - $22 per hour based on experience

DISCLAIMERS:
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow instructions from her/his supervisor and the company reserves the right to add to or revise an employee’s job duties at any time at its sole discretion.
Breweries and production facilities are inherently dangerous, therefore it is imperative to be alert and focused on the task(s) at hand at all times for your personal safety and the safety of others.
This role is intended to decrease cellar duties for Head and Lead brewers in order to facilitate expansion.
This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than “at will” employment relationship, and is subject to a one-year probationary period during which the employee may be terminated with or without cause as per Montana regulation.

Please send resumes and cover letters to headbrewer@imaginenationbrewing.com

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