Wednesday, May 22, 2013

So you think you can be a brewer?

Horse and Dragon Brewing CompanyIt's not often that a head brewer job comes along here in Colorado, but for some lucky person out there here is your chance to take the reins at an upcoming brewery in Fort Collins. That's provided of course you've got da skillz to earn the job.

Tim Cochran from Horse and Dragon Brewing Company is looking for a Lead Brewer and sent the job opening to me looking for some help in finding this person. Check out their job opening description and if you feel qualified - send in your credentials to and you might just get a call back for an interview. (Please don't send resumes or questions to Fermenetedly Challenged, 'cuz I'll simply ignore them.)

Job Opening at Horse & Dragon Brewing Co - Lead Brewer

The Horse & Dragon Brewing Company is a fully funded start-up located along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains in the Napa Valley of Beer. We will produce high quality, great tasting craft beers and be an active participant in the vibrant beer culture that exists in Fort Collins and throughout Colorado. As with our beers, we strive to achieve balance in work, life and community. We are looking for a passionate, qualified brewer to hire in June/July 2013 to join us, targeting an opening date of January 2014.

The Lead Brewer will oversee all aspects of beer production for the company and will be responsible for making great tasting, quality beers on our new 15 barrel system. Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Brewing operations. Lead and manage the company efforts coordinating ingredients supply/inventory management, brewing, quality control, packaging and all brew house operations. You will be responsible for what happens in the brewery.
• Recipe formulation. Lots of latitude to create tasty versions of multiple craft beer styles as well as working with the team to develop award-winning beers.
• Start-up involvement. While financing has been secured, we want to include our brewer when making key decisions about the brewery equipment and layout. We expect you to give expert input into these critical decisions as part of your first duties and based upon your experience in small breweries.
• Community outreach. Participate in area festivals, forums and public relations activities on behalf of the company. The brewer will be part of our customer and consumer facing marketing plan to seed and grow our brands and spread the word about Horse & Dragon Brewing Company beers.

We require an experienced production craft brewer with the following qualifications to lead the brewing operations for the company:

• Passionate about design, production and sale of amazing beers. Awards or other recognition for your beers a plus.
• Minimum 3 years experience working in a brewery, preferably overseeing multiple functions including: brewing functions, packaging, quality control, ingredients ordering/inventory management and planning.
• Ability to work across styles for recipe formulation.
• Demonstrated ability to take on leadership responsibility for overseeing a staff as well as all functions of the production facility.
• Must be a flexible contributor to our small team and willing to work outside of normal business hours when required.
• Minimum bachelor’s degree required. Recognized brewing qualifications, certifications or other education preferred, although experience will substitute for formal degrees or certifications in brewing science.

• Must be able to handle the rigors of working in a production brewery:
--- Able to lift 55 lbs and move 165 lbs occasionally.
--- Able to work on your feet for 8-12 hours per day
--- Able to be flexible to work non-standard work week
• Must have good time management and task scheduling skills
• Must be responsible enough to be self-directed and work effectively on your own

• This is a full-time salaried position and the Lead Brewer will be part of the leadership team.
• Compensation will be competitive and match experience and education of applicant.
• Benefits include paid vacation, company healthcare program, 401(k) retirement plan, company sponsored knowledge building and others.
• Incentives – bonus, possible share ownership - available to Lead Brewer for meeting and achieving agreed goals and responsibilities.

Horse and Dragon Brewing Company is an equal opportunity employer and encourages enthusiastic, talented brewers of all stripes to explore and pursue this interesting start-up opportunity in the Napa Valley of Beer: Colorado!

Interested parties who meet the above qualifications should send resume and any other relevant information to Tim at You will be contacted within 7 days of receiving your information.