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Lead Brewer

8401 Colesville Rd. Suite 150, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Availability: Right Now
Compensation: Salary
Range: $55068 - $58000

Silver Branch is synonymous with Gemütlichkeit—a sense of warmth and camaraderie that lifts spirits and provides a welcoming atmosphere. This warmth and camaraderie spills over into our brewers and the beer we brew. The Lead Brewer will work closely with the Director of Brewing Operations to ensure that Silver Branch Biergarten & Lagerhaus is a high-functioning, quality-first production operation. You will help to organize and implement all facets of beer production and packaging and to assist with organization for taproom service and wholesale distribution. You will continue to elevate Silver Branch’s standards of organization and cleanliness. You will foster a culture of efficiency while ensuring output of high-quality beer. As a Lead Brewer, you will identify and execute various tasks needed to move the brewery forward in an efficient and flexible manner. As demand for Silver Branch beer grows in coming months and years, you will work closely with the Director of Brewing Operations to increase production without sacrificing quality.

We are looking for an experienced and passionate Lead Brewer to join our team. The ideal candidate for this position has 3 or more years professional experience on a brewery production floor, enjoys working in a fast-paced but controlled environment and is capable of following recipes and instructions accurately. A successful candidate will have strong communication skills, a passion for brewing, a deep understanding of the brewing process, and dedication to quality.

Lead Brewer Responsibilities

  • Wort production and brewhouse cleaning
  • Fermentation management, including daily recording of brewing/fermentation data, racking, fining, and carbonating beer
  • Maintain brewing equipment, including boilers, pumps, and tanks
  • Packaging beer in kegs, cans, and firkins
  • Organizing cold storage, maintaining inventories, and preparing shipments
  • Cleaning, spent grain management, sanitation, and maintenance of brewery equipment
  • Assisting with raw material inventory management, both physically and digitally in Beer30 or Ohanify
  • Raw materials management, including yeast and malt handling
  • Assisting with wholesale self-distribution
  • In conjunction with the Director of Brewing Operations, plan and implement a quality assurance and quality control program
  • Troubleshoot brewing equipment
  • Actively support the Silver Branch brand of Gemütlichkeit by warmly representing Silver Branch Lagerhaus & Biergarten in events on and off property, brewery dinners, tastings, tours, events, etc.
  • Assist in managing overall brewery and cellar operations
  • Assist with canning operations. Continue developing complete knowledge necessary for canning line operation, troubleshooting, ongoing maintenance and upkeep
  • Assisting with raw material inventory management, both physically and digitally in Beer30.
  • Build knowledge base for maintaining brewery systems e.g. boiler, chiller, RO, etc.
    Operating forklift as required

Desired Skills and Experience

  • A high degree of passion for the history and culture of beer, and for brewing a variety of quality beer from classic styles to innovative one-offs
  • 3-plus years of experience cellaring, running and maintaining a canning line, and brewing
  • Strong mechanical background and equipment operation experience
  • Ability to operate a forklift and other mechanical equipment
  • Experience producing a wide range of beer in a team setting
  • A can-do attitude and a high degree of efficiency and ability to make things happen
  • Strong aptitude for using and integrating software programs
  • Strong skills with Microsoft Excel and most other Microsoft Office products

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to regularly lift a minimum of 55lbs and maneuver up to 165lbs
  • Safely operate material handling equipment for the purpose of receiving, sorting, counting, storing, staging, picking, locating, relocating, and delivering materials with accuracy
  • Comfortable working in cramped spaces and awkward positions, in hot or cold environments for extended periods of time
  • Ability to work safely on wet, slippery floors
  • Willingness to work early, long hours with flexibility and the ability to work beyond normal working hours, on weekends, and in other positions temporarily, when necessary to ensure product delivery
  • Full-time requirement: 5 days per week with an average of 45 hours per week


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Lead Brewer

Silver Branch Brewing Co.