Job Description:

A brewer is responsible for crafting and producing various types of beverages, such as beer, through the fermentation and brewing processes.

Job Category:
Food & Drink

What you will do:

As a brewer, you will be:

  • Designing and refining brewing recipes to achieve desired flavors, aromas, and characteristics
  • Choosing quality ingredients like malt, hops, yeast, and water for optimal brewing outcomes
  • Executing brewing processes, including mashing, boiling, fermenting, and conditioning, while maintaining consistency and quality
  • Monitoring and testing throughout brewing to ensure flavor, appearance, and safety meet standards
  • Operating, cleaning, and maintaining brewing equipment to ensure efficiency and sanitation
  • Overseeing fermentation processes, temperature control, and yeast management for optimal results
  • Addressing brewing challenges, such as flavor inconsistencies or equipment malfunctions, with creative solutions
  • Working with teams to coordinate brewing schedules, implement improvements, and ensure a smooth workflow
  • Staying updated on industry trends, experimenting with new ingredients, and developing innovative brews
  • Documenting brewing processes, measurements, and adjustments for future reference
  • Preparing and packaging the final product, whether in bottles, cans, or kegs, while maintaining quality and hygiene
  • Adhering to health and safety regulations, as well as alcohol-related laws and regulations
  • Remaining open to new techniques, trends, and technologies to enhance brewing skills
  • Training new staff, leading tours, and educating the public about brewing processes
  • Exploring and implementing eco-friendly practices to minimize waste and environmental impact
  • Interacting with customers, addressing inquiries, and representing the brewery at events


You will need:

  • knowledge in chemistry, biology, microbiology, food science, engineering, physics and mathematics
  • knowledge in quality control, recipe development, sensory evaluation and sustainability
  • knowledge in safety, industry trends, business and regulations

As well as:

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Entry Requirements:

To become a brewer, focusing on these GCSE subjects can be beneficial:

  1. Science (Chemistry and Biology): Understanding chemical reactions, fermentation, and microorganisms involved in brewing.
  2. Mathematics: Developing quantitative skills for measurements, calculations, and proportions in brewing.
  3. Design and Technology: Learning about equipment, machinery, and practical skills relevant to brewing processes.
  4. Business Studies: Gaining insights into business concepts for brewery operations and management.
  5. English Language: Enhancing communication skills for writing reports, instructions, and collaborating with teams.

These subjects provide a foundation for the scientific, technical, and communication skills essential in the brewing industry.

To become a brewer, you typically need the following qualifications and requirements:


A high school diploma or equivalent is essential. Some breweries may require a bachelor’s degree in brewing, fermentation science, chemistry, biology, or a related field.


Entry-level positions often require no prior experience, but internships, volunteer work, or homebrewing experience can be advantageous.

Hands-On Training

Gaining practical experience through internships, apprenticeships, or entry-level brewing roles helps develop essential skills.

Certifications (Optional)

Some brewers pursue certifications like the Cicerone Certified Beer Server or Certified Cicerone, which demonstrate expertise in beer knowledge and service.

Physical Fitness

The role often involves heavy lifting, standing for extended periods, and physically demanding tasks.

Working Hours and Environment:

A brewer typically works full-time hours indoors in brewery facilities, often involving irregular shifts and physically demanding tasks like lifting and standing. The environment can be humid and noisy, with potential for seasonal variation and collaboration with other brewery staff.

Career Path & Progression:

A typical brewer’s career progresses from entry-level roles to specialization, leading to Brewer or Lead Brewer positions. Advancement can include Senior Brewer, Head Brewer, entrepreneurship, or consulting, with continuous learning and potential teaching roles. The journey culminates in retirement or advisory positions.