Microbrewers produce and market their own alcoholic drinks like beers, ciders and gins.Job Category:
What you will do:
As part of your day to day work you may:
- create your own drinks recipes
- order raw ingredients from suppliers
- set up and monitor beer or spirits production
- bottle and pack finished products
- clean and maintain equipment
- promote your drinks at local markets, beer festivals and on social media
- take customer orders and arrange deliveries
- attend product launches and tasting sessions
- recruit and train new staff (leadership skills)
- knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
As well as:
- observation, organisational and recording skills
- the ability to operate and control equipment
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
- excellent verbal communication skills
- the ability to work on your own (drive)
- to be flexible and open to change (adaptable)
You can get into this job through:
- an apprenticeship
- specialist training courses
- setting up your own business
You could start by doing a brewer higher apprenticeship with a brewing company.
You could take professional qualifications. In the UK, these are offered by the Institute of Brewing & Distilling, either online or at a training centre. You can also train with private companies who offer specialist courses in brewing.
Restrictions and Requirements
Requirements will vary from country to country. In the UK, for example, you’ll need to register as a brewer with HM Revenue and Customs to pay alcohol duty. You’ll also have to join the Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme, if you plan to sell to other businesses.
You must register your premises with the environmental health department of your local council.
You could set up your own microbrewery if you have the right skills, knowledge and experience.
To become a Microbrewer in the UK, specific GCSE subjects are not mandatory, but certain subjects can be beneficial in developing the skills and knowledge required for this role, such as:
- Chemistry: Studying chemistry can provide insights into the science of brewing, fermentation, and the chemical reactions involved in the beer-making process.
- Mathematics: Basic mathematical skills are important for measurements, calculations, and managing ingredients.
- Design and Technology (or Resistant Materials): This subject can provide practical skills and an understanding of equipment used in brewing, such as fermentation vessels and brewing kettles.
- Business Studies: Knowledge of business principles can be helpful if you plan to run your own microbrewery or manage the business aspects of brewing.
- ICT (Information and Communication Technology): Knowledge of ICT can be beneficial for managing inventory, record-keeping, and using brewing software.
- Biology: Understanding the biology of yeast and the microorganisms involved in fermentation can be advantageous in brewing.
Working Hours and Environment:
You could work at a brewery, distillery or in a workshop.
Your working environment may be humid and physically active.
You may need to wear safety clothing and use safety equipment.
Career Path & Progression:
You could increase production volume and become a bigger brewery, or work for a larger brewery company as a master brewer. You could also become a consultant, giving advice to others on setting up in the craft drinks trade.
You could run brewing or distilling workshops for people new to microbrewing or for hobbyists.