Job Description:

Microbrewers produce and market their own alcoholic drinks like beers, ciders and gins.

Job Category:
Food & Drink

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)


You’ll need:

  • 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)


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Entry Requirements:

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.

Other Routes
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.

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.