Technical brewer

Job Description:

Technical brewers are in charge of the whole process of beer production and packaging.

Job Category:
Food & Drink

What you will do:

You could:

  • select, mix and store raw ingredients
  • check and record brewing conditions
  • maintain product quality
  • develop new products
  • keep detailed records of working with suppliers
  • oversee technical developments
  • oversee equipment maintenance and hygiene
  • control stock levels
  • manage the packaging process


You’ll need:

  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes

As well as:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail (organisation)
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork)
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • knowledge of chemistry for brewing, fermenting and distilling
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
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Entry Requirements:

Becoming a technical brewer typically involves a combination of education, training, and practical experience in the field of brewing. While there isn’t a strict set of GCSE subjects that are absolutely required, there are certain subjects that can provide a strong foundation, such as:

  1. Science Subjects (Chemistry and Biology): Brewing involves a deep understanding of chemical reactions, fermentation, yeast behavior, and microbiology. Taking GCSE-level courses in chemistry and biology can provide a solid foundation for understanding these concepts.
  2. Mathematics: Mathematics is essential for various aspects of brewing, including measurements, calculations for ingredient ratios, and quality control. A good grasp of mathematical concepts can be highly advantageous.
  3. Food Technology or Catering: These subjects may provide insights into the handling of food and beverages, as well as an understanding of food safety and hygiene practices. While not directly related, they can offer relevant knowledge.
  4. Design and Technology (D&T): D&T courses can help develop problem-solving skills, practical skills, and an understanding of processes and machinery, which could be valuable in a brewing setting.
  5. Physics: While not as directly related, a physics background can be helpful in understanding various physical processes that occur during brewing, such as heat transfer and fluid dynamics.
  6. English: Effective communication is important in any field, including brewing. Being able to write reports, communicate with colleagues, and potentially create marketing materials could be part of your role as a brewer.
  7. IT or Computer Science: In the modern brewing industry, technology plays a significant role in monitoring and controlling brewing processes. Some knowledge of IT or computer science could be beneficial.

Post School

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly
  • specialist courses or a graduate training scheme

You could do a degree in a related subject, like:

  • chemical engineering
  • food science or food technology
  • microbiology
  • chemistry

You could continue your professional development by studying for a postgraduate qualification, like a master’s in brewing and distilling or biochemical engineering.

You could gain some of the skills and knowledge you need for this role through a Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition.

You could also consider Food and Drink Qualifications (FDQ) like a Certificate for Proficiency in Brewing Industry Skills.

Apprenticeships relevant to this role include:

  • food and drink process operator intermediate apprenticeship
  • food and drink advanced process operator advanced apprenticeship
  • brewer higher apprenticeship

You may be able to start as a production assistant or other operational role and take training on the job through your employer. Training could include qualifications offered by an Institute of Brewing and Distilling.

Direct Application
You’ll usually need experience in a management role and some knowledge or experience in brewing and distilling to apply for jobs directly.

Other Routes
You could take professional qualifications in brewing. These are offered by an Institute of Brewing & Distilling, either online or at a training centre.

If you have a degree, you could apply for a place on a graduate training scheme with one of the larger brewing companies.

Career tips
It will help if you have enthusiasm for and knowledge of brewing and beers.

Working Hours and Environment:

You could typically work 39 to 41 hours per week.

You could work at a brewery.

Your working environment may be noisy and humid.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience you could progress to senior brewer or technical director.

You could become self-employed and set up your own micro-brewery.