Pay for brewers varies depending on experience and location.
New brewers usually earn minimum wage to $40,000 a year.
Brewers with five years' experience can earn up to $60,000.
Head brewers, who run the business and manage staff, can earn up to $120,000.
This information is a guide only. )
What you will do
Brewers may do some or all of the following :
select and check the type of malted barley or grain needed to make a brand of beer
add hops, yeast, hot or cold water and other ingredients at the correct times
operate computerised machinery that controls the brewing process
monitor the temperature, acidity, fermentation and colour of beer throughout the brewing process
sterilise and maintain brewing equipment
package beer and deliver it locally
monitor the costs of production, do stock counts, and order ingredients
manage a team of brewery workers.
Skills and knowledge
Brewery workers need to have knowledge of :
chemistry, microbiology and biology, to understand the technical and scientific processes that produce beer
the raw materials used in brewing (such as yeast and types of malted barley)
hygiene and sterilisation methods
brewery machinery and technology, including ability to do basic repairs
methods of quality control.
Brewers should also know about food hygiene regulations, and in large plants some knowledge of industrial law is useful.
usually work regular business hours, but may do shift work and weekend work
work in laboratories, brew houses, brewpubs or small craft breweries
work in conditions that can be hot, cold, noisy or wet, and may also be required to work in enclosed spaces such as tanks or brewing vessels
may travel overseas for training, and to visit other plants if they work for large organisations.
Entry requirements for brewers
To become a brewer you need to have a degree in one of the following subjects :
food science or technology
chemical or process engineering.
To gain further qualifications, such as Master Brewer (MBrew), you must be a member of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling to sit the required examinations, and have relevant experience.
Entry requirements for brewery assistant
To become a brewery assistant you need at least three years of secondary education. Useful subjects include maths, English, digital technology and chemistry.
While working, brewery assistants may gain :
national certificates in food and beverage manufacturing, or in mechanical engineering through Competenz
certificates or diplomas in brewing or beer packaging through the Institute of Brewing and Distilling
entry level to expert certification in beer sales and brewing through the Institute of Beer.
A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include NCEA Level 3 chemistry, biology and maths.
Brewers need to be :
able to take initiative
practical and efficient
accurate, with an eye for detail
patient and reliable
able to work well in a team
skilled in communicating with others
good at solving problems.
Useful experience for brewers includes :
work in a factory, laboratory, brewery or winery
dairy technology, food processing or production work
work with machinery.
Brewers need to have good hand-eye co-ordination and be reasonably fit and strong, as they may need to lift kegs or other heavy objects.
Brewers must also be comfortable working in confined spaces.