Brewer
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
1d ago

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.
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    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.

    Brewers :

  • 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

    Entry requirements for brewers

    To become a brewer you need to have a degree in one of the following subjects :

  • food science or technology
  • microbiology
  • 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.
  • Secondary education

    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

    Useful experience for brewers includes :

  • work in a factory, laboratory, brewery or winery
  • dairy technology, food processing or production work
  • work with machinery.
  • Physical requirements

    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.

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