Jobs With Relevant Experience For Brewing Jobs
A brewery job might sound like a dream job but they aren’t exactly the easiest to obtain. Learn to homebrew and you’ll be numero uno for that coveted brewery job, right? Well not exactly because your homebrewing experience isn’t the same as working in a commercial environment. There are several jobs to go after in the meantime till you snag that dream job. I’ve been on the hunt for a cellarman job so can give you a few pointers.
Food manufacturing is pretty high on the list of related jobs for brewing. These jobs have strict quality standards along with a lot of similar practices. Most notably you will likely be learning how to clean and sanitize equipment. You will also be learning to produce a consistent product that adheres to a strict recipe. Besides these, you’ll learn food safety standards that even apply to the production of beer. These jobs can be great for starting a few levels above the keg washer.
Warehouse jobs are a dime a dozen but offer quite a few relevant skills. Material handling or forklift experience applies well considering all that heavy beer that has to move around. Inventory experience is extremely vital to a brewery because without an accurate ingredient count they won’t know what they can brew. You’ll likely master the FIFO or first in first out system for rotating stock which is vital for getting the freshest beer out. Clerk and receiving duties can come in handy as you’ll be ready for receiving ingredients and shipping out the final product. Finally working around conveyors and the various power equipment will build your safety awareness.
Of course, bartending is on the list as well. Bartending will help you learn the ropes of drink making as well become an expert in all beer styles. Customer service is the main thing you’ll get out of bartending. You’ll learn to read the customers and give them the perfect drink. General taproom housekeeping will become second nature to you. Sadly you’ll more than likely take a pay cut moving to a craft brewery taproom over a popular bar. Another note is that not all brewery have the right liquor license for mixed drinks so your bartending might be slightly muted.
Sales is a valid job for any industry because no matter where you go a company is always selling something. You’ll learn to make connections to sell anything and everything. Researching the products you’re selling will become second nature. This jobs main benefit is that you’ll build your confidence. In layman’s terms, you’ll learn how to sell a glass of water to a drowning man. Beer rep jobs offer the highest pay for entry-level but don’t plan on loving it. You’ll be selling beer but most likely the beer you have no interest in.
All the above will give you some great experience for brewing jobs. You’ll also benefit from a solid work history along with the willingness to learn. Finally don’t completely throw away your homebrewing and your passion for beer. It’s a great benefit when used supplementary along with a nice work history. Cheers and good luck cracking the brewing industry.