Brewer Kaitoroī

Brewers use brewing equipment and processes to convert malted barley or other grains into beer, and control or manage the production and packaging of beer.

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.

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.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for brewers includes:

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

Personal Qualities

Brewers need to be:

  • able to take the 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:

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

Subject Recommendations

A minimum of three years of secondary education is recommended. Useful subjects include maths, biology, chemistry and processing technologies.

Brewers can earn around $39K-$60K per year per year.

Brewers may progress to set up their own breweries or become managers of breweries.

Brewers in large brewery companies may specialise in one area of the brewing industry such as production or laboratory work.

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