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Brewery worker

Brewery workers brew and package beer.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £13,500 to £25,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: per week

1. Entry requirements

You may find it useful to have GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent, in maths and English.

You may have an advantage if you have some experience in brewing or distilling.

You may need a driving licence.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • practical skills
  • the ability to concentrate during repetitive tasks
  • maths skills 
  • communication skills

3. What you'll do

You’ll work on the whole beer-making process, or concentrate on certain stages.

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • weighing and mixing ingredients
  • keeping records of ingredients
  • monitoring the temperature and quality of the beer
  • washing and cleaning brewing containers and work areas
  • sterilising equipment
  • labelling and packing products
  • transferring beer into kegs, casks, bottles or cans 
  • loading the beer onto lorries 

At some smaller breweries, you might deliver to local customers.

4. Salary

Starter: £13,500

Experienced: £17,000 to £23,000

Highly Experienced: £25,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work up to 40 hours a week on a shift rota. You may need to work evenings or weekends.

This is a physically active role, so you'll need a reasonable level of fitness. Conditions are sometimes noisy and humid.

You’ll usually wear protective clothing and safety boots.

If you work in the loading area or on deliveries you could be out in all weathers.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to supervisor.

With further study or training, you could move into technical brewing.

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Last updated: 18 August 2017