Assistant Brewmaster
Gananoque Brewing Company - Gananoque, ON

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JOB DESCRIPTION – Assistant Brewmaster/Gananoque Brewing Company

The Gananoque Brewing Company (GBC) is opening its new flagship brewery in a heritage location in downtown Gananoque, with the opening slated for early 2014. Our craft beers are marketed both regionally - centred on the new brewery location - and in the Toronto area. Our flagship brands include ‘Naughty Otter Lager’ and ‘Bell Ringer IPA’, as well as a selection of terroir and seasonal beers that all speak to our commitment to sustainable brewing practices and quality natural, organic, and locally grown ingredients.

As we plan our brewery roll-out we are seeking an Assistant Brewmaster who is passionate about craft brewing and skilled at inspiring and coaching others to be the same. The Assistant Brewmaster will be a brewmaster in his own right, responsive to a consulting Head Brewmaster and responsible for the entire beer-making process. This includes executing a minimum of two brew days per week initially (up to 1000 hectolitres per year), including occasionally from a second Niagara area contract brewing location during the initial 6 – 12 months as the Gananoque brewery is brought to capacity. The Assistant Brewmaster will lead brew-house operations from the mixing of ingredients through the fermentation process and packaging, ingredients purchasing and storage, inventory management, collaborative development of beer recipes and ensuring the highest of quality standards. The position is based on an hourly rate supporting two brew days per week (as a part-time commitment), with the flexibility of assuming additional responsibilities equating to full time employment -- a total commitment -- and an opportunity to grow the position in lock-step with the growth of our young company.

Work is generally performed according to established procedures, without assistance and with minimum supervision. Responsibilities include:

  • Executing all operations of the brew-house with minimum supervision, including overseeing the work of any brew-house staff, from preparation of ingredients through to packaging
  • Subscribing to and enforcing brewery policies, beer production standards and procedures
  • Adhering to brewery budgets in the management of ingredients, equipment and packaging inventory
  • Dealing with suppliers, especially local agricultural suppliers
  • Contributing to the training and development of any additional brewery/back-up staff
  • Planning for brew days and packaging operations to include work schedules for any brewery staff based upon production needs and labour cost budgets
  • Conducting routine maintenance of the brewery building and equipment using proper operating, preventative maintenance and cleaning/sanitation procedures
  • Contributing to the creative development and design of new beers
  • Ensuring all safety policies and procedures are followed, and addressing all safety hazards immediately
  • Ensuring correct inventory levels are maintained for all raw and finished products that support the brewery operation
  • Participating in brewery promotional events, including hosting and leading brewery tours when required
  • Participation on GBC’s management team
  • Local delivery of product on non-brew days as required
  • Other duties as may be required to sustain the broader operation of the business, consistent with the brewery’s small staff structure


  • Availability as of 1 February 2014; part-time involvement before that date is desirable.
  • Minimum Grade 12 education with ideally two-years of production brewery/brewing experience
  • College degree in brewing science or a brewing related field and/or degree coursework from an accredited program is preferred
  • Strong technical knowledge of all aspects of the brewing process
  • Strong mechanical understanding of the brewing process and related equipment
  • Able to work a flexible schedule, as required by peak business needs
  • Highly motivated, self-directed, and results/quality-driven
  • Strong organizational skills and possessing excellent attention to detail
  • Solid skills in basic mathematical computations and possessing basic computer knowledge, including use of Windows-based software
  • Strong and professional communications and ‘people’ skills
  • Comfortable working in confined spaces and cold/warm environments
  • Ability to meet the physical demands of the position with or without accommodation
  • A valid driver’s license, a satisfactory background check
  • SMART SERVE certification desirable
  • Bilingual highly desired
  • Must be eligible to work in Canada

Interested applicants should submit a resumé with cover letter, by e-mail, to Bruce Davis not later than 7 January 2014. Telephone interviews with suitable applicants will take place the second week of January 2014.