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Offline DrewG

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Typical brewers salary?
« on: May 23, 2012, 01:21:16 PM »
For a brewpub?
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Re: Typical brewers salary?
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2012, 01:35:42 PM »
I have never seen any actual numbers but the descriptions I've heard are not much to very little.

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Re: Typical brewers salary?
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2012, 02:07:45 PM »
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Re: Typical brewers salary?
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2012, 02:36:12 PM »
For a brewpub?

I've been offered $15.00/hr as a 1099 contracting employee. 

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Re: Typical brewers salary?
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2012, 11:19:00 PM »
The experienced guys around here get in the $40K range, maybe creeping up near $50k for some.
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Re: Typical brewers salary?
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2012, 11:30:11 PM »
For a brewpub?

I've been offered $15.00/hr as a 1099 contracting employee.
That mean no benefits, no health insurance, no vacation and no unemployment if you loose job.
Just saying.
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Re: Typical brewers salary?
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2012, 11:39:20 PM »
Minimum wage.

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Re: Typical brewers salary?
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2012, 01:13:15 AM »
I was offered $30K and 6% of beer sales at a brewpub.  Minimum wage basically, and management was very limiting in what could be brewed.  They left no room for the slightest bit of creativity.
I'd really just rather be brewing in sunny Carlsbad New Mexico

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Re: Typical brewers salary?
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2012, 02:18:50 AM »
I was offered $30K and 6% of beer sales at a brewpub.  Minimum wage basically, and management was very limiting in what could be brewed.  They left no room for the slightest bit of creativity.

Leaving no room for "creativity" is probably smart business on their part   ???   since a lot of these places actually do employ homebrewers (mainly because they can get them cheap).  In a high overhead situation, there's a fine line between being 'creative' and catering to the clientele.
 
Though there are definitely some exceptions, many times  homebrewers in such a situation view the gig as a sandbox to play in rather than a business (I've seen it firsthand).  As a result they wind up making barrels of beers that ignore the public taste.  The vast majority of pub/restaurant operations are going to be much more concerned with the bottom line and the most profitable use of the brewing setup (and in this economy, I could hardly blame them).
 
Besides, there is no shame in offering a better, house-brewed  version of the type of beer that the vast majority of people drink... and any brewer worth his salt should be able to do that.    A brewpub/restaurant that does that is, ironically, very probably more poised for success than one mainly bent on educating philistine palates.  ;D
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Re: Typical brewers salary?
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2012, 05:22:52 AM »
The best solution would have been 3 or 4 house brews and a couple of one-offs.  But they were strictly staying with the original brewer's recipes.  He brewed good beer, but his stout was a 4.5 ABV Guinnness clone, and everything else he brewed was similar.  He was a good friend, taught me lots about brewing(as did the brewers after him) but management got frozen in a menu where everything was basic and bland-wheat, pale ale, stout and amber.  The brewers that I knew there loved coming to my house to drink whatever adventurous brew I had on tap, and I always heard their lamentations about not being allowed to brew outside the box.
I'd really just rather be brewing in sunny Carlsbad New Mexico

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Re: Typical brewers salary?
« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2012, 03:16:08 PM »
Minimum wage.

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Re: Typical brewers salary?
« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2012, 05:09:05 PM »
For a brewpub?

I've been offered $15.00/hr as a 1099 contracting employee.
That mean no benefits, no health insurance, no vacation and no unemployment if you loose job.
Just saying.

That's right.  However, the guy's a friend, and his son just moved out of town.  So, I'll be helping him on the weekends for a couple months.  No illusions of giving up my day job. 

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Re: Typical brewers salary?
« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2012, 05:24:01 PM »
For a brewpub?

I've been offered $15.00/hr as a 1099 contracting employee.
Not sure how they can justify calling you a 1099 employee, but that's another thread.
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Re: Typical brewers salary?
« Reply #13 on: May 24, 2012, 05:24:59 PM »
For a brewpub?

I've been offered $15.00/hr as a 1099 contracting employee.
Not sure how they can justify calling you a 1099 employee, but that's another thread.

True, I should have said "contractor"

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Re: Typical brewers salary?
« Reply #14 on: May 29, 2012, 02:16:47 PM »
I was offered $30K and 6% of beer sales at a brewpub.  Minimum wage basically

Just thought I'd point out that that's about double minimum wage (and a helluva starting salary for a brewer, to boot).
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