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Offline micsager

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Job open in Tacoma, WA
« on: April 16, 2013, 08:35:13 am »
I recieved this email yesterday:


My name is Jen Smith and I am emailing out to our local home brewing communities to see if anyone knows of an up and coming star in the Washington area who would be looking to come into a state of the art brewing facility and lead Tacoma in the craft brewing industry.  We will be completed with our build-out of our 9,000 sq. ft. facility in 2 months and our TTB license will be good around Aug. 1st.  We have been interviewing for head brewers and are not finding the right fit – either we are getting great applicants and they aren’t willing to move their families to the NW or they are not what we are looking for. 

Attached is the job description that we have posted in and Craigslist ads in the Seattle/Portland area.  Other attachments are the pictures of the location of the brewery.  The picture of the “marina” is the location of the brewery to the left with the two banks of windows which overlook the dock/the sound/the bridges.
We feel we are unique in that the brewery will be located adjacent to Boathouse 19, a full-service bar and restaurant on the water which is located on Day Island in Tacoma, WA.  The dock is expansive and will allow for large amounts of boat traffic during the boating season and then of course there is a vehicle parking available as well.  The view from the brewery is breathtaking of the Tacoma Narrows bridges and overlooks the “Narrows Passage” of the Puget Sound. 


If you have any questions for further detail, please do not hesitate to write back. 


Thank you,

Jen Smith

The email is

(I'll post the job description in another post.)

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Re: Job open in Tacoma, WA
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2013, 08:37:15 am »
Here's the job description.  This is one of the best areas in Tacoma.  And close to the best pizza on the west coast...  "Clover Leaf Tavern"

HEAD BREWER (Tacoma, Washington)
Job Description
Narrows Brewing Company, Tacoma Washington, is looking to hire its first head brewer. We are a start up brewery that occupies 9,000 square feet in a newly rebuilt, 100 plus year old, waterfront building at the Narrows Marina. The Marina is located in the South Puget Sound in the shadow of the Narrows Bridge. The brewery and taproom will provide a unique waterfront atmosphere and destination serving the greater Seattle, Tacoma, and Olympia areas and is accessible year round by land or by sea!

The Brewery is a 15 barrel, Premier Stainless brew house with 15 and 30 barrel fermenters and bright tanks. It is built for large scale distribution but will also focus on the sales out of the taproom as well. We will initially offer 5-7 beers with a number of creative seasonals.

Prior to the official opening of the Brewery, we have a small pilot brewing plant that the head brewer will use to develop recipes and promote the Narrows Brewing brand in the region. As a start-up, all employees will be expected to participate in all aspects of the business: brewing, cleaning, keg washing, cellaring, packaging, marketing, etc.

The head brewer will lead recipe formulation, yeast management, ordering supplies, coordinating distribution, etc. This position offers exciting working and growth opportunity to a passionate brewer.


Ideal person has brewed on at least a 15 BBL system in full production, has created and brewed more than 10 "styles" of beer, has at least 6 years on the brew deck and has working knowledge of all aspects of brewery operations as well as packaging and distribution. This person needs to the have a passion for developing beers that will become brewery favorites as well as the ability to create timeless Narrows Brewing "Classics". This person needs to understand barrel aging, sours, yeast strains, hop varieties, grain varieties, grain roasts, etc.

Essential Functions / Responsibilities

• Responsible for the entire brewing and quality control processes and hence should be well versed in scheduling, brewing, cellaring and packaging operations.
• Recipe development; create award winning Narrows beers.
• Manage raw materials, inventory control, scheduling and Hop contracts.
• Sanitary sampling, yeast cell counts and record keeping of all beers produced.
• Cellar operations including DE filtration, tank transfer, sanitation procedures.
• Equipment maintenance and troubleshooting.
• Coordinating operations with Packaging, Maintenance, QC and Shipping departments.
• Strong verbal communication and organization skills.
• Ability to work independently, as well as in a team environment.
• Hands-on leadership skills for developing and training a team.
• Good understanding of quality assurance / quality control and problem solving skills and to troubleshoot any beer related issues.
• Manage client & vendor relationships.
• Participation in events, festivals, promotions, etc. (this is a must).
• Possess or obtain a State of Washington Class 12 liquor license (alcohol server card).

• Competitive salary based upon previous work experience and expertise.
• Benefits package includes medical, vacation, and personal days.
• For the right candidate, relocation costs may be considered.

To Apply:
Send resume, a couple paragraphs about yourself, and references.

Please let us know about all relevant work experience including size and type of equipment that you have worked on as well as any awards and accolades that you have received for your beers.

•   Location: Tacoma, Washington
•   Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
•   Please, no phone calls about this job!
•   Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

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Re: Job open in Tacoma, WA
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2013, 08:38:38 am »
I suppose I should say that I have no involvement or knowledge of this brewery or Ms. Smith.  I'm just sharing information.  (although I will be checking out their beer this fall when they open)

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Re: Job open in Tacoma, WA
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2013, 09:20:36 am »
create timeless Narrows Brewing "Classics".

ISO Giant Pacific Octopus Porter, and Galloping Gertie Gose.  I will probably stay away from the Tacoma Aroma IPA.

seriously though, always great to have more good breweries.  I'll be rooting for them.