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Re: Newly unemployed and want to brew
« Reply #15 on: January 07, 2015, 03:00:21 PM »
My Texan dad used to say (read it reaaal slow for the full effect): "They cain't say yes if you don't ask."

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Re: Newly unemployed and want to brew
« Reply #16 on: January 07, 2015, 04:44:48 PM »
Try to find the newest, smallest brewery that is near you and pop in and offer to help. I know several where I live and they are always posting on social media about their brewing days and packaging days for people to stop by, help and get some beer for their efforts. It's funny but they love brewing and hate shoveling out the mash tun...... :o
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Re: Newly unemployed and want to brew
« Reply #17 on: January 08, 2015, 12:18:24 AM »
I have no expectations of being a free for hire head brewer. I just to see what it takes to brew on that scale. I am 2.5 years from retirement from the Army and a small brew pub is what I want after this is over
So I am out of a job. Layoff notice was unexpected. But I have a severance to keep me going for a little bit.

But I was thinking that now that I have some days open I would like to "work" in a brewery. Not full time mind you, just to get a feel for it. I would be able to learn some stuff that would support my home brewing knowledge.

I will have to get a "real" job that will pay the bills and I know a rookie won't make but maybe minimum wage. And that will not pay the mortgage or the utilities for that matter.

So for all you pros out there, how should I approach this? Just walk into a place and say put me to work for one or two weeks? What you you say if I came up to you and asked you that?

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Re: Newly unemployed and want to brew
« Reply #18 on: January 08, 2015, 02:08:55 AM »
Try to find the newest, smallest brewery that is near you and pop in and offer to help. I know several where I live and they are always posting on social media about their brewing days and packaging days for people to stop by, help and get some beer for their efforts. It's funny but they love brewing and hate shoveling out the mash tun...... :o

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Re: Newly unemployed and want to brew
« Reply #19 on: January 08, 2015, 02:25:34 PM »
We just opened a small (10 bbl) brewery and I would love to have somebody clean out the mash tun  :o

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Re: Newly unemployed and want to brew
« Reply #20 on: January 15, 2015, 02:02:01 AM »
We're opening soon and I'd be happy to bring in some volunteers for cleaning, bottling, etc... Liability is a concern that we'll attempt to mitigate with a waiver of sorts. There's been quite the interest level for volunteer work at our brewery. It's a beautiful thing!
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Newly unemployed and want to brew
« Reply #21 on: January 15, 2015, 11:01:02 PM »
We're opening soon and I'd be happy to bring in some volunteers for cleaning, bottling, etc... Liability is a concern that we'll attempt to mitigate with a waiver of sorts. There's been quite the interest level for volunteer work at our brewery. It's a beautiful thing!
You should have workmans comp insurance even with volunteers.
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Re: Newly unemployed and want to brew
« Reply #22 on: January 16, 2015, 03:03:19 AM »
I'm sure every brewery is different so don't stand too corrected. That said, there's usually one thing a small brewery is always short of and that is cheap labor.

I think the difference is knowing in advance that he's only planning on volunteering for a few weeks.
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Re: Newly unemployed and want to brew
« Reply #23 on: January 24, 2015, 05:29:28 PM »
A couple of lay offs ago I approached a brewpub to do this. The brewer said okay, but wouldn't you know it after months of no luck job hunting the very next day I got a new job and had to forego working at the brewpub,
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