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Brewery Volunteering
« on: March 19, 2016, 03:20:34 PM »
I'm looking for a brewery in the Southeast (preferably Florida) that would be open to allowing me to shadow the brewmaster/ asst. brewers for a period of time.

I'm trying to figure out a way to get some commercial experience while keeping my day job, and not having to do something like Seibel.

Anyone have any friends that fit this bill? Cheers!

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Re: Brewery Volunteering
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2016, 03:45:28 PM »
I'm nowhere near that part of the US, good luck. I may need a helper for the summer though.
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Re: Brewery Volunteering
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2016, 09:32:19 PM »
Depending on a few things I might be available this summer.
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Re: Brewery Volunteering
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2016, 04:09:56 AM »
Most breweries where you will actually learn anything substantial won't take volunteers anymore. Too much of a liability. But you might could get get a part time evening job washing kegs and cleaning drains scrubbing floors and polishing tanks. I'm about to look for someone to do just that.

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Re: Brewery Volunteering
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2016, 08:45:44 AM »
Most breweries where you will actually learn anything substantial won't take volunteers anymore. Too much of a liability. But you might could get get a part time evening job washing kegs and cleaning drains scrubbing floors and polishing tanks. I'm about to look for someone to do just that.

I agree.  The brewery where I work would definitely not take volunteers due to liability.
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Re: Brewery Volunteering
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2016, 07:18:15 PM »
I would also agree. It is quite an investment on my part and if you are not going to stick around, why bother.
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Re: Brewery Volunteering
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2016, 07:54:31 PM »
What is the liability, recipes, or?

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Re: Brewery Volunteering
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2016, 08:05:34 PM »
Breweries are full of injuries waiting to happen. Steam, fire, boiling liquid, slippery floors, ladders, fork lifts, skin melting chemicals, drunk people...

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« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2016, 08:05:41 PM »
What is the liability, recipes, or?
Safety. Volunteers may not be covered under insurance plans.

I amazed anytime I see friends post on Facebook or the like about the 8 hours they "volunteered" bottling at a brewery. They are a damn business and you just increased their bottom line without any compensation other than a case of beer on the way out the door. Is it only me that thinks these people are suckers?
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Re: Brewery Volunteering
« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2016, 09:59:46 PM »
I wonder why I would "employ" someone who's willing to tell me up front that their labor is worthless.
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Re: Brewery Volunteering
« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2016, 12:14:23 AM »
I wonder why I would "employ" someone who's willing to tell me up front that their labor is worthless.
Maybe they suspect they will receive more in education than they will return in labor?

I'd love to work for you Sean, but I dont ask because I'm sure you can't afford me. It would take at least 70k plus 6 weeks vacation and med/dental/vision... not to mention at least 15% additional into a Roth IRA. If you could afford that, you sure as heck wouldn't spend it on a used up old fart like me, lol.

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Re: Brewery Volunteering
« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2016, 01:58:51 AM »

I wonder why I would "employ" someone who's willing to tell me up front that their labor is worthless.
Maybe they suspect they will receive more in education than they will return in labor?

I'd love to work for you Sean, but I dont ask because I'm sure you can't afford me. It would take at least 70k plus 6 weeks vacation and med/dental/vision... not to mention at least 15% additional into a Roth IRA. If you could afford that, you sure as heck wouldn't spend it on a used up old fart like me, lol.

My thoughts exactly.

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Re: Brewery Volunteering
« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2016, 04:45:26 AM »
One of the local colleges offer a "Certificate in Applied Craft Brewing" Regis Certificate in Craft Brewing

As well as classroom work, each student has to volunteer for 160 hours in a local craft brewery.

The college covers all insurance costs and liability. Many local breweries are taking advantage of this program to get another body in to clean kegs, polish tanks, haul grain, etc.


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Re: Brewery Volunteering
« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2016, 05:11:34 AM »
What is the liability, recipes, or?

I guess I thought it was self evident that a brewery is an incredibly dangerous place to work.You are working around hundreds of gallons of hot liquid, pressurized vessels and carrying heavy things all day long all while walking on a slick surface. People get hurt all the time. There have been people killed or burned over 90% of their body within the last few months working in the brewing industry.

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Re: Brewery Volunteering
« Reply #14 on: March 21, 2016, 05:13:27 AM »
What is the liability, recipes, or?
Safety. Volunteers may not be covered under insurance plans.

I amazed anytime I see friends post on Facebook or the like about the 8 hours they "volunteered" bottling at a brewery. They are a damn business and you just increased their bottom line without any compensation other than a case of beer on the way out the door. Is it only me that thinks these people are suckers?

People like volunteering on bottling lines because it is kinda fun unless you have to do it every day. Then is sucks.