Man in Brewery with Glass of Beer

Brewers oversee the production of many different styles of beer. They develop recipes that consist of various types and blends of the four basic ingredients: barley malt, hops, yeast, and water (and occasionally fruits, wheat, rice, and corn). Brewers add these ingredients into brewing vessels in accordance with the style of beer they are brewing and their own recipe. Brewers also tend to the brewing equipment. They monitor gauges and meters, as well as turn valves, open hatches, and occasionally stir. According to Brewers Association, as of March 2015, craft brewers provided an estimated 122,000 jobs (including serving jobs in brewpubs) in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Craftbrewers
Duties Oversee the production of beer; develop beer-making recipes; add ingredients to brewing vessels; tend brewing equipment; bottle beer and prepare it for shipment
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas.
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
Experience Apprenticeship
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Technical
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements Brewers must be 21 or older
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Microbrewery Owner
  • Masterbrewer
  • General Brewer
  • Brewer
  • Homebrewer or Apprentice Brewer