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 2014, craft brewers provided an estimated 110,273 jobs (including serving jobs in brewpubs) in the United States.

Quick Facts
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
Alternate Title(s) Craftbrewers
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
Experience Apprenticeship
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements Brewers must be 21 or older
Career Ladder
  • Microbrewery Owner
  • Masterbrewer
  • General Brewer
  • Brewer
  • Homebrewer or Apprentice Brewer

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