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Brewer

Brewers are in charge of the entire process of producing and testing beer or other brewed drinks.

  • Entry-level education

    VET qualification

  • Job outlook

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What does a Brewer do?

Brewers are in charge of the entire process of producing and testing beer or other brewed drinks.

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Work activities

As a brewer, you would:

  • choose and record ingredients accurately
  • oversee all stages of the fermenting and brewing process
  • conduct taste tests to make sure each batch meets required standards
  • maintain strict health and safety requirements
  • oversee safe and effective running of the brewing plant and machinery
  • make sure all equipment is cleaned and maintained correctly
  • keep track of stock of raw materials and ingredients
  • oversee the bottling and labeling process
  • create new ideas and recipes.

Small breweries are often referred to as craft breweries. Craft brewers will often be involved with all stages of the brewing process, including distributing the bottled products. If you work in a large commercial brewery you may manage just one part of the brewing process.

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Key skills and interests

To become a brewer, you would need:

  • advanced scientific knowledge, particularly in biochemistry
  • a good understanding of chemical, mechanical and electrical engineering
  • strong practical skills
  • good decision making and problem solving skills
  • commercial awareness
  • management and organisational skills to lead a production team.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

In a full-time role, you would work a standard number of hours per week. You may need to work shifts as the brewing process requires 24 hour monitoring. This would include nights and weekends.

Conditions

You would wear protective and safety equipment. You may work in temperature controlled areas.

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How to become an Brewer?

Entry Level Education

No formal qualifications are required to become a craft brewer. It may be possible to start as a production assistant or brewery technician and work up to the role of brewer.

For roles in large commercial breweries, you would usually require a VET diploma, or a degree in science, microbiology or chemistry, coupled with private training courses or a graduate certificate in brewing.

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Job outlook

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Job opportunities for brewers are expected to be better than the average for all occupations.

While the amount of beer being consumed in Australia is relatively static, there is a growing interest in craft beers brewed by craft breweries or microbreweries. These may offer the best opportunities for employment. Graduates of brewing courses in Australia are held in good stead for opportunities in New Zealand, Canada and the United Kingdom.

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