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Brewer

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Education
Most of these occupations require qualifications at NFQ Levels 7 or 8 (Ordinary / Honours Degrees) but some do not.

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€45k > 65 
Senior Brewer
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(thousands per year)*
€45 - 65 
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Last Updated: March, 2013

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Co-ordinates, plans and runs the entire process involved in the making of beer.


The Work header image

The work of the Brewer involves the management of resources, raw materials, people and processes of a beer production plant. An extensive knowledge of the scientific and technological principles of the process is required. The work areas involved might be any one of the following: brewhouse, fermentation, conditioning, maturation, filtration, bottling, kegging, canning, quality control or technical services. It is common for Brewers to gain experience from some or all of the above aspects of beer production.  
 
In small breweries a Brewer may control all stages of production - brewing, fermenting, processing and packaging. He/she may also take overall responsibility for the maintenance of machinery and plant. In a large brewery, the Brewer may concentrate on one area. The job involves supervising the process and controlling a largely automated system, often from an electronic panel. The brewer is responsible for quality control and needs to monitor the chemical composition of the brew at various stages.

 


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Good health is required for a job that will inevitably involve some night and shift work. In order to maintain consistent quality Brewers have to pay great attention to detail. The ability to organise and communicate effectively at all levels, being familiar with the technical language of the brewing industry and having a keen interest in science and engineering are the hallmarks of successful Brewers and Brewing Scientists. You need to be safety conscious and able to implement health and safety procedures. You also need to be aware of all regulations governing brewing.


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A detailed description of this occupation can be found on a number of online databases. Follow the link(s) below to access this information:

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Go..Brewery Worker - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Distillery Manager - from:  icould [UK] Video
Go..Head Stillman - from:  icould [UK] Video
Go..Technical Brewer - from:  N.C.S. [UK]

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Organisation: Institute of Brewing and Distilling
  Address: 33 Clarges Street, London WIJ 7EE
  Tel: +44 (0) 20 7499 8144
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Organisation: Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland
  Address: Confederation House, 84/86 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 605 1500
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Organisation: Soft Drink and Beer Bottlers Association
  Address: 13 Adelaide Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
  Tel: (01) 284 4374
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