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Old 05-23-2012, 04:38 AM   #1
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I'm looking to break into the world of brewing full time. This is the only thing that I've truly been passionate about, but I'm really stuck on the **** end of the stick, where it sounds like I need all sorts of expensive certifications and such to even have a chance of getting a job. Even if I were to get those, no programs that I've found have any openings until 2014 or so, and I can't last until then at my current job or income. Now I know that brewing isn't going to make me the next Bill Gates, but I just want to do something that's going to make me happy in life.

Does anyone have any suggestions at all as to how I can go about getting a job doing anything at a brewery for money?

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Old 05-23-2012, 04:43 AM   #2
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Check out Probrewer.com classifieds and talk to every brewery you'd be willing to work for/drive to, good luck as many people are thinking the same thing. Some places want a degree of some sort, but many are happy with homebrewers or beer enthusiasts.

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Thanks, I'll check that out now. Any advice from anyone that's perhaps working at a brewery or has a friend that does?

I realize that a lot of people are probably looking to get jobs in the industry, but I'm not just someone looking for a "cool" job. I'm actually interested and the fact that it's a cool job is just a major plus.

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The head brewer at NOLA brewery offered to work for free for a while when she first started in the industry. With in I think a few weeks she got a paying job. Seems like the way to go in a lot of industries these days.

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If you have any local breweries, get to know the brewers there. I have two friends that were just hired by breweries with only homebrew experience. It was all because of the relationships they had built with the local breweries. Good luck.

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Think hard about what you can offer the brewery. Working hard doesn't count. Everyone "is a hard worker" willing "to do whatever it takes to get their foot in the door."

Why should they hire you? Have an answer. Doesn't have to be something fancy like a degree. Just something that you offer that others don't.

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gmcapone: do you happen to know if NOLA was looking to hire more people? I've talked to most breweries in NH and they all said the same thing: "We're not actively looking to add more people right now, but we'll keep your info on file."

Schemy: Would you recommend just volunteering my time there like gmcapone suggested?

Also, how would I go about asking to volunteer and such? When the people I've talked to in the past couple weeks in HR at the breweries give me that answer, I finish by asking them to let me know if there are any volunteer opportunities that I would be able to help with. Is this the right route? Or should I be trying to email the brewers directly if their emails are provided?

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I have no clue, sorry. I just met and talked with her at bars a few times and some beer events. I know she started at Abita, I think that was where she volunteered her time initially.

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Schemy: Would you recommend just volunteering my time there like gmcapone suggested?

Also, how would I go about asking to volunteer and such? When the people I've talked to in the past couple weeks in HR at the breweries give me that answer, I finish by asking them to let me know if there are any volunteer opportunities that I would be able to help with. Is this the right route? Or should I be trying to email the brewers directly if their emails are provided?
I don't think it could hurt. Establish a relationship first. I would do that by asking the brewer questions. Bring in some homebrew for some feedback. Let them know what kind of brewer you are. Are you the rigid minded brewer that sticks to guidelines? Are you the free spirited Belgian minded brewing to taste? Let them know you and your beer. Email, in person, at a tasting, whatever. Don't be annoying about it, but establish yourself as a homebrewer with pointed questions. Once you have established that relationship, inquire about volunteering for a day. Inquire about a colaboration. Just get to know people in the industry, show you have a mind for brewing, and something will fit. I doubt it will be over night, so be patient and keep homebrewing to hone your skills. If you can even maybe get some ribbons (not what I would do) to establish your skills and legtimize your brewing, that may help.

Edit: Emailing out of the blue to volunteer may not be the best. They don't know you, don't know your beer, don't know your style. You're just some dude off the street, just like the other 20 emails I got the day before, and the 20 emails I'll get the day after. Establish a relationship, even with one brewery, all these guys/gals know each other and they talk. If you have a good relationship and your guy knows someone is looking to fill a spot, you may find yourself in that spot. That is how one of my friends got in.
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I would say go to the brewery in person to offer if you are able to. I hate how so many businesses only accept resumes online nowadays. It's such a faceless medium. All employers see you as is a resume, it makes it very easy for them to disregard you. If you go in person though they can get to know you as a person and will be more inclined to consider hiring you.

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