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Old 01-24-2013, 03:22 AM   #11
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Lol as in I have no chance or lol because I'm insane for wanting this kind of work so badly?
lol as in everybody and their brother on here wants to do this, until they realize how hard it is to get the job and how hard the work is.
Homebrewing does not equal commercial brewing.
Search the threads and you'll see dozens of similar ones to this one. A variation on the theme, too, is the "I want to open my own brewery" thread.
Good luck.
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:29 AM   #12
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Can't reiterate what the guys above be have said: it's hot, it's sweaty, it smells of chemicals when cleaning, but at the end of the day it's the most fun I have.

Honestly, you should be 100% willing to volunteer your time for a few weeks or a couple months. You admittedly have no experience, no commercial brewing experience, and these guys will have to train you. Be open to working for free until you're trained and offer some value to the brewery. After all, we do this for the love, not the money. And you might just find a couple full fermenters coming your way if you're volunteering.
This says it all. Get in there, do the dirty work to help them out, prove you can do the work. Worst case, if they don't end up hiring you, you could probably use them as a reference when you were to move to a paying gig. Nothing says I'll bust my butt for you more than busting your butt for free.
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:38 AM   #13
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That being said, it's still amazing to me why there are so many breweries still opening up with the current popularity surge. Most produce a mediocre product at best, and about one in 100 actually make a beer that's unique or truly magical.
I guess it depends on where you live.
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:57 AM   #14
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Print your cover letter on a beer label and put it on one of your homebrews. Mail it with your resume. Call them after some time has passed and ask for a critique. Hopefully someone will have the balls, or clitoris, to try it. Might give you a moment in breaking the ice a little more comfortable.e

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Old 01-24-2013, 03:59 AM   #15
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You know what? If that is what you want to do, then go for it. You will probably make $12 an hour and be indoors, but you will be in the brewing business. I would emphasize; labor intensive is not a problem, detail oriented and attention to detail is your personality. You don't often find those two traits in one person. People think they are hard workers until they swing a hammer all day.

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Old 01-24-2013, 02:35 PM   #16
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If you haven't already start volunteering at local breweries on your day off. I have worked a ton of tours at one brewery as that is all they let volunteers do, but I have worked many a day in another local brewery doing the labor. I've spent full days washing kegs, lifting grain bags to mill grain, cleaning mash tuns, scrubbing the outside of fermenters, and a little bit of brewing. I'd love to do it commercially, but unless I own it I can't take that kind of pay cut. It is a ton of work and my body hurts after a day at the brewery, but it is a blast, my mantra at work is "I'd rather be washing kegs."

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Dittos, best way to get "hired" anywhere when you have 0 experience is tell them you'll work for free, "X" many hours per week, at whatever jobs they have.
They'll probably at least hire you on to get the grunt labour done, even the lowest expectation on their part is they'll get a few dozen grunt hours out of you for free.

Some formal education certainly can't hurt, I don't know what kind of part time or college courses are offered in your area but maybe something is available.

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Old 01-24-2013, 02:59 PM   #18
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Thanks for all the input everyone. I'm starting to get a sense that I might fall out of love with brewing if I work at a brewery. That's based on a lot of your experiences at least. I kind of like the idea of volunteering or working part time to see if its the kind of job I could do and prove myself that way.

I appreciate all the comments so far. I'm in no particular rush at the moment. Getting a job would be life changing. Partially because of brewing but mostly because I'd have to move to a new city in a new area with no guarantees of success. You all helped me put a few things in perspective. I think I am going to go make a stout and ponder...

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Go in and talk to some of the employees...brewmasters, cellarmen, packaging manager...

I got a job at one of (arguably) the best breweries in the country just by getting into a conversation with one of the managers at an event. I had no experience. I started at the bottom, packaging...but was offered opportunities to move up relatively quickly.

Granted, I guess this all depends on the scenario of the brewery you're trying to work at...for me it was one of the fastest growing in the country. If you're able, try to seek out a scenario like that.

It is very hard work for little pay...it's also a hell of a lot of fun and at the very least you will learn some valuable things and most importantly, you'll come in contact with a lot of important people in the industry.

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Print your cover letter on a beer label and put it on one of your homebrews. Mail it with your resume. Call them after some time has passed and ask for a critique. Hopefully someone will have the balls, or clitoris, to try it. Might give you a moment in breaking the ice a little more comfortable.e
You know that may have been meant as a joke (my sarcasm meter is off in this place a bit) but I like this idea, I might put it to use in my own search down the road.
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