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Old 10-15-2007, 02:35 PM   #11
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Good luck. I've talked to a couple brewers from there at our HB club. Be prepared to start at the bottom, and get the grungy work. I'll bet this is where they started that term, "bottom of the barrel". Learn quick, and pay attention. Good luck again.

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Old 10-15-2007, 02:42 PM   #12
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Experience not required? wow.

I hope you love bottling and scrubbing the mashtun
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Old 10-15-2007, 03:25 PM   #13
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heh, I just did a quick phone interview for a scientist position at a large winery...sounds like more fun than cleaning mash tuns.

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Old 10-15-2007, 03:57 PM   #14
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Good luck at Alaskan Brewing if you get the job. Let them know how great their smoked porter is, and tell them to cut back on the carbonation in their ESB (save that one until you get some time in).

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Old 10-23-2007, 04:09 PM   #15
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Thanks guys, they are accepting applications until the 29th and will be contacting people after that. I really shouldn't get my hopes up, but I have never been more excited for a job in my life. Brewing is something that I want to do as a career, and this sounds like an awesome opportunity for me. I really doubt that I'll get it though.

Even though this is Juneau, they will almost definitely find someone with some qualifications for the job (not near the enthusiasm though!!!)

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Old 10-23-2007, 04:10 PM   #16
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Good luck at Alaskan Brewing if you get the job. Let them know how great their smoked porter is, and tell them to cut back on the carbonation in their ESB (save that one until you get some time in).
The Smoked Porter is good this year, but it seems to get better with age. If you can't get any yourself, shoot me a pm and I am sure that I can help you out
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Old 10-23-2007, 04:33 PM   #17
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Good for you chasing your dreams! If you have the ability an idea would be to do something like the American Brewers Guild Craft Brewer Apprenticeship Program, or one of their other distance programs. Or talk more to the folks at Alaskan and offer up some services free of charge to them. Sure, you may be sitting knee deep in a mash tun cleaning it out, but you'll be there, in the environment and seeing what it really is all about and getting that foot in the door.

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Old 10-23-2007, 09:52 PM   #18
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With my limited experience, I was able to get a job on the ground floor of an up and coming brewery in Wisconsin. I feel very lucky for the opportunity and am looking to start the 5th of November.

For whatever it's worth, here's the process I did (which got me pretty consistent replies of interest) to get my foot in the door. I looked up a list of breweries in WI and found the ones whose area I preferred. Then, I called each establishment and asked for the head brewer or manager/owner. After having a discussion with them about my experience and passion (experience limited, passion, not!) for brewing.

If they liked how the conversation went, they'd ask me to e-mail my credentials to them. After writing a one-size-fits-all "love letter to beer," I sent that and a hand-tailored e-mail and my current resume to each prospective employer. In addition, I took it a step farther and bought my own domain and server space and my fiancee' who's very a very good web designer and graphic artist, worked with me to make a site that was essentially my online portfolio, complete with beer profiles.

Beyond that, it was just a matter of meeting the brewers/owners and making a good impression. For the record, even if you're turned down, it's not necessarily a totall loss; I happened to get a 6 pack from one of the brewers just for coming by. Can't go wrong with that!

Long story short, some combination of that must've worked because it looks like I'll get a chance to do my dream job in short order. I could never get tired of that smell of delicious mash throughout the place.

If you like, I can send you a link to my website and maybe that'll help give you one idea on how to approach that, if it's something you're up to.

Either way, best of luck my friend in beer!

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That would be great, along with your generic love letter!

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Old 10-23-2007, 10:19 PM   #20
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fightguy - I sent you a PM.

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