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Old 10-24-2007, 02:55 AM   #21
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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!
Remember remember the 5th of november
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Old 10-24-2007, 05:53 AM   #22
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good luck, don't ever give up on getting a job in your dream industry.
it makes life great when your work is something you love.
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Old 10-24-2007, 05:33 PM   #23
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Big question is, though, what do these entry-level jobs pay? I heard it was in the $20k range ad damned near impossible to live on...
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Old 10-24-2007, 05:41 PM   #24
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Where can you go to brew school? What is the proper term for it, so I can search local options.. Higher education INDEED!
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Old 10-24-2007, 06:08 PM   #25
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Where can you go to brew school? What is the proper term for it, so I can search local options.. Higher education INDEED!
See my post earlier in the thread...That's one option, then there is Siebel in Chicago, UCDavis in CA, and Germany!

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Big question is, though, what do these entry-level jobs pay? I heard it was in the $20k range ad damned near impossible to live on...
Um...$20k could very easily be the brewer's salary! But yes, please don't think it's a lavish lifestyle with a huge salary. I did a lot of research, interviews, etc when I was looking in to working at a brewery as well. Low pay, hard work, long hours. There are peerks too of course. It's all in what you want to do and what makes you happy. I took a huge pay cut moving from the east coast back west and from an office job at a law firm to a very low level position at a winemaker, but I'm a hell of a lot happier.

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Old 10-24-2007, 06:11 PM   #26
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See my post earlier in the thread...That's one option, then there is Siebel in Chicago, UCDavis in CA, and Germany!
Their is also ABG. I am considering applying there when I get out of the AF.
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Their is also ABG. I am considering applying there when I get out of the AF.

Yep, that's what I was talking about in the earlier post I mentioned. I applied and was accepted for this years program. Sadly the funds were not there to pay for the program and I wasn't gonna pay 22% on a loan.

Maybe in the future. The folks there were great to speak with and work with. I had to return books, etc etc etc, but it was no problem.
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Old 10-24-2007, 09:20 PM   #28
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Damn I want to go to school, but I don't want to leave Miami for it.. I have a family and career here (unix admin)..

ABG does online courses, i think?
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ABG does do a distance program. I believe you still need to plan on spending a week or two in VT though.
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ABG does do a distance program. I believe you still need to plan on spending a week or two in VT though.

they do vermont and california for the labs portion.
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