Blue Earl Brewing, located in the historic town of Smyrna, Delaware is seeking a Head Brewer.
Passion, positivity, hard work, teamwork, fun, creativity and open-mindedness are all part of the Blue Earl culture. The perfect candidate will embody those values, and will also be self-motivated, adaptable, a team-player and a lifelong learner with a track record of both personal and professional growth.


The position’s primary responsibilities are wort production, cellar work and packaging. The Head Brewer position is full-time and will report directly to the brewery manager. Additionally, the Head Brewer will work closely with sales and the taproom manager.


Blue Earl is a three vessel 15 bbl brewhouse with fermenters from 15 to 30bbl. Annual production of 1,500 barrels in 2018 with continued growth. The Head Brewer will be brewing, cellaring, kegging, bottling/canning, barrel-aging, and other related activities associated with brewery operations.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 3 years professional brewing experience
  • Excellent sensory abilities and recipe development skills
  • Grain to glass brewery experience
  • Packaging experience with cans, bottles and kegs
  • Experience with water filtration and custom water profiles
  • Laboratory / QC experience preferred
  • Formal training / education preferred
  • Self-Motivated
  • Excellent detail-oriented communication skills
  • Detailed knowledge of industry standards and trends

Primary Responsibilities

  • Day to day operations accomplishing daily and weekly goals
  • Collaborative recipe development
  • Wort production
  • Yeast management
  • Sanitation / CIP
  • Cellar and packaging management
  • Inventory management
  • Ensure clean and sanitary working environment
  • Ensure safety, quality and efficiency

Education, Experience and Certification/License Requirements

  • Minimum of 3 years of professional brewing experience
  • Formal brewing education preferred
  • Proven ability to contribute to a successful team
  • Extensive experience of the brewing process including:
    • yeast health
    • fermentation
    • beer transfer and clarification
    • brewery QC procedures

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to lift 65 pounds and move 175 pounds regularly.
  • Must have ability to work in both hot, cold and wet environments
  • Must have ability to work in tight areas while twisting, bending, pulling and pushing
  • Must have ability to stand on concrete floors for long duration (8-12 hours)
  • Frequently climb ladders and stairs safely on a daily basis
Qualified applicants should possess superior knowledge and passion of the craft beer business, experience in a similar role at a brewery, ability to excel in a collaborative work environment, exceptional work ethic and ability to understand the big picture while keeping a close eye on the details, strong written and verbal communication skills, capability to multi-task, and a great appreciation for organization. Applicants should also possess reliable car transportation, a clean driving record, night and weekend flexibility, and an outstanding relationship-building personality.


Blue Earl offers a competitive salary based on experience.


To apply, email a cover letter and resume to Please include all relevant work history in your resume, formal training, as well as professional and personal references.

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