At Manchester Union brewery we are extremely excited to begin the search for our first full time employee - an assistant brewer. This is an exciting opportunity to join a rapidly growing brewery working immediately under director level so potential for growth as we grow are limited only by the successful candidate’s ambition.

The successful candidate will be working with the brewing director to produce our flagship lagers whilst also getting involved in our specials and limited release projects. Having recently run a successful crowdfunding campaign Manchester Union brewery will be selling lager in cans for the first time and once on-trade volume returns to normal following Covid-19 our new tank pipeline will continue to facilitate that volume.

A love of lager is a must and previous experience of brewing is essential but the successful candidate should be able to demonstrate a desire to grow with our company and be prepared to get involved with other aspects of the brewery to make a difference.

We have a clear and ambitious path to growth and we are seeking an individual who is hungry to get involved and become an extra driving force of that growth.

In return we would offer a good salary with performance related, yearly salary reviews and a profit related bonus. We believe fully in work-life balance so normal working weeks will be split over 4.5 days.

Applicants should apply in writing with CV and cover letter to

Initial application closes 31st July 2020


£20k - £25k pa plus bonus with yearly reviews

Job Specification:


  • Relevant brewing qualification, e.g. IBD
  • 2+ years of commercial brewing experience
  • Excellent knowledge commercial brewing processes
  • Ability to follow recipes
  • Knowledge of mash temperature adjustments
  • Experience of creation of wort to specified gravity
  • Knowledge of the fermentation process for lagers
  • Excellent cleaning and sterilisation experience
  • Experience of packaging, especially kegs
  • Knowledge of brewing equipment and experience of automation
  • Experience of working safely with chemicals used around the brewery
  • Safety at work and a clear understanding of the risks of working in a brewery
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience of explaining complex information in an accessible way
  • Communication with a broad range of colleagues, customers and suppliers
  • Excellent organisation skills
  • Be able to manage under stress and attend to many things at once
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Be able to give ideas for solutions to day-to-day and long running problems
  • Analytical
  • Gather, analyse and summarise, sometimes complex, data
  • IT Experience
  • Experience of office type applications
  • Label printing applications
  • Comfortable using in-house developed software


  • Knowledge or experience of decoction mash techniques
  • City and Guilds Steam Boiler operator qualification
  • COSHH awareness course qualification
  • Experience of, including trained and proficient in, SALSA and HACCP
  • Experience of recipe development and knowledge of ingredients and their effects on finished beer
  • Yeast handling experience including propagation techniques
  • Knowledge or experience of carbonation techniques
  • Chemicals and brewing aids used throughout the brewing industry
  • Obligations to HMRC: beer duty, calculation of ABV etc
  • Mac OS or Linux experience


  • Meticulous record keeping, including but not limited to, brew sheets, racking volumes, PGs, ABVs
  • Produce and brew our lagers from recipes, including ensuring consistent quality and flavour, using our procedures
  • Monitoring of fermentation and lagering processes and take actions where required
  • Cleaning brewhouse, tanks and any other equipment to prescribed procedures
  • Package products into keg, ensuring accurate labelling and record keeping
  • Ensure the brewery is a safe place to work at all times: cleaning/tidying
  • Identify and communicate problems, to management, with production or equipment. Suggest methods of working that can maintain, or increase, quality given time and cost constraints
  • Run brewtaps on Saturdays as per an agreed rota
  • Keep up to date with brewing technologies and methods
  • Enjoy making great lagers!