Food & drink

Brewery worker

Brewery workers brew and package beer.

Annual Salary

£13,500 to £25,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

8%
Future employment

There will be 8% fewer Brewery worker jobs in 2023.
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What's it all about?

You’ll work on the whole beer-making process, or concentrate on certain stages.

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • weighing and mixing ingredients
  • keeping records of ingredients
  • monitoring the temperature and quality of the beer
  • washing and cleaning brewing containers and work areas
  • sterilising equipment
  • labelling and packing products
  • transferring beer into kegs, casks, bottles or cans 
  • loading the beer onto lorries 

At some smaller breweries, you might deliver to local customers.

You may find it useful to have GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or equivalent, in maths and English.

You may have an advantage if you have some experience in brewing or distilling.

You may need a driving licence.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

£13,500 to £25,000

Starter salary: £13,500

Experienced salary: £17,000 to £23,000

These figures are a guide.

You’ll usually work up to 40 hours a week on a shift rota. You may need to work evenings or weekends.

This is a physically active role, so you'll need a reasonable level of fitness. Conditions are sometimes noisy and humid.



You’ll usually wear protective clothing and safety boots.



If you work in the loading area or on deliveries you could be out in all weathers.

With experience, you could progress to supervisor.

With further study or training, you could move into technical brewing.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You’ll need:

  • practical skills
  • the ability to concentrate during repetitive tasks
  • maths skills 
  • communication skills
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