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Brewery worker

Brewery workers brew and package beer.

Annual Salary

£13,500 to £25,000

Average UK salary in 2022 was £33,200
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

42 to 44 a week

You could work: evenings / weekends; on shifts

Future employment

There will be 5.8% fewer Brewery worker jobs in 2027.

Day to day tasks

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 smaller breweries you might deliver to local customers

Working environment

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work at a brewery.

Your working environment may be humid, noisy and outdoors in all weathers.

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • working towards this role
  • applying directly

You could do an intermediate apprenticeship in food and drink brewing industry skills or lean manufacturing.

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements but it may help you to get in if you have:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
For more information

You may be able to start as a production assistant or warehouse worker and take training on the job through your employer. Training could include qualifications offered by the Institute of Brewing and Distilling.

Direct application

You could apply directly to work in a brewery. You may find it useful to have GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in maths and English. Experience in brewing, distilling or food and drinks processing could give you an advantage.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

  • You'll need a driving licence if your role involves delivering beer.

More information

Career tips

It will help if you have enthusiasm for and knowledge of brewing and beers.

Further information

You can find out more about working in the brewing and drinks industry from the British Beer and Pub Association.

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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:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • persistence and determination
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • knowledge of food production methods
  • knowledge of maths
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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