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

Future employment

There will be 5% fewer Brewery worker jobs in 2024.
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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 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.

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

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, for an intermediate apprenticeship


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.

Further Information

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

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

£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:

  • 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
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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