Modern Times Beer- Lead Brewer, Los Angeles

Job Description: 

Modern Times Beer- Lead Brewer, Los Angeles


The Lead Brewer of the Dankness Dojo manages the day-to-day operations of this 10bbl R&D brewery. S/He plays leading roles in brewing, cellaring, packaging, and cleaning. Additionally, s/he oversees the coordination with HQ for purchasing, shipping, and receiving all the raw ingredients related to the beers produced on site. S/he will report to the Director of Brewing Operations and will follow brewing procedures and recipes established for and approved by Modern Times Beer. Candidates must share Modern Times’ commitments to quality, safety, business ethics, and continuous innovation.



  • Production planning in coordination with the Director of Brewing Operations
  • Raw materials ordering, receipt, storage and retrieval for brewing
  • Milling up to 1,000 pounds in 50-55 pound bag increments, in accordance with a brew/recipe sheet, over approximately 45 minutes
  • Wort production and hopping, on a 10bbl system, to correct sugar and hop concentrations as dictated by the recipe/brew sheet
  • Filling out brew logs, noting any discrepancies, formulating recipes, and performing associated math equations such as mixing ratios and serial dilutions. Correctly engaging/disengaging valve and frequency drives associated with the brewhouse
  • Able to troubleshoot mechanical issues and perform basic preventative maintenance of brewing equipment (pumps, VFDs, grain transfer systems, etc.)
  • Spent grain removal, which includes the manipulation of a manual screw valve and maneuvering tip-hoppers while not damaging brewhouse plumbing
  • Dry hopping the prescribed amount of hops to a designated fermenter via the top port of the tank
  • Yeast management, including the harvesting and/or pitching of yeast from the prescribed fermenter/brink while following sanitary procedures
  • Following established procedures to clean the brewhouse, fermenting and brite tanks
  • Safely handling cleaning chemicals, and using the prescribed amount for each task
  • Applying the correct pressure and volume of compressed CO2 gas to brite tanks for carbonation and displacement of beer as it is being packaged
  • Coordinating the distribution of finished product to other Modern Times properties or directly to distributors
  • General cleaning of horizontal, vertical and sub-grate surfaces
  • Serving as a representative as needed to discuss our beer and brewing methods at events hosted on site as well as in the greater LA area
  • Regularly hosting tours for vendors, distributors, and accounts through our brewing operations
  • Other tasks may be assigned as needed



  • Minimum 2 years of commercial production brewery experience
  • Ability to operate a forklift and pallet jack
  • Strong work ethic and self-starting attitude
  • Good interpersonal skills and team spirit
  • The desire to work in a fast-paced, growing company
  • Willingness to regularly work during evenings and weekends




  • Must be 21 years of age or older at the time of application
  • Able to pass a post-offer, pre-employment background check 
  • Able to stand for prolonged periods
  • Able to stoop, crawl, twist, turn, lift, kneel, climb ladders and stairs
  • Able to manipulate valves and clamps
  • Able to read and follow written English instructions
  • Able to regularly lift/carry 44 pound boxes
  • Able to regularly lift/carry 55 pound bags above waist level
  • Able to periodically and safely lift/move 165 pounds
  • Able to work in a factory/production environment which may be loud, slick, humid, and hot
  • Able to comply with safe chemical handling procedures, including personal protection equipment such as gloves and goggles
  • Up to 25% travel time may be required for events and training at other Modern Times properties



Full-time employees become eligible for benefits on the first 1st after 30 days of employment (For instance, if your start date is May 15th, you’d be eligible for benefits July 1st).


- Health benefits (with a 50% employer contribution)

- Dental benefits (with a 100% employer contribution)

- Vision benefits (with a 100% employer contribution)

- Chiropractic & Acupuncture benefits (with a 100% employer contribution)

- Life insurance (with a 100% employer contribution)

- Long-term disability (with a 100% employer contribution

- Transportation credit for eco-friendly commutes to work

- Eligible to participate in 401(k)

- Eligible for equity distribution after 5 years

- Eligible for 2-month paid sabbatical after 5 years

- Radical Beer Perks


 **Applications Accepted Until This Role Is Filled**





Modern Times is a 30bbl production brewery in the Point Loma neighborhood of San Diego. Modern Times is named after a beautifully crazy utopian community founded in 1850, and (almost) all of our beers are named after real utopian experiments or mythological utopias. Today, we're distributed throughout California, Nevada, Arizona, Maui, and select international markets. We operate a tasting room at the brewery, as well as in San Diego’s North Park community. We plan to open new locations in downtown LA & Anaheim in 2017, both featuring brewing facilities, restaurants, specialty coffee shops, and much more radness than we can possibly list here. We brewed our first batch on May 18th, 2013; our beer went on tap for the first time on June 24th 2013; we held the soft opening for the Lomaland Fermentorium tasting room on August 9th, 2013; and our Grand Opening was September 7th, 2013.


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Modern Times Beer strongly supports equal employment opportunity for all applicants regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law.



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Job Location: 
los angeles, CA
United States