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Technical brewer

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Technical brewers are in charge of the whole process of beer production and packaging.

Average salary (a year)

£18,000 Starter


£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

39 to 41 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends on a rota

How to become

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How to become a technical brewer

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly
  • specialist courses or a graduate training scheme


You could do a degree in a related subject, like:

  • chemical engineering
  • food science or food technology
  • microbiology
  • chemistry

You could continue your professional development by studying for a postgraduate qualification, like a master's in brewing and distilling or biochemical engineering.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study

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You could gain some of the skills and knowledge you need for this role through a Level 3 Diploma in Food Science and Nutrition.

You could also consider Food and Drink Qualifications (FDQ) like the Level 2 Certificate for Proficiency in Brewing Industry Skills.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeships relevant to this role include:

  • food and drink process operator intermediate apprenticeship
  • food and drink advanced process operator advanced apprenticeship
  • brewer higher apprenticeship

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
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship

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

Direct Application

You'll usually need experience in a management role and some knowledge or experience in brewing and distilling to apply for jobs directly.

Other Routes

You could take professional qualifications in brewing. These are offered by the Institute of Brewing & Distilling, either online or at a training centre.

If you have a degree, you could apply for a place on a graduate training scheme with one of the larger brewing companies.

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Career tips

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

Professional and industry bodies

You could join the Institute of Brewing and Distilling or the British Beer and Pub Association for training opportunities and to make industry contacts.

Further information

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

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others
  • knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • knowledge of chemistry for brewing, fermenting and distilling
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

  • be over 18 years of age

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You could:

  • select, mix and store raw ingredients
  • check and record brewing conditions
  • maintain product quality
  • develop new products
  • keep detailed records of working with suppliers
  • oversee technical developments
  • oversee equipment maintenance and hygiene
  • control stock levels
  • manage the packaging process

Working environment

You could work at a brewery.

Your working environment may be noisy and humid.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience you could progress to senior brewer or technical director.

You could become self-employed and set up your own micro-brewery.

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

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