Assistant Brewer: Falling Knife Brewing Co.

Located in the Mid-City Industrial neighborhood of Northeast Minneapolis, Minnesota, Falling Knife Brewing Company is a soon-to-be open brewery (Target launch date: Summer 2019). The production brewery space, at an end-cap on Broadway Avenue between 35W and Highway 280, will feature a 149 person tap room and full table service. 

Our mission is to make their day. They are our co-workers, our guests, our partners and our community. We do that by responsibly hosting the party, every night, and serving world-class beers. 

At Falling Knife, we will produce a variety of consistently produced, high-quality beers spanning the entire range of beer styles. The Assistant Brewer will provide the  Head Brewer support and execute the day-to-day responsibilities involved in accomplishing those goals. 

The Assistant Brewer supports smooth operation of beer production by working with the Head Brewer to produce consistent and high quality beer, maintain a clean and thriving production facility, and execute our beer vision. The Assistant Brewer is expected to take prideful responsibility for beer production and have the highest standards for Falling Knife beer.

The Assistant Brewer is responsible for the following:

  • Painstaking attention to detail and efficiency with the quality and consistency of the finished product

  • Daily communication with the Head Brewer

  • Assists in all day-to-day activities necessary to produce high quality, consistent beer

  • Assists in all brewery operations of our 20 BBL Specific Mechanical brew system, and 20 BBL / 40 BBL fermenters and brite tanks

  • Provides an integral role to the brewery team which will initially consist of themselves, an assistant brewer, and cellar / delivery person

  • Handles the operation of the Wild Goose canning line

  • Handles the operation of the centrifuge and transfer of finished product

  • Promotes an atmosphere of cooperation and teamwork within the brewery

  • Advocates a continuous improvement culture throughout the brewery team

  • Helps manage yeast using prescribed best practices and industry standards, including pitching, cropping and monitoring yeast

  • Assists the Head Brewer in updating of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as necessary

  • Executes keg cleaning, filling, and storage

  • Holds self accountable for adhering to SOPs and maintaining a sanitary and micro-biologically stable work environment

  • Supports growing barrel program (Clean and bugs)

  • Works with Head Brewer on new projects

  • Maintains brewing, cellaring, packaging and other related documentation within Ekos

  • Provide hands on relief of all positions as necessary

  • Provide input in decision-making situations as needed

  • Assists Chief Brewing Officer with inventory control and tracking

  • Oversees and improves production efficiency

  • Professionally represents Falling Knife at festivals, conferences and other events

  • Promotes a successful relationship with taproom and sales staff

  • Whatever it takes to ensure the health of Falling Knife Brewing Company

Qualifications include:

  • High School Diploma, some college  and / or certification from an accredited brewing program

    • Biology or Food Science is preferred

  • At least 2 years of professional brewing experience

    • Production brewery experience (canning, off-premise kegs) is preferred

  • Excellent verbal and written communication as well as organizational skills

  • Attention to detail and ability to multi-task

  • Ability to anticipate and proactively address problems in a fast-paced environment

  • Positive attitude and ability to work with a diverse set of people

  • Basic familiarity with tablet-based brewery management systems and other web-based / Google Suite software

  • Ability to lift 55+ lbs regularily

  • Ability to move full kegs with the aid of a dolly

  • Ability to operate a forklift within cramped quarters

  • Experience with, aptitude for and desire to learn the mechanical workings of brewery equipment in order to address problems quickly and efficiently

  • Grace under pressure

This position requires an individual who works under a range of circumstances, including: evening work, weekend work, holiday work, working in a variety of environmental conditions, and working within close proximity of an operating brewery (noise, heavy equipment, odors related to the brewing process).

The Assistant Brewer will likely be required to stand for extended periods of time. They may also be required to lift boxes and bags of grain that are 35-55+ lbs, move empty / full kegs with the help of a dolly or co-worker. Due to the nature of the work, they must have the ability to frequently sit, stand, walk, crouch, kneel, crawl and climb.


We pride ourselves on providing a variety of world-class beers, service to our guests, value to our partners and purpose to our co-workers. As such, you can expect to be:

  • Treated with respect and supported by the ownership team and your immediate manager

  • Competitively and fairly compensated based on responsibilities, experience and position

  • Involved and integral in the growth of the company, industry and community

  • Informed about company decisions that impact your work and life

  • Given regular reviews and feedback on your performance to ensure clarity of expectations and purpose

  • Empowered to be yourself and make decisions, provided they are in line with overall company goals and standards

  • A trusted member of our team in regards to executing your duties and acting as an ambassador of Falling Knife Brewing Company

  • Provided with new challenges and the opportunity to grow in your role commensurate with your performance and interest in long term growth

  • A member of a team that is concerned for your well-being, happiness and appreciates the time you give us, and are therefore given all necessary resources to thrive-- personally and professionally