QA Lab Lead: Lift Bridge Brewery


Lift Bridge Brewery is a production brewery located in the birthplace of Minnesota, Stillwater. We are celebrating our 11th year of business this year. Lift Bridge will be building a new brewery over the next year with a starting capacity of 35,000 bbls and room to grow past 80,000 bbls.


The Lift Bridge production team is looking for the right person to grow with us. We are seeking a person who is outgoing, quality and safety minded, hard-working, a self starter and of high character. Previous production brewing experience is required.

Job Responsibilities

  • Yeast management and record keeping

  • Biochemical analysis of beer in different stages

  • Microbiology testing to ensure quality

  • Record and interpret analytical test results

  • Assist in running and tracking data related to sensory panels

  • Sensory training

  • Communicate known beer quality issues to appropriate people

  • Research and development of projects (barrel aging and sour programs)

  • Conducts basic tests (microbial and chemical) on all primary fermentation samples

  • Assist in maintaining laboratory equipment

  • Contributing to an atmosphere of teamwork within the department and throughout the company

  • Keep a clean and organized work area

  • Communicate known quality concerns, needs, and lab suggestions

  • Maintain internal QC education program

  • Lead ongoing internal QC education and communication

  • Maintain a product retention sample library

  • Create and Maintain Specs for Brands

  • Establish yearly lab / QC budget

  • Reinforce data process

  • Establish Taste Panel

  • Lead Innovation of process and improvements and new products

  • Establish Process for Handling complaints

  • Cross train in cellar - harvesting yeast and cover vacations


  • 2+ years in related field

  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily

  • Have a degree in Microbiology, Chemistry, Food Science, Biology or Biochemistry preferred or relevant lab experience

  • Must be able to work a flexible work schedule with little supervision

  • Must have experience and understanding of aseptic packaging procedures, cleaning and sanitation, preventive maintenance, brewing microbiology and microscopy, record keeping and data analysis

  • Be able to communicate effectively

  • Must have excellent time management skills

  • Must be computer literate (Word, Excel, Outlook)

  • Ability to keep the working environment clean and sanitary

  • Able to lift 55 lbs and move 165 lbs occasionally

  • Ability to understand and execute against deadlines

  • Have a hard work ethic and positive attitude

  • Effectively multi-task and have problem solving capabilities

Core Values

We are looking for someone who brings themselves to work and possesses our core values:

  • Quality

  • Brand

  • Team

  • Own it

  • Grow

  • Smile

Our Employees:

Lift Bridge is all about our people and workplace culture. As a member of the Lift Bridge team you can expect the following:

  • To be compensated well based on experience and ability.

  • Learning opportunities related to your position and growth desires.

  • Empowered to make decisions in line with strategic company goals.

  • To be valued for your work and contribution to the team.

  • PTO, 401k, paid holidays, merch, beer, clothing allowance and a positive work environment