A brewery worker is involved in part of, or all of the beer making process. This includes getting the equipment and ingredients ready, as well as working in the bottling and labelling of the finished product.
You could be:
unloading and storing raw ingredients in the correct way
weighing, measuring and mixing ingredients
operating machinery, often computerised, and dealing with any problems
maintaining and testing the temperature and quality of the beer
processing the beer after it has fermented, putting it into bottles, cans, kegs or casks
labelling, packing and loading the beer ready for transport
cleaning the work area and washing and sterilising kegs, casks and tanks
keeping records of different stages of the brewing process.
The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary depending on:
where you work
the size of the company or organisation you work for
the demand for the job.
Starting pay is often based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or the National Living Wage (NLW).
As of 1 April 2023 the National Minimum Wage is £5.28 an hour for workers under 18, £7.49 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £10.18 an hour for workers aged 21 to 22. The National Living Wage for those aged 23 and over is £10.42 an hour.
With experience, rates can rise to around £11.50 an hour. Shift allowances and overtime pay may be available.
You may have to work shifts and possibly overtime.
Conditions may be hot, steamy, noisy and smelly.
You would probably wear protective clothing, such as overalls, ear protectors and possibly a mask.
You might have to work outdoors in all weathers in loading areas.
The work is physical, involving bending, stretching and heavy lifting.