Wood Cellar Manager - Mixed Fermention

Charlton, Massachusetts, United States expand job description ↓


We are looking for a progressive-minded, uniquely talented individual to join and grow with our very tight family here at Tree House with the position of Wood Cellar Manager. This is an exciting role for someone who will work with us to cultivate and nourish our burgeoning mixed fermentation program with a progressive and curious mind and a relentless pursuit of perfection. This opportunity promises an invigorating and exciting environment where good work is done so we always look for flexibility and a sense of humor in addition to other valuable traits like intent, hard work, and good communication skills.

It’s a great time to join the team to be a part of our growth to come. We are expanding and we continue to build on this creative, eclectic endeavor in our new, state-of-the-art facilities and we couldn’t be more excited and grateful for what’s ahead. The position is FULL-TIME and will be based in Woodstock, CT and will include workdays in our other facilities.

As the Tree House Mixed Fermentation Wood Cellar Manager, you will be responsible for the following:

  • Managing several concurrent fermentations to create and explore desired flavor profiles
  • Managing and maintaining a database of existing barrel stock and assessing progress and important data points on an ongoing basis
  • Maintaining several cultures and assisting us to define and blend new ones
  • Propagation of cultures & determination of pitch rates
  • Creating and implementing Standard Operating Procedures for use throughout the program
  • Planning and overseeing the bottling, cellaring, and conditioning of various mixed fermentation beers
  • Managing a bounty of fresh, native fruit for use in the wood cellar
  • Working within a generous budget to achieve beers full of authentic character, terroir, and distinctiveness
  • Developing direct vendor relationships to source the most unique and interesting barrels for use at Tree House
  • Anything and everything that contributes to a positive, fruitful outcome for the mixed fermentation program
  • A number of other fermentation related side projects

Applicant Requirements:

  • 2 + Years in a cellaring or brewing production role, with demonstrable experience of culture management, barrel management, tasting, & blending
  • Advanced sensory analytics- an experienced, educated, and knowledgeable palate with a deep understanding of off labor compounds and training
  • Must possess a high-level understanding and intimate knowledge of all aspects of a mixed fermentation wood cellar and packaging - wood quality & characteristics, all previously defined microbes, yeast strain characteristics and cell counts, repitching, bottle conditioning, and more.
  • A track record of creating beers, ciders, wines, or meads of consequence
  • Knowledge of industrial controls and instrumentation
  • Experience with microbiological testing
  • Cicerone training; High level cicerone training a plus
  • Formal brewing education a plus
  • Data-driven, experimentation mindset, and a thirst for knowledge
  • You are self-motivated and able to work autonomously, with a focused and hard working attitude
  • A quick learner who is able to work with minimal or no supervision
  • Ability to multitask and work coolly and professionally in time sensitive situations
  • Must have good communication skills with the ability to both receive feedback and offer ideas
  • You are not afraid to speak your mind
  • Ability to troubleshoot issues and/or pivot plans quickly in order to coordinate corrective actions needed
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to push, pull, bend, and lift in excess of 50 lbs. as necessary to perform required tasks as assigned throughout the workday.
  • Ability to work early, long hours with flexibility and the ability to work beyond normal working hours, on weekends, and in other positions temporarily, when necessary to ensure product delivery

Benefits and Perks:

  • Health & Dental Insurance covered in full by Tree House
  • 401K w/ employer match
  • Generous PTO including vacation, personal, sick, and paid holidays
  • Merch and Beer credits and then some
  • Annual Hobby stipend
  • Consistent reviews to assess progress and your own personal happiness
  • Options to participate in killer team/company sponsored events
  • Culture! You will work in an environment of driven & intelligent people who have a good time and are constantly striving to improve

At Tree House, we work as a team and we work very hard. . . with purpose and intent. We do not cut corners and we do not take the easy route. We encourage dissent, critical thinking, and an ongoing desire to improve. Our goal is to make the best beverages in the world and serve it in the most friendly and memorable environment possible - that is our obsession, and that is what drives us to do what we do.

Thanks for reading! To be considered, follow the link to apply and include your your resume, cover letter, and references within your cover.| No phone calls. ACCEPTING RESUMES UNTIL AUGUST 28th, 2019

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