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Brewery Worker

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Brewery worker
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€18 - 32
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Works on the production of beer in a brewery, preparing ingredients and equipment used in the process.


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Brewery workers are involved in all stages of beer making. They follow instructions given by the brewer in charge of the whole operation. They prepare and process raw materials. They keep a watch on hygiene and cleanliness, monitor process conditions at various stages, and check samples for impurities and general quality. Beer making involves a number of stages. The brewer may be involved in the whole process or in parts of it.  
 
Large breweries are highly automated and controlled with computers. Brewery workers operate computers to control the machinery that carries out the work. Many large breweries also bottle, can or keg their own products. In smaller breweries, some processes are still done by hand.  
 
Breweries are often fairly hot, noisy and wet places to work. Some brewery workers spend a lot of time outdoors in all weather conditions, taking deliveries of raw materials or loading lorries. Some brewery workers will be responsible for the delivery of the beer to bars and restaurants that have placed orders.


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You will need a practical approach and a willingness to learn new skills. You will need basic numerical skills and an ability to follow written and verbal instructions. You should also be safety conscious. The work can be quite physical at times, requiring lifting and carrying. You must be able to pay attention to detail and be able to work as part of a team.  
 
Those working in a highly automated brewery may need a basic understanding of computer control.


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Organisation: Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland
Address: Confederation House, 84/86 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 605 1500
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Organisation: Institute of Brewing and Distilling
Address: 33 Clarges Street, London WIJ 7EE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7499 8144
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Organisation: National Employment Rights Authority
Address: Information Services, Government Buildings, O'Brien Road, Carlow
Tel: (059) 917 8990 Locall: 1890 80 80 90
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Organisation: Soft Drink and Beer Bottlers Association
Address: 13 Adelaide Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Tel: (01) 284 4374
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