Shanna McKay, Sloop Brewing’s Quarter 2 Intern. Hopewell Junction, NY.
Shanna McKay, Sloop Brewing’s Quarter 2 Intern. Hopewell Junction, NY.
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Considering a Career in Craft Beer and Not Sure Where to Start?

Considering a Career in Craft Beer and Not Sure Where to Start?

Shanna McKay, Sloop Brewing’s Quarter 2 Intern. Hopewell Junction, NY.
Shanna McKay, Sloop Brewing’s Quarter 2 Intern. Hopewell Junction, NY.
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The craft beer industry has grown exponentially in the last few years. An increase in popularity has caused a rise in production, which has led to more job opportunities for the industry over all. In fact, about 23.1 million barrels of beer were produced in 2020, which contributed to the U.S. economy by $62.1 billion.

If you are looking for a career change, or perhaps know someone who has been chomping at the bit to get into brewing, may I point you to two programs that are changing the face and pace of the brewing industry.

Sloop Brewing Co. Open Waters Internship Program. Hopewell Junction, NY:

A program that was designed to break down workforce barriers, Sloop Brewing’s Open Waters Internship Program has been active since January of 2021. Currently, they are training their fourth intern and accepting applications for Quarter 1 of 2022. I had the honor and privilege of being chosen as their Quarter 3 intern and to say it changed my life is an understatement.

The internship offers hands on training in all aspects of brewery production including packaging, cellaring and wort production. Not only does it give the intern a foundation of skills needed to land a job in the brewhouse, but it also offers training on proper brewing terminology, hop, malt and yeast education and just an overall understanding of the nature of the beast!

The Open Waters Internship is a paid, 3 month long program. Applications are being accepted for Quarter 1 of 2022 until October 31, 2021 but fear not, as they will be re-opening the application pool in a few short months for the following Quarter.

I highly encourage anyone who is interested to apply. This training will provide the right candidate with the power of knowledge along with an experience unlike any other. Not to mention, every person who has gone through this program has successfully landed a brewing job, myself included. Click here to apply!

Trace Brewing Paid Vocational Program. Pittsburgh, PA:

Trace Brewing’s Vocational Program began just a few short weeks after opening to the public in December of 2020. Trace, committed to diversifying the brewing industry, uses their time and resources to offer a paid 6 month training to the chosen candidate.

Recently, they just closed their applicant pool for the upcoming Vocational year, including Term 1 and 2, but not to worry, as they will be reopening the applications for 2023. Sure it sounds far away, but how quickly does time move these days? It will be here before we know it.

Also, applicants need to apply once, as they hold all applications and use them for consideration for future terms.

Trace’s Vocational Program offers hands-on training alongside their core staff. No previous experience is required. The only requirement: passion and desire to help diversify the craft beer industry once and for all.  Click here to learn more.

Trace Brewing Vocational Program, Pittsburgh, PA.
Zach Colton, top, Trace Brewing’s Head Brewer with Nina Santiago, middle, Term 2 Vocational Brewer and Dev Johnson, bottom, Term 1 Vocational Brewer. Photo courtesy of Trace Brewing.

Also, I think it’s worth mentioning… often times, I hear craft beer lovers admit that they wish they could work in craft beer, but can’t afford to let go of their “real job,” to which I reply, “Brewery jobs are as real as it gets.”

The point of me saying this is to offer the perspective that there are SO many job opportunities in the craft beer industry that reach well beyond production and the tap room. In fact, while I was scouring the web for brewery jobs, an impressive amount of the job listings were for positions like Financial Advisor, Accountant, Compliance and other office jobs, that perhaps could align with one’s current “real job.”

The craft beer industry is booming and is only getting more popular by the day. I highly encourage ANYONE who is a lover of craft beer to seek a career in this industry. It’s been the time of my life, and could be yours too. Opportunity awaits!

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