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UPDATE: 06/05/21

We have now filled this position. A great big thank you to everyone who applied. Watch this space for our brewer announcement, and also for any more positions that come up…


An opportunity has opened up to join the team at Ilkley, making (among others) Yorkshire’s Most Wanted, Mary Jane.

2020 was a year to forget in many ways, but we kept on brewing and have come out stronger on the other side. Come and join the next chapter in our story! We’re investing in new kit, have some exciting plans for 2021 and beyond, and there is plenty of room for development and growth.

The role is 37.5hrs/week on rota, including working shifts and some weekend work. The pay is competetive, and will change depending on experience and qualifications. Oh, and the beer is great! There’ll be plenty of chances to get involved at events, brewery tours, and beer bestivals as such things open back up.

Successful applicants will be expected to be able to demonstrate their brewing experience and to fit seamlessly into the brewing team as a senior and important contributor.

At Ilkley not only are quality and consistency key but looking after health and safety is essential. A brewer’s job is to ensure that the whole process of beer production and packaging is being carried out with these aspects in mind.  In this role, you should have a firm grasp of all the various operational aspects of brewing, which includes, but is not limited to:

  • Brewhouse Operations (Milling, Mashing, Boiling, etc)
  • Cellar-Related Operations (Sanitation, Fermenting, Monitoring, Capping, Chilling, etc)
  • Packaging Operations (Filtering, Carbonation, Packaging, etc)
  • Quality Control Operations (Sampling, Testing, and Monitoring, etc)

Therefore you must have attention to detail, be able to communicate effectively at all levels, have a logical approach to tasks, be ready for a physically demanding job, and possess good problem-solving skills.


  • Taking responsibility for raw materials and operatives.
  • Maintain the safety of work conditions, and that the brewery and machinery within, is running safely and effectively.
  • Fermentation and yeast management.
  • Responsible for looking after the cleanliness of the vessels and plant equipment
  • Brewing beers to recipe, checking temperatures, and checking quality of samples, and making any necessary production adjustments to fit recipe specifications.
  • Accurately recording raw materials, batch numbers, production timings, and quality checks.
  • Must have strict attention, to detail and the ability to communicate effectively at all levels.
  • Perform quality checks include but not exclusive to: gravity, pH, colour, bitterness, finings test, sediment test, alcohol content.

Reckon you’ve got what it takes? Get in touch now fwith your CV and covering letter to tell us why your name is the one we should choose to be our next brewer.

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