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The Rare Barrel
December 1, 2022 | The Rare Barrel

We're Hiring | Production Assistant


The Rare Barrel,  a sour beer-focused brewery with rotating guest beers and a kitchen, based in Berkeley, CA, has an immediate opening for an entry-level, full-time position as a Production Assistant. We are searching for someone responsible and trustworthy who can match our passion for craft beer and commitment to quality. We work as a team and share in both the difficulties and the fun aspects of working at a brewery. Prior experience working in a brewery, winery or distillery is not required, but preferred. Work experience with areas related to electrical, plumbing, mechanical and/or welding is a plus, but not required.
Hours: 5 days per week (8+ hours per day), Monday - Friday, some exceptions (ie, attending an event)
Pay: DOE
Prior experience working in a brewery, winery, or distillery is not required but preferred. Work experience related to electrical, plumbing, mechanical and/or welding is great but also not a requirement.
This position will report directly to the Cellar Manager.


This is a physical position. Applicants will be regularly required to lift 120 lbs safely (this is a bona fide occupational qualification), to stand for long periods of time, and be comfortable working on their feet. Safety is always a priority. Due to the physical nature of the job and the inherent risks of working in a production facility, doing this job safely is every employee’s first priority.
Safety must always be a priority. Due to the physical nature of the job and the inherent risks of working in a production facility doing this job safely must be your first priority.
We are looking for a team player, who is honest, trustworthy, dedicated, hard-working, self-motivated, possesses a great attitude and has a keen attention to detail. A personal commitment to cleanliness and organization is required.
Must love sours.


Cleaning, Organization, and Paperwork:

Lots of Cleaning. Sweeping, mopping, and organizing are a big part of this job (and any job in the brewing industry). This includes keeping the barrel cellar clean, organized and orderly. At The Rare Barrel, we are heavily focused on documentation of our processes and results. Keeping accurate and orderly paperwork is a top priority and elite attention to detail is a necessity.


Set up, operation and clean up of bottling, labeling, waxing, kegging and keg washing.

Material Handling and Maintenance:

Move and organize all materials pertaining to production at the brewery. In addition, keeping our equipment operating properly ensures our beers are the highest quality. This includes proper maintenance of forklifts, pallet jacks, barrels and lab equipment, as well as proper storage of raw materials, brewing equipment and finished product. Prior experience with a forklift is preferred but not required.

Barrel Maintenance and Movement:

Treatment of oak barrels including pressure rinses, ozone rinses, steaming, etc. This position is also responsible for forklifting and organization of barrels in the stacks and those staged for racking.

Tasting and Blending:

This position will participate in both the tasting and blending team. This will include daily barrel tastings (to ensure the barrels are free from off-flavors, outliers, etc.), QA/QC tastings run by our Quality department, ingredient intensity checks, and carbonation checks.


We blend and taste as a team. We also strive to improve everything we do as a team. This position should feel free to submit proposals on process, beer making and other improvements to help make The Rare Barrel a better place. Proposals will be considered and followed up on. You will have a voice in how things are done here.
Development and maintenance of all SOP, checklists, plans and best practice documents for the duties above. 
Other tasks as needed.


A pre-employment background check, DMV check, and screening for illegal drugs is required. The Rare Barrel is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume as one .PDF document to info at therarebarrel dot com ( with “Production Assistant – INSERT FIRST NAME LAST NAME” in the subject line. Thank you very much!



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