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Farm Brewery Assistant
full-time summer, potentially permanent

Position: Assistant Brewer & Farmhand
Immediate Supervisor: Brian MacIsaac, Brewer & Rebecca Kneen, Brewster
Organization: Crannog Ales Ltd
Location: Sorrento, Shuswap Lake, Southern Interior BC

Job Summary:

Under direction of the brewers, this worker will assist on the farm, in the brewhouse and keg room and with customers in a 10HL on-farm organic brewery. She or he will assist in daily brewery operations as well as doing sales and basic administrative tasks. Early spring work (April) will include extensive work in the organic hopyard, digging rhizomes and preparing the yard for summer. Work is varied, rewarding and team-oriented in this innovative brewery with strong dedication to organic practices, quality brewing and social justice. There is potential for the successful employee to continue long-term working for the brewery and with the co-op on hops work.

Position is full-time April 1 – September 30. (closing date negotiable, potential to continue over winter part-time or with the farm co-op as well as brewery work).

Application Deadline: March 17, 2018

Hours: 5 days/week in the brewery
Wage: $15/hour
Location: Sorrento BC


This is a physically challenging position. Worker must be able to lift 50-80 lbs, work 8 hour days at physical labour involving lifting, bending, and so on. Outdoor work will be done in all weather.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Admin assistance – take orders, reception, assist with tours and sales
  • Brew on a hands-on manual system, manage fermentation, transfers to finishing tanks, fill & clean kegs, growlers
  • Hopyard work: dig rhizomes, trellis vines, mulch vines, prune and harvest
  • Events/markets - assist with events and farmers markets as needed

Performance indicators:

  • work is completed on time
  • sanitation levels maintained or exceeded
  • paperwork is accurate, legible and filed properly
  • records and communication maintained well
  • a happy and fun workplace

Specific skills & qualifications:

  • Must have brewery experience & desire to work in both farm and brewery
  • basic understanding of fermentation, food packaging and food safety, sanitation & cleanliness
  • ability to work quickly while maintaining high standards
  • creative problem-solving
  • enjoy working hard
  • must be computer literate: experienced with Word, Excel (or equivalents).
  • enjoy rural environment
  • Serving It Right license required
  • good time management skills


  • Forklift or tractor experience
  • First Aid training
  • Your own vehicle (the brewery is rural, there is no public transit)
  • Database &/or accounting experience


  • interested in working in a cooperative & consultative environment
  • meticulous, detail oriented
  • high level of communication skills and experience with group process
  • able to track multiple projects and still stay focussed
  • able to stay focussed and interested in repetitive jobs
  • creative, imaginative and yet logical!
  • patient
  • good with public


Crannóg Ales is Canada's first on-farm organic microbrewery. We are a manual brewery, working hard to minimize our ecological impact while making great beer. The brewery is located in Sorrento, BC, just a few minutes walk from Shuswap Lake. The farm is run by a separate cooperative (Left Fields Artisans Community Co-op), and grows hops for the brewery, keeps chickens, pigs and sheep and a large garden, and runs a bakery. Brewery and farm work are partially integrated. There is potential for the successful employee to continue long-term working for the brewery and with the co-op on hops work. We are a group of leftist activists with a strong sense of social responsibility, we eat what comes from the farm (meat, eggs, fruit and veg), we are very involved in the organic movement, and we enjoy creativity (painting, writing, music and fibre arts are all part of our lives). We are a feminist workspace, welcoming people of any gender identification (we're much more concerned with skills and values and physical ability). Our location is on the gorgeous Shuswap Lake in BC's southern interior region. It's a popular vacation destination both summer and winter for lake activities, hiking, cycling, skiing, dogsledding and more, as well as a strong organic farming community with great variety.

Please contact us with any questions.


Rebecca Kneen or Brian MacIsaac
Crannóg Ales
706 Elson Road, Sorrento BC V0E 2W1

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GoodWork ID: 44575       Date posted to Mar 10 2018