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Senior Brewer at Firkin Brewery

Closing Date:

The Firkin Brewery is being established in the grounds of the Fox and Firkin pub on Lewisham High Street.

The Fox and Firkin is a successful music venue with a newly opened garden bar, railway carriage bar and nearby subsidiary archway bar in Brixton. Future expansion plans are to supply other local subsidiary sites.

The brewery is spec'd for craft lagers and ales and has a 12hl brewhouse. The brewery will supply a range of beers to the music venue, bars and restaurant, and with ambitious plans for expansion to other local venues  will require further investment in tank capacity to accommodate increased volume.

Commissioning of the plant is expected in January/February, with the plant ordered, under construction with site enabling works in progress.

The venue for the brewery is unique, being located in the original 1914 J.S.Sainsbury depository that backs onto the Fox and Firkin garden. This role offers the successful candidate a rare opportunity to be at the start of a brewing operation, managing commissioning, recipe development , setting of standards and leading future expansion of the brewery and staffing.

Personal Attributes:

  • Self-motivated and dynamic outlook
  • Able to work independently
  • Sets and maintains exceptional housekeeping standards
  • Self critical
  • Effective leader
  • Respectful of others
  • Sound organisational skills
  • Effective trainer
  • Passionate about beer
  • Excellent communication skills with technical and non-technical audiences

Technical knowledge:

  • Typically 4-5 years in hands on craft brewing with at least two of these in a senior role
  • Ideally a Diploma member of the IBD but knowledge and experience is equally valuable
  • Experience in Lager brewing
  • Practical Analytical skills including Micro techniques
  • Recipe development
  • Beer production cost controls
  • Basic maintenance skills


  • The management of a new start-up brewery in an iconic building and adjoined to a Landmark pub in Lewisham.
  • The role includes all aspects of brewery management including
    • Planning,
    • Brewing and packaging,
    • Quality and people management,
    • Cost control,
    • HMRC interactions,
    • Safety management
    • Managing future expansion
  • To be the public face and Ambassador for the Brewery


  • 28 days holiday
  • Salary negotiable based on suitability
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Closing date: 13th December

To Apply:

Send personal statement and CV by email to: and