25 March 2011

Brewer Wanted–Old Forge Brewing Co

Old Forge Brewing Company in Danville, PA is now accepting applications for a brewer position. We currently operate a small brewpub (380 bbls last year) with an emphasis on quality and craftsmanship. Our 20 bbl x 40 bbl packaging facility is scheduled to open this summer.
This position includes but is not limited to:
-All aspects of operating our 20 bbl production brewhouse and 5 bbl brewpub brewhouse
-Maintaining current established recipes and creating new recipes when needed
-Filtering, Cleaning, Cellaring, Packaging, Quality Control
Ideal Applicants should have:
-Minimum of three (3) years professional brewing experience, preferably in a production brewery environment
-Packaging line experience (preferably canning)
-Experience with brewery expansions
-Knowledge and understanding of brewing science and yeast handling
-Ability to remain flexible with work schedule and work various shifts as needed
-Desire for a challenging hands-on position covering all facets of brewery operations with opportunities for growth and advancement
-Ability to multitask, work solo, and function effectively on a team
-Good communication and organization skills
-High degree of self-motivation
-Problem solving, troubleshooting, and mechanical skills/knowledge
-Ability to lift up to 60 lbs and move at least 165 lbs
-Ability to be around alcohol without abusing it
We offer salary commensurate with experience and qualifications, and a benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and paid vacation upon 6 months employment. Learn more about why Danville is a great place to live and work at www.visitdanvillepa.org. Interested candidates please submit resumes and cover letters to dmalfara@oldforgebrewingcompany.com with BREWER POSITION in the subject line. No phone calls please.

Damien Malfara
Old Forge Brewing Company
Danville, PA

20 March 2011

Old Forge Brewing–New 20bbl Packaging Brewery (Update!)

OldForgePintFrom Damien:


Assuming all goes well with the TTB and PLCB, we will be opening up our packaging brewery at the old TRW plant at 601 E. Market Street in Danville this summer. We have a used JVNW brewhouse, originally built for 15 bbls but modified by the most recent owners to knock out about 23 bbls. So we're using it as a 20 bbl system. We're getting new 40 bbl fermenters from Premier Stainless. We have been getting some other pieces of used equipment lately to complete the brewery and we'll continue to look around for other items as needed. We'll be doing kegs (sixtels and halves) and canning on a Cask 5 head ACS, with plans for 2 labels initially in 16 oz cans. We'll add labels as we grow. We also will package special/seasonal beers in 750 ml bottles and will begin experimenting with some barrel aged beers, using bourbon barrels and wine barrels.
We will continue to operate the brewpub as normal. I'm hiring a full-time brewer and full-time cellarperson for the brewery, but I will continue to brew at the brewpub for as long as possible, with the other brewer filling in there as needed.

I'm sure you may have some questions...If you do, feel free to ask either via email or call me and I'll answer what I can. In the meantime, I'll try to keep you posted on how our project progresses.

Thanks Damien…this is great news for our local craft beer community and I can’t wait to follow your progress.