Smog City Brewing Co. Jobs

Join our hard working, beer loving, community minded team!


Smog City Brewing Co. Jobs

Join our hard working, beer loving, community minded team!



Take a look at our open positions and  if the role seems like a good fit, apply away! We are looking forward to meeting our next potential teammates.  


Each job listing includes info on how to apply. Please read them carefully. 


Smog City Brewing Co. Open Positions


Smog City Retail Manager

Smog City Brewing Co. is growing and we’re looking for an organized and creative retail manager to oversee operations at our 4 taprooms, which are the heart of Smog City Brewing Co. 


The retail manager will be responsible for developing and maintaining profitable taprooms through planning, directing, and coordinating daily operations of the taprooms, managing our dedicated team of taproom managers, developing staff, maintaining a respectful & safe environment for staff & customers, and overseeing the creation & implementation of creative events & marketing initiatives in the taprooms.


Smog City Brewing Co. is made up of a small, but mighty team of dedicated, beer loving individuals. Our guiding principles of respect, quality and community are upheld every day by our leadership and staff and we are looking for someone who not only has great experience, but also truly believes in the respectful, accountability focused culture we have at Smog City. Our staff shows up ready to learn & grow everyday to truly make Smog City a welcoming, fun place for all, with world class beer to boot!


  • Primary Responsibilities
  • Requirements
  • Min. Physical Requirements
  • Necessary Skills
  • Education/Experience

Taproom Management


Taproom Events
-Assist the taproom managers in creating and maintaining a full calendar of events for the taproom to drive new customers to the brewery and increase revenue, ensuring there is at least 1 event/month per taproom.
-Develop creative events that are in line with Smog City’s promise to deliver unique experiences for our customers.
-Find creative ways to reach out to surrounding businesses and neighbors to increase awareness of our taprooms & to help secure bookings of private parties/events at the Smog Brewery and Taproom.
-Oversee the private events program, coaching the events coordinator on best practices and helping set event minimums.
-Ensure the marketing director has all the needed event information in a timely manner to allow proper time to promote events.
-Ensure events are properly planned & executed by the taproom managers.

Staff Training & Development
-With the help of our brewing team, develop sensory and beer education training for our taproom staff.
-Identify training needs and create training materials for taproom staff as needed.
-Ensure all new hires go through the required Smog City training programs within 30 days of starting.
-Ensure all state/federal training requirements are being met by taproom staff
-Hold quarterly staff meetings to update the taproom team on new policies, procedures, beer updates, etc.
-Hold weekly taproom manager meetings to provide company updates, set goals, and ensure objectives are being met.
-Complete yearly performance reviews for all taproom managers

Merchandise
-Oversee the merchandise program: Monitor inventory levels, plan & order seasonal items in plenty of time to maximize sales, ensure merchandise inventory is organized, and order new merchandise as needed with the help of the marketing specialist
-Ensure our online merchandise store is up to date with new items.
-Work with the marketing specialist to come up with new merchandise to keep customers excited and engaged with our brand.
-Ensure merchandise is displayed in a way to maximize customer exposure to the merch and drive sales.
-Track merchandise sales and report to the Marketing Director & Owner quarterly on what is selling, and what is not, and make recommendations for changes to the merch program based on sales data.

Marketing & Media/Social Media
-Assist the marketing specialist with planning and scheduling social media posts as it pertains to the Brewery and Taproom, letting them know when you have information to share on our channels and when you think it should go live.
-Assist with content creation for all social media outlets as it pertains to the Brewery and Taproom, including taking photos and gathering information needed for social media posts.

Taproom Advertisements
-Work with the Marketing Director to outline and implement a quarterly advertising & marketing plan for the taprooms.
-Ensure that all onsite points of marketing are kept up to date and being used to their maximum potential (chalkboards, posters, bathroom wall displays, beer menus, etc.)

-High school degree required, college degree preferred

-Minimum of 5 years experience in a management role running a taproom, restaurant, bar, or similar business.

-Minimum of 3 years experience managing employees required

-You must have a flexible schedule with the ability to work morning, afternoon, night, and/or weekends as needed. This is not a Monday - Friday 9-5 job.

-Must be very organized and detail-oriented

-Creative thinker, great at problem-solving and finding new opportunities that are outside the box but inline with Smog City principals and goals.

-Must have a drive to maintaining a positive work culture that allows both business and staff to thrive

-Strong commitment to Smog City’s principles of respect, quality, and community and the ability to bring these principles to everything you do.

-Ability to stay calm when unexpected challenges arise and handle problems quickly & professionally.

-Must be flexible and ready to change course when needed.

-Must be able to give and receive constructive feedback and be ready to learn & grow at all times, excellent communication

-Prior experience working in a brewery taproom preferred

-Previous experience with marketing duties, such as social media preferred

-Experience with Untappd and Square POS preferred

-Beer knowledge and passion for the craft is a must

-Draft system maintenance experience preferred

-Be self-motivated and have the ability to look for and execute opportunities that improve the Smog City brand, customer experience and staff culture.

-Great interpersonal relations skills and experience managing varied personalities required.

-Excellent conflict resolution skills

-Have a positive attitude and approach tasks with a “can do” attitude

-Maintain a safe and clean working environment


Note - all staff help out wherever they are needed. The above are guidelines but additional responsibilities may, and most likely will, be required. 

-Must be in good physical condition and able to maneuver in tight/confined spaces.

-Must be able to walk, sit, stand, crouch for extended periods of time.

-Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs. and maneuver at least 165 lb kegs.


-Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

-Ability to work independently and use your time efficiently.

-Insane knowledge of the brewing process and how everything you do affects the quality of the beer.

-Excellent beer knowledge, a good sense of smell and taste with the ability to communicate what you are sensing.

-Must be able to follow directions.

-Subject line of the email must read: Seven sicilian sailors sailing the seven seas.

-Communicate clearly and concisely with respect to all personnel at all levels, in addition to customers.

-Forklift experience is a plus.

-A minimum of six months of professional experience at a commercial brewery or 3 years of home brewing experience.

-Bachelor’s degree and/or formal brewing education preferred.

To Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter, including a statement about why you want to be a part of the Smog City Brewing Co. team to: ilovebeer@smogcitybrewing.com



Smog City Shift Brewer

The shift brewer’s role is to produce wort to trained SOP’s while living and breathing the Smog City core values of Quality, Community and Respect. A shift brewer is organized, responsible and communicates effectively when faced with problems in the brewing process and with the brewhouse and brewery equipment.

  • Primary Responsibilities
  • Requirements
  • Min. Physical Requirements
  • Necessary Skills
  • Education/Experience

Runs the brewhouse to trained SOPs
- Wort Production
Milling, Mashing, Boiling, Heat Exchange, Pitching Yeast, Brewhouse CIP
- Yeast Handling
Cell counting with cellometer, calculating accurate pitch rates, pitching cone to cone, from brink, evaluating yeast health on a daily basis
- Data recording
Making all pertinent measurements to process incl. temp, pH, gravity, DO, CO2
Using paper logs, spreadsheets, and production software to record data
- Receives raw materials and maintains accurate inventory as it pertains to your position incl. malt, hops, adjuncts, chemicals, finings, nutrients, etc.
- CIPs fermentors, bright tanks, transfer hoses, recirculation loops, and any other cleaning required to execute the above


-Stay organized and communicate effectively

-Understands and adheres to recipes and formulas.

-What is on the brew log goes in the tank, what goes in the tank is recorded on the paper log and in the brewery software.

-Maintains a safe, clean and positive work environment.

-Maintain cleanliness and sanitation of all equipment and facilities at all times.

-Learns and adheres to standard operating and safety procedures in wort production, vessel cleaning and sanitation, yeast handling, fermentation and maturation, sample collecting and filtration operations.

-Maintains the operational efficiency and safety of the equipment you use.

-Catch it before it breaks, fix it if you can, bring it to someone’s attention if you can’t.

-Keeps accurate logs and governmental compliance paperwork.

-Assists in safety compliance and QA/QC.

-Works hard and efficiently on a daily basis to make the best beer possible.

-Participates in beer festivals and events. You make the beer, tell the world about it!

-All staff help out wherever they are needed. The above are guidelines but additional responsibilities may, and most likely will, be required.

-Must be able to work nights and weekends


-Must be in good physical condition and able to maneuver in confined spaces.

-Must be able to walk, sit, stand, and/or crouch for extended periods of time.

-Must be able & willing to work early morning, daytime, evening and/or weekend shifts.

-Must be able to lift 55 lbs. (malt bag!) to shoulder level repeatedly and maneuver at least 165 lb. (full keg!) containers safely.


-Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

-Ability to work independently and use your time efficiently.

-Insane knowledge of the brewing process and how everything you do affects the quality of the beer.

-Excellent beer knowledge, a good sense of smell and taste with the ability to communicate what you are sensing.

-Must be able to follow directions.

-Subject line of the email must read: Seven sicilian sailors sailing the seven seas.

-Communicate clearly and concisely with respect to all personnel at all levels, in addition to customers.

-Forklift experience is a plus.


-A minimum of six months of professional experience at a commercial brewery or 3 years of home brewing experience.

-Bachelor’s degree and/or formal brewing education preferred.


To Apply

Send a cover letter and resume to ilovebeer@smogcitybrewing.com

The cover letter should describe why you are interested in the position and why Smog City Brewing Company should hire you.

Please provide a resume that includes all relevant work history. It should also contain your education and any formal/informal brewery training.

You must provide 3 references, one character reference, one professional reference and a third of either character or professional nature. At least one reference should be from your current/most recent place of work.

References WILL be checked.




To apply to any of our open positions, please send your resume along with a cover letter to ilovebeer@smogcitybrewing.com and be sure to include the job title & location in the subject line.

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