The Dream Begins

August 8, 2010

For a long time, especially during the dark days of ITT, I’ve been seriously thinking about getting into the brewing industry. Well, on Monday of this past week I started my apprenticeship at Custom Brewcrafters down in Honeoye Falls, NY.

The brewery uses a 10 barrel system and puts out about 90 barrels a week. That means most weekdays include two brewing sessions, so there’s a lot of work to be done everyday.

There are two guys, Bruce and J.P., that do most of the brewing, and I’ve been working mostly with them. Wayne, a part time guy who is retired from Kodak, comes in a few days a week to run the bottling line.

It’s a pretty relaxed work environment. Everyone is usually running around doing two or three things at once, so we try to keep things as light and fun as possible. Obviously brewing on a commercial scale is a ton of work. Between cleaning and filling kegs, brewing one or two batches of beer, transferring batches between fermenters and bright tanks, moving kegs/bottles around and the tons of required cleaning, it’s a very physically intense job. Everyday I come home soaked in sweat and exhausted, which is great cause it helps get me to sleep easier at night. 🙂

All in all, this has been an extremely satisfying decision, though we’ll see where that feeling is when I’ve been there for a month or two.

Also, the best job perk ever is being able to grab a bottle of beer, or pour a pint from a bright tank, whenever you feel like you want a drink. Gotta love it!


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