Ask any 20-something year old guy what one of the best jobs in the world would be, and my bet is that one of the top responses would be “working in a brewery”. So the question is, “Is it really that awesome?”, “What do you do?”, and “Do you sit around drinking beer all day?”. In turn here are my answers after working in the actual brewery for the past 5 weeks.
What do you do? — I work in the utilities side of the brewery which means that we distribute all of the steam, ammonia, CO2, water, and compressed air to the plant. This does effectively mean that while I work in a brewery, and all of these elements directly affect the beer flavor/ efficiency of packaging, I am not a brewer. While this seems like a bit of a let-down, it actually is really interesting. As we are the suppliers of the entire plant this effectively means that our projects take us into nearly every department. This gives us a lot of opportunities for savings as well as allowing us to have a fairly broad view of the plant.
Is it really that awesome? — Yes, it is pretty awesome. The sheer scope of what we do in the plant boggles the mind, and this allows even the smallest inefficiencies to be large areas of gain for the company. This effectively means that each of our projects has a real impact on the brewery regardless of how trivial they may seem when first considering them.
Do you sit around all day and drink beer? — Of course not, we are professionals… plus… that’s what the weekend is for.
In other news, this week is Budweiser appreciation week. So seriously, for me, even if you don’t care for the beer, and especially if you have never actually really tried it, buy one, sit down, POUR IT INTO A GLASS, and taste what 134 years of American Brewing is.
Also feel free to contact me at any point if you have any comments/questions. Until the next time