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 Monday Night Brewing (Atlanta, GA) is seeking a tasting room manager to join our small team and oversee public tours and private events in our tasting room. This is a part-time position, 10-20 hrs per week to start.

You will be responsible for running our tasting room, including managing the guest experience, managing bartenders, conducting tours of the brewery, ensuring compliance with alcohol laws, and managing the setup and cleanup of the tasting room for each tour.

Qualifications:

  • Must love people. And craft beer. Not necessarily in that order.
  • Must be a strong leader and team player
  • Must proactively look for ways to increase people’s positive experience with the brewery, the beer, and the brand
  • Must have strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule, primarily evenings
  • Must have a willingness and ability to step in wherever needed – this could include bartending, cleaning toilets, conducting training, washing glassware, etc.
  • Must be physically able to move kegs
  • Prior experience in restaurant industry or other service industry strongly preferred
  • Prior experience managing people strongly preferred

Responsibilities:

  • Managing the overall guest experience, from entering the brewery till leaving
  • Giving guided brewery tours
  • Managing bartenders
  • Politely but firmly enforcing tasting room and brewery rules and regulations
  • Ensuring that tasting room and grounds, including parking lot, are properly cleaned and prepped before and after each event
  • Working closely with Tasting Room Director and helping wherever needed
  • Managing both public tours and private events
  • Promoting public tours and working to increase the experience and number of people attending over time
  • Understanding and abiding by federal, state, and local regulations

Optional, but not required:

  • Lip syncing ability
  • Lover of monster movies

Compensation

  • Hourly based on experience

Monday Night Brewing is a craft beer company founded in 2011 based in Atlanta, GA. Our slogan, “weekends are overrated,” embodies all that we do. We brew balanced, flavorful beers for weeknight consumption and believe in making the best out of each day. Even weekdays.

Please email resume with cover letter and salary history to careers {at} mondaynightbrewing {dot} com. Cover letter should include why you would like to join our team and why you are the ideal candidate. Seriously, we read cover letters. And we’re really good at spelling.

Brewing and beer are frequently stereotyped as “men’s worlds”. Beer ads are often targeted at men, using women as little more than props to hold the beer. This way of thinking is not only toxic but also untrue. In 2014, women aged 21-34 represented 15% of ALL craft beer consumption, and drank “above index,” meaning that they consume it at a greater rate than the national average. Though women comprise a larger market segment every year, they are not well represented in industry careers. An overwhelming majority of brewers, brewmasters, and other brewery operating staff are male. Women are consistently underrepresented in positions in brewing, with only 17% of breweries having a female CEO and 4% with a female brewmaster. While women are a major force powering the success of craft beer, the industry itself still has far to go.

Today is International Women’s Day. To help break the stereotype that craft beer “isn’t for women,” we wanted to follow the stories of how our female employees ended up at Monday Night and share their thoughts about working in the brewing industry. We spoke to six of our full-time female employees, including:

We talked about their experiences, positive and negative, to show what it is like to be a woman in a still male-heavy industry.

The Journey to Monday Night

Given the breadth of their jobs at Monday Night, it shouldn’t be surprising that all of our women come from different backgrounds. Kelsey initially joined Monday Night as a bartender, Sarah used to be a paralegal, Carlen worked in TV production, Rachel K. was a bartender in Chicago, Jaclyn worked with a distribution company, and Rachel B. first came to Monday Night through a marketing internship. One thing they all had in common? A love of good beer.

“I seriously had beernerd fan girl moments when I first started my internship” says Rachel B.

Sarah, who made her first foray into the craft brewing industry with Goose Island as a weekend host, says the main perk was being able to “reap the benefits of free shift beer.” However, none of these women joined the industry just to get a free buzz.

“I quickly fell in love with how fascinating beer is,” says Sarah, “Science! History! Food! Culture! I studied anthropology, so the fact that beer ties into every aspect of the development of civilization really caught my interest.”

Carlen, unable to find a full time job in TV production, grew tired of the unpredictability of contract work. Familiar with the Monday Night founders through their homebrewing roots in the garage, she “checked the blog daily, waiting for them to post jobs. […] Working for a brewery wasn’t something I necessarily intended to do, but four years later, I feel so lucky to be a part of it.”  

An Imperfect Industry

Unfortunately, though we work hard at Monday Night to provide an inclusive work environment, we can only do so much to combat sexism in the industry as a whole. Some made light of it and Jaclyn opened with a joke, saying her “personal beer knowledge is challenged, because how can a woman know anything about a man’s beverage?” She then went on to open up about “accounts who take advantage of my contact information, and call/text me at all hours of the night asking me to come hang out or if I’m still awake.” While this is an extreme example, the other women were not immune.

Carlen says that in general women are “not taken seriously, and people are legitimately surprised when we actually know what we’re talking about. Our opinions are belittled because it’s assumed we’re just regurgitating facts and figures that a man must have told us.”

Kelsey echoed this opinion, citing that she doesn’t always feel as respected as her male colleagues.  

Luckily, the future appears to be looking up, and few of our employees felt sexism in brewing was a daily struggle. Rachel K, who has a management position in the company as a sales director, stated her plan to keep the progress rolling, saying

As a hiring manager I think the number one way to support women in this industry is to interview them, hire them when they are qualified, and support them equally as their male counterparts.”

For the Love of Beer

Why stay in a male-dominated industry where people don’t always take you seriously? Love of the game. “Beer is more than just a beverage for me; it’s a conversation starter, a means of celebration, and at times a bit of liquid courage,” says Jaclyn, explaining her love for a drink that she’s built a career around. Rachel B. loves the excitement, and said that “it’s very rarely boring.”

Sarah gushed about her job, saying “I love that it’s mentally challenging and physically active. […] I also love that the industry as a whole is open and collaborative. Craft brewers are all in this together.”

Kelsey also explained her love for it all: everyone’s desire to be the best in every regard and the pursuit of our never-ending quest to have the best product for the best price at the best bar. When asked why she has worked at Monday Night for so long, Carlen simply said, “The people I work with. Monday Night has some of the best in the business, and I feel so lucky to have such an amazing team. The beer’s pretty good too.”

Happy International Women’s Day from Monday Night Brewing! To celebrate, all of the women featured in this article (and a few more) came together to brew the newest member of our Small Batch Series, SMASH the Glass Ceiling, a single hop and single malt ale dry hopped with rose hips and violets, two symbols of the women’s suffrage movement. It’s available in our tasting room starting tomorrow, and 20% of the proceeds from all tours sold on Thursday will be donated to BeLoved Atlanta!

First thing’s first. Our new barrel-aging and souring brewery finally has a name: the Garage.

Why the Garage? We started out homebrewing in our garage every Monday Night. For us, the humble garage has always been a symbol of experimentation, spontaneity, and community, all things that we want to replicate in our new West End brewery. An open garage is inviting. It invites neighbors to “borrow” your fancy new weed-eater, but also invites in the outside air. We plan on doing a good bit of open fermentation, even piping in the outside air from the orchard to cool and ferment wort in our coolship.

We are hoping to break ground in the next two months, but we thought you might want to see some “Before” pictures. We’re planning on greeting all visitors with a painting of dinosaurs, so for scale we have put dinosaurs in the new space for you to see.

First up, an Oviraptor and Seismosaurus will accost you upon entry. Fortunately, Chris Pratt will be there to calm these wild dinosaurs down. This is the front entrance. The middle green section will be the main doors. The large green section to the right of that will be a large glass garage door, and that deck will wrap around the side of the building. The Seismosaurus is standing on the Beltline currently.

Next, a view from the entrance out to the Beltline, almost entirely obstructed by a playful Triceratops. Don’t worry, they’re herbivores. We’ll have a plethora of fruit trees and other edible vegetation in the courtyard behind this guy to keep him happy and well fed.

Now we’re looking at the entrance from the opposite end of the Garage. The main entrance is right under this Shantungesaurus’ neck. Our brewmaster Adam (in the green shirt) better watch out before that tail swipes him! The coolship, barrel-aging rooms, and foeders will be lined up along the right wall. The left wall will be opened up (again, with garage doors) onto a patio along the Beltline. We plan on leaving most of the character of the floor and beams intact, not necessarily because we respect the past, but mostly because we are spending all our money on barrels.

Finally, the mighty T-Rex, with most of his body inside our brewery, but tail sneaking into no-man’s-land. The column in front of his tail designate where the far wall will be. We’re trying to keep him as far away from the public as possible because he has a tendency to eat people, which is bad for repeat business.

We look forward to seeing all of y’all at the Garage later this year!

 

Prom 2017: Magic Under The Sea

Oh My God. Prom 2017 was assuredly life changing for all those involved. Remember back in high school when we thought prom couldn’t get any better? We were wrong. Turns out beer makes EVERYTHING better.  Our 3rd annual Monday Night Brewing Prom was a magical experience and it wouldn’t have been possible without the amazing vendors that helped make it all happen: Marquee Events, Doggy Dogg, Balloons Over Atlanta, and Peachtree Tents and Events.

In what has become a yearly tradition at Prom, our bar featured some of our favorites from Monday Night history. Centaur, Laissez-Faire, Mom Jeans, and our 2015 Bourbon Barrel Drafty Kilt all made reappearances, teaming up with our newest Black Tie Series beer, Tears of My Enemies Scotch Barrel Milk Stout and a Garage Series Maple Bourbon Barrel Wee Heavy. To tie it all together, everyone went home with a 22oz bomber of our special prom beer, an Imperial Pilsner aged in Ruby Port barrels with strawberries.

Thanks to FreshTix for providing some of the photos! We especially loved the photos of our Senior Market Manager Ben Glazner’s engagement to his now-fiancé, Molly. Below we have some of our favorite pictures from the event. If you want, you can see the full album here. Everyone looked awesome in their prom attire. If you see one of you, feel free to download it for yourself!

 

Tears of My Enemies is next up in our Black Tie Series, so named because it will be the most delicious thing you ever taste. We’re pretty excited about it. This beer has a milk stout base that we then aged in 18-year scotch barrels, imparting a smoky, oaky flavor. We then added raw vanilla beans and locally roasted Batdorf & Bronson Coffee. If you pay close attention, you may even be able to detect hints of Aaron Rodgers’s post-playoff loss tears, sourced locally at the Georgia Dome.


One thing that makes this beer unique is how we infused the coffee. A lot of breweries just mix cold brew into the stout, but that can weaken the beer and give it a more bitter flavor. In our process, we used the whole bean, giving our stout an amazing coffee aroma, without sacrificing any of the decadence.

Everyone’s got an enemy. Maybe it’s your neighbor who just planted that hideous topiary. Maybe it’s Scooby Doo and the Gang. Whoever it is, relish in your inevitable victory with the smooth and chocolatey flavor of our Tears of My Enemies Scotch Barrel Milk Stout.

We have been sitting on a big secret for far too long now, and it’s finally time to let the badger out of its cage. Monday Night Brewing is proud to announce a Scottish-Style Single Malt Whiskey, brewed and distilled in partnership with ASW Distillery, less than 5 miles from the brewery in our home of Atlanta, GA.

Back in our homebrewing days, Monday Night co-founder Joel Iverson lived next door to ASW co-founder Charlie Thompson. With dozens of strangers showing up on Mondays to brew at Joel’s house, he decided the neighborly thing to do would be to share some of our first homebrew creations with Charlie. The two guys became friends, and our two companies have been friendly ever since. We have co-sponsored events in the Atlanta area, and ASW Distillery also sponsored one of our first anniversary parties here at the brewery.

In this context, our Brewmaster Adam Bishop met ASW’s Head Distiller, Justin Manglitz, before ASW opened their doors. The two quickly hit it off, as both have an adorably obsessive love of all things chemistry and alcohol. As you may or may not know, the first half of the distilling process is essentially the brewing process. Given our love of smoked beers (evidenced in our popular Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale) and ASW’s love of whiskey (Atlanta’s only whiskey and brandy distillery) we decided to partner up to produce a smooth, smoky whiskey.

After months of planning, we brewed a mash rich in Cherrywood-smoked malt, the same malt used in Drafty Kilt. We then transferred this mash to ASW by a process called “renting a Penske truck.” It was distilled at ASW in traditional Scottish-style twin copper pot stills before being transferred into new American white oak quarter casks. In all honesty, the hardest part of the process was waiting on it to age. We sampled throughout the maturation process (along with some of ASW’s other unique whiskies and brandies, including a one-of-a-kind “double malt” whiskey of malted barley and malted rye now aging after years in development), and even early on we knew this whiskey was going to be something special.

Fortunately, our patience has paid off. Like the mighty Scottish badger, this Scotch-style Whiskey has a pleasant bite and will burrow into your belly with a smooth, slightly sweet, and delightfully smoky finish.

We will be releasing this whiskey to the greater Atlanta area beginning in early March, with an expected retail price of $59 per 750ml bottle. If you can’t wait till then, we are doing a small release party on Monday, February 27 at ASW. Advance tour tickets are on sale now. If you are able to snag a sip, we recommend drinking straight or on the rocks while wearing a necktie.

I started back to work this new year by organizing some old files, which has been long overdue. Going through 10 years of computer files can be a daunting task, particularly for a digital packrat like myself. In the process, I stumbled across a bunch of our old homebrew labels, pictured below.

One of my personal favorites is the Bog Monster Cranberry Ale, mostly because it was so, so terrible. It would have been terrible even if it had fermented correctly, but it became an exploding yeast bomb in the bottles. We didn’t end up brewing that one again. You’re welcome.

2017 is going to be a big year for us, particularly when the construction of our 2nd brewery gets underway this spring. We’ve already been busy working on the plans (and beers) for the new space, so it was fun to take a look at some of the things from our past that have shaped where we are now as a brewery. Even if they weren’t all that glamorous.