A Sensory Analyst Plays A Vital Role In The Success Of A Craft Brewery
It’s hard to put a monetary value on quality and consistency for any industry, but for a commercial craft brewery it’s the difference between success and failure. You not only want to provide your consumers a great craft beer experience but an experience they can be duplicated time and time again. So, quality and consistency are truly priceless commodities within the craft beverage industry.
Craft Beer is one of those experiences that involves multiple senses: sight, smell, taste, and also touch. Each time you drink a craft brew, your sensory analysis of that experience will determine if its memorable or just another beer.
Sensory Analyst As A Career Choice
In the commercial brewery, a Sensory Analyst, will perform a “sensory analysis” of the breweries beer, multiple times. From the moment a beer is first brewed until its packaged, the Sensory Analyst is involved in each step of the process. What the beer looks like, its aroma, how it feels in your mouth and on your tongue, and of course, the taste must meet the breweries specs before it gets to the consumer.
Of course, there is a lot more to being a Sensory Analyst then just tasting beer. The industry depends greatly on the skill of its sensory analyst for product development, which includes everything from scientific testing, determining a beer’s shelf life, analyzing any negative changes in beer quality (troubleshooter), and so much more.
Choosing Sensory Analysis as a career path isn’t for everyone. Just “liking beer” won’t get you the job. Craft Breweries are looking for individuals who are passionate about quality, are detail oriented, and have a sensitive palate. With over 1,000 different flavor elements in beer, a Sensory Analyst must be able to discern flavor profiles and compounds for the breweries beer portfolio.
Sensory Analyst: Dream Job Opening For BrewDog Brewery
At BrewDog we are on a mission to make other people as passionate about craft beer as we are.
BrewDog Brewery has become a mecca for craft beer lovers around the world. Founded in 2007 by James Watt and Martin Dickie (and one dog), BrewDog took the craft beer world by storm. Its passion for the industry and irreverent stance on anything “establishment” as earned them a cult following across the globe.
In November, BrewDog announced several job openings for its Ellon Brewery, one of which is an opportunity to join the BrewDog lab team as a Sensory Analyst.
We’re looking for an awesome technician to join our lab team and oversee the sensory evaluation and monitoring of our beers. There are thousands of flavor compounds in beer, and while there are several ways to chemically and physically analyse these, nothing comes close to the powerful discerning abilities of a trained snout. In fact, the human nose is one of the most sensitive instruments in the world.
So if you’re someone trained in the art of the senses, who knows their nonanoic acid from their lactic acid on first sniff, we want to hear from you. As our in house sensory technician you will be responsible for employing industry-leading methodologies to ensure the best methods to ensure the best methods and tools of analysis are used for the thoughtful and in depth assessment of our beers. Our sensory technician, you will be responsible for collecting and analysing all sensory data relating to our beers throughout several stages of the brewing and packaging process.
You will report these results to our production team in order to help guide brewing techniques to ensure the flavour experience of all our beers in consistent, true to style, bold and mouth-watering. You will be a self starter and willing communicator with excellent analytical abilities.
- Designing/Implementing Sensory Analysis Programs
- Managing Aroma Analysis
- Organizing Internal Tasting Schedules
- Data Collection & Assessment
Want to know more about this Craft Beer Dream Job with BrewDog? Click HERE!
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