Assistant Sake Brewer

Website motoisake moto-i

sake and ramen house


Located in the Lyn-Lake neighborhood, moto-i is an izakaya featuring Tokyo straight style ramen noodles, house-made steamed buns, and rotating seasonal specials. Established in 2008, moto-i was the first sake brew-pub outside of Japan and remains Minneapolis’ only craft sake brewery. Owner Blake Richardson and Lead Brewer Nick Lowry preside over the sake brewery with an unabashed passion for brewing high-quality craft American sake.


The Assistant Brewer’s primary responsibility is to aid in the production of moto-i sake. At various times, this process includes handling rice, managing fermentation temperatures, sampling and testing, pressing, filtration, pasteurization, and packaging. Day-to-day responsibilities also include regulatory and quality record keeping, maintaining brewery cleanliness and organization, and maintaining safe and functioning equipment.

The Assistant Brewer reports to the Lead Brewer. It is a full-time position of 35-40 hours per week, and may require shifts on evenings, weekends, and holidays. Hourly wage is $20-25 per hour, depending on experience, and is not overtime exempt.

The Assistant Brewer works in a manufacturing environment with conditions that range from cold and wet to hot and humid. Shifts can be both physically and mentally demanding. Long periods of standing on tiled floors, loud machinery, extreme temperatures, and moving heavy objects are common occurrences.

Training for this position will occur on the job and will ensure the Assistant Brewer is both safe and successful in completing their responsibilities. Initial training will cover the sake making process broadly and use of recordkeeping systems. Ongoing training will extend to the list of responsibilities below and will offer the opportunity to understand sake at a truly expert level.


  • Track inventory of raw materials and consumable goods
  • Follow existing recipes for sake, achieving established quality control points
  • Sanitary sampling and quality testing of active fermentation
  • Cellar operations including filtration, pasteurization, and tank transfers
  • Packaging operations including both on and off-sale, draft equipment maintenance and sanitation
  • Equipment cleaning, maintenance, and miscellaneous troubleshooting per established schedules
  • Accurate record keeping of production, fermentation, testing, and packaging control points
  • Participate in brewery outreach: leading tours, pouring at festivals, etc.


To succeed in this position…

The following qualifications are required:

  • Eligibility to work in the United States
  • Strong verbal communication and organization skills
  • Ability to work independently, as well as in a team environment
  • Hands-on leadership skills for developing and training a team
  • Good understanding of quality assurance / quality control and problem solving skills and to troubleshoot any sake related issues
  • Ability to stand for long periods, climb several steps and step ladders
  • Ability to work in a manufacturing environment with a wide temperature range across seasons
  • Availability to work up to 40 hours per week.
  • Ability to safely lift 55 pounds manually, move up to 300 pounds with mechanical assistance
  • Ability to work independently, to follow both written and verbal instructions without immediate supervision, and to ask for assistance or explanation when needed
  • Familiarity with simple computer systems, spreadsheets, email communication, etc.

The following qualifications are preferred:

  • Experience in commercial brewing, food, or beverage production setting
  • Familiarity with the principals of alcoholic fermentation
  • Familiarity with sake in terms of ingredients, styles, flavor profiles
  • Knowledge of proper cleaning and sanitizing principles.
  • Experience executing quality assurance and quality control systems
  • Experience conducting analytical laboratory testing (distillation, titration, assays, cell-viability, etc.)

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