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Head Distiller Wanted - Black Frost Distilling - New Ulm, Minnesota

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Black Frost Distilling is a new, northern terroir focused craft distillery located in the heart of southern Minnesota poised to create category defining bourbon, rye, American single malt whiskies, and rums. Founded by a sixth generation brewmaster and fifth generation farmer and CEO, our aim is to produce innovative spirits with a distinct sense of place. Black Frost spirits are created from estate grown and locally sourced grains combined with innovative fermentation, distilling, barrel aging and blending techniques. Black Frost Distillery features uniquely sized open top wooden fermenters, a 14” copper Vendome continuous column still, a comprehensive lab, a traditional rick house, and a fully outfitted cocktail room all housed in a turn of the century brick building.


Black Frost Distilling is seeking a passionate, experienced distiller or brewer the unique opportunity to join our team at the ground floor and lay the foundation of our brand as we prepare to launch our distillery this summer. As a qualified candidate, you should have professional experience in all phases of craft distilling and/or craft brewing, with a formal education in distilling and/or brewing strongly preferred. We will train you how to operate our continuous Vendome still, but require someone with a deep knowledge and understanding of all aspects of distilling/brewing operations.

As the head distiller in a start up distillery, you will perform a wide variety of tasks within the production facility, all requiring great attention to detail. Duties and responsibilities include overseeing daily distillery operations and management, production planning, reporting, inventory management, yeast propagation, distillation, proofing, barreling, blending, sensory analysis, and all other aspects involved in creating whiskies and rum.

You will work with and report to our master distiller on developing and maintaining quality and consistency in the production and development of our products. Additionally, you will participate in related administrative activities such as daily record keeping, quality control, inventory management. Occasionally take part in customer-facing activities, such as promoting and representing the distillery, leading tours, tastings, and supporting off-site events.

Desired Qualifications & Physical requirements:

·      Degree in sciences or industrial technology is highly preferred.

·      Experience in spirits or alcohol production, with a progression of added responsibility

·      Applicants must be professional, self-motivated and self-confident individuals looking for a challenge

·      Strong attention to detail, possess strong verbal and written communication skills, are great at time management, have the ability to multitask, can work independently as well as with a team, and have strong problem solving/trouble shooting skills.

·      Ability to lift 55lbs., must be able to perform all physical requirements of the position and can lead with positive and respectful, professional manner

Black Frost is excited to offer this an amazing employment opportunity to someone driven and passionate about distilling. We are committed to attracting and retaining a diverse team, and we will honor your experiences, perspectives, and unique identity. We will strive to promote a positive work place environment with career growth, development and advancement within.

Competitive salary and benefits provided include, health, vision, and dental insurance, basic life insurance, paid time off, paid holidays, and an employer matched retirement plan.

Email resume to hello@blackfrostdistillery.com.

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