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Distiller - Chattanooga Whiskey Co.


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Chattanooga Whiskey Company is in the process of hiring a DISTILLER for our new craft production facility in downtown Chattanooga, TN - Outside Magazine’s two-time “BEST TOWN EVER” winner. 

This facility is currently under construction and planned to come online in early to mid 2017. The Vendome distilling system is comprised of a 12 inch, 30 foot column still with a 100 gallon doubler, beer well, 2700 gallon cooker and 4 x 2700 gallon fermenters (with plans to expand to 8 fermenters). It’s gonna be awesome.

Our distilling team lives by the phrase “Rules are Good, Change Them”, so your attitude and training should reflect a respect for tradition but also an openness and willingness to innovate and continuously improve. Every day we try to do better than the last – which includes everything from the way you organize your workspace to how you clean a tank, to the way you approach building or executing a recipe. We want to build the best bourbon and whiskey possible, and our people (and their attitudes) are the most important ingredient to that recipe.

We currently offer 1816 – an 8 year old, award winning, world-class, traditional bourbon blended and bottled by yours truly. By mid 2017 we will be releasing more experimental and craft bourbons and whiskies from our 1.5 year-old single barrel micro distillery in Chattanooga. These whiskies lean more heavily on a blend of craft brewing traditions and approaches. We will then “graduate” some of these recipes up to larger production around the same time.


• 3+ years of previous distilling or brewing experience in a craft (10 bbls+) or larger setting
• Formal education in brewing or distilling
• Background, education and/or strong familiarity with chemistry concepts
• Some experience with brewery/distillery lab equipment – pH meter, alcolyzer, etc.
• Strong mechanical aptitude, preferably with some maintenance experience
• Proven ability to work with little to no supervision
• Extremely detail oriented
• Strong skills in MS Excel
• Competencies in recipe development and raw material knowledge (yeast, grains, malts) 

Distiller responsibilities include all aspects of grain to glass production of whiskey:
• Assisting in start-up and troubleshooting of a new distillery!
• Receipt of raw materials
• Milling, mashing and fermentation management
• Transferring of mash, fermentations, high wines, etc.
• Distillation on continuous column still
• Barrel filling, dumping, proofing
• Bottling, packaging and shipping/receiving where necessary
• Guiding occasional tours of the distillery
• Single barrel micro distillery activities and shifts
• Recipe development
• Daily QA/QC responsibilities: sample collection, lab analysis and quality checks at every step of the process
• Data logging, tracking and analysis of trends and QC issues
• Inventory management, materials ordering and materials inspection/analysis
• Research and Development tasks such as ingredient optimization and recipe development
• Occasional maintenance activities such as seal replacements, simple wiring, troubleshooting equipment.
• TTB monthly reporting

Candidates should be physically fit, able to lift 55lbs and be able to work flexible hours and shifts. Compensation package will be commensurate with education and experience; benefits included. 

Start date is dependent on estimated completion date of the distillery and will become clearer in the coming months.

Please email jobs(at)tnstillhouse.com to submit your resume and cover letter.


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