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Assistant Distiller - Full Time (2nd shift), Blinking Owl Distillery, Santa Ana, California


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Blinking Owl Distillery - Santa Ana, California

Assistant Distiller - Full Time (2nd shift)

Blinking Owl, Orange County’s first distillery, is looking for an experienced distiller who desires to nerd out on every aspect of the distilling process, from our organic local grain to our fun and colorful custom bottle.

Job Description: The Assistant Distiller (2nd shift) will work with the Head Distiller on all aspects of production, including; facilities maintenance, packaging, bottling, filtration and proofing, shipping/receiving, milling, mashing, fermenting, distilling spirits, and cleaning. You’ll get to do a lot of distillery cleaning, more cleaning, and then some more cleaning. The Assistant Distiller position will be required to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends. Successful candidates will have 1-3 years experience working in all aspects of a production distillery. Ultimately the Assistant Distiller will be expected to grow into roles of increasing responsibility and leadership as determined by the needs of the distillery and demonstrated abilities of the employee. Joining the Blinking Owl team means you’ll be part of a small group working hard to grow our craft distillery into a well-known and respected brand in California. This is a real, working, tough, and fun job at a truly authentic distillery.

General Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Detailed cleaning and maintenance of the distillery and equipment.

  • Brewing and distilling operations.

    • Shipping/receiving, packaging, bottling, filtration, proofing, milling, mashing, fermentation, and distillation.

  • Regular forklift, scissor lift, and ladder use.

  • Regular use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

  • Filling containers, weighing, and gauging of spirits in stainless containers and barrels.

  • Conducting lab analysis such as monitoring mash pH, measuring enzymes, and handling of acids and caustics per the cleaning regime.

  • Count, record, monitor and control all inventory per TTB laws and regulations.

  • Track compliance and production metrics for all distilled spirits produced on site via product management software.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Have a minimum of one year of professional distilling experience.

  • Be accountable, reliable, and professional.

  • Be precise and detail oriented.

  • Have a proven ability to work with little to no supervision and be able to follow directions.

Preferred Experience:

  • Possess a strong mechanical background with plumbing or electrical experience.

  • Have experience with boiler, reverse osmosis water, soft water, and chiller operations.

  • Forklift and scissor lift certification.

  • Have used Stillhouse product management software.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to reach overhead frequently with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, and crouch on concrete.

  • Ability to lift and/or move at least 75 pounds, employing traditional lifting methods.

  • Ability to work in physically taxing conditions and work in hot and cold conditions.


Salary range: Not too shabby for those with experience


To apply: Submit cover letter, resume and contact information for two references to - 802 E. Washington St., Santa Ana, CA 92701 - 714-852-3947 - info@blinkingowl.com

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