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Liberty & Plenty Distiller
Durham, NC, United States
4 days ago
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Liberty & Plenty Distiller
Durham, North Carolina, United States
4 days ago


Experienced Distillers Only - USA qualified Candidates Only

Job Description 

Distiller based in Durham, North Carolina. 


Liberty & Plenty Distillery based in downtown Durham, North Carolina is looking for an experienced, organized, detail-oriented, innovator distiller with a positive attitude and strong work ethic to join our team as a Distiller. Must be a team player, bring mature leadership to the table and have a grow forward vision for expansion.

Responsibilities include, but not limited to, all aspects of new make whiskey/bourbon/rum production including grain handling, mashing, fermentation, distillation, blending, bottling as well as some on site analysis and off-site coordination. The distillery also produces gin and other botanical distillates from GNS and Blends/Finishes/bottles matured spirits.

This position will be full time schedule and will require some evening, weekend and holiday shifts as needed.

Not Willing To Provide Sponsorship.


• Grain Handling, Milling, Mashing and Distillation of a Double Batch System and Rotary Evaporators.

• Ordering, evaluating and tracking all raw material components for the production process.

• Managing and Insuring all MAQ and Flashpoint Compliance for building code and fire code. Filing of TTB and NCABC report filings.

• Operation of pumps, motors, agitators, valves, filter press, CIP and interface with water systems (City & RO) and boiler and chiller, to execute daily mashing operations and tank transfers, barreling and bottling.

Fermentation Management & Lab Analysis 

• Record and Track data for multiple in-process fermentations throughout the shift.

• Understand and use aseptic techniques for yeast hydration

• Experience working and innovating with various yeast and impact on grain and molasses

• Experience nuancing yeast and temperature on fermentations.

• Run laboratory procedures and record data on progression of batches.

Distillation and Spirit Analysis 

• Operate a two, manual high-pressure steam-fed stills, 2000 Liter Kothe (stripping using kettle & condenser without columns) and a 1000 Liter Vendome (kettle, columns, vodka column, vapor basket with 2 condensers); Industrial rotary evaporator. Must understand Flashpoints and batch distillation reflux.

• Manage and Trouble shoot issues in process & equipment and adherence to fire and safety requirements.

• Sensory evaluation of new make and maturing/matured whiskey components as part of final blends.

• Create entries for online distillery software, Distill x 5 for record and keeping and TTB regulations/filings.

• Execute alcohol processing flow for blending, storage, dilution, bottling or barreling prep for bottle or barrel within an F-1 designated space.

Cleaning, Sanitation & Safety 

• Run CIP (clean in place) procedures with acid, base chemicals and hot water.

• Use best practice aseptic techniques for cleaning and sanitizing of vessels, stills, hoses, pipework, instruments, etc.

• Manage the removal of spent grain and mash on-site and off-site.

• Amend and execute SOP's to adhere to the highest standards of cleanliness of the production space and customer facing areas. for all customer facing spaces within the production area and tasting bar area.

• Perform all duties within compliance of safety policy and maintain that safety policy within the scope of OSHA, NFPA, DISCUS and other fire protection standards.


Minimum Qualifications 

• B.S. Degree in Relevant Science.

• Experience working in a brewery or distillery as an assistant distiller, distillery or head distiller for 2 - 5 years which reflects working knowledge of pot distillation, fermentation, maturation, blending, bottling, proofing/dilution. understanding/adherence to Flash Point targets in the distillery process for Fire Codes and Building Codes.

• Ability to work early or late hours, including some night and weekend shifts as needed.

• Must be highly organized, project manager with ability to multitask while maintaining high attention to safety, process and production detail. 

• A self-starter, problem-starter and innovator with the ability to work independently but also within a team as a positive, innovative team player.

• This is a highly physical job and candidate should have the ability to safely lift, pull, roll and hoist 55 -70 lbs. of grain bags, hoses, barrels of liquids on a hand truck, Lifting will possibility be above shoulder level to load grain into mash/lauter tun from a locking staircase accessed by climbing.

• Licensed to drive a forklift.

• Valid USA Driver’s License

• Strong work ethic, positive attitude and willingness to work within a startup organization that is involved in distilling, marketing and on/off premise sales.

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills

• Demonstrable and on-going advanced computer skill set including use of all Microsoft products, TTB interface and on-line software for distillery tracking.

• Must be 21 years of age and able to work in hot/cold climate changes, high places, wet/slippery floors, loud noise, fumes, gases, irritating substances, dust, exposure to solvents and chemicals and around mechanical and pressured vessels.

Preferred Qualifications

• B.S. Degree in Chemistry, Fermentation Science or Chemical Engineering,  Brewing & Distilling.

• 2-5+ years of production experience in either brewing or distilling but work with distilling systems Required.

• Experience operating pressurized manual systems, reading gauges, tracking/recording readings and understanding/adherence to Flash Point targets in the distillery process for Fire Codes and Building Codes.

• Experience with TTB reporting software - Distill x 5, Rudolph DDM, Rotary Evaporators.

• Strong project management skills, strong organizational skills, positive attitude, team player, mechanically oriented.

• Demonstrable knowledge and use of various yeast in fermentation, cut points in distillation, dilution, blending and bottling/barreling

• Live within driving distance of the distillery. This is not a remote job and working hour range can vary from 5 a.m. to as late as 9 p.m. depending on progress progression.

• Valid USA driver’s license and reliable transportation to get you to the distillery.

Job Type 

Full time

Equal Opportunity 

** Liberty & Plenty is committed to equal employment opportunity and individuals regardless of their sex, race, color, age, religion, creed, sexual orientation, national origin or citizenship, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics), marital status, gender (including gender identity or gender expression), familial status, military or veteran status, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related conditions.

Seniority Level 

Mid-Range key person position with a Start-up Distillery reporting to Owner/Distiller as part of the key management team. Opportunity for growth within the company.


• Food & Beverages

• Distillery Operations and Production, Retail, Wholesale, Direct to Consumer 


Salary aligned with skill set - $72,000

Accrued PTO and Holidays (Overtime pay for holidays worked) through production staff planning.

Reimbursement for completed IBD online classes.

This position will be full time schedule and will require some evening, weekend and holiday shifts as needed. 

120 day Performance Period.

Hand Sanitizing stations within the distillery and tasting bar area. Protective masks required in accordance with City/County of Durham, NC regulations. We also follow CDC and OSHA guidelines.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 59356377
  • Location:
    Durham, North Carolina, United States
  • Position Title: Distiller
  • Company Name: Liberty & Plenty Distiller
  • Job Function: Plant Ops/Production
  • Entry Level: Yes
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Required Travel: 10-25%
  • Salary: $62,000.00 - $72,000.00 (Yearly Salary)
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