Brown-Forman Distillery Operator in Louisville, Kentucky

Job Description:

Acquired in 1940, the Brown-Forman Distillery is responsible for distilling several of our fine brands, including Early Times and Old Forester.

Job Summary:

The duties of the Distillery Operator include, but are not limited to the following: general work related to Distillery functions. Perform the duties of the Distillery Operator and other tasks as assigned. Monitor and control fermentation, yeast, chiller, distillation, and by-products. Monitor mashing system to verify that proper temperatures, ingredients, times, and proper sequences are maintained. Ensure the appropriate timing of operations. Operate all equipment used in milling, mashing, yeasting, fermentation, distillation, and by-products. Perform analytical tests to ensure product quality. Monitor and control distillery operations through a computerized control system. Provide daily sanitation to work area.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Be able to judge distance or depth of objects

  • Be able to read operations manuals, complete log sheets and calculate percentages

  • Be able to relate computer with actual events in system

  • Be willing to learn and capable of conforming to hygiene and sanitation requirements as described in the Brown-Forman Housekeeping and Sanitation Manual

  • Be able to remember a large quantity of information, recognize problems, and reason deductively and inductively

  • Be able to make visual discrimination at close range or under very low light conditions

Must Requirements:

  • High school diploma or GED

  • Must be at least 21 years old

  • Must be willing to work shift based overtime as well as holidays and weekends

  • Brown-Forman Distillery is a 24 hour 7 day week operation with an 8 hour schedule Monday – Friday and overtime assigned by seniority and area qualification. Must be able to work weekends and overtime as needed.

  • Must have demonstrated verbal and written communication skills

  • Must have ability to concentrate without becoming distracted and multitask, shift back and forth between different sources of information.

  • Must pass drug screen, physical abilities test, and background check

  • Must join a Union within 60 working days and complete a 60 work day probationary period

Preferred Requirements:

  • Previous experience and/or demonstrated technical and mechanical ability in complex manufacturing environment

  • Previous time spent on safety, quality or environmental teams at a manufacturing facility

Physical Requirements:

  • Be able to lift, carry, or move heavy objects (20 - 50lbs)

  • Frequent stooping, bending, crawling; occasional climbing ladders is also required


  • Hourly starting wage at $20.30. A $0.40 per hour shift differential for the afternoon shift and $0.50 per hour shift differential for night shift.

Benefits Available

• Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance

• Paid Vacation

• Holiday Pay

• Employee Stock Purchase Program

• 401K Savings Plan and much more…

About Brown-Forman:


For more than 145 years, Brown-Forman Corporation has enriched the experience of life by responsibly building fine quality beverage alcohol brands, including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s & Cola, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, Finlandia, Korbel, el Jimador, Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, Canadian Mist, Herradura, New Mix, Sonoma-Cutrer, Early Times, Chambord, BenRiach and GlenDronach. Brown-Forman’s brands are supported by nearly 4,600 employees and sold in approximately 160 countries worldwide

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Brown-Forman Corporation is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. It is the policy of Brown-Forman Corporation to provide full and equal employment opportunities to all employees and potential employees without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability or any other legally protected status.

Business Area: Global Production

City: Louisville

State: KY

Country: United States

Req Type: Non-exempt

AutoReqId: 4144BR