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The new Better Beer Society Draft Quality Apprenticeship is focused on training in new draft line techs to ensure more clean draft lines in Minnesota // Photo by Aaron Davidson for The Growler magazine

The new Better Beer Society Draft Quality Apprenticeship is focused on training in new draft line techs to ensure more clean draft lines in Minnesota // Photo by Aaron Davidson for The Growler magazine

The Better Beer Society is on a mission to clean every tap line in Minnesota. To do that, they’ve launched the Quality Draft Apprenticeship Program.

“We are looking for distinctive candidates to help us in our mission to educate on this topic,” Rob Shellman says. “The Quality Draft Apprenticeship Program aims to train in new draft techs and allows us to make a larger and quicker impact.”

Clean draft lines make a huge difference in the quality and taste of beer being poured (stay tuned for more on that in The Growler’s March issue), and building a task force of people dedicated to ensuring that every taproom, restaurant, and brewpub in Minnesota has only the cleanest lines is a big step forward for drinkers and brewers alike.

The end goal of the six-month apprenticeship, which is part-time to start (20-25 a week), is to find “a few distinctive individuals” to add to BBS’s new Brewer Approved draft maintenance program, Shellman says..

Former draft tech experience is acceptable, but not necessary. What is more important is that candidates are “sincere human beings who love life and take great pride in their work, are genuine in their love for beer and want to see it shown in its best light, and are not afraid of a dirty job.”

(That, and be mechanically inclined, okay with early morning and overnight shifts, and not mind cold and wet conditions. No one said being a beer hero was easy.)

For more information on the apprenticeship and BBS, check out the BBS website.


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