(336) 525-6383 • 103 E. Front St. Burlington, North Carolina

What Is This All About?

We are Burlington’s co-op brewery and restaurant located in historic downtown. We believe that a strong community is built around engaged businesses that give back to their community, and that there is no better model than the co-op for this purpose. Our owners are not just owners of a brewery and restaurant; they are also owners of an engine driving the revitalization of Downtown Burlington.

As a brewery, we are founded around the idea of “truly local” beer. Under the guidance and direction of our Head Brewer Jeremy Hunt, we will source our beer recipes and inspiration through partnerships with East of Elon Home Brewing Cooperative and other local home and professional brewers. We will take an active role in supporting the culture and expansion of home brewing through events at our brewery. All of our Burlington Beer Works beers will be crafted locally and brewed on-site.

As a restaurant, we believe that sustainable, local, and responsibly sourced food should be available to everyone at a reasonable price. Our menu will fluctuate with the ebb and flow of the seasons, offering our owners and guests only the freshest local flavors. Our owners will be our test-kitchen, and from them we will draw the inspiration for our ever-evolving menu.

Get to Know Your Board

Jeff Wilkins, LEED AP

After working for a couple of years in Colorado, Jeff came back to NC State and completed his Masters of Architecture in the spring of 2011, returning to his hometown of Burlington to begin practicing Architecture. He has a strong interest in the creation of unique, specialized details for each project, and he enjoys the challenge of using new and reclaimed building materials. While being committed to the artistic aspects of each design, he recognizes the importance of functionality. Jeff spends much of his spare time helping his father maintain their beef cattle herd while promoting local grass fed beef and sustainable farming practices.

Peter Ustach

Peter Ustach is the owner of Pandora’s Pies in Elon, NC. Born and raised in Beaufort, NC. Peter found his love for the food and beverage industry through multiple small local restaurants. After graduating with a degree in Entrepreneurship from Elon University in 2009, he became a partner of The Fat Frogg and opened Pandora’s Pies, a small local gourmet pizza pub. Peter now calls Elon his home.

Jackie Harrell

Jackie Harrell is a lifelong resident of Burlington, being one of the Touloupas family (of Zack’s Hotdogs), and therefore has an interest in the revitalization of downtown Burlington. After graduating from the UNC School of Pharmacy, she has practiced in independent, locally owned pharmacies. For the past 13 years, Edgewood Pharmacy has been her place of employment. Home brewing has become a hobby and interest of hers and she is an active member with East of Elon Home Brewing Cooperative. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Alamance County Health Department, and is currently on the Advisory Board for Alamap and is a member of the Asthma Coalition. Jackie and her husband, Craig, have three grown children.

T. Scott Fowler

T. Scott Fowler is a CPA and the CFO of Unichem, Inc., a specialty chemical manufacturing company in Haw River. Prior to that, he was a partner in the local firm of STOUT STUART McGOWEN & KING LLP where his customers consisted primarily of small businesses situated in and around Alamance County. He moved to Burlington in 1994 and has remained active in the community since arriving. While currently residing in Greensboro with his wife Lisa and their dog Lilly, he hopes to make Burlington his home again as soon as Lisa locates local employment.

Hal Vincent

Hal Vincent is a professor of strategic communications and the director of the student advertising and public relations firm Live Oak Communications at Elon University. He has worked in marketing communications for nearly 20 years for Tropicana, Nabisco, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and the Orlando Convention and Visitors Bureau. A native of Tennessee, he’s been a lover of quality beer since the day he discovered Sierra Nevada and Anchor Steam on the grocery shelves on his 21st birthday, or thereabouts. Working at advertising and PR agencies, and teaching in New York City, Philadelphia and Tampa, he is a fairly new transplant to Alamance Country. He is excited to see Downtown Burlington become a destination for community gathering and the cultural arts. Not to mention, a lively place to find a locally sourced burger paired with seasonal ale.

Sebastian Wolfrum

Sebastian Wolfrum previously served as the Director of Brewing Operations at the Natty Greene’s Brewing Company in Greensboro, NC and is currently the principal of Epiphany Craft Malt, a producer of malted grain products. Born and raised in Germany, he earned his certification as a brewer & maltster at the Ayinger Brewery outside of Munich in 1999 and added a certificate in distilling in 2012. As a founding member of the NC Craft Brewers Guild in 2008, Sebastian is very involved in the affairs of the small brewers in this state. Furthermore, he is engaged at the national level with the Brewers Association by serving on the Brewpub Committee. Sebastian lives with his wife and their twins in Durham, NC.

Sharon Dent

Sharon Dent is a commercial paralegal at Pittman & Steele, PLLC. She previously served on the Board of Directors of Company Shops Market, and currently serves on other local boards, and is excited to be a part of another local venture that will enhance the progress made by our community to revitalize downtown Burlington with interesting, local businesses.

Eric Henry

Eric Henry, President of TS Designs, has been in the screen printing and apparel business for over 30 years and lived in Alamance County over 50 years. TS Designs vision is to provide the highest quality and most sustainable t-shirts to the market. Winning the Sustainability Champion award from Sustainable North Carolina in 2009. Eric devotes much of his time to furthering the sustainable agenda in various community organizations. He founded the Burlington Biodiesel Co-op in 2001 and has run his car on biodiesel (or straight vegetable oil) that now has over 250k miles on it. He, along with Charlie Sydnor and Sam Moore, founded Company Shops Market, a co-op grocery in downtown Burlington that reconnects local agriculture to Alamance County. He serves on the board of NC GreenPower, an organization that purchases and resells renewable energy, and the Burlington Downtown Corporation. He has served on the board of Alamance County Chamber of Commerce, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association where he was the chairman in 2002, and Elon University Environmental Science and Martha and Spencer Love School of Business.

Your Leadership

General Manager –Tracy Schmidt

Tracy Schmidt (Johnson) is an Alamance County native with over 15 years of management and team-building experience. Her love of community and drive to strengthen the food and beverage culture in Alamance County is cohesive with our Co-Op culture and the vision of Burlington Beer Works. Creating a dynamic team to ensure the highest quality of food and beverage, Tracy looks forward to developing a culture of hospitality within Downtown Burlington. Tracy is driven by the ability to connect our community by primarily sourcing from within Alamance County and offering a well-crafted selection that brings everyone in our community to the table.

 
Head Brewer –Jeremy Hunt

In 2007, Jeremy began homebrewing. Over the past 12 years, Jeremy’s travels have been guided by “beer tourism” which have influenced his techniques and broadened his “beer”spective. Jeremy is a true-to-style – “traditionalist” – when it comes to brewing. Traditional recipes use four basic ingredients – hops, malt, yeast, and water. Jeremy will be creating a diverse selection of unfiltered, unpasteurized beers with up to 8 on tap at any one time. Jeremy will also be selecting up to 4 local draft beers and ciders to round out our menu.

 

Beverage Manager – Greg Schammel

Greg Schammel has always had the service industry itch. He started at sixteen-years old and doubled as a host and busser. From then on it was a constant ladder climb moving from host to busser to server assistant to server to bartender to management. Bartending and the science that goes into properly crafting a cocktail is easily Greg’s favorite part of the service industry. He is a highly skilled bartender whose cocktail innovations and knowledge always impress.

 

Careers

 

Job Title: Restaurant Server

Reports To: Front of House Supervisor and General Manager

Job Overview

Restaurant Servers are responsible for positive Guest interactions while serving Guests in a friendly and efficient manner and play an integral role in ensuring our customers have exceptional dining experiences. At all times, servers are expected to be attentive to our Guests’ needs, making them feel welcome, comfortable, important and relaxed.

The right person will be passionate about food and service, thoroughly enjoy creating excellent experiences for our customers, and understand and embrace the Co-Op model. The ideal candidate will have a friendly, outgoing disposition and previous experience working as a Server in a bustling, fast-paced restaurant setting.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Prepare room for dining by dressing tables and setting decorations, condiments, candles, napkins, service plates and utensils as specified
  • Protect establishment and patrons by adhering to sanitation, safety and alcohol beverage control policies
  • Help patrons select food and beverages by presenting menu; offering cocktails, beer and wine; suggesting courses; explaining the chef’s specialties; identifying appropriate beers and wine to compliment food selection; answering food preparation questions
  • Stay updated on current menu choices, specialties and menu deviations, knowing if the kitchen staff is running out of any items, etc.
  • Transmit orders to bar and kitchen by recording patrons’ choices; identifying patrons’ special dietary needs and special requests
  • Keep kitchen staff informed by noting timing of meal progression
  • Serve orders by picking up and delivering patrons’ choices from bar and kitchen; deliver accompaniments and condiments from service bars
  • Respond to additional patron requirements by inquiring of needs; observing dining process
  • Maintain table setting by removing courses as completed; replenishing utensils; refilling water glasses; being alert to patron spills or other special needs
  • Properly open and pour wine at the tableside
  • Conclude dining experience by acknowledging choice of restaurant; inviting patrons to return
  • Obtain revenues by totaling charges; issuing bill; accepting payment; delivering bill and payment to host; returning change or credit card and signature slip to patrons
  • Contribute to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed
  • Provide welcoming phone greeting and following Guest ordering procedures
  • Convey menu information over the phone to Guests and give accurate estimate of delivery time
  • Perform basic cleaning tasks as needed or directed by supervisor
  • Fill in for absent staff as needed
  • Assist with special events as needed
  • Adhere to grooming and appearance standards consistently
  • Promptly address customer service issues and refer customers to management when necessary

Qualifications

  • Previous serving experience required
  • Excellent oral communication skills required
  • Positive interpersonal skills required
  • ServSafe Certified (preferred, but not required)
  • Good telephone speaking and listening ability

Personal Attributes:
• must care deeply about precision of work and process to ensure quality and consistency of the experience and product,
• a positive, energetic teammate who can put the needs of guests and your teammates first
• ability to work in a fast-paced, guest-oriented environment while maintaining focus and a positive attitude
• someone willing to make difficult decisions and make changes when necessary,
• a thinker and strategic planner,
• have a good sense of adventure and an open mind.

If Interested is this Position: Contact Tracy Schmidt, General Manager of Burlington Beer Works
E-mail: tracy@burlingtonbeerworks.coop

 

 

Job Title: Line Cook
Reports To: Executive Chef and General Manager

Job Overview

We are looking for a professional line cook to prepare food to the exact chef’s specifications and to set up stations for menu. Line cook duties will consist of assisting the executive and sous chef with their daily tasks. The successful candidate will play a key role in contributing to our customer satisfaction and acquisition goals

The right person will be passionate about food and service, thoroughly enjoy creating excellent experiences for our customers, and understand and embrace the Co-Op model. The ideal candidate will have a friendly, outgoing disposition and previous experience working as a line cook in a bustling, fast-paced restaurant setting.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Set up and stocking stations with all necessary supplies
  • Prepare food for service (e.g. chopping vegetables, butchering meat, or preparing sauces)
  • Cook menu items in cooperation with the rest of the kitchen staff
  • Answer, report and follow executive or sous chef’s instructions
  • Clean up station and take care of leftover food
  • Stock inventory appropriately
  • Ensure that food comes out simultaneously, in high quality and in a timely fashion
  • Comply with nutrition and sanitation regulations and safety standards
  • Maintain a positive and professional approach with coworkers and customers

Qualifications

  • Proven cooking experience, including experience as a line chef, restaurant cook or prep cook
  • Excellent understanding of various cooking methods, ingredients, equipment and procedures
  • Accuracy and speed in executing assigned tasks
  • Familiar with industry’s best practices
  • Culinary school diploma (preferred, but not required)
  • ServSafe Certified (preferred, but not required)

Personal Attributes:
• must care deeply about precision of work and process to ensure quality and consistency of the experience and product,
• a positive, energetic teammate who can put the needs of guests and your teammates first
• ability to work in a fast-paced, guest-oriented environment while maintaining focus and a positive attitude
• someone willing to make difficult decisions and make changes when necessary,
• a thinker and strategic planner,
• have a good sense of adventure and an open mind.

If Interested is this Position: Contact Sam Forbis, Executive Chef of Burlington Beer Works
E-mail: tracy@burlingtonbeerworks.coop

 

 

Job Title: Utility/Dishwasher
Reports To: Executive Chef and General Manager

Job Overview

We are looking for a Dishwasher to join our kitchen staff and maintain cleanliness around our restaurant.

Dishwasher responsibilities include collecting used dishes, plates and utensils, loading washing machines and stacking washed items appropriately. If you want to kickstart your career in the restaurant industry and be part of the behind-the-scenes operations, we’d like to meet you. Note that this role requires working in shifts and, occasionally, during evenings or weekends.

Ultimately, you’ll help provide an unforgettable dining experience for our customers.

The right person will be passionate about food and service, thoroughly enjoy creating excellent experiences for our customers, and understand and embrace the Co-Op model. The ideal candidate will have a friendly, outgoing disposition and previous experience working as a dishwasher in a bustling, fast-paced restaurant setting.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Collect used kitchenware from dining and kitchen areas
  • Load and unload dishwashing machines
  • Wash specific items by hand (e.g. wooden cutting boards, large pots and delicate china)
  • Store clean dishes, glasses and equipment appropriately
  • Set up workstations before meal prep begins
  • Ensure there are always enough clean dishes, glasses and utensils, especially during peak hours
  • Maintain cleaning supplies stock (e.g. detergents) and place orders when necessary
  • Check washing machines’ operation and promptly report any technical/performance issues
  • Remove garbage and recycling regularly
  • Sanitize the kitchen area, including the floor

Qualifications

  • Work experience as a Dishwasher or on Wait Staff
  • Hands-on experience with industrial washing machines
  • Ability to follow instructions and help with various tasks, as needed
  • Time management skills
  • Attention to detail and sanitation rules
  • Availability to work in shifts, during weekends and evenings
  • High school diploma (preferred, but not required)

Personal Attributes:
• must care deeply about precision of work and process to ensure quality and consistency of the experience and product,
• a positive, energetic teammate who can put the needs of guests and your teammates first
• ability to work in a fast-paced, guest-oriented environment while maintaining focus and a positive attitude
• someone willing to make difficult decisions and make changes when necessary,
• a thinker and strategic planner,
• have a good sense of adventure and an open mind.

If Interested is this Position: Contact Sam Forbis, Executive Chef of Burlington Beer Works
E-mail: tracy@burlingtonbeerworks.coop

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