We’re Hiring!

February 5, 2018

We’re gearing up for our best summer yet and we need a few great people to fill key roles.  If you’re awesome we want to hear from you!


Production Brewer

Big Spruce Brewing is an Organic Craft Brewing company in Nyanza, Cape Breton, that started business in 2013 as a 7 bbl, 2 x fermenter brewery producing beer for sale in kegs and growlers. We have since grown to a business that includes the original 7bbl brewery (6 x fermenters, 5 x conditioning tanks), an adjacent 20 bbl brewery (40bbl unis and BBTs) with automated 5 head canning line, an on site tasting deck, and small capacity automatic bottler/crowned for specialty beer. If you love craft beer, a fast-paced environment, and are interested in a seasonal brewing opportunity, we want to hear from you.

Big Spruce is looking for a candidate to serve as a seasonal Production Brewer from April 15th to October 15th (some flexibility with these dates) for our 7bbl system. The candidate will also become acquainted with our larger 20bbl system. This is a chance to be involved in both one-off seasonal brewing, as well as with our year round offerings. Our seasonal sell rate has created the need for this position.

• 7bbl Brew House operations. Milling, mashing, lautering, boiling, Whirlpool, knockout, grain out and brew house CIP.
• Cellaring: to include Fermenter/Conditioning Tank CIP and Sanitation, Gravity monitoring, fermentation monitoring (inc glycol control), Crashing/Dry hopping procedures, yeast management, Record keeping, carbonation
• Packaging: Kegging and occasional bottling via HDP automatic filler/crowner (2 head)
• QA: Process Sampling, yeast viability, tasting, etc
• Recipe Formulation (as necessary)
• Create and manage brew schedule
• Detailed record keeping (inventory, brew logs)
• Communicate and plan with management and staff
• Coordinate with company OHS to ensure safe working environment
• Mentor and train junior brew floor co-workers
• Must be willing to pitch in on tasks that are outside core responsibilities

Job Requirements:
• 3+ years in brewing experience (advanced home brew experience will be considered)
• Experience in yeast handling
• Strong work ethic. Self motivated. Team oriented. Comfortable on ladders (training provided)
• Impeccable cleaning and sanitizing abilities.
• Ability to multi task in a high paced work environment.

Additional beneficial skills:
• Science/lab background
• Mechanical ability. Able to lift 55lbs with regularity.
• Barrel/wild/mixed fermentation experience
• Cicerone cert. Comfortable relocating to rural Cape Breton.
• Familiarity with HDP bottling equipment or Cask Canning lines


Server/Retail Sales (Front of the House)

Big Spruce is looking for candidates to work as a seasonal Server on our Retail Sales Desk in our Sprucetique from May 15th to October 15th (some flexibility with these dates).

• Open and/or close the sales area on a daily basis (will be trained)
• Serve clients in a manner that guarantees all patrons leave having had a positive Big Spruce experience. Growler filling. Sample pouring.
• Uphold Big Spruce’s brand image and mantra (training provided) in all aspects of customer service in the Sprucetique
• Maintain Sprucetique inventory
• Clean and maintain Sprucetique refrigerated areas, product shelving and bathrooms.
• Must be willing to pitch in on tasks that are outside core responsibilities

Job Requirements:
• Love and knowledge of Craft Beer (or willingness to learn)
• Ability to lift 55 lbs
• Knowledge of draft line maintenance and operations (training provided)

Additional beneficial skills:
• Home brewing knowledge a plus (not necessary)
• Foodie background or appreciation preferred.
• Cicerone certification (opportunity to get certified provided)
• General knowledge of can’t miss destination within Cape Breton a plus! Able to work in a team oriented environment.

Interested applicants are to send cover letter and resume to jeremy@bigspruce.ca

Yes We Can!

March 7, 2017

Big Spruce is about to get bigger!

July 14, 2016

We’re very excited to announce our upcoming expansion across the road from our current home!

Funding has allowed us the opportunity to expand and become something that we could have only dreamed of in the beginning. With the help of ACOA, New Dawn Enterprises and Business Development Bank Canada (BDC) we will be able to continue to create the organic ales with ingredients sourced from local producers that keep our customers coming back for more. We work very hard at Big Spruce, and it feels so satisfying to know that our determination is being recognized.”

Read all about it here.http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1059209


We’re bottling!

March 2, 2016

Big Spruce is excited to release our first ever bottled beer!   RA RA Rasputin is an Imperial Stout aged in Glenora Distillery whisky barrels and the result is a fiery warm offering, with deep chocolate and coffee flavours and a vanilla/caramel nose.  It’s available at the brewery in 650ml bombers, and on tap at super select locations in limited quantities.  Get it while you can!

Best enjoyed with a loud dose of Boney M.


Big Spruce wins 2015 Parks Canada Sustainable Tourism Award

January 12, 2016

In November 2015, Big Spruce Brewing was very proud to be presented with the Parks Canada Sustainable Tourism Award at the 2015 TIANS Tourism Summit. The criteria established for this honour reflect the three pillars of sustainable tourism; development-economic viability, environmental sustainability, and cultural appropriateness.

Criteria for nominees:

  • Demonstrated a commitment to excellence and encourages an appreciation of and respect for, our natural, cultural and aesthetic heritage
  • Strived to achieve tourism development in a manner which harmonizes economic objectives with the protection and enhancement of our natural and cultural heritage
  • Cooperated with colleagues and the industry in promoting sustainable development
  • Offered tourism products and services that are consistent with community values and the surrounding environment
  • Fostered greater public awareness of the economic, social, cultural and environmental significance of tourism
PC Sustainable Tourism Award

Big Spruce to Release “The Silver Tart” in Conjunction With “The Bells of Baddeck”

April 28, 2015

In conjunction with this summer’s production of The Bells of Baddeck, and inspired by Alexander Graham Bell’s working notes, Big Spruce brewing has created a recipe for a sour raspberry wheat beer to be brewed in limited batches and released this summer. Click HERE for the article.

Thirsty work: Big Spruce Brewing can’t bottle its beer fast enough

May 2, 2014

A spectacular view of a lake, an orchard, a maple grove, tables made from tamarind and chair backs of woven banana leaf — obviously, this is a brewery in Cape Breton…
Read the full article in the Chronicle Herald here.

Microbrewery taps into fresh recipes

April 1, 2013

Big Spruce Brewing, located near Nyanza, outside Baddeck, is situated on a 30-hectare farm overlooking Bras d’Or Lake that boasts a market garden and orchard.

Read the full article in the Chronicle Herald here.

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