Tasting Room Teammate

1158 Broadway

Do you want to make an impact on the world through beer? Now is your chance. Optimism is hiring an outstanding people for our Tasting Room Team.  

What does a Tasting Room Teammate do?

  • Share our yummy beer and change-making outlook with the world.
  • Help beer-lovers and soon-to-be-beer-lovers find the perfect beer for that moment in an appropriately accessible manner.
  • Make engaging connections with our guests.
  • Do everything necessary to enable people to have a great experience with their friends and family at Optimism. 
  • Pour beer, change kegs, wash glasses, fill & seam cans and growlers, set up, clean up, wash kegs, refill the toilet paper holders, and a bunch of other stuff to keep the Tasting Room operating.
  • Correctly prioritize work so that the right thing happens at the right time. They can thrive in the fast-paced environment of a busy Friday night when the team works together to keep our line running fast, as well as on a Tuesday afternoon when you can spend twenty minutes with one customer educating them about the beer-making process.
  • Above all, they provide friendly customer service.

We want to hear from you if:

  • You have a love of craft beer and a strong desire to continuously deepen your knowledge of beer history, brewing techniques, styles, flavor profiles, etc.
  • You enjoy thoughtful interaction with customers and teammates -- you have fun even in a fast-paced environment.
  • You are excited to try and learn new things.
  • You have ideas and opinions, but no ego.
  • You don’t want to be a robot, so being in a start-up environment where roles change is enticing. 
  • You thrive when given the freedom to ask questions, solve problems, and help improve the process.
  • You have a keen attention to details because being safe and sanitary is critical to making and serving good beer.
  • You are at least 21 years of age at the time of hire.
  • Are ok with working evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • A Cicerone Certification — we play favorites for candidates with this.

These items are just plain required:

  • Able to drink, taste, smell and describe beer.
  • Able to read and follow written English instructions
  • Able to stand, walk, climb stairs and be on your feet for prolonged periods
  • Able to regularly twist, turn, kneel, climb, stoop, bend, crawl, lift and carrying supplies and equipment weighing up to 130 pounds using appropriate techniques and tools
  • Able to work in a factory/production environment which may be loud, slick, humid, cold, and hot
  • Able to comply with and enforce all health, safety, and personal hygiene policies and standards
  • MAST (Mandatory Alcohol Server Training) Class 12 permit, Washington State Food Handlers permits, and Cicerone Beer Server Certification (you will have 30 days from hire to obtain these if you don’t already hold them)


Feel like your resume doesn’t do you justice or maybe you are just looking for some bonus points? Include a “show and tell video”: pull out your cell phone and record a short (3-5 minute) video of yourself sharing something with us that you are passionate about. Then simply post it online to the video-sharing site of your choosing and include a link in the appropriate space in the application form. Love Legos? Interesting! Did you hike the Pacific Coast Trail? Tell us a story about your adventure! Know how to make Thai Curry from scratch? Share the secret. We don't need anything fancy and there is no editing required. Just tell us a story, share your experiences, and let us see something about you that can't be communicated on paper. This is your chance to let your personality shine.

Optimism Brewing Company not only embraces diversity and equal opportunity, we seek it out. We believe our team, and our beer, is improved by people of varied backgrounds, perspectives, identities and personalities.

Optimism believes in paying a living wage and providing health benefits to all full-time employees.  Wages start at $20/hour. Thanksgiving and your birthday are paid holidays, with the ability to earn up to 13 more days in sick/vacation leave.  We also provide one month of paid parental leave after 12 months of full-time employment.