The Benefits Of Working At Modern Times

On Jul 27, 2015 - 19 Comments - Jobs

Modern Times has only been open for two years, but our team has grown exponentially in that time. We recently pulled the curtain back on the long-term vision for Modern Times, and now we think its time to let you in on why we think Modern Times is a pretty rad place to work. Here are some of the perks and benefits of working at Modern Times:

The pay
First and foremost, we pride ourselves on paying at (and often above) an extremely competitive level, for our industry and our town. Our base pay rate on our production team is $14/hour, a cool $5 above minimum wage here in California. We realize income isn’t everything when it comes to being happy at a job, but it’s a great place to start.

Health care
For a company that is only two years old, Modern Times offers some pretty incredible medical benefits to employees. Modern Times covers 50% of medical coverage for employees AND their dependents. On top of that, we cover 100% of dental, vision, long-term disability, acupuncture and chiropractic.

UNLIMITED paid time-off
Our team works incredibly hard to make and serve kick ass beer, coffee, and merchandise. There is an inherent expectation of very hard work at Modern Times, but we also try to promote a work/life balance. Honestly, this is an area where we could stand to improve because the extremely rapid growth of the brewery has meant long hours for everyone. But we nonetheless offer unlimited paid time-off, which is an extension of our results-focused management philosophy. Basically, if you kickass at your job, we trust you to manage your time responsibly.

Long term staff benefits
Outstanding performers who stick with Modern Times for 5 years are eligible for a 2-month paid sabbatical and equity distribution. That’s a pretty amazing and uncommon benefit. Not many companies will pay you to take 2 months off, or make a share of ownership available to rock star employees. We’ll also be rolling out a 401(k) program in January.

The beer and the gear (obviously)
Lots of outstandingly delicious free beer is a humongous perk to working here. Employees are entitled to a free pint after every shift PLUS a growler a day to bring home. You read that correctly: one growler every day you work. Oh, and did we mention that employees also get one keg a year; a $250 gift card to spend on merch, event tickets, coffee, or whatever else; and 20% off merchandise and beer. We don’t mess around with beer and gear benefits. On top of those perks, employees are also frequently asked to taste the latest new & experimental beers, which is pretty rad.

The other fun and tasty perks
We recently implemented a free fruit program through Specialty Produce, which means there is ripe, seasonal organic fruit all over the place for people to eat whenever they feel like it. We also have a four-tap office kegerator, with kombucha, our delicious Modern Times cold brew coffee, sparkling mineral water, and cold filtered water on-tap that people can help themselves to throughout the day. We are all hydrated, carbonated, caffeinated and full of delicious fruit. 

The people and culture
Arguably the best perk of working for Modern Times is, to put it simply, the really rad folks that work here. We’ve managed to attract some wildly talented people, who obviously know and love good beer, but who also happen to be awesome on a human level. From the production team to the tasting room staff to the ops cartel, we’re certain that some of the best people in the industry work here, and they make this place as rad as it is. 

We’re looking forward to growing our team in the near future, so if you’re excited about working for us and experiencing some pretty sweet perks, we encourage you to keep up with our social media and blog for job openings.

Jess Morris
Admin Ninja

Where We Go From Here

On Jul 5, 2015 - 17 Comments -

Last week I did a little reflecting on how far Modern Times has come in the (almost) two short years it’s been in existence. With our 2nd Anniversary Party coming up next weekend, it seems like a good time to think about big picture stuff, so this week, I’d like to talk about where we go from here.

The first and most obvious thing to discuss is what we announced on Monday: The Festival of Dankness. It’s the first in what we hope will become a series of charity festivals loosely themed around our year round beers. The Festival of Dankness is our Blazing World festival—a celebration of new wave hoppy beers—and future iterations will likely include a session beer festival (Fortunate Islands), a coffee & beer festival (Black House), and a farmhouse/funk festival (Lomaland).

The goal is not just to throw ridiculously awesome parties. It’s also to raise money for the charities we fervently believe in (BikeSD in this case). I’ve said from the beginning that it’s important to me that Modern Times be an active player in shaping the fabric of our city, and raising money for some of the most effective advocacy organizations in town through festivals is one way we’ll do it. So if all goes well this first time around, expect to see more of these moderately sized, tightly curated festivals from us.

Secondly, and on an even more ambitious scale, we’re planning to build more locations. One of the great joys for me of the past two years has been designing and building our tasting rooms, which are an expression of my personal weirdness and the collective creativity of the people who work at Modern Times. They’re the embodiment of our soul. So I feel an urgent need to build more of them because they’re awesome.

They also have the potential to solve practical problems for us: lack of a reasonably sized pilot system, lack of barrel space, lack of food options, lack of coffee service. So expect to see us fill in these gaps in the tastiest and most elaborately decorated ways possible.

Third, expect to see more of our beer available. We’ve been operating at capacity since the day we launched cans in October 2013, even with several rounds of expansion thrown in. Now that we’ve taken over the building next door to us, we should be able to add more cellar space. So we’ll move packaging next door and find someplace else for dry storage, clearing the way for a new row of seriously big tanks to be installed sometime next year. That should allow us to keep up with demand for our year round beers, brew more beer for our seasonal and 22oz programs, and introduce a sexy new package type or two (I wish I could share details, but it’ll have to wait until we actually have the capacity.)

Fourth, expect to see Modern Times Coffee go big. We aim to be canning cold brew next year, and our goal is to produce nothing short of the best goddamn canned cold brew in the world. We’ll also be expanding the range of our bagged coffee availability tremendously, with many more single origin offerings, micro-lots, direct trade beans, seasonal blends, barrel-aged wonders, and more. We’ll also be tackling wholesale in a bigger way, by providing coffee for a select group of restaurants & cafes that are focused on having world-class coffee programs.

Fifth, expect to see more special bottle releases. We’ve already begun bottling small runs of funky beers, including Funky Universal Friend w/ Pinot Noir and 100% Brett Dancing Plague (both currently funkifying in our warehouse, waiting for the right moment to be released), and we’re going to do a lot more. We have unique talent and unique bugs in-house, and we think there’s a place for the funky beers we can make with them. We’ll also be expanding our barrel program as much as possible to allow for more variations, higher bottle counts, and more frequent releases. The beers coming out of our barrel programs have been stunningly good, so we’re very excited to make more.

And lastly, expect to see more collaborations. Now that some of the full-blown insanity of the very early days appears to be behind us, we’re going to prioritize meeting more like-minded folks at other young breweries and making sexy beer together. Should be fun.

Cheers & thanks,
Jacob McKean
Modern Times Beer