How awesome would it be to get paid to drink beer?
Well, if you love beer, the rich history of brewing, visiting all the taprooms near you, and discovering new craft beer in the market, then this may just be the right job for you.
How many times have you or your drinking buddies joked around about quitting your job if an opportunity to drink all day arrives?
Well, don’t go quitting just yet. This dream job of many isn’t so easy to land.
How to Find Beer Drinking Jobs
Beer tasting is a very specific job.
In the past, only big companies like Carlsberg offered beer-tasting gigs, where they hire beer lovers temporarily to try out new products, seek their opinion about taste, texture, flavor, smell and other details. These assignments provide businesses of the feedback needed in improving their alcohol brand
Other traditional beer-drinking jobs involved organizing events, working on beer quality control, or becoming a beer ambassador.
These jobs disappeared gradually in recent years as beer companies became massive and built a system that no longer required traditional beer tasting.
However, when Congress approved a resolution that legalized home-brewing in 1978, it brought about a resurgence of craft beer brewing that slowly grew into what it is today.
In 2018, The Atlantic reported an interesting thing happening: with more and more monopolies ruling almost every sector of our economy, small breweries are thriving with over 20,000 of them across the country.
And with this continuous rise in breweries came a revival of the in-demand beer-drinking side gigs as well.
In 2016, one such beer-drinking job became viral – it was a gig from World of Beer, which sought a trio of “Drink It Interns” for a summer internship traveling to various countries to try and drink beer in exchange for $12,000.
While this particular gig isn’t available anymore, World of Beer can sometimes have openings so better bookmark the site for similar opportunities.
Be on the lookout for internships and part-time jobs. For example:
- Natty Light offered a summer internship in May
- Hoegaarden, the company behind the popular Belgian wheat beer, invited spring breakers to apply as interns and visit their hometown in Hoegaarden, Belgium for a month, all expenses, accommodation and flights paid plus allowance.
Of course, you’d have to be at legal drinking age: that’s 18 to 21 years old (depending on where you live and where the work is located).
That is basically the only requirement needed, but some companies may require auditions (for ambassadors) or interviews (for representatives).
How Much Can You Get Paid to Drink Beer?
Internships like the examples above only pay with experience and a bit of pocket money.
Unfortunately, they do not guarantee long-term work.
If you’re looking for a more stable employment, check out jobs at breweries near you.
If you’re in luck to find an opening for beer tasting, beer specialist, beer quality technician, beer sommelier, cicerone or other similar job titles, these jobs could earn you somewhere from $15,000 to $64,500 or an average $35,000 per year.
Some of these beer-drinking jobs would require you to stay within a specific brewing company, which means you’d have to be very familiar with the company’s brand. Other jobs may require traveling to various breweries, usually to compare different brands or variants, so expect added benefits and higher pay due to non-traditional work hours.
Beer ambassadors, like other sponsorship deals from other industries, can be a lucrative deal. However, this job is mostly reserved to famous people.
If you’re not after the money, but is definitely game to get paid to drink beer in exchange for a meal, a bottle of beer, or other items in kind, then make sure you read this next section.
Secret Hopper & PintPass
Secret Hopper and PintPass are two similar services – they make it possible for ordinary folks like you and me to visit any brewery locally and from other towns, get a free flight for doing so, or paid cash after your brewery visit.
Note that these won’t get you rich, or will not substitute a proper day job, but remains a cool and fun experience to try out new beer and ale in exchange for free beer and some change.
Get Paid to Drink Beer with Secret Hopper
“Secret Hopper” was named after the long-time side hustle “secret shopping” wherein you’d shop at stores or dine in restaurants then grade everything from customer service to food presentation, shelf display, and so on.
Because employees of an assigned store or restaurants are not informed about secret shopping assignments, the companies use the feedback gathered from secret shoppers to improve their product or service.
Secret Hopper works the same way, except that “hoppers” visit breweries exclusively.
To become a secret hopper, you need to submit an application by filling out a form.
The form includes a couple of questions asking for essay-like answers. Write well, since the more detailed your story is, the more likely you’d be selected for Secret Hop assignments.
If selected, you’ll visit the brewery, sample the products, and then fill up a questionnaire along with your receipt. You’ll receive payment via PayPal after a couple of days for your “work.”
The standard Secret Hop pays $20, which often covers the cost of a flight and pint.
However, if you’re lucky, you can be assigned with a “hop” that includes free dinner or higher compensation.
Secret Hopper encourages breweries to sign up and “be hopped” for a fee.
Get Paid to Drink Beer with PintPass
PintPass is a cool little app that serves as a directory of local breweries.
There are over 6,500 breweries on the PintPass list, which means it can be pretty useful even if you’re not looking to earn money on the side.
However, unlike Secret Hopper that is paid by breweries for much-needed feedback about their business, PintPass uses their own money to pay for the feedback that a user gives them when they visit a brewery.
Ryan Rickert, the founder of PintPass, reportedly wanted to improve the industry, since there is still very little data sets available for craft beer industry and the app helps in capturing this data from real beer lovers across the country.
Anyone can download the app, check-in to a brewery, and fill out one survey at each brewery you visit.
Once you have over $10 in your account, you can redeem your beer money, which will be credited into your virtual MasterCard.
You can also gift your credits to anyone via the Text-A-Beer tab in the app.
Getting Paid to Drink Beer is Real
You shouldn’t be surprised that you can get paid to drink beer.
As you can imagine, the demand for full-time beer tasting jobs is high and there are very few opportunities available.
It’s a legitimate career, but it’s safe to assume that beer tasting jobs have low attrition rates.
If you do go with the Secret Hopper and Pint Pass route, don’t expect to turn this into a full-time job. Make it a fun way to earn a little with beer you’re already going to try anyway.