BARTENDER NEEDED

Bartender/Server

20-30 Hrs/Wk Available

Send Resumes to marion@westerncider.com

Western Cider Co. is a cidery in Missoula, Montana. As a company, Western Cider aspires to create an institution of great cider, good times and a life worth living in this far-flung region of the American West. See what we are all about on Instagram or Facebook @westerncider or on our website - westerncider.com

We are searching for a highly motivated bar staff who is committed to achieving customer satisfaction by providing friendly, timely, and professional service to all guests in our Tasting Room, off-site events, and more. This position offers an excellent opportunity to contribute to a dynamic, tight-knit, growing and committed cidery team.

To be considered for this position you must have scheduling flexibility. Currently, hours range from 5 hour day shifts to 6-9 hour evening shifts.

Job Overview:

This position is vital to providing customers with an enjoyable experience. This position requires a love for working with the public, as well as building and maintaining relationships with our community. We value this role and are looking for people that value it in return. We are in search of bright, hard working, cider-slinging, enthusiastic, and resourceful people who are ready to grow with a new and ambitious company for the long run.

The Bartender/Server role is a hybrid position that will encompass all aspects of Tasting Room needs: bartending, table service, food prep, cleaning needs and more. As we refine our system, your work will focus to one of these specific roles.

Qualifications:

 - Applicant must be 21+ years of age

- Excellent communication skills required

- Excellent customer service skills

- At least 1 year experience in tasting room, restaurant or bar

- TIPS certified

- Proficient in operating iPad based POS systems

- Ability to multi-task

- A natural curiosity for learning and sharing drinks and food

- Must be able to lift 50 lbs. and maneuver 160 lb. kegs

- Must be able to remain standing for extended periods of time

- Understanding of the cider making process, cider culture and its history is a plus

Responsibilities:

-       Knowledge and proper use of Tasting room equipment

-       Demonstrate a positive attitude at all times

-       Exceptional knowledge of ciders we produce and food we serve

-       Maintain a clean, sanitary work area and guest environment

-       Arrive to work on time, neatly groomed

-       Be attentive and able to anticipate guest needs

-       Ability to handle multiple things simultaneously

-       Adhere to proper opening and closing procedures

-       Knowledge of proper glassware and pouring techniques

-       Stock shelves and coolers, as needed

-       Accurate cash handling, can make proper change, and process credit cards

-       Ability to change a keg

-       Follow directions from managers and owners

-       Can complete requirements of job without constant supervision

-       Works as a team to ensure guest satisfaction

-       Willing to help out where needed

Starting Wage: $8.25/Hr.

Western Cider Wins Big!

Montana Cidery Takes Portland International Cider Cup’s Top Awards

MISSOULA, Mont. - Western Cider is honored to announce their award for Best New Cidery and Best In Show at the Portland International Cider Cup. Their McIntosh Cider was awarded a GOLD MEDAL in the Heritage Dry category and took the Best In Show honors out of 168 cider entries.

Western Cider’s McIntosh is a perfectly crafted single varietal cider renown for its vivid apple aromatics and quintessential apple flavor. Golden in color it is rich with tannins giving complexity and lingering flavor. The heirloom apples were grown on gnarled eighty-year-old trees from one of the last plantings of Montana’s historic Bitterroot Valley apple era.

For the second year running, a cidery from Montana, took home the competition’s highest honor and Cup-- the Best In Show Award. The party, hosted at Portland Cider Company’s Clackamas event space, drew 150 cidermakers, industry press and cider fans. The event was also a celebration of ciders crafted in the Pacific Northwest, the largest cider market in the United States for consumption and home to a quarter of the country’s cidermakers.  

“In our first year of operation, it is truly an honor to receive such recognition from the PICC. From planting the orchard in 2010 - to working on Western Cider for the last two years, this has been a vision that has taken many years to realize. We are grateful to be part of a world-class cider making community and look forward to many years ahead as stewards of great cider” said Western Cider Co. founder Michael Billingsley.

About Portland International Cider Cup

The Portland International Cider Cup was formed in 2013 by members of the NW Cider Association.  There were 168 ciders entered in 2017 from over 40 cideries in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana, an increase of 150% from the prior year. This competition is held with the utmost regard and judges are asked to score only deserving ciders. There were 48 experienced industry judges tasting ciders in 14 different categories.  A maximum of one gold, one silver and one bronze may be awarded per category. Gold medals from each category will advance to the Best of Show competition for which a single winner will be selected by the lead judges from each judging group.

About Western Cider Co.

WESTERN CIDER’S story began in 2012 when Michael Billingsley planted a cider apple orchard in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley. This unique orchard is comprised of rare, heritage cultivars grown specifically for making cider. Michael continued to plant trees every year and currently has over 4,500 trees in his orchard with more than 50 varieties. Now, Western Cider is using those apples, as well as fruit from Pacific Northwest orchards, to produce a diverse range of easy going and traditional ciders, including their Poor Farmer canned line. Western Cider’s tasting room and production facility are located on the banks of the Clark Fork River in Missoula, Montana. Currently you can find Western Cider in the Missoula, Butte, Kalispell, Whitefish and Bozeman, Montana markets.