Houstonians have been wanting to get paid to drink beer for a long time now, since the beginning of the craft brew movement here in the Lone Star State. People just didn’t have the money back then to spend on beers like they do now. So, naturally, the demand for ways to get paid to drink beer grew out of necessity. There had to be a way to make this happen!
In Houston, there are several places that will hire you to taste beer for money. You can also get paid to drink beer at local events, so that you can see what people taste when they are actually drinking. But these are not your classic jobs you would see at the beer store. At these places, you get paid to do things a bit different. For example, you may get paid to go on a sensory adventure tour of the beer beverage industry, and try a variety of the best brands.
It gets even better. Many of the largest breweries in Texas are also home to the world’s largest beer festival, where you can get paid to drink beer all day long. If that isn’t an experience you’ll remember for the rest of your life, I don’t know what is. I’ve done it four times, and each time was an amazing, memorable and profitable event.
What most people don’t know is that you can even earn money by going on a “pintpass tour” of various breweries. The beer industry is quite big there in Texas, so many breweries host a “pint pass” event at various points throughout the year. At these events, they invite people to come and sit down and sample some of their finest offerings from around the state. You typically pay a flat rate to get a pint, but there are packages available that include everything from tastings to glassware. If you like to drink a wide variety of beers, this could be the perfect way for you to get paid to drink beer!
If you aren’t good at talking to strangers, you might want to consider becoming a “secret shopper” for the beer industry. There are a number of large breweries in Texas that contract out their “secret shoppers” to make sure they’re following the “secret” beer code. These folks are able to tour many of the breweries in the state, get paid for it, and then return to their homes with a sample bottle or two. They document the experience on hidden camera. While some people might think it’s funny that someone is stealing for fun, it’s actually a great way to get firsthand information about many of the best new beers being made.
Last but certainly not least, you can become a “sensory lab technician”. This position requires previous experience working in or managing a retail location, or in the production facilities of a major beer producer. Basically, you will be responsible for testing and evaluating new draft, bottle, and packaged beer products for quality and flavor. If you love drinking beer, this could be the job for you! Just make sure you have at least decent customer service skills and a pleasant, friendly attitude!