OrchestratedBEER Surpasses 50 Brewery Customers

We've just hit another milestone by surpassing 50 craft brewery customers as of June. 56 breweries have now joined the OrchestratedBEER community. That means 14% of the top 50 regional craft breweries in the U.S. are now using OrchestratedBEER to manage their business processes. You don't have to be a huge regional brewery to consider OrchestratedBEER. In fact, 53% of our customers [...]

By | June 28th, 2013|

Made in USA: Why We Partner Vs. Outsource

As OrchestratedBEER continues to gain popularity and our customer list continues to grow, we're often asked if we outsource development overseas. Other brewery software companies do it but there are multiple reasons why we never will. We're proud of our city and we're also proud to develop, market and maintain our software right here in Portland, Oregon. While 100% of our product [...]

By | May 13th, 2013|

QuickBooks for Breweries: Good or Bad?

Over the last few years we've literally talked to hundreds of small and large breweries alike. Of those we talked to, about 99% said they were running QuickBooks - and for good reason. QuickBooks is easy to use, it's cheap, and the interface is fantastic with all those pretty buttons that inspire a sense of accomplishment when you click them. It is [...]

By | April 10th, 2013|

OrchestratedBEER vs. Manufacturing Software

Orchestra competes with many different firms and product offerings in the marketplace with OrchestratedBEER.  Most commonly, OrchestratedBEER is compared to the “platform” companies and their products, such as Microsoft Dynamics GP or Navision, Sage Mas90 or Mas500.  Occasionally, OrchestratedBEER is also compared to manufacturing software solutions that have some industry focus. Not all ERP systems are created equal. Industry Focus – General [...]

By | November 2nd, 2012|

Can Breweries Survive on Spreadsheets Alone?

There’s an obvious difference between doing something and doing something well. We’re talking about the business of spreadsheets – the lifeblood and foundational management system on which a majority of breweries are built (we’ll save the Quickbooks portion for another blog). You can do a lot with spreadsheets, and some of them are complex, intertwined systems of linked cells and tabs that [...]

By | October 5th, 2012|

Cheap is often more expensive

Being cheap and skimping on equipment can be potentially harmful to any brewery or business. Neglecting needs like software won't necessarily be detrimental to your brewery, but you'll definitely be lacking efficiency compared to breweries that have invested in measures to streamline processes. In my previous partnership in a wholesale and distribution company,  we reserved a booth at a large trade show [...]

By | September 13th, 2012|

Brewery Software in the Cloud

How comfortable would you be if we switched roles for a day? Let us brew your beer and you handle the IT (including data backups, maintenance, and upgrades).  How far do you think either of us would get in this process and how successful would we be? It's probably not very practical but there are plenty of breweries out there willing to manage [...]

By | July 18th, 2012|

ERP Brewery Software: Not Just Another Bolt-on

ERP software systems are typically holistic in nature. However, most generic ERP systems typically won’t meet all the specific needs of a brewery. Therefore, it is critical to perform a gap analysis to identify what functions are required that are not native in the generic ERP application. Custom development or the purchase of additional bolt-ons are often required to fill these gaps. [...]

By | July 17th, 2012|

Brewery Accounting Software

We often talk about centralizing your information in order to become a centralized brewery. Why wouldn't you want all your infomation to be accessible (to appropriate employees) when they need it most? Managing complex brewing processes can get pretty complicated when you start interfacing with multiple pieces of software - especially on the accounting side. A true ERP system is one that [...]

By | July 2nd, 2012|

Streamlining Processes using Brewery Management Software

If you're a start-up brewery, or maybe even a large, successful brewery with a great reputation, chances are you have some sort of management system and a set of standard processes in place to keep your back office running like a well-oiled machine. And if you don't, or you think your brewery is not performing as efficiently as you'd like it to, [...]

By | June 22nd, 2012|