Breweries big and small face the same problems, just on different scales. Like most growing breweries, Bill’s brewery was feeling the strain of managing disparate brewery management systems. We’ll take you inside “A Day in the Life of a Brewmaster” to illustrate Bruno’s frustrations with these multiple systems and how OBeer turned it all around.
As the brewmaster at Bill’s Brewery, Bruno is living the dream. A maestro of malt, a hypnotic hop weaver – Bruno is the Jedi master known for crafting “the dankest beer this side of the Mississippi…” So good in fact that Bruno’s beer has earned the street name “Good Ish.”
Like most prominent brew masters, Bruno doesn’t consistently note what he takes from inventory because his beer’s selling faster than he can make it. Some malt here, a myriad of hops there, no one worries when Bruno’s in the zone. It’s all proprietary knowledge managed in his head.
During his latest supermarket sweep for ingredients, Bruno notices potential material shortages and tells Penny the Accountant she should probably order more. Penny takes note of the request while Bruno heads back to the brew house to make the magic happen.
Unfortunately, the lack of accountability amidst Bruno’s latest escapade leaves other departments wondering what’s left, what needs replenishing and how to account for it all once the dust settles.
The day the brewery stood still
A week later, as Bruno begins his next batch, he’s stopped dead in his tracks: “Where are my hops!?” shouts Bruno. Peter the inventory manager claims he hasn’t seen them, “…but hey, maybe Penny has the order somewhere…” Bruno turns to Penny: “Oh. Shhh…..”, muttered a sheepish Penny. Turns out poor, overworked Penny forgot to order the hops.
Just like that, production comes to a screeching halt. Out of people to blame (and patience), Bruno voices his frustrations with Bill, the brewery owner. Bruno claims he couldn’t do his job relying on sub-par accounting and purchasing tools.
The Brewery Problem Explained
After listening to Bruno vent, Bill does his own research and meets up with Bruno sometime later to share his findings. Bill explained that “The problem” wasn’t an isolated issue with any one person or department. “The problem” was actually a brewery-wide issue. An inability to connect the dots between the
spreadsheets, bookkeeping software, web apps, proprietary knowledge and hand-written notes was causing delays and frustrations across EVERY department.
All-in-one brewery management software
Bill then went on to explain the benefits of an all-in-one system. With OrchestratedBEER, the purchasing process Bruno relies on would be tied to automated brewery accounting and real-time brewery inventory, which means Penny would be notified ahead of time when it’s time to order more hops.
The OBeer Results
With OrchestratedBEER brewery management software now in place, things began to change for Bruno for the better. Watch our animated video to see how Bruno put the features into action.