Orchestrated Style Guide: Berliner Weisse

Orchestrated Style Guide: Berliner Weisse Those of us at Orchestra might be huge lovers of Beer - not to mention ciders, spirits, kombucha and more, though we're generally really good at software. With that in mind, we wanted to delve into the world of beer styles that drive the industry today, all in the hopes of better understanding the styles [...]

By | February 22nd, 2018|

Beer Distribution 101: Self Distribution vs. Distributor

Beer Distribution 101: Self Distribution vs Distributor Traditionally, there has been a three-tier system when it comes to beer distribution. In this system, a brewery sells beer to a distributor, who in turn sells it to the customer. Often, smaller but growing breweries do not have the necessary volume to turn a decent profit while working with distributors, so many [...]

By | January 31st, 2018|

The Emerging Tasting Room Model

The Emerging Tasting Room Model Does a tasting room help expand and grow your brand and brewery? According to the latest numbers from the Brewers Association, there are over 7,000 breweries in the US. With the ever-expanding craft beer market, breweries are taking to a newly emerging tasting room model. With this change, they're looking to increase profit, define their [...]

By | January 24th, 2018|

Branding Beer 101: How Buzzwords & Packaging Impact Beer Branding

Branding Beer 101: How Buzz Words & Packaging Impact Beer Branding Today's craft beer market is packed with new breweries, established mainstays, brewpub filled towns, and enough taplists to make your head spin. As a brewer or brewery owner, the task of naming a new brand, much less determining the beer branding descriptors used to draw in your target market, [...]

By | January 18th, 2018|

Canning vs Bottling Beer

Canning vs Bottling Beer Canning vs bottling beer; it's the ultimate battle! Determining whether to can or bottle beer can be a difficult challenge, Each canning and bottling both have their own pros and cons when it comes to distribution, production, portability, aging and more. With the number of breweries that are on OrchestratedBeer, it’s easy to see a pattern [...]

By | January 3rd, 2018|

New Tax Law Will Impact Brewers TTB Reporting

New Tax Law Gives Tax Break to Brewers and Will Impact TTB Reporting As you may have already heard, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which includes the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA), was passed by Congress last Wednesday. This historic legislation paves the way for distinctly lower excise tax rates for alcoholic beverage manufacturers. Orchestra Software, [...]

By | December 27th, 2017|

Orchestra Software Gives Back

Orchestra Software Gives Back It’s the season of giving, and the team at Orchestra Software has been busy giving back to the community. With a goal of helping make a difference in the local community, Orchestra employees took the opportunity to volunteer at three different local Portland programs, as well as adopt local families to help make it the [...]

By | December 20th, 2017|

Leveling Up Your Distribution

Leveling Up Your Distribution The game has changed. To think that it’s enough for a brewery to bring a product to market via the Three-Tier Distribution System or open a brewpub and expect the results others have seen is naïve. It’s just not as automatic as it once was. Getting bottles on the shelf or having 20 taps might not [...]

By | December 14th, 2017|

Craft Beer Trends 2018

Craft Beer Trends 2018 It’s important to stay ahead in the beer industry, and with the year wrapping up, most brewers are looking forward towards 2018. Breweries are trying to figure out what trends to watch for next year, and since the craft beer market is ever changing, staying ahead of what will be in demand is essential. While the [...]

By | December 7th, 2017|