5 Skills Every Brewery Employee Should Have

5 Skills Every Brewery Employee Should Have  Whether you’re a brewery looking to hire, or you’re in the market for a job in the brewing industry, there are some patterns and commonalities no matter where you look.  We’ve scoured job boards like Brewbound and others to identify the top trends of skills you should have and what to look for. [...]

By | May 24th, 2019|

Expanding Your Brewery Through Entering New Markets

Expanding Your Brewery Through Entering New Markets The craft beer industry has eclipsed the 7,400-brewery mark, with room to grow, at least at the local level. With the Taproom model being the biggest outlier, growing at 40%, it signals that there’s still a desire to appeal to ever-evolving tastes at a local level in an increasingly competitive market.  With increased competition, changing tastes, and the need to stay local, relevant and unique, many breweries are considering expanding into new beverage lines. Adding new beverages can [...]

By | May 7th, 2019|

Top Benefits & Best Practices for Hop Contracts

Top Benefits & Best Practices for Hop Contracts Hop Contracts are becoming increasingly important as the number of breweries entering the market recently surpassed the 7,400 mark. Buckling down on the business was heavily emphasized across the board in seminars at the recent 2019 Craft Brewers Conference in Denver. Properly handling hop contracts was suggested as one of many [...]

By | April 26th, 2019|

How to Best Source Hops: Contracting vs Spot

Purchasing Hops: Contracting vs Spot The availability of hops has become more abundant than ever. With a growing number of varieties in high demand, and with nearly 7,000 active breweries in the United States today, one would expect sourcing hops to be quite easy. Yet, even with the abundance in supply, the task of knowing which varieties to enter contracts [...]

By | September 20th, 2018|

Diversifying Your Brewery: Adding Coffee to Your Brewery

Diversifying Your Brewery: Adding Coffee to Your Brewery Our “Expansion Series” addresses tips for managing the multiple production processes involved with diversifying your business into other growing segments of the craft beverage industry. We previously tackled the basics of setting up a Cidery and examined the world of Spirits and Ready-to-Drink Cocktails. In our final article of the series, we [...]

By | September 5th, 2018|

Diversifying Your Brewery: Distilling Spirits

Diversifying Your Brewery: Distilling Spirits Our “Expansion Series” addresses tips for managing the multiple production processes involved with diversifying your business into Cider, Spirits & Craft Cocktails, and Coffee or Cold Brew. We previously addressed the World of Cider: knowing your audience, selling on premise, possible legal hurdles, and how to report production to TTB via WRO Now, we examine [...]

By | August 30th, 2018|

Diversifying Your Brewery: Adding Cider to your Brewery

Diversifying Your Brewery: Adding Cider to your Brewery As the tastes of consumers have evolved, many now want something more unique – they want more options besides beer. Our 3-part “Expansion Series” addresses tips for managing the multiple production processes involved when diversifying your business into Cider, Spirits & Craft Cocktails, and Coffee or Cold Brew. Our first topic in [...]

By | August 22nd, 2018|

Top 3 Tips to Ensure Success for your Brewery

Top 3 Tips to Ensure Success for your Brewery As breweries continue to grow in this complex market, there are many decisions to consider. They range from the basics of marketing and outreach, to the more complex business analysis behind the scenes. As a result, to ensure the success of your brewery, managing your brewery like a business is more [...]

By | August 9th, 2018|

How to Combat Slowing Industry Growth

How to Combat Slowing Industry Growth Last month, the Brewers Association released their National Beer Sales & Production Data report, which monitors the state of the craft beer industry. Overall, the industry once again continued to grow but at a slower rate than in years past. According to the BA’s 2016 report last year, breweries running OBeer increased production by an [...]

By | July 23rd, 2018|

5 Reasons Breweries Should Avoid QuickBooks

5 Reasons Breweries Should Avoid QuickBooks Let's be honest here. We don't have a problem with QuickBooks. It's an excellent tool for small businesses and it works well if you're regularly processing purchases, invoices, sales, and payroll. However, if you're a production company, like a brewery or a beverage manufacturer, you might want to take a closer look at the [...]

By | July 12th, 2018|