With all the brewery management software solutions on the market today, how do you decide on the right fit for your brewery? We are in this industry becasue we want to help breweries succeed, which is why we can offer up a few reasons why some of the best craft breweries in the industry choose OrchestratedBEER.
There’s a full list of OBeer customers below but we’d like to mention a few up front. When you think of names like Firestone Walker, Avery, Founders, Full Sail, Fullsteam, Lazy Magnolia and The Fort Collins brewery, a couple things come to mind:
1. They consistently craft award-winning brews
2. They streamline operations to increase efficiency
3. They run great businesses
Behind every great, award-winning craft brewery there’s a well-oiled business machine. They use the finest ingredients, use the best equipment, streamline operations and employ the most talented brewers to keep those gold medals coming. The best craft breweries also use OrchestratedBEER brewery management software to run more efficiently on the business side.
Because the brewing industry is such a capital intensive business, you need to be able to track your efficiency down to a single penny. From the finest grains to equipment, to the software to track it all, these breweries understand the importance of investing in infrastructure that will support the scalability and growth of their business. Sure, there are cheaper software tools out there that promise to let you utilize the same QuickBooks programs that have caused you problems in the first place. If you want to be the best, you need the best platform.
You can skimp on the ingredients, cheaper equipment and generic off the shelf software to try and run your brewery. Just keep in mind that your brewery will only be as good as the materials, equipment and software you use to run your brewery. You get what you pay for and it will really show in your bottom line. Remember, sometimes cheap is more expensive in the long run.
5 Reasons Why the best breweries choose OrchestratedBEER brewery software:
1. OrchestratedBEER is a BREWERY solution
OrchestratedBEER is a brewery-specific solution designed for craft breweries and built on a proven, scalable platform. If you’re considering brewery management software and comparing the various solutions, be sure you consider the best value for your business by comparing apples to apples, because not all brewery software systems are created equal.
2. “QuickBooks doesn’t cut it”
We tend to beat a dead horse with this point because it’s frustrating to see breweries try and make QuickBooks work for an industry it wasn’t designed for. Sure, QuickBooks is a great product for most businesses and it’s easy to use, but it’s not designed for breweries. Your brewery software needs to be GAAP compliant and designed for your specific brewing processes. QuickBooks will work for awhile but you will outgrow it, turning your dream accounting software into your worst nightmare. Here’s 5 reasons why QuickBooks is bad for breweries. But don’t just take our word for it, take the word of a third-party CPA firm and read their take on why QuickBooks and Beer Don’t Mix. Lastly, consider the advice from our customer testimonials, like Hugh Sisson, a well respected innovator and leader in the craft beer industry: “If your business is growing, there’s going to come a time when you’re going to need a more powerful solution other than off-the-shelf accounting software and a bunch of spreadsheets.” More testimonials
3. Generate TTB Reports with 1 Click
Ah those lovely TTB reports. As with anything else in your brewery, TTB reporting can be done without brewery software, but you’ll be spending a lot of time gathering that data every month. OrchestratedBEER tracks and accumulates all the info needed for TTB in the background as you brew, so come reporting time, all you need to do is define a date range and the report is automatically generated. Some OBeer customers save about 8 hours on TTB reports. So, when it comes to the TTB reports, How much time are you spending?
4. It’s flexible for any size brewery
You don’t have to be a Firestone Walker or a Full Sail size regional brewery to afford OrchestratedBEER. In fact, the fastest growing sector among our 3 products is our cloud-based OnDemand product (see chart below). OnDemand makes up the largest majority of our growing customer list. If you think OBeer is too expensive, consider the fact that most of our customers are either startups or brew less than 5,000 barrels annually. Several startup breweries have implemented OBeer into their operations before they even start brewing because they understand the value of brewery management software.
5. It’s an investment, not just an expense
Lastly, when you choose OBeer, you’re not just buying software as an expense without a return. When you sign on with OrchestratedBEER, you become a part of a community, literally. Our online forum allows current OBeer customers to join in on conversations discussing best practices and how to handle certain scenarios. You also get to contribute ideas and requests that get built into future OBeer updates. A good example of this is our production scheduler and our upcoming packaging app. OBeer customers wanted it, we made it happen. Now everyone benefits from drag & drop production scheduling as a core feature. The packaging app is going to revolutionize the way brewers track what they produce and package using an iPad. When you buy OrchestratedBEER, you’re investing in the future success of your business.