When it comes to running a brewery, staying up to date with industry trends is not just important—it can be a lifeline for survival. Over the past few years, we've witnessed a notable number of brewers having to scale back operations and many even having to close their doors permanently. As with any business, there are always factors that can affect sales that are out of anyone’s control, however, breweries that remain flexible and adapt to the changing landscape will stand a better chance at not only weathering the storm but thriving in a challenging market. In this blog post, we delve into the brewing trends crucial for professional brewers to consider in 2024.  

Diversify, Diversify, Diversify

Beer is great. And as a brewer, you may be hesitant to stray away from the tried and true standby of a good brew. In today’s changing market, however, diversifying what you’re offering at your brewery may be inevitable. 

According to this article from Hop Culture, Brewers Association Chief Economist Bart Watson reported that “the number one reason why people say they’re drinking less craft isn’t because they’re watching their waistline or watching their wallet, it’s because they are drinking more of some other type of beverage alcohol.”

The younger generation seems to be more and more excited by seltzers and non-carbonated beverages that avoid the bloat. Sales of items like alcoholic water and hard teas are booming and as a brewer, it may be vital to capitalize on this expanding market. 

According to Bump Williams Consulting (BWC), hard tea expanded from 80 brands in 2020 to almost 150 in 2023, and this number is only set to go up in 2024. 

As a brewer or brewery owner, expanding the options at your brewery and appealing to a changing demographic could be the difference between success and failure.

Say Yes to N/A 

Consumer preferences are shifting towards healthier lifestyle choices, and this is reflected in their beverage choices. 

According to a survey from ncsolutions.com, over 41% of consumers are trying to drink less – an increase of 7 percentage points from 2023. For Gen Z, 61% percent plan to drink less in 2024, and 49% of millennials are also following suit – an increase of 26% from those surveyed a year before.  By offering a selection of high-quality non-alcoholic beers, breweries can meet this demand and cater to a broader customer base.

To capture the younger generation of brewery goers, it may be critical to explore N/A options at your brewery as a more health-conscious option. 

Bring the Community Together

As consumers increasingly prioritize local experiences, breweries that connect with their communities will continue to thrive. Collaborations with local businesses, the use of local ingredients, and exclusive regional releases create a sense of belonging and support. 

One simple way to show support for the community is by hosting community events at your brewery. In a post-pandemic world, festivals, events, and live music are all in full swing and if you have space in your brewery, this could be a great way to generate business and bring members of the community together. 

Not only do events present an opportunity to diversify revenue streams beyond regular beer sales with ticketed events, merchandise sales, and collaborations with local vendors, but they also offer an opportunity to build relationships. Collaborating with local businesses for events creates a symbiotic relationship that benefits everyone involved. Whether it's partnering with a nearby food truck, local artists, or musicians, these collaborations not only enhance the event experience but also strengthen ties within the local business community.

Work Together with other Brewers

As brewers, we all have the same overall goal: to bring great beer into the world and to spread more “cheers!”

So in a market that is widely struggling, why not work together? 

As breweries face increasing economic pressures, one strategy gaining traction is the consolidation of resources. When breweries come together to share resources, expertise, and facilities, everybody wins. 

The financial burden of operating a brewery independently can be significant. Consolidating resources allows breweries to share the costs of raw materials, equipment, and facilities, leading to significant economic efficiencies. By pooling resources, breweries can access state-of-the-art equipment and ingredients that might have been financially out of reach on an individual basis.

Collaboration can also help brewers create new connections in the community. Sharing production facilities and logistics networks can lead to streamlined operations, reducing overhead costs and increasing overall efficiency. This, in turn, allows breweries to focus on what they do best – brewing exceptional beer – without being bogged down by logistical challenges.

As the old saying goes, “Teamwork makes the dream work.” So why not partner up with someone who has a similar passion for brewing and make some awesome beer?

Harnessing the Power of Technology for Efficiency

Technology has emerged as a critical factor in the survival of breweries during challenging times. Automation, data analytics, inventory management, and more can help streamline operations, reduce costs, and enhance quality control. 

Beer30 brewery software offers brewers a single source of truth where brewers can run their brewery operations, keep track of data, manage team workflow, and drive efficiency and profitability. 

Not only does the software help reduce the stress of running a brewery by automating processes and keeping accurate records of everything you need, but it can also save you time, money, and labor by streamlining your operations. 

To see all the ways that brewery software like Beer30 can help your brewery, explore the full list of features on our Bundles and Pricing Page

Or to see how real Beer30 customers have saved thousands of dollars, check out some of our case studies here

Conclusion:

Staying current with brewing trends isn't merely a choice—it's a vital strategy for survival. The past years have shown us that those who embrace innovation, diversity, community, and technology position themselves for success even in challenging times. In the dynamic world of brewing, adaptability and foresight are the keys to avoiding the fate that has befallen others. 

If you’re interested in learning more about Beer30 software, book a demo to talk to an account representative and see if our brewery software is a good fit for your brewing needs. 

Cheers to a thriving 2024!

Do you dream about your beer winning awards at the next World’s Beer Cup or maybe just getting onto the stage at a local competition? To brew the next award-winning beer, you need to have quality control standards in place at your brewery. Managing and monitoring every step of your brewery’s production process can be the difference between good beer and great beer. 

Handling quality control can often be difficult but with proper analytics and monitoring from Beer30 software, you can easily keep track of every step of the process to make sure everything is up to standard. 

For Beer30 users, it’s simple to keep track of every aspect of the brewing process all in one place from fermentation, carb data, triangle testing, yeast genealogy, and more. Plus Beer30 gives you complete control of who can sign off on every step of production and offers full traceability so that if something does go wrong, doing a recall is simple. 

Quality Control Tests

When it comes to quality control, it’s important to test beer through every step of the brewing process. After all, if something goes wrong you need to know about it before moving to the next step. You’ll need to keep track of things like fermentation levels, carb data, yeast genealogy, and of course taste. With the right equipment, you can easily monitor your beer through each step. If you utilize Beer30, you can easily monitor everything in one place. 

A good data management system creates transparency within the process. This will help identify why that last batch of beer was one of the best the brewery has produced. In addition, it will list what steps can be taken to replicate the results. Decisions can be made to improve a beer based on empirical evidence, rather than anecdotes and assumptions.

Not only does Beer30 come preloaded with several quality control measures, but you can also custom-define different aspects you’d like to include. For example, let’s say your brewery has an alcolizer and you want to collect the ABV and current specific gravity from the alcolizer, you can set this up all in Beer30! 

To learn more about setting up quality control tests in Beer30, watch this video from The Rockstar Brewer Steve “Hendo” Henderson. 


Fermentation Tracking: A Symphony of Precision:

Fermentation is the heartbeat of brewing, where sugars transform into alcohol, and flavors begin to take shape. Beer30's fermentation tracking feature allows brewers to monitor this critical process with unparalleled precision. Real-time data on temperature, yeast activity, and gravity provides invaluable insights, enabling brewers to optimize fermentation conditions, ensure consistency across batches, and ultimately produce beers with balanced flavors and aromas.

Integrations with brands like Fermecraft, PLAATO, Precision Fermentation, and Fermecraft Beer30 users get the most up-to-date fermentation information presented in an easily digestible way. This lets users see exactly what went wrong or what went right with a brew. 

Yeast Genealogy: Unraveling the Flavor Tapestry:

Yeast plays a pivotal role in shaping a beer's flavor profile, and Beer30's yeast genealogy feature offers brewers a powerful tool for understanding and managing this crucial ingredient. 

With this tool, brewery workers can record the results of yeast analysis. More importantly, they can add as many additional fields as they want to track with custom fields like cell counts, generations, and viability as it is brought in or harvested from a tank.

Our brewery software also generates yeast genealogy trees that are filterable and searchable by brand, batch, dates, and yeast strain.

The branches of these trees include the chapters in your yeast’s story. For example, you can log stalled fermentations that require an additional pitch or any number of anomalies that may occur.

The Beer30 genealogy trees show you how each parent and child node are interconnected for true traceability.

We also understand that many brewers like to mix and match different strains in beers so Beer30 lets brewers do yeast substitutions and add in different variations from different brinks or pitches while knocking out a beer. 

Release Checkpoints

Imagine you’ve finished brewing your beer and everything seems good to go and ready to package. The new rookie brewer decides everything looks good and decides to start packaging your beer. The only problem is, the carbonation levels are too high. Now you have a whole batch of beer that explodes when customers open it, and a huge mess on your hands…literally. 

With release checkpoints on Beer30, you can decide who has the ability to move things forward and who doesn’t. This way you can only give decision-making power to experienced team members. 

With Beer30, you can set checkpoints before going into fermentation, before moving a beer to a bright beer tank, or in a bright beer tank before you’re ready to package. You can also elect to make certain information mandatory before moving forward. This will force users to check various quality control aspects, like ABV, CO2 Carb, and more. 

This also allows you to keep your team accountable in case something does go wrong. You’ll know  who was responsible for moving forward with each step. To learn more about release checkpoints in Beer30, watch this video from The Rockstar Brewer Steve “Hendo” Henderson. 

Carb Data Management: Mastering the Fizz:

The right level of carbonation is a defining factor in the sensory experience of beer. Beer30 simplifies carb data management by providing a centralized platform for tracking and analyzing carbonation levels throughout the brewing process. By fine-tuning carbonation to meet specific style guidelines, brewers can create beers with the desired mouthfeel, effervescence, and overall sensory appeal.

Triangle Testing: Refining the Art of Sensory Evaluation:

Even with all the tests in the world, if a beer tastes bad, it’s not going to work. That’s where triangle testing comes in. 

Sensory evaluation is a vital piece of quality control in brewing, and Beer30 takes it to the next level with triangle testing. This method involves presenting a taster with three samples—two identical and one different—and challenging them to identify the odd one out. Beer30 facilitates the organization and documentation of triangle tests.

This way you and your team can detect subtle variations, and ensure that each batch of beer aligns with the intended flavor profile.

True Traceability 

Okay so despite all of your checkpoints and data, you may still run into the nightmare scenario – a recall. It's a headache, but with Beer30's traceability, you've got a secret weapon. This tool doesn't just keep tabs on your brews; it practically gives you a GPS for every batch.

If the unfortunate happens, Beer30 lets you play detective in record time. The Sales Traceability Module gives you the power to track all the finer details of actual batch numbers, as your warehouse team loads orders onto a truck.

This will help keep track of product locations in the event of a product recall.

If you’re not properly tracking these batch numbers, the most that you know is that a particular brand went to a location, but you would need to reach out to each account to see if they have that actual batch number. By having the team assign batch numbers to each order as it’s loaded, you will be able to assess immediately the extent of damage in case of a product recall.

If you’re not using Beer30, you can still track these batch numbers on a spreadsheet, or even hand-write them onto the official printout copy! But using our Beer30 Sales Traceability module tells you exactly which raw materials were used for each batch - and exactly which location that batch went to - all at the click of a button.

Ensure Quality Control At Your Brewery

As you can see, with Beer30 award-winning beer is just around the corner. If you’re interested in learning more about Beer30 and how it can help manage quality control, please reach out and set up a demo

Still want to learn more? Check out these case studies from some of our current Beer30 customers or explore our bundles and pricing

Inventory management is a delicate balancing act for breweries. Too much of one ingredient can lead to spoilage and wasted resources while too little of another ingredient can halt production and lead to missed distribution orders and customers without their favorite beer. Every day, brewers have the difficult task of making sure their inventory for raw materials and package supplies is just right.

Implementing Beer30 can be a helpful step for a brewery looking to automate its inventory tracking and stay organized. With inventory levels automatically incrementing up and down with purchases and production depletion, inventory management with brewery software is a huge time-saver. Beer30 has a variety of modules that can help regulate inventory at your brewery and ensure nothing is going to waste or running out. Beer30’s brewery management software can help you manage your stocktake, accurately forecast your production, and easily manage your raw materials and packaging. 

Automated Inventory Management

Not only is inventory a huge headache, but it can also lead to some discrepancies if not done with the utmost care. With traditional inventory methods, breweries often rely on manual tracking or spreadsheets, leading to inaccuracies, inefficiencies, and potential financial losses. That’s where Beer30 can help. 

One of the significant advantages of Beer30's automated inventory features is real-time tracking. Breweries can monitor their ingredients and finished products as they are received, used, and sold, ensuring that they always have an accurate inventory.  Beer30 allows real-time tracking of material usage and tank inventory across an entire brewing facility or even multiple facilities.

With automated tracking and reporting capabilities, breweries can minimize the risk of costly errors and focus on their core brewing operations. You can rest easily, knowing you'll always be up to date on packaging materials including cans, bottles, kegs, and labels. You'll also know where you stand, not only with finished products but the beers fermenting in your cellar. Beer30 gives users crystal-clear visibility over work-in-process products in tanks.

Overall, Beer30's automated inventory features provide breweries with a more accurate, efficient, and tailored approach to inventory management, helping them maintain consistent product quality, control costs, and ensure regulatory compliance. 

Stocktake with Beer30

While stocktake is an unavoidable part of running a brewery, Beer30 helps make it a bit more efficient and lets brewers get back to other important jobs like brewing, packaging, and distributing beer.

With Beer30, stocktake can be done directly in the software, on your phone, tablet, or any device that connects to the internet. Once you’ve completed your hard count you no longer have to manually compare count numbers with inventory. Beer30 will automatically calculate any discrepancies and highlight where there may be issues. 

The software makes it simple to review variances, and post updates to your inventory levels all under a single platform.

Once your current inventory is all accounted for and under control, the next step for streamlining your production is to look toward the future with the Material Resource Planning (MRP) module and the Demand Planning module. 

Material Resource Planning (MRP) 

Beer30's Material Resource Planning module offers breweries a great tool to streamline their operations and optimize the management of their material resources. It works by taking a brewery's current inventory, all planned purchase orders, and all planned production, then based on the recipes for planned production, it automatically calculates future inventory for all raw materials and packaging items. From there, it automatically creates suggested purchase orders based on item lead times. 

For breweries without MRP, calculating the amount of materials they need can be a complex and time-consuming process. They often rely on manual calculations, while trying to consolidate between several different spreadsheets, and making educated guesses on the amount of materials and packaging they’ll need.  This can be extremely time consuming and can lead to under ordering or over ordering if not done correctly. 

The MRP module reduces the risk of overstocking or understocking, resulting in cost savings and reduced waste. Breweries can optimize their purchasing by ordering materials in the right quantities and at the right times, taking advantage of bulk discounts and minimizing storage costs. This contrasts with breweries without MRP software who may struggle with excessive inventory, tying up capital and storage space, or face production delays due to material shortages.

Running out of materials is a nightmare that can seriously affect your sales and your reputation. Each day that you're out of a finished product that is in high demand by your accounts or distributors, is another day of lost revenue. A loss of income spirals further if while out of product, shelf/cooler space or tap handle placements at bars and retailers are replaced with other brewery brands.

The MRP module is only half of the equation though. For a full understanding of the demand you’ll be facing and how to plan for it, the Demand Planning module is essential. 

Demand Planning

The Demand Planning module focuses on the coordination between Sales, Purchasing, and Production. This module matches up the sales forecast with the production forecast to give you a full year’s outlook into how much beer of each brand you’re going to need. This gives the Brewing and Production team crucial insight to adjust their production plans for each brand to ensure they produce the right amount of beer to hit the sales forecast.

This module helps provide enhanced visibility into materials and supplies, production timelines, sales forecasts, and product demand and leverages brewery data to provide accurate and reliable forecasts, enabling optimized production planning. This helps in two critical ways. 

First, it prevents the nightmare of running out of beer. This keeps sales teams happy, customers satisfied, and relationships with accounts and distributors strong. 

Secondly, it helps avoid the overproduction mess. Excess beer can clutter up the warehouse or even create a need for extra storage space and add more costs to your bottom line. Plus, by brewing excess beer, you run the risk of having your product go stale. This module, allows breweries to fine-tune their production levels, keep beer fresh, free up warehouse space, and avoid tying up cash in stale inventory.

Similar to MRP, having the proper forecasting can help make sure that you’re production is at the exact place it needs to be. In fact, the Demand Planner integrates with the Material Resource Planning (MRP) function for raw materials forecasting. That means that brewers can forecast their raw material purchasing needs up to a year in advance and close the loop on the brewing cycle.

Not only does the Demand Planning module work with the MRP module for raw materials, but now it will connect for packaging inventory too. This means that planned packaging runs based on the production forecast will automatically drive the brewery's forecasted purchasing needs for packaging materials like cans, labels, and kegs.

Beer30 for Inventory and Planning

Overall, Beer30 makes keeping track of inventory simple and lets you focus on making great beer. With awesome inventory management, stocktake, MRP,  and Demand Planning, Beer30 takes the guesswork out of your planning. 

Book a demo today to learn how these new features can help streamline production and sales at your brewery.

5 Ways Brewery Software Can Help Your Bottom Line in 2024

Track Data, Improve COGS, and Drive ROI At Your Brewery 

With 2023 soon coming to an end, and 2024 just around the corner, it’s time for brewers to begin thinking of the new year. This means looking at new ways to increase production, expand your sales channels, improve efficiency, and drive up your profitability. While there are many different ways to improve in these areas, it can be challenging and time-consuming to stay organized, identify problem areas, and prioritize projects. That’s where brewing software comes in! Whether this is your first time hearing about brewery management software, or if you’ve considered it before but found it to be too expensive to make the financial investment, here are 5 ways that brewery software can help your bottom line in 2024, and how quickly it can show you an ROI on the investment!  

From process optimization to inventory management, cost control, time savings, and sales expansion, having software that can help you monitor and manage day-to-day operations can be a game-changer. 

1. Process Optimization: Brewing Excellence

Coming up with the perfect recipe is only half the battle when it comes to brewing good beer. Maintaining consistent processes and quality standards from brew to ferment, filter, BBT conditioning, and packaging day is key to ensuring your beers finish on time and always taste true-to-brand.

Having the right brewery software can help you maintain consistency, lower your overall costs, and bring higher yields. That said, not all brewery software is actually meant for brewing. Some software systems may be useful for the back office and admin work, but ultimately leave the brewer shuffling through paper logs to manage the brew day. 

For in-depth brew optimization, Beer30 is your best choice. Beer30 was designed with the brewing process at the forefront of its innovation and is the leading software when it comes to taking a deep dive into the brewing side of the process. With Beer30, you can see comprehensive reports of what’s really going on during each brew, which allows you to see areas where changes can be made to maximize your quality and efficiency. You’ll be able to look into problem areas in brewhouse efficiency, filtration/transfer yield, and packaging yield. This can help improve and control brew-to-package yield, which results in increased output per batch and reduced COGS per BBL / L / HL.

Greater process visibility means that brewers have the ability to analyze and understand key fermentation metrics and establish optimal cellar schedules. Brewers are able to compare trends across batches and recipe variations including daily gravity, daily pH, temperature, VDK, and more. This leads to a minimization of tank turn time, which results in increased overall fermentation cellar capacity and also eliminates the need for further capital investment in tanks.

We’ve all heard that “With great power comes great responsibility” but you may not know that “With great visibility, comes great profitability”. Having visual reports of the entire brew process can not only save time and money, but can also improve the consistency so that each batch tastes exactly like the brewer intended.  

As Dave Ward, from Aether Brewing in Brisbane, Australia states, “Beer30’s brewery features are brilliant, intuitive, and comprehensive. The brewing page is clean, easy and pushes us for all the brew specifications we defined which means more testing, more critical specifications met and more consistency in our product.

Using Beer30 real-time on brew day at Philter Brewing in Sydney, Australia. 

2. Inventory Management: The Goldilocks Effect

Inventory management is a delicate balancing act in the brewing world. Too much of one ingredient can lead to spoilage and wasted resources.  Too little of one ingredient can halt production and lead to missed distribution orders and customers without their favorite beer.  Each day, a brewer is tasked with the difficult task of making sure their inventory for raw materials and package supplies is “just right” – i.e. “The Goldilocks Effect.”

Implementing a brewery management software is a big step for a brewery to automate its inventory tracking and stay organized. With inventory levels automatically incrementing up and down with purchases and production depletion, inventory management with brewery software is a huge time saver. 

Beyond that, different software will have different levels of sophistication for planning and forecasting. With Beer30’s Material Resource Planning (MRP), Demand Planning, and Package Forecasting tools, breweries are empowered to navigate inventory management challenges seamlessly. 

Using Beer30, brewers can accurately predict the production levels they’ll need to be at in order to utilize just-in-time production planning. This method reduces the amount of stored goods and in turn, lowers the holding costs and inventory spoilage.

By hitting accurate production levels to meet their sales forecast, brewers achieve two huge wins. First, it prevents the nightmare of running out of beer. This keeps sales teams happy, customers satisfied, and relationships with accounts and distributors strong. Secondly, it helps avoid the overproduction mess. Excess beer can clutter up the warehouse, become old or out of date, and add more costs to your bottom line. 

With Beer30 and the software’s demand planning and MRP capabilities, breweries can purchase raw materials and packaging with precision, ensuring they acquire just what they need to meet their production demands - not more, not less. This approach is a game-changer in cost reduction. Breweries can significantly lower their expenses, minimize storage costs, and, more importantly, ensure that they’re never serving old or stale beer.

As Jack Lippy, the owner of Eleven Lakes Brewing in North Carolina, USA said, “The Demand Planning module in Beer30 provides us with real-time access to sales and inventory data and provides us the ability to react more quickly to changes in our production plan. Having everything in a single product has significantly reduced my data management time and allowed me to spend that time on analysis and forward-thinking topics to help manage our business.”

The team over at Aether Brewing in Brisbane, Australia using Beer30 to track CIP data.

3. COGS: Priced for Success

Managing the Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) is a critical aspect of ensuring profitability in the brewing industry. Accurate insight into your brewery’s COGS is essential for determining competitive pricing while still achieving a desirable profit margin.

Many brewers use spreadsheets to keep track of their Cost of Goods Sold, but this can be complicated with formulas containing circular references, and usually hard to keep data updated for real-time visibility. The right brewing software can make calculating your Cost of Goods Sold simple by automating your data entry and calculating your COGS with 100% accuracy. 

Once again, when it comes to brewery software, Beer30 comes out on top in the COGS category. Beer30 offers one of the most powerful COGS reporting in the industry, allowing you to track costs at a granular level. The powerful software is different from other software in the industry in that it accounts for raw material and packaging material price fluctuations from batch to batch, while incorporating the price changes that occur due to split batches, merges, and ingredient substitutions and additions.  Beer30 also incorporates beer losses during fermentation, filtration, conditioning, and packaging into your final COGS breakdown for each batch, so you have an accurate understanding of how your efficiency impacts your costs.  It’s critical to incorporate beer losses into your final COGS, in order to have a true understanding for your Balance Sheet and Income Statement. 

By delving into the intricacies of the brewing process and assessing the associated expenses for each brew batch, breweries can make informed decisions about recipe adjustments, pricing strategies, and cost reduction measures.

Having a full breakdown of your COGS gives you the insight you need to see what’s working in your brewery and what’s a waste of money.

As Rudy Watkins over at Thin Man Brewing states, “Being able to drill down on costs is HUGE - especially with how much prices have increased in the last few years. We've managed to shave unnecessary costs from all of our beers using data from Beer30.”

The team over at Motorworks Brewing in Bradenton, Florida replaced their whiteboard with a TV for better access on using Beer30 for scheduling visibility and tasks tracking. 

4. Time Savings and Organization: Streamlining Operations

A brewery has a lot of moving parts to track and manage. With so many pieces working together, having a single source of truth for your data, recipes, task management, and more can help keep things running smoothly. While a lot of brewery software can handle the basics like scheduling and inventory management, Beer30 stands out as an all-in-one software that makes it simple to keep track of everything you need in one place. Beer30 lets you track the data that matters to you, manage your team workflow, drive quality, streamline efficiency, and improve productivity at your brewery. 

Having a single hub to keep track of everything allows brewers to focus on the part of brewing that they love and eliminates the time wasted searching for data or correcting manual data entry errors. Everything you need is at your fingertips in one unified platform. The time saved on administrative tasks can be reinvested into other aspects like brewing, building business relationships, or customer engagement.

As Gerard Martin over at Range Brewing says, “Since moving over to Beer30, we now have complete visibility across our brew data. Being able to review our past batch history and compare. Our systems and daily processes have been fast-tracked and overall productivity within our brewery has increased two-fold. Admin time within our sales team including excise reporting has been streamlined immensely. We would highly recommend Beer30 to any craft brewery.”

Beer30 centralizes all critical information, making it easily accessible to all team members. This fosters better collaboration, enhances communication, and streamlines decision-making, all of which are essential for efficient operations and ultimately, greater profitability.

The Exhibit A Brewing team in Framingham, Massachusetts uses Beer30 for their daily production planning and real-time checklist. 

5. Sales and Distribution: Expanding Horizons

Expanding both the top line (gross revenue) and bottom line (net profitability) is a fundamental objective for breweries looking to thrive in a competitive market. In order to do this, it’s important for breweries to expand their business by increasing sales and distribution. Brewery software can be instrumental in achieving this goal by offering a comprehensive suite of tools for sales and distribution management. Not only can the right software streamline your operations, but it can also help create better communication between sales teams and brewing teams.

One of the primary advantages of having brewery software like Beer30 in your arsenal is the ability to track inventory as it’s being updated. With real-time brewery inventory that is easily accessible and mobile-friendly, your Sales Team members will know exactly what and when beers are available. This means that your team: will never miss a sales opportunity due to unclear inventory availability or production timeline, can minimize overcommitments and confidently work through backorders when they occur, and have smooth transitions between seasonal or limited-release brands.

With Beer30’s unique integration with third-parties like the CRM system DSD Assist and OrderEZ, and with the ordering portal from GP Analytics and VIP data, there is an improved combination of using the Beer30 system to make sure that orders are being met as expected.  

As Nathalie Carisey over at Kona Brewing Hawaii stated, "I use VIP, GP, and Beer30 to try to balance supply and demand each and every day. In simple terms, it’s knowing what we need to brew and ship by when. VIP has all of the data for sales to retailers and inventory information, GP gets me my forecasts and sales orders, and Beer30 gets me the supply side of things including the production plan. The integration between Beer30 and GP, with the VIP data pushed into GP, has made that a lot easier for us to be able to do this balancing of demand and supply each and every day."

With a bird's eye view of your inventory and full visibility for sales teams, Beer30 also makes it easier to schedule appropriately. This can help your bottom line by cutting unnecessary labor costs and letting sales teams make the most of their time.

The team over at Rocky Ridge Brewing in Busselton, Australia getting ready to fill their Konvoy kegs with beer marked as ‘ready-to-package’ in Beer30. 

Conclusion

Overall, in addition to brewing great beer, staying competitive and profitable is of paramount importance. Beer30 equips breweries with the tools and insights necessary to optimize processes, manage inventory efficiently, control COGS, save time, and boost sales and distribution.

When choosing the right brewery management system, make sure to understand the intricacies of implementation!  With Beer30, you’ll be up and running as quickly as a 90-minute onboarding session.  

As Will Glass at The Brewing Projekt, Wisconsin, USA said, “Implementation was simple… We did an hour or two training session with our management team then sat down our brewers for a lunch & learn and by the end of it our people felt proficient enough to hit the ground running. Initially we purchased iPads to help our crew keep information easily accessible but within a week most of them preferred to use their phone due to the simple user interface.” 

By implementing Beer30’s brewery software, breweries can position themselves for success in 2024 and beyond, ultimately improving their bottom line and ensuring long-term viability in the industry. Right now through December 31, 2023, Beer30 is offering two months free when you sign up for a one-year subscription or 25% off your first three months. If you’re ready to see why more than 450 breweries globally choose Beer30 for their brewery software system, now is the time to book a demo to see what brewery software can bring to your business in the years to come.  

With the new year quickly approaching, it’s time to start planning for 2024. For any brewery, brewing beer is the primary focus, but as a brewery owner, you know that you need more than just delicious beer to be successful in today’s industry. Having a solid financial plan and understanding of your cost of goods is essential to running a successful brewery and to ensure a profitable year ahead. 

When you’re getting ready for the new year and planning out your financials, there are several factors that you’ll need to account for. Getting ahead on things like production forecasting, understanding your cost of goods sold (COGS), streamlining your accounting, and ensuring you’re compliant with regulatory requirements are all extremely important. 

Fortunately, Beer30 brewery software can help.

Production Forecasting

For starters, you’ll need to figure out how much beer you’re going to need for the year ahead. Once you know your projected production you’ll be able to get a better idea of the costs that will be involved and your potential sales. 

Forecasting your production will require you to take a look at many factors. If your brewery has been in operation for a while you can look at historical data, local trends, and seasonal/market demand to get a better idea of what your production should be. 

With Beer30 brewery management software you can get comprehensive historical sales reports that provide valuable insights into sales trends from the previous years. It’s simple to visualize your data with easy-to-understand reports and identify seasonal patterns and customer preferences to prepare for what’s to come this year.

If you really want to put your production forecasting on easy mode and ensure that you’re getting accurate predictions, the Beer30 Demand Planning module and package forecasting are the way to go. The Demand Planning module can help you accurately predict your production needs to meet your sales plan for the year ahead, thereby reducing the risk of overproduction or underproduction.

Not only that, but Beer30’s Material Resource Planner (MRP) can even forecast your purchasing needs for ingredients, packaging materials, and other resources, helping you optimize inventory levels, reduce costs, and minimize waste.

With all of these tools at your disposal, it’s easy to calculate your production costs for the year to come. 

Understanding Your Cost of Goods Sold

Once you know how much product you’ll need, it’s important to forecast your Cost of goods sold (COGS). COGS represents the direct costs associated with producing the beer you sell, encompassing ingredients like malts, hops, yeast, packaging materials, and direct labor costs. Knowing your COGS is vital because it serves as a fundamental building block for determining your brewery's profitability. By having a clear grasp of these costs, you’ll be able to make informed decisions about pricing your beer, setting sales targets, and ultimately ensuring your business remains profitable. Accurate COGS data also helps you identify areas where cost-saving measures can be implemented, potentially boosting your bottom line and allowing you to allocate resources more effectively.

Before Beer30, brewers were forced to use spreadsheets and a little bit of guesswork to try and calculate the actual cost of goods. As you can imagine, this is often an unreliable and cumbersome process because with spreadsheets, each item has to be entered manually and it can become difficult to keep track of everything that goes into brewing your beer.

Beer30 offers the most powerful COGS reporting in the industry, allowing you to track costs at a granular level. The powerful brewery software differentiates itself from others in the industry by accounting for raw material and packaging material price fluctuations from batch to batch.  Furthermore, the system factors beer losses during fermentation, filtration, and packaging into your final COGS breakdown for each batch, so you have an accurate understanding of how your efficiency impacts your costs. 

This full breakdown of your COGS gives you the insight you need to see what’s working in your brewery and what’s a waste of money.

Streamlining Your Accounting Workflow

Having accurate financial data readily available can help you identify which beers are the most profitable and what adjustments you may need to make in terms of cash flow or purchasing. By streamlining your accounting workflow, you can easily spot cost-saving opportunities, such as negotiating better deals with suppliers or optimizing energy consumption in your brewing process. Overall, a well-organized accounting system empowers brewery owners to proactively manage their finances, ultimately leading to improved profitability and sustainable growth.

While brewery accounting can be daunting at first, Beer30 simplifies the process. The software seamlessly integrates with popular accounting software like QuickBooks Online (QBO) and Xero, streamlining your financial workflow. Say goodbye to manual data entry to reduce the chances of errors and avoid tedious number crunching by using Beer30 and QBO or Xero.

Reporting and Compliance

Let’s be honest, even the most hardcore finance gurus don’t get excited about tax compliance. That being said, maintaining tax compliance is of paramount importance for any brewery, as it ensures legal and financial stability. Failure to meet tax obligations can result in substantial penalties, fines, and even legal actions, which can severely impact your brewery's bottom line. 

Fortunately, Beer30 helps take the pain out of tax compliance and reporting by providing reporting tools that help you stay compliant with industry regulations. With a user-friendly interface, it simplifies the complex process of calculating and remitting excise taxes, helping breweries avoid costly errors and penalties. The software also provides automated reminders for tax deadlines, reducing the risk of missed payments. 

Beer30's comprehensive tax compliance features not only ensure legal adherence but also support breweries in building a reputation for financial responsibility and transparency within the industry.

Conclusion

When it comes to financial planning for your brewery, there’s a lot to cover. From production forecasting, understanding your cost of goods sold (COGS), streamlining your accounting, and ensuring you’re compliant with regulatory taxes it’s important to prepare for the new year. 

With Beer30 software, you can streamline your financial planning and get back to doing what you love - brewing awesome beer. Beer30 offers a customizable solution that can easily be tailored to the unique needs of your brewery and help you get a handle on your finances. Book a demo today to learn how Beer30 can help streamline your financial goals in the new year. 

In April of this year, we rolled out our Demand Planning module and we’re happy to announce that we’ve just made it even better with the new Package Forecasting feature! 

This new update will make it simple to break down how the supply volume in the production forecast will be packaged out into salable goods. Need individual packaging formats for each brand? No problem. Brewers can now quickly allocate the packaging breakdown of their estimated production up to a year in advance.

What is Demand Planning?

The Demand Planning module has been a game-changer for brewers who have been utilizing this Beer30 functionality so far. This module matches up the sales forecast with the production forecast to give you a full year’s outlook into how much beer of each brand you’re going to need. This gives the Brewing and Production team crucial insight to adjust their production plans for each brand to ensure they produce the right amount of beer to hit the sales forecast. 

By hitting accurate production levels to meet their sales forecast, brewers achieve two huge wins. First, it prevents the nightmare of running out of beer. This keeps sales teams happy, customers satisfied, and relationships with accounts and distributors strong. Secondly, it helps avoid the overproduction mess. Excess beer can clutter up the warehouse or even create a need for extra storage space and add more costs to your bottom line. Plus, by brewing excess beer, you run the risk of having your product go stale. With this module, breweries can fine-tune their production levels, keep beer fresh, free up warehouse space, and avoid tying up cash in stale inventory.

The Demand Planner also integrates with the Material Resource Planning (MRP) function for raw materials forecasting. That means that brewers can forecast their raw material purchasing needs up to a year in advance and close the loop on the brewing cycle.

What’s New With Demand Planning

The latest update to the Demand Planning module offers a whole new level of precision and coordination. Now, brewers have the ability to break down their Production Forecast volume into individual packaging formats for each brand. This ensures that brewers are not just brewing enough beer but also packaging it in the right formats to meet their sales forecasts precisely.

Not only does the Demand Planning module work with the MRP module for raw materials, but now it will connect for packaging inventory too. This means that planned packaging runs based on the production forecast will automatically drive the brewery's forecasted purchasing needs for packaging materials like cans, labels, and kegs. 

Benefits for Brewers

By diving into production forecasting on the packaging level, brewers will have an added layer of sophistication in their planning process to ensure accuracy. You can make sure that you’re splitting batches down into the right formats and hitting the sales forecast.

By connecting the production forecast with MRP, ordering packaging will now be easier than ever. No more juggling spreadsheets or making educated guesses about future inventory needs. Breweries can now place bulk orders with confidence, knowing that their inventory forecasts are precise and directly linked to the production plan.

Benefits for Sales

For Sales Teams, the advantages are equally important. With real-time inventory visibility already at their fingertips through Beer30, the new Demand Planning module update takes it up a notch. Sales Teams will be able to see their projected finished goods inventory before the beer is packaged (or for that matter, before the beer is even brewed). 

With insight into future inventory levels of all their finished goods, the Sales Team will be able to easily coordinate future orders based on when stock will be available. When sales forecasts evolve, the Demand Planning module makes it easy for the Sales Team to see how their future inventory levels will be impacted. 

Overall Benefits 

Overall, the Demand Planning module bridges the gap between Sales and Production Teams, facilitating collaboration and alignment on the production plan. It ensures that both teams are on the same page, making it easier to adapt to evolving sales forecasts and understand how these changes will impact future inventory levels.
The Demand Planning module's new features bring a higher level of precision, coordination, and efficiency to brewery operations. Book a demo today to learn how these new features can help streamline production and sales at your brewery.

For growing breweries, inventory management, workflow efficiency, COGS tracking, and making sure you’re getting the best ROI are incredibly important. While it’s possible to manage all of these things on your own using spreadsheets and Google Docs, utilizing brewery software to keep track of your data can be vital. Brewery software can save you time and money and can help you brew a more consistent and fresh product.

What is brewery software?

Brewery software aids brewing teams in overseeing the brewing process from grain to glass. Software plays a pivotal role in ensuring production efficiency and lets beer makers get back to the fun parts of brewing so you can get back to creating new recipes and taste testing.

But brewery software comes in all different shapes and sizes and differentiating between them can be difficult if you’re just starting out. Oftentimes, a brewery software will target one aspect of the brewing lifecycle and stop there. For example, some software companies may focus on inventory, sales, and accounting with features that help you keep track of your cost of goods sold (COGS), while others help with tax reporting and compliance needs, and only a few software options have features that help manage the production and quality control processes that go along with brewing beer.

With Beer30 you can find all of these features under one roof so you can manage the entire brewing process from start to finish all in one place. Beer30 is also the most modular brewery management software on the market, meaning you can add features over time as your business needs change, and only pay for what you need in the meantime.

With Beer30 you can:

See our full bundles and features list to learn more. 

Brewery Software vs. Spreadsheets

Spreadsheets have been the old standby for years – but let’s face it, they get messy real quick. 

Depending on what brewery software you choose, you could get an all-in-one solution that replaces ALL spreadsheets at the brewery, or a partial solution that still requires some spreadsheets (and paper logs) to manage parts of your process

If you’re looking to replace all of your spreadsheets and have everything organized in one place, Beer30 is the way to go. 

With Beer30 software, you can bid farewell to the endless scrolling and searching for different sheets. You’ll have a single source of truth for all of your documents and It lets you keep a digital eye on everything and keep all of your data organized. 

Spreadsheets can generate reports, but it's not their strong suit. Beer30, on the other hand, takes your data and spins it into gold – insightful reports that give you a bird's-eye view of your brewery's performance.

Not only does Beer30 give you priceless insight to what’s going on, you can also easily keep track of every step of the brewing process. Log every step, every measurement, and every tweak. So, when that imperial stout ends up a tad too bitter, you can trace back to the hop addition that got a bit too enthusiastic.

Choosing Your Brewery Management Software

Finding the brewery management software that’s right for you and your brewery can be overwhelming. There are a lot of options out there and it’s hard to know which ones fit your needs. Some of the more popular ones include: Beer30, Ekos, Ollie, and Orchestrated Beer just to name a few. 

So how do you know which one is right for you? 

Well, it’s important to do your due diligence. Other than looking at the company website, review sites like G2.com are a good place to start, but if you really want to find out what other brewers are saying, you should look at places like the Reddit community r/TheBrewery or Facebook groups like Craft Beer Professionals. Communities like these will give good insight into what other brewers have experienced. 

You’ll also want to look at what you’re getting with each software. 

The Beer30 Difference

For us at Beer30, we pride ourselves on being beer nerds. 

Part of the Beer30 difference is that our team is made up almost entirely of former brewers and this shows through in our product. The Beer30 Core System is beer-focused with brewery-specific features you may not get with other software like recipe management, yeast genealogy, and the brew-to-package process to help you streamline your production process. 

Beer30 also acts as your path to profitable growth with the industry's most accurate COGS. Our cost of goods sold calculations will help you accurately manage your margins, adjust to change, and drive profitable growth. Streamline your sales workflow to save time, easily manage accounts, and make sure you never miss a sale.

While other software may only cover a few reports, Beer30 is your one-stop shop for tax compliance, reporting, and insights. Having powerful reports that cover all aspects of the brewing process, gives you full insight into what’s going on in your brewery so you can make data-driven decisions for your sales strategy. 

With Beer30 you’ll also be getting industry-leading support with fast response times (77% of tickets answered within 30 minutes) and unlimited training over WhatsApp and Zoom, all at no added cost. 

To see all of the ways that Beer30 distinguishes itself from the competition, check out The Beer30 Difference

Once you’ve done your due diligence, it’s time to pick your top choices and book a demo of the software you’re interested in. If you’re interested in booking a demo with Beer30, you’ll get a free sandbox trial of the software before you make your decision.

Other Helpful Software

For most brewers, having a solid brewery management software is a great place to start, but depending on your personal needs, you may want to stack your software with a few other applications to really get your brewery running like a well-oiled machine. 

Here are a few other add-ons you may want to consider:

Accounting Software

Keeping your finances in check is like the not-so-secret sauce for any successful business, including your brewery. The right software can help you keep tabs on expenses, revenue, and inventory costs, all while doing the math on payroll and taxes automatically. That means no more late nights scratching your head over spreadsheets, plus it keeps everything legit, saving you time and steering clear of those nasty financial mishaps.

Our recommendations: 

Sales, CRM, and Payment Collection

Everyone wants to sell more beer, but the sales process can sometimes be cumbersome. Good sales management software can help take the load off. This means your orders, invoices, and payments all glide in effortlessly, sparing you from any unnecessary stress. The result? A quicker cash flow, less paperwork, and a much smoother sales experience.

Our recommendations: 

Fermentation & Brewery Monitoring

Fermentation is arguably the most important aspect of brewing beer. Brewery software can team up with high-tech monitoring gadgets to give you real-time updates on things like temperature and pressure during fermentation. It's like having a brewmaster's eye 24/7. With the right setup, you can keep your beer's quality and flavor in tip-top shape.

Our recommendations: 

Brewery management software can be extremely helpful to manage your day-to-day operations and get a full understanding of what’s really going on at your brewery. Finding the right software that integrates production and business operations can give brewery owners a more efficient workflow. The choice of software will ultimately depend on the scale of your brewery and the needs of your business. 

For breweries looking to find out more about the functionalities we offer at Beer30, we invite you to schedule a demo. Book a demo today and you’ll get a free sandbox trial of the software.

Our Customer Experience team works hard to make sure our customers have the support that they need. We wanted to take a moment to introduce the team for those of you who may not know them already. 

So, what sets us apart and makes The 5th Ingredient’s Customer Experience (CX) team an industry leader in the Brewery Management Software space? 

We’re hose draggers, valve turners, brewery managers, and community builders! We’ve donned boots and goggles for 3:30 a.m. mash-ins, worked canning lines, underlet stuck mashes, managed inventory, filed taxes, and set production schedules. We know the challenges you face because we’ve faced them. Our respect and gratitude for the work that you do comes from a place of experience. That makes us uniquely suited and motivated to help you overcome your challenges and find solutions so that you can Brew More and Brew Better with Beer30. 


CX Specialist Rachel connects her Knockout line at Oozelfinch Beers and Blending
Lindsy Greig
CX Specialist Lindsy hard at work on an early morning shift at Stomping Ground brewery

Sr. CX Specialist Dave, prepping brinks for a yeast harvest at 49th State Brewing Company

Head of CX Gabi Swider along with the Pink Boots Las Vegas crew host Lisa White of White Labs

Meet The Team

Lindsy Greig

Lindsy Greig is our Australian-based CX Specialist. Lindsy’s love of beer first took her to New Zealand in 2016 to manage a craft beer bar before making her way to Australia in 2018, where she spent five years at Stomping Ground Brewery in Melbourne working her way to Cellar Lead and Senior Brewer. She is a Certified Cicerone and National Coordinator of the Australian Chapter of Pink Boots Society.
One of Lindsy’s favorite memories from working in the beer industry was meeting Dr. Ron Beatson, the man behind Nelson Sauvin and so many other incredible New Zealand hops.

I moved to New Zealand in 2016 knowing little about the country EXCEPT it was the home of Nelson Sauvin hops (#beernerd). By early 2017, I was visiting the facilities at NZ Plant & Food Research and got to participate in a hop rub of new varietals with Dr. Ron who at one point jokingly told me that I should take his job. Joke or no, that moment gave me confidence in my sensory abilities - especially when it comes to identifying hop aromas and flavours compounds. I recently ran into Dr. Ron in New Zealand (while there with The 5th Ingredient for Brew NZ) and he remembered me from that hop session 7 years ago.

Lindsy with Dr. Ron Beatson

Rachel Howard

Rachel Howard is our East Coast-based CX Specialist. Before joining T5I Rachel spent six years at Oozelfinch Brewery in Hampton, VA, working her way up from Lab Tech to Head Brewer, and eventually to Chief Operating Officer. At Oozelfinch, Rachel was also a customer of Beer30’s. Rachel’s experience as a Beer30 customer, combined with her time developing brewery lab programs, running packaging lines, and heading brewing operations make her extraordinarily well-suited to helping you through any challenges you face.

Among Rachel’s favorite memories in the brewing industry is traveling with her production and management team to a blueberry farm in North Carolina where the team spent the day hand picking blueberries for a future barrel-aged sour blend release.

David Short is our Alaskan-based Sr. CX Specialist. Dave is certified in brewing technology through the Siebel Institute of Technology, a Certified Cicerone, and joined the team after more than a decade in the brewing industry working every role on the production floor and as a Brewmaster and Production Manager.

Dave Short

The Cellars below the historic Schlenkerla brewery, with Brewmaster Martin Knab

“One of my favorite memories in my time in brewing came just after we won a Gold Medal at World Beer Cup in 2018 for our Smoked Marzen. A few months later a couple of us from the brewery had the opportunity to travel to Bamberg, Germany and visit the iconic Schlenkerla Brewery, who I still hold as the best smoked beer brewery in the world. We were able to take a private tour with their recently retired Brewmaster, Martin Knab. Touring the cave cellars and having Martin pour us all varieties of rauchbier off the lagering tanks was something I’ll never forget.”

Gabi Swider is our West Coast-based Head of Customer Experience. Gabi brings a unique and important perspective to our team with a Master’s Degree in public policy and a passion for community building. While leading customer-focused teams for technology companies professionally, she joined the beer world at the grassroots level, spending time homebrewing and beer blogging. In 2019, she used her public policy background to help push forward a critical bill for Texas craft breweries

Gabi Swider

Gabi with Bob Pease

“In 2019, I was working at several different breweries in Austin, TX while the Texas Craft Brewers Guild was championing their "Beer-to-Go" bill pushing Texas to become the final state in the country to legalize take-home sales from manufacturing breweries. Since I'm very passionate about both public policy and craft beer, I really enjoyed getting to tell our brewery patrons about the bill, and rallying the local tech scene to support the bill via a statewide hackathon project to support the Guild's lobbying efforts. When Beer-to-go sales from Texas' manufacturing craft breweries became legal on September 1, 2019, it was a huge victory for the community I'd grown to love, and I'm proud to have been able to contribute a small part to making that happen.”

To Learn more about our CX team, visit our Team page.

What We Do

Responding to customer questions and feedback is a large part of what we do, but providing a great Customer Experience goes beyond answering emails and WhatsApp messages. Our team spends much of their time:

There For You When You Need It

Part of being the industry leader in Customer Experience isn’t just what you bring to the table, but when you bring your expertise to the table. In our case, that is pretty much at all times. Our remote team coordinates to strategize and collaborate through Daily Stand Up Meetings, but predominantly we work independently in order to let our remote work culture be a strength for our customers as we cover time zones from around the globe.

Lindsy comes online in the morning in Melbourne, Australia allowing her to provide primary support to Australia, New Zealand, and South East Asia. She is also able to provide morning support for our European breweries and afternoon support for our West Coast North American Customers.

Rachel comes online in the morning in Virginia providing primary support to our East Coast and Central North American Time Zones, as well as Central America and any late afternoon support needed in Europe.

With Gabi on the West Coast and Dave in Alaska, we are able to provide primary support for our West Coast and Mountain Time zone customers, as well as the early morning hours for Australia and New Zealand.

Being a remote company is not just a nice perk for T5I employees, it is also a unique advantage for our customers and helps make us an industry leader. Having CX Specialists located across the globe allows us to find solutions for you when you need them. 

If you're not a 5th Ingredient customer and want to learn more about Beer30 or Bucha30 brewery software please book a demo and find out more about how you can get great support from our CX team!

At The 5th Ingredient, we’re proud to announce the release of Version 10 of Beer30 and Bucha30 Software. This update represents a major milestone in the ongoing development of the software, offering breweries a range of fully customizable features. With Version 10, breweries can now take advantage of the Demand Planning Module and KPI Scorecards, empowering them to streamline operations, optimize production, and maximize profitability.

Demand Planning Module: Brewing Success with Precision

The new Demand Planning module is a game-changer for breweries, providing enhanced planning and coordination between Sales, Purchasing, and Production. By delivering the freshest product precisely when the sales team needs it, this module helps breweries reduce their cost of goods and improve overall efficiency.

Key Benefits of the Demand Planning Module:

  1. Enhanced Visibility: Breweries gain better visibility into materials and supplies, production timelines, sales forecasts, and product demand. The module leverages brewery data to provide accurate and reliable forecasts, enabling optimized production planning.
  2. Sales Forecasting: The Demand Planning module answers critical questions, such as the brewery's sales forecast, the required beer volume in BBLs / HL / L, the packaging formats needed, and when finished products are needed.
  3. Inventory Management: By analyzing sales trends and production timelines, breweries can determine whether they have the right raw materials and packaging supplies. This proactive approach helps reduce waste and minimize stockouts or expired inventory before it’s too late to do anything about it.

Zach Volkman, Head of Revenue Operations at The 5th Ingredient and former COO of O’Connor Brewing Company, shared his experience: "Our management team spent hours every week trying to keep production plans and sales forecasts aligned across multiple flagship beers, rotating seasonals, and tons of packaging formats, all while trying to factor in seasonality and trends in the market. Despite our efforts and multiple spreadsheets, we often missed the mark. Whether it was missed sales or expired beer down the drain, underproduction and overproduction were both huge problems. Beer30 and the new Demand Planning module was the missing link."

KPI Scorecards: Brewing Efficiency with Metrics

The Version 10 update also introduces KPI Scorecards, providing brewery managers with instant visibility into key performance indicators (KPIs) to keep their teams on track and improve overall performance.

Key Benefits of KPI Scorecards:

  1. Measuring Performance: Breweries can now easily measure sales performance, production efficiency, and other valuable metrics using the fully customizable scorecard. By tracking KPIs, managers can identify areas for improvement and make data-driven decisions.
  2. Customization: The scorecard is highly flexible and can be tailored to fit specific brewery needs and goals. Breweries can choose the metrics that matter most to their operations and monitor progress in real-time.

Pulkit K. Agrawal (PKA), Founder & CEO of The 5th Ingredient, explains the significance of KPI Scorecards: "The KPI Scorecard is letting brewery owners finally take their hundreds of data points in Beer30 and get a customizable dashboard to help them improve their performance and efficiency. One of the main reasons I began this company and launched the Beer30 software was to provide these data points to brewers at their fingertips."

Beer30 and Bucha30 Software Version 10 marks a major step forward in brewing software technology. With the Demand Planning Module and KPI Scorecards, breweries can streamline their operations, reduce costs, and achieve optimal efficiency. The fully customizable nature of the software allows breweries to tailor the features to their specific needs and goals, ensuring they get the most out of the software.

These features paired with improved COGS tracking, reporting, and quality control make Beer30 the best brewery management software to drive ROI, and to help you brew more and brew better. 

Book a demo to find out more today!

When it comes to being a business owner, there’s probably no term that’s more important than ROI (return on investment). Your ROI is a key performance indicator on how profitable your brewery is, and if you want to be successful then a major key to that is being profitable. Naturally, with profitability being such a major factor in a brewery’s lifespan, brewery owners spend a lot of time searching for ways to drive their brewery’s ROI.

At The 5th Ingredient, we want breweries to be successful - which is why we created Beer30 brewery management software. From material resource planning to process optimization and beyond, our software is designed to drive brewery ROI. Here’s how.

Process Optimization

For starters, Beer30 software helps breweries with process optimization. Brewers can track, chart and quickly identify variances, opportunities for improvement, and problem areas in: brewhouse efficiency, filtration/transfer yield and packaging yield. This helps improve and control brew to package yield, which results in increased output per batch and reduced COGS per BBL / L / HL.

Brewers also have the ability to analyze and understand key fermentation metrics and establish optimal cellar schedules. They are able to compare trends across batches and recipe variations including: daily gravity, daily pH, temperature, VDK, and more. This leads to a minimization of tank turn time, which results in increased overall fermentation cellar capacity and also eliminates the need for further capital investment in tanks.

Quality Control

Beer30 also captures critical quality control data check points, with real time brewing feedback and sign-offs at every step of the process. Brewers use Beer30 to identify and mitigate costly production mistakes and issues before they move further down the process and consume additional resources such as materials, time, and tank space. The software features real time proactive notifications for brewing (red / yellow / green) which allows the Head Brewer to be notified if a brew is out of specification. This gives them the ability to intervene immediately and potentially save a batch before it moves too far along in the process. 

In addition, Beer30 tracks yeast pitch, harvest, and propagation data and yeast genealogy from batch to batch. Using Beer30, brewers can easily develop a yeast management program to maximize repitching generations and minimize fresh pitch costs. Simultaneously, brewers can identify fermentation issues, such as lagging fermentation or under-attenuation, and proactively phase out a problematic yeast strain to prevent issues in subsequent batches. 

Inventory Management & Materials Resource Planning

Need help with inventory management and/or material resource planning? Say no more. With Beer30, brewers can use MRP to develop just-in-time purchasing processes for raw materials and packaging supplies. This results in: minimized cash and warehouse space tied up in excess inventory, minimized losses due to expiration of raw materials, and minimized losses due to obsolescence of packaging materials from phased-out or seasonal brands.

In addition, with Beer30’s real-time inventory visibility and future inventory forecasting, brewers can make accurate purchasing decisions to ensure operations run smoothly while keeping cash flow in check.

Cost of Goods Sold

Another area in which our software can help improve your brewery’s ROI is with Cost of Goods Sold (COGS). Beer30 offers access to exact COGS for each brand and pack type, which allows brewers to gain visibility into profitability of each SKU that the brewery sells. Brewers can identify individual SKUs with high costs and opportunities to reduce cost with recipe optimization and adjust prices to ensure an attractive margin. By tracking COGS from batch to batch, Beer30 can be used to identify shifts in COGS over time and adapt your purchasing, operations, or pricing strategies. 

Time Savings

As the old saying goes: “time is money.” Beer30 can help breweries save time in a variety of ways including:

  1. Brewers can easily reference a single source of truth for brewery operations management, with instant visibility into inventory, tank statuses, fermentation profiles, and more.
  2. You can keep all team members up to date and working productively with task management and real time notifications within Beer30. 
  3. Eliminate time intensive double entry of purchasing and sales data using Beer30’s accounting integration with QuickBooks Online or Xero. 
  4. With 2-click excise tax reporting, Beer30 allows you to streamline monthly data collection and eliminate manual calculations.
Sales and Distribution

Last but most definitely not least, our brewery management software can help with sales and distribution. With real-time brewery inventory that is easily accessible and mobile friendly, your Sales Team members will know exactly what and when beers are available. This means that your team: will never miss a sales opportunity due to unclear inventory availability or production timeline, can minimize overcommitments and confidently work through backorders when they occur, and have smooth transitions between seasonal or limited release brands.

Brew More, Brew Better

At the end of the day, our goal is to help your brewery become as successful as possible. Our software was built for brewers, by brewers - so we really nail down the pain points that breweries face. If you’ve been searching for an all-in-one brewery software management system that will help you save time, increase profits and brew better beer, then schedule a Beer30 demo today!

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