The best brewery software for your brewery

Finding the Best Brewery Software For Your Brewery

September 7, 2023

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:

  • Track inventory
  • Calculate your true cost of goods
  • Closely monitor brew tanks
  • Streamline sales
  • Run in-depth reports
  • Forecast future production
  • Simplify excise tax compliance 
  • And more

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.

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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.

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