People often ask us - 'how did Beer30 come to be?'
'Where did you get the idea?'
The answer is pretty simple.
Our team members have 15+ years of experience working at, consulting for, and providing services for breweries!
We know what it’s like to have to rely on paper logs. We know it’s essential to track each and every ingredient and all Cost of Goods Sold.
And most importantly, we know how valuable this data is for your daily business operations.
Brewers were in need of a software that intuitively tracked their brewery production - as well as inventory management, brew log & fermentation data, finished goods inventory, accounting integration, and sales & distribution.
So that’s how we started - by designing a brewery management software that started with our experiences but has grown with feedback from all of our customers.
This is the center of everything. It is essential for you, the brewer and your love of crafting a quality, consistent, and profitable product, each and every time.
We understand what it takes to work in a brewery and to build something from the ground up. When we developed our software, we focused on the areas that mattered to you, the brewer - as you are brewing and planning the beers.
Our software is centered around your processes in the brewhouse from fermentation to packaging.
And since we know that no two breweries are exactly the same, all process inputs are entirely customizable by the brewer!
Beer30 ensures that the processes you use to create a quality product, every time are logical, and easy to use.
We started with the actual brewery process (the base system) and then built out the system from there.
Many software systems promise a seamless experience from start-to-finish… from grain-to-glass… but we actually deliver.
Beer30 is modular in design, this means you can start with the base system and then build out and expand into what you need as your business grows -- or you can start with all the bells and whistles to support your current model/brewery size.
This modular approach means it is critical that each component when added on, continues to ensure everything works as a whole. It is important to us that you can easily transfer from the brewery process, to lot traceability, to sales traceability, to sensory and quality, and back again - without becoming frustrated with any step along the way.
You shouldn’t need to grab the spreadsheets out again in frustration that things are not coming together when driving software. We know how important it is for your management reports to sit side by side with your brewery processing information to ensure that all data you need to track your performance is housed together.
Additionally, we want you to have everything you need at your fingertips - whether you are working from a tablet, desktop, or from your phone!
Time -- the one thing none of us seem to have enough of on a daily basis.
That - and, cash, in many cases!
While we can’t extend the day beyond 24 hours, we can assist you to maximize those 24 hours via improved processing - saving you both time and money.
This could be as simple as connecting your accounting software to your brewery management system (we currently connect to both Xero and QBO). Or it might be something more complex like allowing you to quickly prepare your USA Brewers Report of Operations or AUS / NZ excise tax reports within a click of two buttons for start and end date!
As a cloud based system, your team can quickly access what they need, wherever they might be to help with the decision making processes in real-time. We are device and platform agnostic, so you don’t need anything special to work with our software.
As data advocates, we are big believers that good data in, means great data out. So when designing our system we wanted to make the process of getting started with Beer30 was easy to do, reliable and fast - so you can start analyzing your brewing processes almost immediately.
This is why we have a quickstart onboarding process. In fact, you can get up and running immediately after our 60-min start up session. And, the best part, it’s completely free!
We know how important it is that not just you, but your team can get working with Beer30 as quickly as possible. There is no point if only one person in the organisation is the only one who ‘knows how to use everything’.
Plus, we also know that when working with a new system, a really quick win means that everyone will get on board with a new way of doing things much faster - meaning you will get access to more meaningful data faster.
This is one of the areas that we love hearing feedback about the most - how quickly new Beer30 users can get up running.
Often people stick with an inadequate system for far too long, as they remember the pain of transitioning to that system in the first place. There is also often a concern that learning a new system will take far too long and people will resist and go back to their spreadsheets.
We know it was a concern with these clients, before they took the leap to Beer30, only to have their fears blown away by results.
Of course at the end of the day with any software system it is the ongoing support, upgrades, and reliability that people want on a daily basis.
This is where we believe we excel over the competition -- you work weekends & holidays… so do we!
Our promise of a seamless experience, extends to our attitude to customer support.
You work beyond the normal 9-5 and so do we!
We also have a support team online and available 24/7 when you need it.
With customers all over the world, our support regime follows the sun.
We know many of you work crazy hours and so if you have questions at those times, we understand how important it is to be able to access experts when you need them.
We also regularly communicate to our current customers updates via our software, email, WhatsApp group chat, and Facebook group the “Beer30 Legends” to keep you aware of what we are working on and where we are headed, but more importantly, to listen to what you are working on and where you are headed.
The 5th Ingredient team is 100% focused on our customers.
We all know - brewers are often juggling ten different problems at any one time.
There is so much you need to track. You need software that can help you be more efficient - enabling you to #BrewMoreBeer and ultimately, #BrewBetterBeer.
f you’ve been reading all these (very kind!) words from our customers and resonating with their problems - get in touch.
We would love to work with you!