Brewhouse and Cellar

standard operating procedures

Establishing Standard Operating Procedures for Your Startup Brewery

An integral element to operating any business like a well-oiled machine is to define and implement straightforward Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). An SOP is a plan and procedure document with step-by-step instructions to help employees carry out routine operations. In the crowded craft beer market, having operational checkpoints is vital to your breweries growth.  …

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data entry

Three NEW Screens for VicinityBrew Software in 2018

  VicinityBrew® has added functionality with new screens for production planning, data entry, and customizable settings to keep brewers on track for operational excellence.   Over the past year, VicinityBrew® has focused on developing a balanced application with a rich feature set, along with an easy to use interface. Our brewery specific recipe based application…

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QuickBooks Software

QuickBooks Connect Recap – What’s Next for QuickBooks Software?

Our team attended QuickBooks Connect in San Jose, CA earlier this month. The conference was a great atmosphere full of QuickBooks software users, partners, and developers, working together to provide solutions and inspire success among the crowd for Online and Desktop. The event opened up with a keynote address from Brad Smith, Chairman and Chief…

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production schedule

Announcing VicinityBrew’s New Production Schedule Screen!

With our latest 4.20 release of VicinityBrew Software, our team has made big strides in supporting flexible brewery management software with an evolving interface to meet customer needs! The latest version of VicinityBrew was rolled out this past October and includes a brand-new screen, The Production Schedule. This screen offers a new way to deliver…

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Breaking the Habit of Brewing to Capacity

For many breweries, brewing to capacity has been the number one constraint for individual growth. When your demand outpaces your supply, it often creates one of those uncomfortable situations that might be considered a “good problem to have.” This scenario has been a common circumstance for many craft brewers. In response, many breweries have been…

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partnership

Better Partners for Better Brewery Software

  Three Reasons Why We Leverage Partners to Create Better Brewery Software Traditionally there are two approaches to software solutions, commonly referred to as “All in One” and “Best of Breed”. Many times, a product that claims to be All in One, is not truly “All in One”. We wanted to take a moment to…

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TTB

Solving Common TTB Errors with VicinityBrew

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau claims that more than 50% of TTB reports filed by US breweries submit with errors that require correction on the brewery’s part. The general consensus, indicates that the cause of most errors on the Brewers Report of Operations (BRO) stem from issues around general record keeping, different…

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skubrain forecasting

Enhanced Forecasting Software Webinar

In December 2016 at Brewbound’s Session in San Diego, we announced our newest integration with SkuBrain’s Demand Forecasting Software, a Halo BI product. This new and exciting integration extends VicinityBrew’s scheduling functionality with flexible, dynamic, and proven forecasting software for brewers delivering enhanced demand and production planning. SKU Brain can read sales history from VicinityBrew…

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ROI

Software ROI Versus Opportunity Cost

Making the business case for any significant expense involves some degree of a return on investment or ROI analysis. While business owners understand that it costs money to make money, the difficulty of balancing that equation can vary widely depending on the type of investment you are making. Investments with fixed costs that directly affect…

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Large sized breweries

Large-Sized Craft Brewery Growing Pains & Solutions

Let’s take a look at large-sized craft breweries (who, generally speaking, produce over 100k BBL annually) and the most common business challenges they face. When breweries reach this level, it’s all about bringing things together. Managing multiple production facilities, defining more precise operations with process steps built into recipes, and integrating with control systems. This…

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