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Truly Brewery Specific Software

There are a number of software solutions on the market that claim to be “Brewery Specific” – they speak in brewery terms like barrels and brew logs. They have educated their sales people to say all the right things and make all the right promises. But are these systems actually brewery specific software – and…

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Beer Costs – Identifying True Cost of Goods Sold

Does your brewery have a handle on your Cost of Goods Sold? In most breweries accountants have limited access to actual production data and the data they have is in various sources such as excel, calendars, word and paper.  Getting this data centralized in a meaningful way is very time consuming and error prone.  Because…

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Raising the Stakes, Putting Off Software Selection

When to implement and make a software selection? As your business evolves, challenges will present themselves along the way. You will be faced with making strategic decisions to support growth and prioritizing obstacles will be a difficult job. Making a software selection and investment at the “right time” can save your organization more than just…

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Avoid the Pitfalls of Excel for Breweries

While Excel is a great tool for analysis and to represent data–Excel is an awful database for breweries. Have you ever spent hours scrolling through excel spreadsheets? There are a lot of nice things about Excel for Breweries: It’s convenient- if you have Microsoft Office, you already have it. The odd’s are you’re familiar with it from past…

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Have You Really Outgrown QuickBooks Online?

When does a brewery outgrow QuickBooks Online? VicinityBrew QuickBooks integration enhances your inventory control options! Most companies in general, including breweries, start off using QuickBooks as their main business tool for managing their finances. However, you will quickly realize that this solution does not cater to brewery operations–particularly around inventory. You know you’ve “outgrown QuickBooks”…

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Make Better Purchasing Decisions

Craft brewers don’t necessarily have “almighty purchasing power,” but a Material Requirement Planning tool can help! Competition in the craft beer market as well as environmental limitations have pushed brewery’s hop contracts to be made years in advance. In addition, changes in vendor practices can sometimes catch you by surprise. Typical fluctuations in raw material availability, such…

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Flexible Scheduling Software for Breweries

VicinityBrew’s Calendar Provides Flexible Scheduling Software for Breweries. While you are considering more fermentation tanks to keep up with increased production demands, you may want to consider using a software solution to enhance planning and scheduling efforts. Manually controlling the flow of information is feasible at low levels of production when you’re still wearing multiple department…

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Excel is Not Actual Brewery Management Software

Most breweries start off with Excel as their primary brewery management software. Excel is easy to use, cheap and most people know how to use it. In the beginning, those are all really great things. However, as a brewery grows, Excel starts to get in the way. Many brewers find that what once worked well for…

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How Breweries Can Prepare for Supply Chain Disruption

Keeping a finished product mix available for consumers is one challenge; but how does the craft brewer respond on the front end of brewery supply chain – when a raw material shortage threatens overall production? Keeping your craft beer supply chain flowing is just as difficult as finding the perfect brew. You must coordinate the…

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11 Killer Sessions with VicinityBrew Clients at CBC 2015

With over 200 sessions, meetings, and events planned for CBC 2015, it may be hard to narrow down what content you will want to focus on in Portland. But we are here to help! This blog will spotlight 11 killer sessions not to be missed in Portland. These highlighted sessions happen to be curated by…

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