Vicinity Blog


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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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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Software ROI Versus Opportunity Cost

What factors should you consider when calculating your software ROI? 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…

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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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4 Things We Love About the Brewing Industry

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, those of us at VicinityBrew Software have been thinking about the people and things that we love. One of the things we all love is the brewing industry as a whole. To us, beer is not just any industry. It is filled with unique and delicious varieties of…

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Client Success Story – Hangar 24 Craft Brewery

In early 2014, Hangar 24 Craft Brewery implemented VicinityBrew Software with Microsoft Dynamics GP to fulfill their brewery management needs. Hangar 24’s initial goal was to gain visibility across sales, inventory and packaging in order to better track raw materials moving through the brewery. Joe Savage, former Production Manager was one of the key players…

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Medium-Sized Craft Brewery Growing Pains & Solutions

Let’s take a look at medium-sized craft breweries (who produce between 20k and 100k BBL annually) and the most common business challenges they face. As you grow, your brewery will have an increasing need for a robust financial and distribution application. As your production grows, so does your brewery’s need for a management system with greater functionality.…

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Small-Sized Craft Brewery Growing Pains & Solutions

LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT SMALL-SIZED CRAFT BREWERIES (WHO PRODUCE UP TO 20K BBL ANNUALLY) AND THE MOST COMMON BUSINESS CHALLENGES THEY FACE. Growing Pain: Disconnected Accounting, Operations, and Distribution Solution: Centralized Data Between Departments Find a system that provides a centralized database, making all master files and transactions available in one place. By finding…

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beer of the week

Top 8 Beer of the Week Posts of 2016

Allagash Brewing Company James Bean James Bean is a bourbon barrel aged, Belgian-style strong ale that is infused with cold press coffee, post fermentation. Gilgamesh Brewing Company Mamba Mamba is a unique malt beverage defined by black tea, bergamot, tangerine peel and rye. It is a light-flavored and smooth bodied ale with a taste that…

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New Year, New Brew – New Laws Create Beer Growth Opportunities

In 2017, changes to regulations for the brewing industry’s production and distribution, are creating new beer growth opportunities for craft breweries in several states. New Production Beer Growth Opportunities in 2017 Tennessee “As of January 1st, breweries throughout Tennessee can now serve beers up to 10.1 percent alcohol by volume, or 8 percent by weight,…

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