This Issue of Beverage Master Magazine

Distillery Solution Announces Rebrand to FIVE x 5 Solutions

  The new brand unifies product offerings and serves as an opportunity to remain unique in the marketplace. Westminster, Colo. – Distillery Solutions, the leading provider of distillery management software, today announced the company’s rebrand to FIVE x 5 Solutions. The comprehensive rebrand unifies the business’s offerings for distillery and brewery management and includes a new logo, product names, and website. FIVE x 5 Solutions’ unique combination of user-friendly, operations-first software and highly informed, world-class service offers an unparalleled advantage to new and existing breweries and distilleries seeking to remain compliant in a highly regulated industry. Additional tools, including sales and inventory management, give users the ability to stay ahead of operational needs and customer demand. FIVE x 5 Solutions’ […]

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Heighten the Experience: Choosing the Right Glassware for Your Needs

In the movies, a wild-haired Viking raises a polished bullhorn to his lips and blows, making a terrific racket. Or so it seems. We all know he was really putting that horn to his lips to take a sip of some intoxicating beverage. Our ancestors used a wide variety of materials to imbibe their favorite libations. Hollowed-out horns, animal skins, carved bark, abalone shells, palm leaves and terracotta pots—basically whatever was available—allowed for transportation of various beverages. Obsidian—a natural volcanic glass—was also frequently used. Around 75 BC, glassblowing developed by Roman, Lebanese and Syrian cultures ushered in a new age of drinking vessels, but only for the well-to-do. Most commoners still used wood and clay, that, unfortunately, over time, absorbed […]

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StilltheOne Distillery: Changing the Game in Small Batch Spirits

StilltheOne Distillery in Port Chester, New York is small craft distillery that is creating a big buzz in the Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Under the guidance of Albert Savarese, a creative and marketing-savvy entrepreneur, StilltheOne is not only introducing consumers to new and innovative products, but it is also collaborating with the local community to offer spirts that embrace the concept of farm-to-table and express the high quality of Hudson Valley grains. StilltheOne (STO) opened in 2009 as the first distillery in Westchester County since the introduction of Prohibition in 1920. Its then-owner named the distillery for his wife, who was “still the one.” Savarese, who had just come from a sales and marketing position […]

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Malting Barley Research at Penn State Aims to Support Craft Beer Industry

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – When it comes to libations, more and more Pennsylvanians are raising their glasses in favor of craft beer. In fact, according to the Brewers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, there are 136 craft breweries in Pennsylvania that produce more than 4 million barrels of beer annually. The economic impact of the industry is estimated at $4.48 billion, the second largest in the country. The industry’s popularity has caught the attention of researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, including Greg Roth, who’s spearheading research in malting barley — a key ingredient in craft beer production — with a goal of helping Pennsylvania farmers benefit. “In the last 15 years, there has been a tremendous […]

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Filtering Solution: Brewers, Distillers Vary on Approaches

Filtration equals shelf life and clarity, but not every brewer or distiller relies equally on the process. Some say they choose alternate routes for competitive reasons. “We don’t filter any of our beers,” said Doug Robinson, a partner in Berchman’s Brewing Co., a four-year-old brewery in Yakima, Wash. “We’ve always done it that way, for over four years now.” Robinson’s strategy is not uncommon among craft brewers, said Bill Baron, president of Washington, Pa.-based Baron Filtration Co. It’s a matter of taste, he said. “Usually, they say if they filter, it will alter the taste; for that reason, I don’t think there’s a huge filter market for those applications. Most of them are not doing that.” It’s a different matter, […]

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Iowa Farmers Work to Tap into Growing Demand for Hops

Mark Pattison picks a hop cone off the vine and rapidly rolls it back and forth between his hands. A sticky, yellow powder coats his palms, releasing an aroma that’s woodsy yet floral. “See that? That’s what you want,” Pattison says, holding out his hands to show how they’ve turned yellow from the lupulin — the oil inside hops that give beer its bitter flavor and aroma. “These (hops) are perfect.” Pattison is one of the founders and owners of Buck Creek Hops, Iowa’s largest hops farm with 50 acres near Solon in eastern Iowa. Since its first hops were planted in 2014, Buck Creek Hops gets several calls each week from people interested in growing hops here in Iowa, […]

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Extension Helps N.Y. Brewers, Growers Raise a Pint

The essential ingredients of a pint of locally produced New York state craft beer are quite simple: hops, barley, yeast and water. Much more complex, however, is how the supply chain of those elements comes together to create beverages that adhere to New York’s escalating farm brewery regulations. It’s a recipe further challenged by the relative infancy of the farm brewery industry and its explosive growth. Since the introduction of the state’s farm brewery license in 2013, which offered tax benefits and relaxed regulations for breweries using New York-grown ingredients, there are now more than 160 farm breweries online. And while the path to startup has been made easier, there exists significant challenges for farm brewers looking to procure New […]

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SELLING CRAFT BEER TO THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT

Each year, various US Government watchdog groups publicize the tremendous amount of money spent on liquor by various US Government agencies. From the lavish parties put on by the Executive Branch of Government to the smaller celebrations accomplished each year by lesser known US Government agencies, vast amounts of money is spent on liquor. CRAFT BEER What is odd is that craft beer makers have not yet fully tapped into this Government gold mine, selling craft spirits to US Government agencies. Talk with almost any senator or congressman or congresswoman about craft spirits, and almost immediately the conversation will turn to their favorite craft brew. Everyone seems to have a favorite, no different than those who enjoy beer in the […]

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Freshening Up: The Importance of Keeping a Brewery in Line with FDA Standards

Tylenol® has enjoyed its reputation as the “pain reliever hospitals use most” and as a trusted friend in most Americans’ medicine cabinets since the brand was introduced in the 1950s. That reputation has weathered some bumps in the road during its career, including a crisis involving cyanide-laced tablets that killed seven in 1982. But, more recently, its manufacturer McNeil-PPC, a Johnson & Johnson division, came under fire once again in 2010 and was forced to issue a high-profile recall after receiving a warning notice from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The company pulled well-known over-the-counter drugs from retailers’ shelves including Tylenol®, Motrin® and Benadryl® due to complaints to the company and the FDA of an “unusual moldy, musty or […]

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What Gets Measured Gets Managed: Why is sales data important and what types of data should craft breweries be focused on?

It’s no longer uncommon to see a long line of brewery sales reps inside a top craft account. This is one of the most visible signs of the competitive shift occurring within the industry. Gone are the days when a superior product, strong branding and community involvement were enough to generate a loyal customer base. While most craft consumers strongly support local brands, the vast number of new brewery openings has led those consumers to want to try all of the offerings available on the market. As a result, data analysis is now more imperative to sustainable growth for craft breweries than ever before. This includes deeply understanding internal brewery performance, while balancing the findings against industry trends. According to […]

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Live Colorfully with Victoria Distillers Empress 1908 Original Indigo Gin

Sitting majestically since 1908 on the banks of Victoria’s Inner Harbour on Vancouver Island, the Fairmont Empress Hotel is a Canadian National Historic site. The famed hotel has hosted kings, queens and a multitude of famous guests, such as Sir Winston Churchill, Katherine Hepburn, Bob Hope, and Bing Crosby. The Empress is renowned for its afternoon tea and has a reputation for being the place to stay in Victoria. The history of High Tea at the Empress is more than just tea; it is also richly steeped in delighting guests with beautifully crafted cocktails. Rumor has it that when Sir Winston Churchill was a guest at the Empress during the era of prohibition, he secretly sipped on gin, poured from […]

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Key Equipment for Nitrogen Use in the Brewery

Nitro beers have become a mainstay in craft breweries around the U.S., with an increasing number of brewers using nitrogen as a regular part of their operations. With the increase in nitrogen use, a need arises for specific equipment for all of the impressive ways brewers are putting this gas to work to make unique beers. In today’s market, several companies manufacture a bevy of products that will aid brewers in just such a feat. Miller Carbonic Nitrogen Generators Headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, Miller Carbonic (MilCarb) has over five decades of experience in the beverage gas world and has been on the front lines of the beverage gas evolution. They have worked with breweries domestically and internationally, including Darkhorse Brewery […]

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