Archive: Product Info

The New Face of Closures

Closures come in all shapes and sizes – shiny, matte, 3-D embossed, silkscreen, utilitarian, wood and plastic. Some are aluminum, decorated with digital printing and metalized with a coating in the color of your choice. Closures can define a brand and target demographic, boost shelf appeal and differentiate brands from one another. With recent innovations and a bevy of options, in today’s market packaging solutions are no longer an afterthought. Functionality matters Closures are a major, and functional, design feature of modern packaging. They protect the spirit from spillage and contamination and are designed to show any evidence of tampering, all while providing beverage producers with space for branding and advertising. Creating a unique closure system requires expertise and resources […]

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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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Hop Growers Face Challenges to Meet Rising Brewery Demands

The New York craft beer industry is really hopping. From 2012 to 2016, the number of breweries more than tripled, from 95 to 302, according to the New York State Brewers Association, and the industry contributes $3.5 billion to the state’s economy annually. Lawmakers seeking to tap into the industry’s economic potential have passed new policies that provide incentives for New York hop growers to jump on the bandwagon and supply the growing demand for local ingredients. As these growers have learned, cultivating hops has its challenges, mainly from pests and two pervasive diseases, and Cornell researchers are lending a hand. Plant disease experts David Gadoury and doctoral student Bill Weldon, both at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station […]

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Choosing A Chiller That Will Last

Your chiller may very well be the most important piece of equipment in your brewery. From cooling the wort and controlling fermentation through packaging and refrigerating the finished product, chillers are an integral part of the beer making process. The perfect chiller offers the ability to provide precise temperature control while accommodating the desire for energy efficiency, durability, and room for future growth. Whether you choose to purchase a standard model or opt for a custom-built chiller, it’s important to carefully consider your needs before investing in this vital piece of brewery equipment. Chillers Built to Last Chillking Chillers began in 1997 as J.P.’s Express Service, installing refrigeration and restaurant equipment, and has focused exclusively on providing high-quality chillers for […]

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Do You Judge a Beer by Its Label?

The landscape of the craft brew industry tends to reflect a more edgy, and sometimes quirkier culture, certainly represented in its labels and graphic designs. Often the names of the breweries have a great story behind them and the individual beers follow the same trend. This leads to wildly creative expression of a brewery’s identity and product, delivered as fun and unique packaging and label designs, appearing in pubs and store shelves. In a quick glance, the final packaging needs to introduce the consumer to the brewery’s story, communicate their values and vision, and attract customers. So, do consumers choose their brew based on the brand personality conveyed on the label? You bet. According to the Brewers Association, there are […]

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Software for Distilleries: What Spirit-Makers Need to Know

As a response to the craft beer boom and the sheer number of breweries operating across the country, there are currently more tech companies working with brewery software than distillery software. There are overlaps in the basic needs of these two industries, and an increasing number of software developers are working to accommodate distillery operations too. However, there are significant distinctions between breweries and distilleries in terms of software needs to keep track of things like proof gallons, angel’s share/evaporation, and barrel aging. This has led to the development of highly specific software that is designed with the unique needs of distillers in mind. Leading Distillery Software Companies One prominent leader in the distillery software industry is Whiskey Resources, which […]

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When it Comes to Packaging, Think Outside the Box

  When you think Costco, you think drab, industrial size boxes, cut off at the top and overflowing with reams of toilet paper. Of course, as you move along toward the packaged food section, amid waftings of grilled sausage samples and squares of carrot cake, you’ll start to notice some more attractive shipping cartons. But if containers are really your thing – and for Mark Mazzocco, Vice President of Livermore, California-based Packaging Innovators, they most certainly are, then the wine and beer section is really the holy grail of Costco product displays. Just around the corner from several open rows of wood-paneled cases of California and French wines, there’s a beer aisle freshly stocked with Heineken and Coors Light, but […]

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Recyclable Packaging

Producers within the craft beverage industry are faced with more choices than ever these days when it comes to packaging options. Many are turning to supplies, labels, and packaging sourced from recyclable materials in an effort to run a cleaner, greener business. On top of that, consumers are showing that environmentally friendly business practices are important to them as well. Some individuals have a clear preference as to which container they prefer their booze to be in. For example, cans have generally earned a poor reputation within the beer industry. However, while aluminum was once associated with only “cheap beer,” it has come a long way. Many producers—including longstanding successful breweries—are turning to aluminum cans as a way to cut […]

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There’s an Old Adage Among Brewers: No matter how much cold storage you have, it’s never enough.

The unprecedented growth of the craft market has left microbrewers across the country scrambling to meet demand for cold storage and refrigeration. Depending on location, production process and cold storage demands, there’s a range of options. Standalone chest units, walk-in coolers, commercial cold storage, mobile cold storage units and even finding a cool corner of the brewery round out the top choices. Also, more and more brewers are using their existing assets to make affordable DIY walk-in coolers. As the craft beer market sees year-over growth exceeding 17%, as reported by the Brewers Association, one of the biggest challenges for brewers will be to keep pace with production demands without compromising the quality and freshness of their product. A big, […]

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Brewery Management Software Offers New Solutions to Old Problems

As the craft beer industry continues to grow, and breweries become a major business in communities throughout the United States and the world, brewers begin to search for solutions to issues that are often seen throughout the industry. Disorganization, lost inventory, ordering and sales issues have plagued the industry for years, further aggravated by bad accounting and organizational practices. Use of spreadsheets, hand written notes, and lack of communication between departments makes for a difficult and frustrating workplace. Enter brewery management software. Brewery management software is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that allows breweries to run their business from one program. Everything from inventory control to production processes to sales can be handled all in one software solution built […]

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