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Intellectual Property for Beverage Manufacturers

Intellectual Property for Beverage Manufacturers

By: Brian D. Kaider, Esq. While many people are familiar with the four main types of intellectual property: patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets, often they don’t know the distinctions between them or what they are meant to protect. This article is meant to cut through the confusion and explain ...
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5 Building Blocks to Build an Effective Brewery Budget

5 Building Blocks to Build an Effective Brewery Budget

By: Kary Shumway, CPA, CFO, Numbers Guy The Fall season is upon us and that means it’s time to create your brewery budget. This document will serve as the financial road map for your business and will provide clear directions to reach your sales and profit goals for the coming ...
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Empowered Makers, Spirited Women

Empowered Makers, Spirited Women

By: Tracey L. Kelley In the spirits world, female master blenders and head distillers are creating more buzz than ever, not simply for being “the first” but for their positions as innovative navigators of taste, brand and industry. With this angle in mind, we reached out to a few notable ...
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Choosing Effective Incentive Rewards for the Craft Beer Distribution Channel

Choosing Effective Incentive Rewards for the Craft Beer Distribution Channel

America's Beer Distributors: Fueling Jobs, Generating Economic Growth & Delivering Value to Local Communities. (PRNewsFoto/National Beer Wholesalers Association) By: Nichole Gunn, Vice President of Marketing and Creative Services, Incentive Solutions From improving market penetration to increasing sales volume for a specific product, craft beer producers rely on their indirect salesforce ...
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In the Can & Out the Door:  Canning Systems Adapt to Current Market Needs

In the Can & Out the Door: Canning Systems Adapt to Current Market Needs

By: Gerald Dlubala “The situation that we’re all in just adds to the advantage of selling beverages and cocktails in cans,” said Dennis Grumm, CEO of Oktober Design, manufacturer of can and crowler seamers for the craft beverage industry. “With the COVID-19 situation, the lifeblood of many bars and restaurants ...
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21st-Century Growlers:   Pairing Innovation and Convenience

21st-Century Growlers: Pairing Innovation and Convenience

By: Cheryl Gray Portable beer containers earn their reputation not only by how convenient they are to transport but also by how well they protect the beer inside. In the age of COVID-19, these portable options have also become a lifeline for craft breweries whose businesses have turned to beer-to-go ...
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All About Boiler Use in the Distillery

All About Boiler Use in the Distillery

By: Alyssa L. Ochs There are many different things to think about when operating a distillery. However, one often-overlooked detail is the distillery’s boiler and its quality, condition and features. There are various kinds of boilers available to craft distilleries today, which is why it’s a good idea to learn ...
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Bryant’s Ciders:           Creating a Niche Market in the Cider World

Bryant’s Ciders: Creating a Niche Market in the Cider World

By: Nan McCreary A driving force in the craft beverage market today is to create unique tastes and products—and even tasting rooms— not found anyplace else. One cider maker, Jerry Thornton, is trying to do just that with Bryant’s Small Batch Ciders in the heart of Virginia’s cider country. Thornton’s ...
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Varieties of Gin Botanicals in the Pacific Northwest

Varieties of Gin Botanicals in the Pacific Northwest

By: Becky Garrison The recent sale of Aviation Gin to Diageo in August 2020 put the Portland, Oregon, distillery scene, and gin in particular, back on the national map. Aviation’s history can be traced back to 2004 when Christian Krogstad and his wife, Christina, launched House Spirits Distillery intend-ing to ...
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Distillery Startup:           Where the Journey Begins

Distillery Startup: Where the Journey Begins

By: Gerald Dlubala “You want to start a distillery? Try not to be overwhelmed, but by all means, prepare to be overwhelmed,” said Patrick Kelty, President of VITOK Engineers, Inc. VITOK Engineers help design and optimize every element of the distillation process, from raw material receiving to proofing and bottling ...
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