Archive: Brewery

Playing the Blues: Brewing with Butterfly Pea Flower

  In today’s dynamic and competitive industry, there’s a frequent need to stand out: to make a beer that is not only fresh, delicious, and high quality, but also just looks really cool. As brewers, the use of natural ingredients is often a point of pride; TTB regulations limit the additives that can be used to flavor and color beer without special recipe approval and using artificially derived coloring and flavoring often goes against the broad ethos of the brewing industry. Anyone who has brewed with blueberries or blackberries will tell you the deep rich color of the berry is difficult to carry through to a final product. More often, beer turns out a shade of pink rather than the […]

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Your Beer Marketing Deserves Some Recognition

With over 7,300 breweries across the country (and another 3,000 currently in the planning stage), it’s getting harder and harder to stand out from the competition. In addition to having to nail a delicious and unique line of brews, design and marketing of each beer has become critical to a brewery’s popularity and success. In the past, small breweries could rely solely on positive word of mouth about their beers. Today, shoppers are persuaded by award-winning products. Seals like “Best Brewery” and “Best Beer” give beers additional stopping power, awareness, and increased experimentation. Today, small breweries aren’t just competing with thousands of other independent operations like their own. They’re now battling against behemoth corporate beer companies. Recently, these small breweries […]

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Burning Questions From the Craft Brewers Conference

  As the Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) came to a close in 2019, one thing was abundantly clear — brewers had many questions related to scaling their business for future growth. During our panel discussion, we experienced good dialogue and will share some of the questions and answers in this edition. Assessing your organization at all levels is an important first step to ensure your foundation is solid and ready to scale for growth. Understanding how efficient you are with your current resources and determining whether you are set up appropriately is imperative in strategizing for the future. Are you challenging your current efficiencies with resources, people, technology, equipment and processes? Where and when will you need to add or […]

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Businesses Helping Businesses: Brewery Igniter® Services for Breweries

  The old adages about the business world, “It’s a dog eat dog world” or “It’s not personal its business” is transforming into “Let’s help each other be successful”. Successful businesses are coming together to work toward a common goal and helping each other. An example of this is H.G. Fenton Company, a real estate development and property management company in San Diego. Starting a new microbrewery is costly and involves many levels of risk. The barriers to entry can be substantial. Some call it an igniter and some call it an incubator. Webster’s Dictionary defines an incubator as “an organization or place that aids the development of new business ventures especially by providing low-cost commercial space, management assistance, or […]

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Improvements In Brewery Chillers Provide Additional Efficiency And Reliability

When the craft brewing boom started really heating up, chiller manufacturers found themselves up against a newly revealed set of challenges, including being asked to manufacture brewery specific chiller units that would not only operate at lower than the standard chiller temperatures but do it consistently and reliably. Pro Refrigeration was on the forefront of that challenge, manufacturing their first brewery chiller system for a small brewpub in Seattle. From that day on, craft breweries are credited with pushing the developmental improvements and changes that companies like Pro Refrigeration have applied across their entire product lines in order to serve clients in a multitude of markets.  Pro Chiller Systems “Thirty years ago, chillers were basically morphed air conditioning systems built […]

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HOPS GROWING & CRAFT BREW TOURISM: BENEFITS OR DETERRENTS TO EACH INDUSTRY

Brewers from all over the world with a nose for hops head straight for the trellised fields of the Pacific Northwest of the United States, where the hop growing industry is a global leader. The vast majority of these brewers wind up in Yakima Valley, Washington, which grows approximately 75% of the nation’s hop plants.  What is also growing in Yakima Valley and elsewhere in the U.S. is a craft brew tourism industry, bringing in revenue using the aroma of locally grown hops and the taste        of full-flavored craft beers to lure travelers near and far. According to the Brewers Association, a non-profit trade group representing breweries in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, the craft brewing industry […]

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Boulevard Brewing Company: Changing the Future of Craft Beverages

One of the hottest trends in today’s beverage market is cocktails in a can, known in the trade as RDT, or “ready to drink” beverages.  And Boulevard Brewing Company, one of the first micro-breweries to produce craft beer and the largest specialty brewer in Kansas City, Mo., is joining this new wave of perfectly mixed, delicious drinks with its release of Fling Craft Cocktails. Based on the theme, “Live a Delicious Life, Have a Fling,” Boulevard launched its new product at Kauffman Stadium for the Kansas City Royals’ opening day on March 28.  In early April, it was released for distribution to a wider market.  “The rollout was fantastic,” Natalie Gershon, vice president of marketing, told Beverage Master Magazine.  “We […]

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Petition for a Writ Far-fetched? Nope!

  If a state regulatory agency with jurisdiction over the craft brew industry makes a decision that appears to be arbitrary and capricious, having a direct effect on your business, then, you have the right to petition a court for relief using a Writ of Administrative Mandamus. An unnecessarily fancy phrase meaning that a court of law reviews the administrative decision and decides if, under applicable law, the decision is not rational. Most times a writ is requested by an association or group of companies that are affected by the agency decision so that a positive result will affect many companies in the association or group. STATE ADMINISTRATIVE AGENCIES State administrative agencies with jurisdiction over the craft brew industry create […]

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Nitrogen Use In The Brewery: The Pour Says It All

You only have to look at the rotating list of available craft beer flavor profiles and styles at your local brew pub to know that Brewmasters are always looking for ways to please their patrons. Adding the use of nitrogen within the craft brewing industry is one of those ways that breweries look to produce a better final product for both their loyal consumers and for the distributors as well. Nitrogen use is gaining popularity in craft breweries because it can be used as a safeguard against harmful oxygenation of their product that can affect taste, aroma and quality, all the things craft beer enthusiasts really care about. But nitrogen is also used to pressurize the containers and extend the […]

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New Water Technologies for Hops Growing and Brewing

If there is one thing craft beer growers, all brewers and drinkers can agree on it is that beer is made up to 95% water.  The link to hops growers is water is also an essential component needed to grow the hops and barley .  Water allows the hops to be turned into a beer that is rich and aromatic which may be one of the reasons why in 2019, the craft beverage market just keeps on growing. However, there has recently been changes in the environment and climate that is grabbing the attention of both the hops growers and brewer industries because some of those changes are creating higher prices for hops which means there is a reduction of […]

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