Since 2015 the Brewers Association has tracking from its members their resource use on a voluntary online data collection portal. The data collected has since been used to develop industry benchmarking reports, which allow brewers to compare their efficiency with other breweries in their region and with breweries of similar production volume around the U.S.
That online portal is no longer available and the BA has announced that it now has a Microsoft Excel-based system instead. The new system provides ease of use, functionality and tracking completeness.
“Tracking resource use is the first step in reducing resource use,” Chuck Skypeck, Technical Brewing Projects Manager for the BA said in a BA statement. “Used together, the benchmarking tool and the benchmarking reports help brewers decrease the use of natural resources and increase brewery profitability, while helping to ensure the availability of the resources needed to continue to brew great beer.”