We’ve always existed to serve the industry, so ProBrewer is thrilled to be bringing you a bevy of incredible new tools and resources to help further your efforts. Whether you’re an industry leader, or a new brewery just opening your doors, we’ve got what you need to continue leveling-up your capabilities. Conveniently organized by business function, each page takes you beyond the latest news and insights and offers direct support from some of the top minds across the industry.
A well-equipped brewery is paramount to your success. It’s more than a question of if good beer comes out the other side; it’s about profitability, efficiency, reliability, sustainability, and much more. In the business of beer, the tools you use will truly separate the wheat from the chaff. With that, welcome to the home of everything you need to know about effectively equipping and maintaining your brewery. Navigate the page to “Ask the Experts,” peruse recent FAQ’s, view relevant discussions, and check out the latest insights.
The pace of new brewery openings is still roaring with at least 1,049 new brewery openings in 2018, according to the Brewers Association. Many of these new openings are small. Very small. Like two barrel system small. This allows people who want to dive into the industry to do so with very little capital investment. A two barrel system requires little square footage, can be purchased for under $100,000 and can get a brewer-wannabie open quickly, easily and cheaply.
But will it work? The answer is probably not.
Doing the math without the reality of owning a business or knowing the pitfalls and difficulties of operating a commercial brewery and selling direct to the consumer might “work on paper.” But as this interesting discussion on the ProBrewer Discussion forum points out, reality paints a different picture. Waste in the brewing process, waste at the taps, costs of employees, legal costs of owning a business, buying brewing ingredients in small quantities and so on all add up. Not to mention the cost of conforming to state, federal and local health department regulations, fire department codes as well as regulations from the state alcohol beverage control and other regulatory agencies. Best plan? Do your research. Carefully!
They say not to judge a book by its cover – but this is beer. Whether you like it or not, your packaging decisions will make a big difference in how many folks buy your brew. With that, welcome to the home of everything you need to know about packaging, bottling, and kegging. Navigate the page to “Ask the Experts,” peruse recent FAQ’s, view relevant discussions, and check out the latest insights.
If your beer is what you put into it – you’d better be sure you’ve got just the right barley, malt, hops, and water…and you know how to use them! Whether you’re a season expert who’s published multiple books on brewing ingredients (like our resident expert, Stan Hieronymous), or you’re a brewery in planning looking to mash your first grains, we’ve got you covered!
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Research Service (ARS) announced the release of USDA “Triumph’” a new high-yield aroma hop.
The hop is expected to be most ideal and utilized by brewers in the growing lager, pilsner-styles and pale ales. The USDA Notice is here.
Uncovering the right distribution strategy for your brewery and bringing it to life can prove quite challenging in and of itself…But in today’s diverse, rapidly moving marketplace there are endless considerations in how to best serve your consumers and brand. Thankfully, you’ve landed on the home of all things distribution related.
The Texas Supreme Court has made a ruling not to hear a challenge to a 2013 state law that prohibits brewers to sell their distribution rights to wholesalers, giving brewers in the state a major setback.
The 2013 law makes it illegal for craft brewers to get paid when they assign exclusive distribution rights for their brand. The law, pushed by Texas beer distributors, forced craft brewers to assign distribution rights for free when entering into a distribution contract. At the same time, the law leaves distributors free to sell the rights to brand they obtained from brewers at no cost.
The challenge was brought by three craft breweries Peticolas Brewing Co., Revolver Brewing and Live Oak Brewing Co. They had successfully challenged the law in 2016 until the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission appealed the ruling, which was then overturned in late 2017. The three breweries, along with the law firm Institute for Justice sought a decision from the state’s Supreme Court, which declined to hear it on Friday.
In a statement, the Institute for Justice said the refusal by the state’s top court to hear the case was “a blow to the economic liberty of all Texans.” The Institute for Justice statement can be seen here.