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How to Prepare Your Brewery for Black Friday

on Nov 19, 2018 Mary Brettmann

In early November I was surprised at the amount of Christmas decorations everywhere. I even saw a mall Christmas tree one week before Halloween! Despite the hectic feel and busyness of the season, it is still one of my favorite times of year. Most everyone is in a good mood and Christmas day is such a peaceful day. That got me thinking about breweries and how they can best navigate through the holiday season sanely and profitably.

The Overnight Switch From Glass to Cans in Craft Brewing

on Nov 12, 2018 Mary Brettmann

I'm starting a new series on my blog called View From the Trenches. It will be more journal-like in that I will share personal thoughts and observations from the field and discuss cultural shifts and trends.

What Brewers Should Know About the New Ekos Batch Process Update

on Oct 15, 2018 Mary Brettmann

If you are in the brewing industry you are likely familiar with Ekos, a craft business management software. Ekos has been working on their programming for the batch process for a long time. I first got a sneak peek at last year’s user conference. Over the summer, I received an email from Ekos telling me to prepare for the new batch process. They made a two-minute video which summarizes the steps that brewery owners need to take. I highly recommend that you watch the Ekos video and review the enhanced batch process page on the help portal. They have spent a lot of time creating articles explaining the changes to the system.

Key Findings from 2017 EKS&H Craft Brewery Financial Benchmarking Study

on Oct 4, 2018 Mary Brettmann

Whenever you sit down to review your financials a thought often comes to mind…how are we doing compared to other breweries? Are we as efficient as everyone else? Is anyone else making any money? Those answers are tough to come by….most craft breweries are privately owned, so we can not go to the stock market to see how our industry is doing. There is the BA benchmark study (more on that in a later post). So we need to rely on any benchmarking data that we can get our hands on.

The Brewery CFO Pre-workshop Q&A - Part 2

on Sep 26, 2018 Mary Brettmann

Continuing from Part 1, this post contains questions asked of me during the 2018 Brewery Accelerator Workshop in San Diego, California, followed by my answers.

The Brewery CFO Pre-workshop Q&A - Part 1

on Sep 17, 2018 Mary Brettmann

This post contains questions asked of me during the 2018 Brewery Accelerator Workshop in San Diego, California, followed by my answers.

Excise Tax and You - Part 3

on Sep 10, 2018 Mary Brettmann

Continuing my in-depth analysis of the excise tax from Part 2

Excise Tax and You – Part 2

on Sep 4, 2018 Mary Brettmann

Continuing my in-depth analysis of the excise tax from Part 1

Excise Tax and You – Part 1

on Aug 27, 2018 Mary Brettmann

Everyone involved in a brewery is aware of the excise tax, but few really understand what it is, how it functions, and where it came from. I decided to do an in-depth study of the excise tax to provide a better understanding of this tax overall.

New Postcard Income Tax Filing for 2018

on Aug 20, 2018 Mary Brettmann

As part of the new tax law signed in late 2017, taxes were supposed to be so simple that “you could fill them out on a postcard”.  Well, the IRS has unveiled a draft of the new postcard. It has half the number of lines as the old 1040, but adds six different schedules to make up for the loss of lines.