Oregon Beer Growler - Business is Brewing

Business is Brewing

By Douglas D. MorrisFor the Oregon Beer Growler​Brewers may need to devote time and attention to other aspects of their business, besides making great beer, as the craft beer industry continues to be in transition.After multiple years of double-digit production growth, that paced slowed in 2016, and production growth could be in single digits again in 2017. This slowing has many craft breweries rethinking their strategy. Breweries that have been using fast-growing revenue to pay for [...]
Posted: August 4, 2017, 10:17 pm
Image courtesy of the Brewers Association By the Brewers AssociationFor the Oregon Beer GrowlerThe Brewers Association (BA) — the trade association representing small and independent American craft brewers — recently released 2016 data on U.S. craft brewing growth. With more than 5,300 breweries operating during the year, small and independent craft brewers represent 12.3 percent market share by volume of the overall beer industry.In 2016, craft brewers produced 24.6 million ba [...]
Posted: July 25, 2017, 8:28 pm
By Christopher MoreheadFor the Oregon Beer GrowlerWith beer festival season getting into full swing, it’s easy to turn one’s attention toward things like spending afternoons in sun-soaked beer gardens or deciding which summer release to fill your growler with (or asking yourself why you only brought one growler…). However, employers in the craft beer industry should also be aware that certain legal obligations, at least with respect to employment laws, are about to change. One [...]
Posted: July 13, 2017, 5:36 am
By Dinah L. Choi and Christopher MoreheadFor the Oregon Beer GrowlerGiven the dreary winter and spring we’ve experienced this year, it seems unfathomable that summer is rapidly approaching. For craft beer industry employers — particularly those with greater exposure to outdoor heat (looking at you, hop farmers) as well as those where indoor work is performed in hot areas (breweries and brewpubs) — it’s a good time to review your heat illness prevention plan with yo [...]
Posted: June 22, 2017, 7:14 am
By Matthew DimentFor the Oregon Beer Growler Lease accounting has never been most people’s favorite accounting topic, but the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has added another layer of complexity to the existing treatment of leases. While this new guidance is not applicable for a few more years, it’s good to understand the implications it may have on your brewery now.  Currently, leases are divided into two categories: operating and financing. To qualify as a fi [...]
Posted: June 15, 2017, 7:11 am
By Maude HaneyFor the Oregon Beer GrowlerThe business world is constantly changing; each week, new products debut, regulations change and consumers hunger for the latest and greatest. This is particularly true in the continuously evolving and lively brewing industry. Many top brewers are pushing the edges of taste and style. This experimentation is fueled by a profound understanding of and constant quest for deeper knowledge. Just as developing a better beer requires continued learning, so does [...]
Posted: May 23, 2017, 11:44 pm
By Chris MoreheadFor the Oregon Beer GrowlerRemember the March edition when I wrote about the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries’ (BOLI) bold new interpretation of overtime compensation rules that would have reversed years of past practice and potentially impacted craft brewers across the state? Well, brewers can now take a big sigh of relief. On March 9, 2017, an Oregon court shot down the new BOLI interpretation, which should be viewed as a major victory for all “manufact [...]
Posted: May 17, 2017, 10:08 pm
By Chris MoreheadFor the Oregon Beer GrowlerAs Oregonians, we are lucky to be part of a community where so many businesses make significant investments — whether in the form of volunteer time or monetary contributions — to organizations that support important local social causes. Many, if not most, of us have volunteered time and energy advancing these projects, such as spending time at food banks, working on conservation projects, serving as a pen pal for students, etc.Of course, br [...]
Posted: April 25, 2017, 8:16 pm
By Patrick McCarthyFor the Oregon Beer GrowlerNo matter where you bank, the process and fundamentals of obtaining a loan are almost universal. You fill out the application completely; supply all tax returns, financial statement and budget; and answer questions while a commercial banker encourages you to keep the information coming in as fast as possible. Then comes a credit denial — or worse yet, a long silence eventually followed by credit denial.You’re thinking “Gosh, the ban [...]
Posted: April 19, 2017, 5:36 am
By Adam FleckFor the Oregon Beer GrowlerWe in the brewing industry measure, analyze and manage everything we can when it comes to what goes into the Northwest’s world-famous beers. However, something that doesn’t get as much consideration is what comes out the other side of the brewery. No, not the beer. I’m talking about effluent. Waste. Refuse. The primary discharge from a brewery isn’t the spent grain, trub or hop sludge — it’s actually water.For every gall [...]
Posted: March 26, 2017, 5:50 pm