The pandemic has accelerated tech in the craft brewing sector. Beer lovers can now enjoy contactless point-of-sale systems, direct-to-consumer online portals, augmented reality beer labels and lots of NFTs (maybe too many). Over the last few years, it’s been impressive to watch craft breweries update and embrace a wide range of business technologies to navigate beer’s changing business channels. Essential to all these upgrades has been software.
Consider that a small brewing model has many business facets that need to be balanced — physical brewing operations, packaging, restaurant, bar, distribution, government compliance and beyond. The proper software solution (something like Ollie Ops) can help brewers gain better control over a lot of those operations — COGS analysis, TTB reporting, yeast management and so much more. What’s great about Ollie Ops is it’s an easy-to-use software engineered specifically for small to midsize breweries that are still trying to run their operations on spreadsheets and whiteboards.
Ollie Ops was formerly called Fermentable, until Next Glass bought it late last year. Founded in 2015 by Darin Haener and Frank West, FermentAble was conceived after Haener spent a decade in the brewing industry frustrated with the lack of quality software solutions for managing brewery operations.
Now, the smart folks behind Ollie Ops specialize in helping craft breweries address business pain points, and it just so happens a few of these folks will be answering questions for CBB readers. Ollie Ops will be hosting a webinar with Craft Brewing Business on Wednesday, Sept. 21 (from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EDT), to help breweries and beer pros discover how to 2.0 their brewing operations. Sign up right here!
Here’s an example: When it comes time to generate TTB reports, the “classic” process can easily involve a full day or more of rummaging through brew logs that had been through the ringer of an active brewing environment, not to mention illegible handwriting. Ollie Ops can generate those TTB reports with only a couple of clicks. It can also automatically track real time raw material inventory and enables simple, intuitive brew log management. It saves brewers time on paperwork, allowing them to focus on their craft. Wanna learn more?
The webinar is free. Sign up right here.