Managing Craft Beer Menus with Brewery Software
Managing inventory at a small-batch brewery means dealing with a complex and ever-changing menu. With a mix of seasonal and year-round beers on different schedules, Jeremiah is always adjusting availability and pricing. Not surprisingly, the biggest reason that he recommends Toast is because inventory and menu management is simple and immediate.
“Inventory management is one of the most important things we use. I can get in and switch out a beer without shutting down the whole system. The ability to do that in seconds, not minutes or hours, is crucial. We can keep operating while making adjustments."
Not only is an integrated inventory system more efficient, but Jeremiah says he’s also saving money by tracking beer and retail items in the bar POS system.
“We’re saving money on labor. Instead of having to spend time doing weekly or bi-weekly counts, it’s all right there on the POS screen. You can end up paying a lot for inventory management if you go with tertiary partners. For us, it’s already integrated into Toast.”
Spreading the Love with Digital Gift Cards
A few months after going live with Toast, Jeremiah and his team decided to add gift cards to their system. Like inventory, physical and digital gift cards are completely integrated into Toast, so it was an easy addition for the team.
Not only are gift cards gaining popularity in the taproom, but, in typical neighborly fashion, Lakewood is also donating them to charities and giving them to employees.
“We give everyone here a per diem per quarter to spend on in-house products. It’s a really great way to boost team morale. We’d have a harder time keeping tabs on a program like that without Toast."
About Lakewood Brewing Company
Lakewood Brewing Company produces internationally inspired, locally crafted beers. Its diverse varieties include year-round, seasonal, and small-batch brews including the Legendary and Seduction Series. Lakewood beers are available throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth and North Texas area in discerning bars, restaurants, and select retailers; perfect for whichever neighborhood you call home. For locations and more information, please visit lakewoodbrewing.com.