Supplier relationships are hard. Deliveries go wrong, a keg doesn't show. What should you do when it does go wrong? How can you prevent it from going wrong in the first place?
Longtime bar owner and podcaster Zach Mack knows his way around these problems. Here are some key takeaways from our interview with him:
Zach shared a ton more tips on this topic, so check out clips from the interview to learn more.Watch interview clips
Goose Island's Bourbon County Brand Stout is a craft beer giant. For many beer drinkers, its annual Black Friday release is stout season's starter pistol.
But in 2022, fewer people searched for it than in any recent year.
BeerMenus.com pageviews to all Bourbon County products (they release a bunch of variants each year) have declined 66% since 2019. Compared to last year they're down 28%.
What does this mean?
It's hard to say. It's possible the decline is simply due to its increasing ubiquity: finding Bourbon County used to be a cutthroat affair. But due to production increases it's now available virtually everywhere, meaning drinkers no longer have to search online for which beer stores have it in stock.
But it's also possible that the popularity of Bourbon County itself—or even big, barrel-aged beers more broadly—is declining.
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