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Bartenders & servers: 4 step process for getting your finances under control

Last updated July 11, 2024 · By Dylan Blake

In our last 2 newsletters we've featured advice from Shaun McGuire, a bartender extraordinaire and service industry expert who coaches bartenders on work/life balance, finances, etc. (Learn more about that part of his life on his website,

That last point—finances—is the focus of Shaun's advice this week, specifically how bartenders, servers (and anyone else, really) can go about wrangling their finances.

In short, if it feels like you just can't get ahead of your spending, this week's interview is for you.

Training staff to handle bad customers w/ de-escalation

Last updated June 27, 2024 · By Dylan Blake

Darian Everding manages London Underground, a craft beer and whisk(e)y bar in Ames, IA.

Along with so many others in the industry, Darian has seen more angry, disruptive customers than before the pandemic. Ours is an era of rage, a recent article from the New York Times wrote, and the data bears that claim out: London Underground has had to ban more customers in the last year than in all of the previous five years combined.

So how do you teach staff to deal with these situations? The answer for Darian is communicating with staff and using de-escalation training:

Create a digital beer menu with one click

Last updated March 06, 2024 · By Dylan Blake

Digital beer menus are attention-grabbing, easy for customers to read, and way easier to manage than the old fashioned chalkboard. This makes life easier for your bartenders and makes the entire ordering process more efficient, which drives a significant increase in beverage sales.

But questions abound: how do I create a digital beer menu? How can I get it onto a TV? And can I update it in real-time?

TV Menus from BeerMenus make it extremely easy.

Create a print beer menu with one click

Last updated March 14, 2024 · By Dylan Blake

You know the scene. A keg kicks and your heart drops: you have to update your beer menu.

What comes next goes something like this: you go to the office computer and head to Google to find the new beer's description. You search and search, finally find a description you like, then copy and paste it into your Adobe, Canva, Word, or Google Docs menu document. You're done...except now the formatting is screwed up. You fiddle with it until it's finally ready. You push print and take a deep breath.

You're done.

Until you have to do the exact same thing the next day.

It doesn't have to be that way! Read on to learn how to create a professional beer menu template that automatically includes beer descriptions.

10 best beer menu board designs of 2023

Last updated March 02, 2023 · By Dylan Blake

This year we've helped bars, restaurants, and breweries from Alaska to New York showcase their craft beer tap list in just about every way possible, from modern to sleek to chalkboard-inspired.

In this article we highlight the 10 best digital menu board designs we made this year. Enjoy!

Untappd for Business alternative: BeerMenus

Last updated January 12, 2024 · By Dylan Blake

👉 Update Spring 2023: Untappd for Business now has two tiers: Untappd for Business Essentials ($899/year) and Untappd for Business Premium ($1199/year).

The limitations built into this new two-tier system mean many businesses who were previously at $899/year will have to move up to $1199/year to keep using Untappd the same way they had been.

BeerMenus, a popular Untappd for Business alternative with most of the same features (and many helpful features not offered by Untappd), costs $599 per year.

BeerMenus is not in any way affiliated with Untappd for Business.

Angry customer? Your #1 goal is to end the situation ASAP

Last updated June 27, 2024 · By Dylan Blake

Picture this: you're the bar manager. Things are going pretty much as usual, when all of a sudden a customer starts screaming at one of your bartenders.

Not okay. But we've all seen something like this happen or been on the receiving end of the screaming.

Including Alicia Rogers, Bar Manager at Jeremiah’s Tavern.

Covid silver lining: trauma bonding

Last updated June 20, 2024 · By Dylan Blake

Covid sucked for Alicia Rogers, bar manager at Jeremiah’s Tavern. Of course it did. The experience totally sucked for everybody in the industry.

But there was an interesting silver lining that came out of it for her and her team: their camaraderie increased because of the shitty experience they went through, and it's maintained ever since. In a sense, they trauma bonded.

Read on for how and why it happened.