How-to guides, insider tips, and data-driven insights for breweries and beer-focused bars and restaurants.

Create a digital beer menu with one click

Last updated December 08, 2022 · By Dylan Blake

Digital beer menus are attention-grabbing and easy for customers to read. 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 even create a digital beer menu? How can I actually get it onto a TV? And how can I avoid going through a whole updating rigmarole every time I kick a keg?

TV Menus from BeerMenus make it extremely easy.

10 best beer menu board designs of 2021

Last updated December 07, 2022 · 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!

How to nail supplier relationships (with bar owner and podcaster Zach Mack)

Last updated November 28, 2022 · By Dylan Blake

Supplier relationships are hard. Deliveries go wrong, a keg doesn't show, the wrong wine gets delivered. It's frustrating, especially since you're relying on accuracy and efficiency to run your bar or restaurant effectively.

So, what should you do when it goes wrong? How can you prevent it from going wrong in the first place? And where is that box of Cab you ordered from your distributor 6 months ago that was allegedly "delivered"?

Veteran bar owner and industry expert Zach Mack knows his way around these problems. In the below excerpts from our conversation with Zach, we cover:

  • What to do when a delivery goes wrong
  • When to cut ties with a supplier
  • How to make sure you're first in line for limited releases
  • The first things you should do when starting a new supplier relationship

Untappd for Business price increase

Last updated October 20, 2022 · By Dylan Blake

Published February 2022

Untappd has increased its prices to $899/year for all businesses on Untappd, including businesses that have been their customers for years.

This is a significant (50%) price increase—previously, Untappd’s pricing was $599 per year (though in some cases they were known to cut deals, offer monthly pricing, etc.)

Untappd for Business alternative: BeerMenus

Last updated October 20, 2022 · By Dylan Blake

👉 Update February 2022: Untappd has increased its prices to $899/year for all businesses, even existing customers. This is a 50% increase on their previous pricing.

These are significant price increases—previously, Untappd’s pricing was $599 per year.

Learn more about Untappd for Business's price increases.

Maybe you’ve received some phone calls from the Untappd for Business sales team. Maybe a buddy in the industry mentioned it to you. Or maybe you're currently using Untappd for Business at your bar or restaurant.

Regardless, you’re wondering whether it’s right for your bar or restaurant, so you want to learn more.

When you're considering this, you'll certainly evaluate Untappd for Business (something you can do in our Untappd for Business: the Definitive Guide article).

But many small business owners investigate BeerMenus, a popular Untappd for Business alternative and competitor. Read on to learn which would be a better fit for your business.

Untappd for Business: The Definitive Guide

Last updated October 20, 2022 · By Dylan Blake

This article is the most exhaustive description of Untappd for Business available. Use it to learn about Untappd for Business and to consider whether it's right for your business.

👉 Update February 2022: Untappd has increased its price to $899/year for all businesses including businesses that have been with them for years, a 50% increase on their previous pricing.

This is a significant (50%) price increase—previously, Untappd’s pricing was $599 per year.

Learn more about Untappd for Business's price increases.

Create a drink menu with one click beer and wine descriptions

Last updated October 10, 2022 · By Dylan Blake

You know the feeling. A keg kicks or a new wine comes in: now you have to update your drink menu.

If you had a run-of-the-mill beverage program, updating your menu would be easy—just slap in product name and price. No description required.

But your drink program isn't run-of-the-mill—it's top-notch. You're proud of your offerings, so you want to tell your customers about it on your drink menu.

That means you need to provide descriptions. To provide beer and wine descriptions, you usually have to do something like this:

First you head to Google and type the name of the wine or beer. You look through the results and after a few clicks you find one that's good enough. You copy it then paste it into your menu document. Then you verify the menu's formatting still looks good, while possibly having to edit some aspect of it to bring it back in line.

Then, finally, you push print. You're done.

Until you're doing it all over again the next day.

Making your drink menu can be easier! Read on to learn how to create a professional, customized drink menu template that automatically includes beer & wine descriptions.

Create a print beer menu with one click

Last updated June 15, 2022 · By Dylan Blake

You know the scene well. 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 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.

How bars & restaurants should run their social media

Last updated May 10, 2022 · By Dylan Blake

David Hayden is a decades-long bar & restaurant industry vet. He started off as a server way back when (a job he got by wearing a suit and tie to his interview for a line cook position), and since then has done just about everything you could do in the industry, including writing a book called Tips2: Tips for Improving your Tips.

But starting 15 years ago or so he settled into a niche: helping bars and restaurants with their digital presences, specifically their websites (he's designed hundreds), branding, SEO, and social media. In this conversation we mined his vast knowledge of social media for tips on how bars and restaurants can successfully run their social media accounts.

His Kansas City-based company, Hospitality Formula, helps clients across the country, but the client he works most closely with is an arcade bar called Up - Down, which has locations throughout the midwest: Des Moines, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Nashville, St. Louis, and Oklahoma City. He runs the social media presences for each and every location, and does so to great success.

Below you'll find his insights about social media and branding, tactical advice on how, when, and what bars and restaurants should post, as well as some philosophical musings about branding: who is your brand? What kind of music would your brand like? (Hint—if you don't know the answer to that question, it's time to do some branding work.)

Beer & drink menu templates for bar & restaurant groups (including case study)

Last updated May 04, 2022 · By Dylan Blake

Life is super busy for everyone at bar and restaurant groups. Operations and marketing play all-day-everyday whack-a-mole at the office. GMs and on-the-ground staff do the same at each location.

This is true for all hospitality groups, but those with rotating selections are doing it at a whole different level: their selections change all the time, which means their menus need to be updated all the time. And keeping up with that is a significant challenge.

Menu automation from BeerMenus solves this headache, providing a solution that:

  • Saves everyone time because on-the-ground folks manage menu updates on their professionally designed templates.
  • Makes it possible to keep menus truly up-to-date. Updating only takes a second, so menus actually get updated as soon as kegs kick, not a week later.
  • Ensures menu information is always accurate and error-free. Our databases ensure there are no more spelling errors or issues with product info like descriptions, etc.
  • Ensures menus will be professional and consistent. Your custom menu template is designed by professional graphic designers and item changes get automatically plugged into the template.
  • Is affordable.

And you can even expect to increase your beer and beverage sales, too.

Read on to learn more about BeerMenus Print Menus for bar and restaurant groups.

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