Some folks think beer is like a can of soup—you can leave it on the shelf until you're ready to drink it.
But the vast majority of beer is more like a loaf of bread—it tastes best fresh from the oven, but eventually gets stale and moldy. Local beer is on the up-and-up because it's got that “fresh-from-the-oven” taste, and drinkers love that quality. When a casual drinker has a supreme drinking experience trying a local beer, they'll immediately taste the difference—and never go back to their old macro standby.
We're not saying that you should immediately replace every brew on your tap list with a local one, but local beers are worth experimenting with because they have the opportunity to be fresher and thus better. Here's the science behind why it's worth it to serve local beers.
We recently sat down with Brittany Saxton, owner and GM at Bellefontaine, Ohio's Six Hundred Downtown. We talked about the local beer scene, how a world-class pizza place embraces craft beer, and how printed beer menus increased 600 Downtown's average bill size by $12.
Saxton at Six Hundred Downtown.
A screen grab of the Digital Beer Board BeerMenus Customer Success created, based on Koester's customization wishes.
Travis Koester, owner of the Local Tap House of Nyack, has worked in the bar industry for 10 years.
So when it finally came time for him to open a bar of his own a couple years ago, he already had a vision for it.
Update: on March 24th, the Brewer's Association released the guidance necessary to calculate beer calorie content. As a result, (and as you can read in our latest blog post here), we've successfully built our Calorie Content Generator.
We've recently gotten a number of questions about what the FDA's new requirements on alcohol-related calorie and nutrient information mean for beer retailers. We dug into the FDA's extremely riveting (kidding, obviously) official sources and pulled out the most relevant information.
In short: if the rules apply to you, we've got you covered. We can now display the necessary calorie information, making sure your mainstay beers comply with the new rules. If you have any questions, drop us a line at 347-927-1574 or email@example.com.
Last week the Brewer's Association unveiled their Calorie and Carbohydrate Calculator and Beer Nutrient Database. These are the basic tools chain restaurants can use to generate the calorie content they need on their menus starting May 5.
We gave the process a shot and found it's tedious at best and an annoyance at worst.
However, because the primary calculators have been released, not everyone will have to go through the tedious process: Our development team has filled in the final pieces of our Calorie Content Generator.
Schedule a consultation to learn more about our Calorie Content Generator.
Here it is, our fourth and final piece of the BeerMenus 2016 Roundup series.
We think we saved the best for last. Below are the most popular beers of 2016, broken out by where in the US the beer was brewed: East, Midwest, or West.
Full disclosure: we love a lot of these beers. But our palates didn't make any decisions in regards to the list. We determined the rankings by looking at unique BeerMenus page views for each beer.
While we weren't too surprised by most beers on the list, there were a couple that left us flabbergasted. There was one big ol' Stunner in particular.
Congrats to all breweries on the list, and thanks for making these awesome beers part of 2016.
I hesitate to think how many beers the BeerMenus team consumed in 2016.
But despite the one or two beers all that entailed, everybody here at BeerMenus had one single beer that spoke to them more than the rest. Below you'll find everyone's top beer from 2016.
If you're one of the breweries who make these great beers, thank you! And if you agree with our choices, then cheers to you!
We were busy in 2016. 25 million people visited BeerMenus to find great beer. 50,000 new beers were added to our database. 9,000 new businesses joined the BeerMenus community. These numbers are bananas!
Yet through it all, a number of businesses stood out for the insane amount of traffic driven to their page. Below you'll find the 10 businesses on BeerMenus that received the most page views in 2016.
These businesses are not in any particular order, nor are they all clustered in one geographic area. From Manhattan to Wichita, sports bars to liquor stores, this list proves that craft beer is, truly, a national game.
In fact, the only consistent fact about these businesses is that update their BeerMenus page often.
Congrats to the businesses below on an awesome year, and good luck to all in 2017!
According to the Brewer's Association, we're now up over 5,000 breweries in the United States. That's bonkers. As an end of the year exercise, we combed through our data to reveal the top-10 most-searched breweries on BeerMenus during 2016. Check them out below, and be sure to check back throughout the week to see our parts 2, 3, and 4 in our 2016 Roundup.