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24 Beer Types Every Bartender Should Know

Beer used to be simple. Bartenders only had to keep track of a few draft lines of lager and about five brewers made the majority of the offerings.

Today, beer-enthusiasts claim we’re in the golden age of American beer. With over 6,000 breweries nationwide and over 30 million in International imports, there’s a lot to keep track of.

To make sure you’re prepared to tend the bar in today’s craft beer boom, here’s a handy list of beer types:

In Food & Drink, Stocking a Bar, Resources

Spring Cocktails to Welcome Longer Days, Warmer Weather

Spring has finally arrived, and that means warmer weather, longer days and time to do some spring cleaning when it comes to your cocktail menu. It's time to replace winter favorites with refreshing drinks that match that season and incorporate fresh ingredients that will be hitting the markets. With that in mind, here are some light, breezy cocktails that will help you and your customers raise a glass to welcome spring.

In Food & Drink, Stocking a Bar

Best Practices for Inventory Management for Bars & Restaurants

For bars and restaurants, the importance of establishing inventory management procedures can't be overstated. If you aren't keeping accurate records of what you are selling, then it is virtually impossible to identify problems and make improvements. Without a plan in place, you are blindly running a business and simply hoping for the best. Instead of taking the "by the seat of your pants approach," use these inventory management best practices tips to add a little organization to your bar or restaurant while also increasing profits.

In Restaurant Operations, Controlling Costs, Bar Management, Stocking a Bar

Newest Craft Cocktails Creating a Stir

One of the best parts about being a bartender and mixologist is that you are only limited by your creativity. There are classic cocktails and flavor combinations that have stood the test of time and are perfect for anchoring a menu, but there is always room for new cocktails to shine. If you are looking for some inspiration or easy ways to spruce up your existing menu, here are some of the latest craft cocktails that are creating a stir.  

In Stocking a Bar, Trends & Benchmarking

How To Create A Compelling Happy Hour Experience

Happy hour can be both a fun time for customers to let loose after work and take advantage of some drink deals and a lucrative window for your bar or restaurant to make some extra money and build a reputation. It doesn't take a lot of effort to transform what can be a quiet time of the day into one of your busiest. With a little planning, your location can become an after-work destination that helps people relax after a long day. Here are just a few things you can do to create a more compelling happy hour experience:

In Restaurant Marketing, Restaurant Operations, Bar Management, Stocking a Bar

Most Profitable Bourbon and Whiskey Cocktails You Need to be Serving

Bourbon and whiskeys are enjoying quite a moment right now. More and more people are becoming connoisseurs, and high demand means that bartenders need to be stocking their shelves and offering a great selection of specialty cocktails. While there are plenty of options, it is also essential to turn an eye towards profit and find the right combination of flavor and cost. Here are some great ideas that will keep your biggest whiskey fans happy while also driving revenue:

In Food & Drink, Stocking a Bar

Dessert Drinks and Cocktails for the Holidays

After a big meal that includes all your favorite holiday foods, there is nothing better than the perfect dessert cocktail to wash it all down. The same pumpkin, cinnamon and peppermint flavors that help make the holidays memorable, are also great in a variety of warm, creamy and rich dessert drinks. Add the right splash of liquor, and you have a relaxing beverage to sip on with friends and family.

In Food & Drink, Stocking a Bar

Craft Beers Inspired by Fall Flavors

The fall months are about cooling temperatures and great seasonal fruits and vegetables that influence fall flavors. When it comes to beer flavors and favorites, there is a shift from lighter citrus brews to darker ales and lagers. You will also find a range of pumpkin flavored options, but fall beer flavors go beyond just pumpkin. Here are just a few craft beers that are inspired by fall flavors and may be worth adding to your own menu:

In Food & Drink, Trends & Benchmarking, Stocking a Bar

How to Deal With Dead Stock at Your Bar

You may let a sleeping dog lie, but you’re going to want your alcohol to move.

No matter how successful your bar is, chances are if you look through your inventory, you can find some dead stock—and you may be scratching your head as to how to get it off your shelves.  Loosely defined, dead stock is a product that takes over six months to deplete.

In Bar Management, Stocking a Bar, Controlling Costs

4 Ways to Order Liquor Like a Pro

A wise bar operator once told me, “any schmuck can put together a liquor order, but a smart bar manager knows the fine line of ordering enough so they never run out of anything, but never unnecessarily purchase too much inventory and have money tied up in stock that does not sell.”

When I was given this advice, I was managing a bar with approximately $150 to $200K in liquor, draft and bottled beer sales a week. My weekly liquor order would vary from $30 – $50K a week depending on what was going on. It was one of the biggest expenses of the bar. The raw size of the liquor order made it a huge concern for the owners, who wanted to make sure it was done right every week. Every week was challenge to find a balance between making sure stock was always where it needed to be so we never ran out of anything, but also not to over spend. Over spending could have meant thousands of dollars tied up in inventory that the business could have used elsewhere.

In Stocking a Bar, Controlling Costs

Why You Should Apply for an Alcohol Producers & Manufacturers License

With constantly increasing prices on beer and spirits, many operators are expanding upwards into their supply chains to keep their costs in check, and profits high. This strategy is largely dependent on the rules local governments have over the production, control and sale of products produced in house. In Alberta, the province I reside, recent changes in the laws regarding minimum brewing requirements have opened the door for producers to become producers for very little start up costs from what they were in the past.

In Stocking a Bar

How to Stay Organized for Large Liquor Orders

Growing nightclubs and bars with complex product needs require managers with above-average skills in the areas of organization, communication and judgement. When a busy venue has multiple bookings, and each booking has special needs that must be met, a liquor manager who is tuned into the requirements of the business is absolutely vital. Keeping track of a busy venue’s liquor inventory requirements can be extremely challenging.

In Bar Management, Stocking a Bar