Success Story: Bottle Logic Brewing
“After using QuickBooks Enterprise for a month, I don’t remember how to do things any differently.” - Lucy Napolitano, Office Manager.
Success Story: Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey
“QuickBooks Enterprise allows everyone in the brewery to know what we have and what we need.” - Tomme Arthur, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Owner, Port Brewing LLC.
Our Clients
Our clients range from start-ups to rapidly expanding, multiple-location businesses.
"Whenever I'm faced with a decision, I ask myself, What Would Mary Do?" and then I go ahead and do the right thing." - Andrew Maxwell, Brew Master, Rivertowne Brewing Company

Welcome to Beverage Business Builders

Mary Brettman, Beverage Business BuildersThis practice is dedicated to people who want to do things right. I am fond of telling master brewers, "Without money there is no beer, without beer there is no money." Searching the web for answers to a technical issue is pretty easy. Searching for business answers is much harder.

My passion is helping companies grow to the next level. No one knows where the industry will top off, but I'm here to help people with every step of their journey. If you want to start brewing commercially, I can help you think like a business. If you want to open a taproom (east of the Mississippi) or tasting room (west of the Mississippi), I can explain what you need and how you need to do it. If you want to expand into another territory, I can tell you what to watch out for.

Please take a minute to read about my experience and contact us. I look forward to talking about what we can do together.

Our Clients Come in Many Shapes and Sizes.
Which Profile Best Describes You?

Start Up

From beverage maker to business owner, you created the beer. Now it’s time to create the business. Let us help take you from concept to bottle, and actually opening up for business.

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Congratulations! People love your beer, but success breeds a whole new set of challenges. Lucky for you, we’ve been there and can help you get to the next stage of your thriving business.

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Distributors are romancing you, telling you that there is a ready market for your beer in their area. We can help with long range planning, a material resource plan, and picking the right distribution channels.

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Recent Blog Posts

Oct 12, 2016

Taking the Fear Out of Accounting

In my practice, I often see owners who have a lot of questions regarding their books and accounting in general.  They are uncertain about what makes their accounting system work and how to find the answers hidden in the financials.  That is why some people shy away from accounting believing it to be “someone else’s problem”.   I believe that mastering your financials is essential to gaining a true understanding of your business.  You can’t steer a ship if you don’t understand how to navigate.  That is why I’ve partnered with Live Oak Bank to present a primer on financials and the accounting system in general.  The webinar is scheduled for October 20.  There are two sessions; an east coast session at 10:00am ET/7:00am PT and a west coast session at 3:00pm ET/12:00 PT

Jan 11, 2016
Beverage Business Builders joins CBA Preferred Providers Network

I am pleased to annouce that Beverage Business Builders has joined the CBA (Craft Beer Attorney) list of prefered providers.  Most of the providers are located in Southern California.  Each and every member of the network has been personally vetted by Candace Moon and displays the same kind of committment to craft as I do.  . There is everything from an insurance agent to branding experts.  I am so impressed by Candace's committment to "craft" in the business space.  Everyone has his or her pick of service providers in just about every niche of craft brewing.  It is nice to work with people who care about the beer almost as much as the brewer does. 

Jan 8, 2016
QuickBooks Advanced Reporting - the biggest secret out there

Intuit quietly added QBAR (QuickBooks Advanced Reporting) as part of the Enterprise 15 roll out. There were several additions made to the product in 2015 so this one flew under the radar. (QBAR had to compete with a new QBES pricing structure and the advanced pricing module).  Intuit has known for a long time that they needed to “up the game” with data analysis,  and this is their answer. They have a dedicated team of people to help us customize and learn how the product works. I discovered it about 6 months ago when I came back to the Intuit reseller community and started to kick the tires on the latest QBES launch. Now I am a big fan and supporter of the product. Once I got to look under the hood and see the available configurations, I was amazed at its power and capability.

Dec 22, 2015

This year, 2015, went by so quickly. It was a rapid year of change for me and my clients. Now I want to settle into 2016 and set my intentions before the year begins.

Dec 18, 2015

Closing Year-End is Like a Month-End Close on Steroids

2015 is coming to an end and 2016 will be here before we know it. It is time to starting thinking about closing 2015 and drafting resolutions for 2016. Let’s talk about ending 2015 first. Closing year-end is like a month-end close on steroids. Because so many people look at the year-end financials, you owe it to yourself and your readers to do the deep house cleaning on the December financials. Start with a detailed listing of tasks.  Make sure that note when each task was completed.  That will allow you to understand timing.  Need some help starting the close process?  Take a look at Orchestra's month-end close page.

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