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

Aug 13, 2018
Your brewery’s balance sheet is a snapshot of who your business is at a certain point in time. Understanding how it's connected to your income statement and other financials can provide you with incredible insights into how your brewery is performing and how it can improve its overall efficiency. Knowing what your brewery has and what you owe is essential to maintaining a balanced and healthy business. 
Aug 8, 2018
The New Brewer Magazine July-Aug 2018 cover

I received the July/August edition of The New Brewer magazine in my mailbox last week. I know that it’s the “technical brewing issue”, so why should business types be interested in the contents of this edition? I found two articles hidden inside all of the technical speak that are worth taking a look at:

Aug 3, 2018
beer glasses

In June 2018, Dr. Bart Watson, Chief Economist for the Brewer’s Association, shared an article about the changing demographics around craft drinkers. The percentage of craft beer drinkers has historically been weighted on the side of males, however stats from Nielsen are revealing a small but significant shift. In 2018, when looking at craft drinkers who enjoyed brews ‘at least several times a year’, 31.5% are female while 68.5% are male (source: Nielsen Harris on Demand).That’s an increase in females by 2% from 2015.

Jul 3, 2018

Every state has different sales tax law, which makes it challenging as a brewery owner to ensure you are in compliance with the rules and regulations of each state. Adding to that, states view manufacturing sales tax in different ways. One of the ways that legislatures believe that they can help grow the economy is to lower taxes for manufacturers. So it’s quite common to exempt sales tax from the large equipment (brew house, tanks, etc.) that builds a brewery. While you are planning your brewery, check your local sales tax law to see if your equipment is taxable in your state. It could be exempt from tax or merely subject to a lower sales tax rate. In addition, most states exempt raw material and those items used to create beer. It’s easy to exempt malt and hops, but what about CO2, water and electricity? These things are consumed to make the final product and are often free from sales tax. 

Jun 26, 2018

There were a whole lot of changes in the tax bill signed into law last December. Because of the new law, there are some wholesale changes for 2018. Breweries are not exempt from changes, the new tax bill affects many areas of brewery life. I’ve highlighted a few below.

1. The Definition of UNICAP (Uniform Capitalization) Has Changed

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