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

Brewery Financial Consulting

Mary Brettman, Beverage Business BuildersBeverage Business Builders 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

Dec 3, 2018
beer crowler sealing

It used to be that collecting growlers from all of your favorite breweries was a fun thing to do. In fact, I had a shelf dedicated to all of my favorite breweries. Some states only allow breweries to fill growlers from their specific brewery, therefore everyone had a collection of growlers from their chosen breweries.

Nov 19, 2018
black friday sign on wood wall

In early November I was surprised at the amount of Christmas decorations everywhere. I even saw a mall Christmas tree one week before Halloween! Despite the hectic feel and busyness of the season, it is still one of my favorite times of year. Most everyone is in a good mood and Christmas day is such a peaceful day. That got me thinking about breweries and how they can best navigate through the holiday season sanely and profitably.

Nov 12, 2018
Stack of cans_web

I'm starting a new series on my blog called View From the Trenches. It will be more journal-like in that I will share personal thoughts and observations from the field and discuss cultural shifts and trends.

Oct 15, 2018
ekos brewmaster logo

If you are in the brewing industry you are likely familiar with Ekos, a craft business management software. Ekos has been working on their programming for the batch process for a long time. I first got a sneak peek at last year’s user conference. Over the summer, I received an email from Ekos telling me to prepare for the new batch process. They made a two-minute video which summarizes the steps that brewery owners need to take. I highly recommend that you watch the Ekos video and review the enhanced batch process page on the help portal. They have spent a lot of time creating articles explaining the changes to the system.

Oct 4, 2018
craft beer bottles lined up

Whenever you sit down to review your financials a thought often comes to mind…how are we doing compared to other breweries? Are we as efficient as everyone else? Is anyone else making any money? Those answers are tough to come by….most craft breweries are privately owned, so we can not go to the stock market to see how our industry is doing. There is the BA benchmark study (more on that in a later post). So we need to rely on any benchmarking data that we can get our hands on.

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