When I got out of school my first job was for Maytag. Maytag is now just a brand under the Whirlpool conglomerate, but back then they had an amazing sales training program (yeah I know, far cry from technology, but that would be a blog post unto itself). After about 3 months of training, I headed to Milwaukee for some on the job training. After a couple months in Wisconsin I was offered up a temporary assignment in none other than, Toronto, Canada!
It was the last day of the Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) this past April in Washington DC and I had been working every single minute of it. I had to; I was the only one from BREWD at the show. So after standing for two and a half days straight with only one ahem break each day, into our booth walks a svelte, clean cut guy. He seemed a bit too clean cut to be your prototypical brewer, but who am I to judge?
After a brief introduction...
Firetrucker, a fast growing brewery in central Iowa, was at an inflection point in the growth of their business. The brewery doubled production every single year in each of the first three years of existence. What started out as a challenge to keep all the tap lines flowing with high quality beer quickly became a challenge of a different sort.
So you are starting your new brewery or maybe you’re pumping out thousands of barrels (Or hectoliters, I didn’t forget about you Canada!) and the pesky issue of how you account for keg deposits and returns keeps popping up between you and your accountant. They obviously want you to account for everything by the book, you want to run your brewery as efficiently as possible. The two positions sometimes conflict.