Alias (rebadged), derived & guest beers

Breww is extremely flexible and understands the different types of beer you have, in terms of how they’re produced. It’s important to ensure you set up your beers correctly to get the most out of Breww, so here’s a guide to the different types of beer in Breww and when to use them.

In Breww, we separate out the following different types of beer:

  • Standard beers (AKA just “Beers”)
  • Alias (rebadged) beers
  • Derived beers
  • Guest beers

Standard beers

This is likely the majority of your beers and should be used for the following (unless they are a better fit to alias or derived beers):

  • All beers that you brew yourself
  • All beers that you brew on behalf of others as a contract brewer
  • All beers that are your product, but another contract brewer brews on your behalf

Standard beers have all the normal features that you’d expect - you can create recipes, batches, manage your brew day, fermentation analysis, etc.

Before creating your standard beers in Breww, it’s worth reading through how alias and derived beers work to ensure you set your beers up in the best way possible.

Alias (rebadged) beers

An alias beer in Breww is when you have a standard beer which sold under 2 (or more) brand names, but the beer itself is identical, and you’re happy for the stock of both brands of beer to be one combined number. You can then sell both brands, as different names (and even with different ABVs) and your customers have no idea that these two “beers” are the same.

This is ideal when you have, for example, a bitter that you sell all year around, and for a local beer festival, you sell a “Festival bitter”. The content of the bottle/cask/etc is the same, but you put a different badge on it.

It should be noted that Breww will not keep a stock distinction between your “Bitter” and your “Festival bitter”. If you have 10 casks of “Bitter” in stock, you also have 10 casks of “Festival bitter”. Selling a cask of one, will reduce the available stock of both to 9. If you have auto-assignment and auto-assemble settings enabled for your deliveries, Breww will treat both products on the order as the same.

You cannot ever make a batch in Breww to brew an alias beer. You always brew the standard beer and package into the standard beer. The alias beer will simply pull stock from the standard beer.

To set up an alias beer, you’ll need to go to the base “standard beer” in Breww and click the “Add new alias” button in the alias & derived beers tab. Once the alias beer has been created, go to the alias products (by finding their base product and going to the “Aliases” tab) and add the alias products to allow you to sell the beer under the other name.

Derived beers

Derived beers are similar in concept to an alias beer, but there’s some key differences. The primary difference is that the stock levels are kept distinct. We’d recommend a derived beer is used instead of an alias beer when there’s something different to the beer itself, but this difference is after fermentation, for example the addition of a flavouring syrup, different carbonation, etc. An example would be when you have a standard “Bitter” that you sell and at Christmastime you offer a “Christmas Bitter” which is your standard bitter beer, but with the addition of a flavouring syrup.

If your recipes are different prior to the end of fermentation, even if similar, we’d suggest creating separate “standard beers” for them.

A derived beer can be added in a similar way to an alias beer, by going to the base standard beer and creating the derived beer from the alias & derived beers tab. You’ll also then need to make a new product for selling the derived beer. This is created just like a normal product and doesn’t “sit” under the base product as alias products do. Simply pick the derived beer from the list of component packaged beers when creating the product.

As with an alias beer, the derived beer doesn’t have its own recipes, and you cannot brew a batch of a derived beer. However, unlike alias beers, when you are packaging (racking) a batch of the base standard beer, you can package it directly into the derived beer product. This means that (to use the example above), you can brew a batch of your bitter and when it comes to racking the beer, you can package some as your “Bitter” and some as your “Christmas Bitter”. At this point, as with all rackings, you can record the stock item (flavouring) that was used for stock tracking and costing purposes.

If you packaged 10 casks of the “Bitter” and 10 of the “Christmas Bitter”, you’d see 10 of each in stock (20 total). If you then sold a cask of the “Christmas Bitter”, the stock available for that would drop to 9 and the “Bitter” would remain at 10. This is the most significant difference between derived beers and alias beers.

You may also choose to use a derived beer over an alias beer, even if the actual beer is identical, but you want to keep track of the stock levels differently. For example, you package them into bottles with different labels and don’t want to ever change the label on the bottle, if you’re out of stock of one brand, but not the other.

Guest beers

Guest beers in Breww work completely differently to other beers and this should be used when you simply buy in someone else’s product and wish to sell it on, with batch tracking. Guest beers will never go through a brewing process in Breww. They can also be used for other products (such as a cider) where you’d like the same functionality to apply.

To set up a guest beer, you should go to the Inventory section and create a Stock Item with the type of Guest beer. To receive your stock of the guest beer, you use Purchase Orders and Inventory Receipts, just as you would for your ingredients, packaging, etc.

To sell the guest beer, you can create a product which is linked to the guest beer Stock Item. The products’ stock level will always match that of the Stock Item, and it can be sold on orders and delivered to customers just like with other “Stock item” products, such as glassware.