How to handle variable mixed-packs in Breww

Mixed-pack products can be easily created in Breww, but they have to have fixed contents. For example, a gift pack that contains 3 bottles, each of a different beer.

Once a product has been sold or assembled, its components cannot be changed. This means that to sell a different combination of beers in the mixed-pack, you will need to create a different mixed-pack product. It’s not possible to say “use these 3 beers, but swap out Beer A for Beer D if it’s out of stock”, but Breww has a solution for this situation.

This can work well if you keep an eye on your stock levels and choose the alternative mixed-pack product when required, but often it would be easier to simply always pick the “normal” mixed-pack, and this doesn’t work well for orders from external sales platforms, such as Shopify or WooCommerce.

The solution here is to use Breww’s “Out-of-stock automatic substitution” feature. This allows you to get Breww to automatically switch a product on an order to another if there is no stock of the original. For example:

  • Create your normal mixed-pack product with the usual beers (e.g “Gift pack”).
  • Create an alternative mixed-pack product with the other beer combinations (e.g. “Gift pack B”).
  • Edit the normal mixed-pack product (“Gift pack”) and set the alternative product (“Gift pack B”) as the “Out-of-stock automatic substitution” product.

This way, you can always add the normal mixed-pack to an order and Breww will switch it out for the alternative version automatically whenever it needs to. If you need to, you can create further alternatives, for example, a third combination of beers (e.g. “Gift pack C”) and set this as the “Out-of-stock automatic substitution” product on the “Gift pack B” product. Breww will continue to look down the “tree” for an in-stock product to use when the normal “Gift pack” product isn’t in stock.

This also works, for orders coming from external sales platforms (such as your website), so if someone on your website purchases “Gift pack”, Breww may give them “Gift pack B” or"Gift pack C" if needed.