📘 Introduction to products

The products shown here are the items you make and sell (such as single beers, mixed-pack beers and even bundles of beer with glassware). The stock items you purchase in order to produce these products (such as ingredients, packaging, glassware, etc) are managed within in the Inventory section.

Creating products

In order to sell something in Breww, you need to first create it as a Product. Click on Products from the main menu, then click the New product button in the top right. Start by selecting the type of product you would like to create. You’ll then be guided through the appropriate steps. We will always need a name, code and basic price. More complex pricing can be managed using Price books from within the Products section of Breww.
You can add Stock items to products, such as packaging items or merch, which can be automatically used up during racking/assembly. These are the items you purchase (managed in the Inventory section of Breww). Read the explanation when on this step for more information.

Here are some tips and ideas on creating products:

  • You can add a packaged beer and a glass (a stock item), to sell a gift pack (and add the box as a stock item if you want to track your packaging stock level too).
  • For cans/bottles, you’ll first need to create some smallpack container types. Go to Containers > Add new container type. Container types should be just the base containers, e.g. 330ml can, not multipacks like 6 x 330ml can.

Managing products

You can view a product and see all the basic details about the item, such as how many you have in stock, pricing and the components (beer or stock item components). Additionally, you can see all open orders (not yet delivered) which contain the product. Breww can track Locations (and Sites, see the settings section) for products that use packaged beers. We also keep a detailed audit log of all the key events relating to a product. You can also view a stock availability forecast, which you can use to predict when you should brew a new batch of a certain beer, based on your sales.

Product aliases

Sometimes you might want to sell the same beer under multiple names (or Aliases). For example, you might do a Christmas special version of one of your beers or one for a local event or festival. If you want this to be identical to one of your standard products in all but name (and optionally price) then use our handy Aliases feature. Pick the right alias when creating the order and, we’ll customise the invoice, delivery note and any cask/keg/etc labels, so the customer never knows that you also sell it (possibly for less) under a different name :wink:. We also have Derived beers which are very similar to Alias beers, but have some key differences, so we recommend finding out more about alias and derived beers here.

Product assembly (previously called transformations)

This lets you assemble products from their components. You can do this manually by going to Products > Tools > Assemble product, or you can set Breww to do this automatically for you at the point you assign products to a delivery, by going to Settings > Delivery settings > Auto-assign products, then ticking Auto assemble smallpack on auto-assignment. Examples include creating a case of 24 x 330ml cans from single 330ml cans or adding an extra ingredient to a cask or keg to make it into a new product. Breww can automatically use up stock items when assembling. For example, when assembling a 24 pack of 330ml cans, Breww can automatically use up a box and divider, as well as the cans themselves.