About Craft Brewery Finance

Brewing beer is one thing, making money is another.

Finance is the science of creating money. And that’s what this site is all about: showing you how to make more money in your craft brewery business.

My name is Kary Shumway. I’m a CPA, former CFO for a beer distributor and current CFO for Wormtown Brewery in Worcester, MA.

I’ve spent the last 20 years using finance to help improve financial results in our beer business. Now, I’m helping other craft breweries do the same.

I believe you are interested in learning how to better manage your craft brewery business. The Craft Brewery Finance Newsletter provides weekly insights, strategies and action items to help you improve financial results in your brewery. Click to subscribe and test drive the first four issues.

Topics covered:

  • Tracking, measuring, controlling costs.
  • Product margin analysis and how to get a better understanding of product costs.
  • Managing inventory.
  • Managing the distributor relationship.
  • Understanding distributor contracts.
  • Options to self-distribute, and related costs.
  • Growth strategies and costs to do so, specifically financing options, and how this all works.

Craft Brewery Finance is for engaged and hungry people, who want to learn more about how their business works. It’s for people who are eager to understand how to apply simple financial strategies and tactics to improve results in their brewery.

Our subscribers and clients implement the financial ideas, they experiment, and they improve the results in their business. They gain deeper insights and visibility into what works and doesn’t work financially in their business. Moreover, they gain and understanding of the cause and effect of profitability, cash flows and value creation.

Ready to join the tribe? Just Click to Subscribe.

I will simplify your brewery business finance with solutions you can easily put into action. Read what subscribers of Craft Brewery Finance have to say.

Consolidated Beverages

If you are like me, you spent your formative years under the impression that sales would drive profits and profits would pay the bills. Kary’s information is the cliff notes version of an MBA in financial management I wish I had 20 years ago.

David Fields, Former President
Consolidated Beverages

Craft Brewing Business

Am I properly managing keg inventory? How do I build a safety program? How do I manage cash flow? Just ask Kary Shumway. He has an answer and also a real gift for simplifying the beer business with solutions you can easily put into action.

Keith Gribbins, Editor
Craft Brewing Business

East Brother Beer Company

Craft Brewery Finance is one of my go-to resources for substantive advice. Across a broad range of fields – not only finance but sales, marketing, planning, and strategy – Kary provides a steady stream of thoughtful and concise guidance to help us navigate the complexities of the beer industry.

Rob Lightner
East Brother Beer Company

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