7 Strategies for Building a More Effective Beverage Program

7 Strategies for Building a More Effective Beverage Program

Every drop counts! Beverages arguably play a larger role in the industry today than they ever did before! 

You could try and make everyone happy by offering dozens of options at your restaurant, cafe, or bar, but we all know that’s likely not going to happen. An establishment needs to carefully consider their beverage menu, whether alcohol-focused or not, and offer one that is balanced, targeted, and one that fits their concept.

Many operators continue to face a challenge, however, when it comes to developing an effective beverage strategy. As with its food counter-part, consumers are more educated today about beer, cocktails, wine, coffees, sodas, and even a variety of waters. They understand retail prices and flavor profiles because they’ve become (or think they’ve become) a barista, mixologist, and/or wine & beer connoisseur at home. When they’re dining out or visiting a bar now, they crave something that’s ‘differentiated.’ 

How can restaurants, cafes, and bars take advantage of this segment and develop a memorable, consistent, and profitable beverage strategy that creates differentiation? Here are some tips to review when creating or re-engineering your next beverage menu. 

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Top Bar and Restaurant Trends in 2018

Top Bar and Restaurant Trends in 2018

Year after year, consumers, and foodies alike obsess over a new trend that drives where they are going to eat. For bars and restaurants, these trends can be determined by the demographics of recurring visitors, national trends, or advances in technology. Almost halfway into 2018, Foodable has determined the top 2018 trends for bars and restaurants.

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Exclusive Across the Bar Episodes are Now Available to Stream for Amazon Prime Members

Exclusive Across the Bar Episodes are Now Available to Stream for Amazon Prime Members

Are you a craft cocktail lover or an operator looking for some boozy inspiration for your beverage program? Are you also an Amazon Prime member?

If you answered “yes” to both of these questions– then it’s time to rejoice! 

Foodable Network has hand-picked some of the most popular Across the Bar episodes, which are now available to watch and download for free for Amazon Prime members. This is the first batch of a Foodable show available now on Amazon, but don’t worry there is much more to come!

"In the age of digital media, we've done a bit of a 180 as content creators. The viewing experience is proliferated and no one has a monopoly on the audience," said Nathan Mikita, director of new media at Foodable Network. "Foodable's content is produced to appeal to a wide demographic of food and beverage enthusiasts, DIY restauranteurs, and the high-level food service professional. We are excited to bring that content to the Amazon Prime audience."  

Foodable Network was and remains to be at the forefront of On Demand content, especially in the restaurant hospitality space. 

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Henry's Majestic Heats Up Dallas Winter Season With 11 New Cocktails

Henry's Majestic Heats Up Dallas Winter Season With 11 New Cocktails

Henry's Majestic is a fitting name for a tavern with majestic, creative fare and signature cocktails, beer, and wine. This rustic restaurant may be based in a Dallas, a city known for its hot, humid weather, but it seems like the holiday season came a little early to the Lone Star State. As of November 8, Henry's Majestic added 11 new winter cocktails to its menu.

"It can be difficult to create a fall menu because Dallas tends to have mild winters. So, I try to keep the flavors of the season that I remember when I was young and apply them in a way that is still bearable during a warmer climate," Alex Fletcher, the corporate beverage director of Bread Winners, Inc. and Henry's Majestic lead mixologist, said in a press release.

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These Downtown Minneapolis Bars Are Pouring Cocktail Magic

These Downtown Minneapolis Bars Are Pouring Cocktail Magic

By Adria Valdes Greenhauff, Editor-at-Large

Minneapolis typically flies under the radar when it comes to its culinary scene. But with plenty of new restaurants and bars popping up around the Twin Cities as of late, especially in places like St. Paul, Minneapolis is quickly becoming a hot spot for anyone looking for a memorable places to dine— or drink. 

From fresh juices to homemade syrups to small-batch, downtown Minneapolis offers some of the finest cocktail menus in the city. In fact, one local drinks editor called the craft cocktail scene here, “so handsome, George Clooney asks it for dating tips.”

So where should you go when you’re in downtown Minneapolis and in need of some libations? 

Here are just three stops getting quite the attention. 

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