2018 Spring Wine Trends

2018 Spring Wine Trends

Springtime is like the impatient little kid, buckled in the back seat during a long drive, pulling fruitlessly at the seat belt strap while their feet kick air, repeatedly asking, “Are we there yet?” It’s an anxious season. People are anxious to feel the sun and refill their stock of Vitamin D. Buried seedlings are anxious to flower and bloom. And wine drinkers are anxious to shake off weighty winter reds in favor of light flavors and bright wines. Read more

2018 Spring Beer Trends

Spring has sprung! Well, almost for those of us in the Midwest. The new season changes our daily routines and tells us to go outside again. The warmer weather also welcomes changes to our diet, and that includes the types of beer we’ll want to drink.

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2018 Beer Trends 2018 Craft Beer Trends

State of the Bar: 2018 Beer Trends

The world of craft beer has long gone mainstream. Now, your uncle shows up to family cookouts with a cooler full of craft beers, and pushes his favorites on everyone to try. Or maybe you’re the uncle, (or aunt) good on you! So how does craft beer continue to grow and excite beer drinkers? Let’s take a look at some of the 2018 beer trends you’ll be seeing more of. Read more

Summer 2017’s Most Drinkable Beers

If any beverage was tailor-made for the summer time, it would definitely be beer. Crisp and refreshing, beer is an effortless and affordable way to cool down after a hot summer day. From your classic citrusy wheat beers to hoppy IPAs to summer lagers, the possibilities are endless, so why not venture away from your typical six pack and try something new? We know, we know, there’s a lot to choose from, but you don’t have to drink them all right away. Consider this your summer beer bucket list.

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Bad Beer Programs

The Perfect Strategy to Ruin Any Beer Program

Hello earnest beer merchant! Are you looking to ruin the beer program at your tavern, bar, or restaurant? Perhaps alienate your customers? Or become all too consumed with tapping the latest beer trends? Well, here’s the perfect blog post for you!

Bonus: If you’re actually looking to build a stronger beer program and increase your beers sales, then you can just do the exact opposite of the items listed below. Follow these 5-mistakes and ruin your beer program. Or, don’t follow these and find success with a bubbling and profitable beer program.

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Beer Trends 2017

Beverage Trend Forecast: Beer Trends for 2017

2016 was a fun year for beer. The independent beer market continued to grow. The hop-sanity of the IPA craze hasn’t gone away, but IPAs have branched off from high gravity hop-bombs into more subtle and fruity territories.

Beer is a big market, and we can’t ignore the noise made in 2016 by some of its biggest players. The $107 billion merger of Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller was like watching a Hydra sprout another head. But the continued expansion of the craft market underscores a flaw of Big Beer: giants move slow, and brute force can be undone by ingenuity and imagination. And it doesn’t take much imagination to foresee the craft beer market continuing to lead the future of beer. What does that future look like? Let’s take a leap into the Beer Trends of 2017 Read more

Uncorkd Beer ABV Trends for Restaurants

Menu Study Shows What Kinds of Beers Restaurants Should Stop Selling

The craft beer market has exploded. Even toddlers and teetotalers are aware of this. This explosion has left a beer industry pock marked with craters and rumbling tremors have reshaped its landscape. But while the craft beer market is constantly being explored and its trends teased out, it is too often talked about as a single unit. But in fact, the beer market, like all alcohol markets, is actually split in two: on-premise and off-premise. As restaurant and bar operators look at beer trends, it’s important to note the distinctions between consumer interest trends in retail and liquor stores (off-premise) and restaurant and bars (on-premise). In an effort to add nuance to the zeitgeist, Uncorkd has analyzed it’s restaurant menu data and broken down millions of data points to see what trends have the best chance to increase sales and have impact in restaurants and bars. Read more

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3 Refreshing Summer Cocktail Trends in 2016

Summer has arrived. Days are long. Nights go longer. And your customer’s long drink should be the longest of all. If you have a patio or beer garden, then your restaurant is primed to offer the best of summertime al fresco drinking. And while a margarita is a seasonal stand-by, you should make a pact with yourself and the drinking gods to offer something new and exciting to your guests this year. We’re here to help. Here are 3 great summer cocktail trends that will inspire you to create a unique and crowd-pleasing drink menu.

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3 Essential Features of a Great Restaurant Beer Program

Restaurants need to have a great beer list. With so many high-quality beers available on the market it’s easy for restaurants to put together a top notch beer program that can meet the tastes of all beer drinkers. There’s more reason than just taste preference to stock craft beers. Working with local brewers is a great way to support small businesses in your own community, and when your guests have a connection to your beer list, they will order will likely order those beers. Here are some great tips for putting together an innovative yet approachable beer program. Read more

Wine and Beverage News Week of March 19th

Every Friday Uncorkd compiles the most recent restaurant and beverage industry stories that had us talking. Here is the can’t miss news from March 19th – 25th. Read more