Kary Shumway

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Beer Business Finance: Break-Out Brands: What it’s like to win a GABF Gold Medal

Beer Business Finance: Break-Out Brands: What it’s like to win a GABF Gold Medal

Dave Marliave of Flat Tail Brewing Co. was at the Great American Beer Festival when he learned his brewery had just won a gold medal. “I would say I was speechless,” Marliave recalled. “But the reaction was quite the opposite. I jumped out of my chair and tried to stop crying before I got to the stage.”

Beer Business Finance: Breaking Down Beer Margins

Beer Business Finance: Breaking Down Beer Margins

In this month’s Beer Business Finance column, Wormtown Brewery CFO Kary Shumway examines at what the different products in brewery’s portfolio actually cost to make, and how to price them for the healthiest margins.

Beer Business Finance: How to Set Up Taproom Financial Reporting

Beer Business Finance: How to Set Up Taproom Financial Reporting

Taproom-focused breweries have emerged as one of the most popular business models in the craft beer industry, and for good reason: These small-batch, retail-driven breweries are profit machines, and they are disrupting the traditional three-tier system of brewing, distributing and retailing beer. In his latest column, Wormtown Brewery CFO Kary Shumway takes a look at how new craft brewery owners can create a solid financial plan for their taproom-minded outfits.

Brewbound Voices: Deconstructing Self-Distribution (Part II)

Brewbound Voices: Deconstructing Self-Distribution (Part II)

In our latest edition of Brewbound Voices, Beer Business Finance founder Kary Shumway returns to discuss self distribution. Shumway has worked in the beer industry for over 20 years as a Certified Public Accountant and currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Clarke Distributors, Inc. in Keene, New Hampshire. In part II of his column for Voices, Shumway dives deep into the process of self distributing, discussing account and route building, proper cash flow management practices, the “hidden” costs of operating in a self distribution model and succession planning.

Brewbound Voices: Deconstructing Self-Distribution (Part I)

Brewbound Voices: Deconstructing Self-Distribution (Part I)

In our latest edition of Brewbound Voices, Beer Business Finance founder Kary Shumway returns to discuss self distribution. Shumway has worked in the beer industry for over 20 years as a Certified Public Accountant and currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Clarke Distributors, Inc. in Keene, New Hampshire. In part I of a two-part column for Voices, Shumway begins deconstructing the ins and outs of self distribution. He discusses the advantages and disadvantages of self distribution while profiling one brewery he believes is doing it well.

Brewbound Voices: How Distributors are Dealing with SKU-Mageddon (Part II)

Brewbound Voices: How Distributors are Dealing with SKU-Mageddon (Part II)

Beer distributors have been adapting to changes in the marketplace, on one level or another, for decades. When retailers asked distributors for greater levels of service, the merchandising department was created. As on-premise accounts added more draft lines, distributors were asked to clean the lines and assist with repairs or new installations. So what makes the SKU proliferation of the past decade, and the level of associated changes, different from the above-mentioned service layers?

Brewbound Voices: How Distributors are Dealing with SKU-Mageddon (Part I)

Brewbound Voices: How Distributors are Dealing with SKU-Mageddon (Part I)

Kary Shumway is the founder of Beer Business Finance, an online resource for beer industry professionals. He has worked in the beer industry for over 20 years as a Certified Public Accountant and currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Clarke Distributors, Inc. in Keene, New Hampshire. In part I of his two-part column for Brewbound Voices, Shumway describes the inner workings of a beer distributor and begins to explain how these organizations are evolving to accommodate an onslaught of new craft SKUs.