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Best Beer in the Midwest

Midwest is Best: The Best Beer in the Midwest

The Midwest has hundreds of breweries, taprooms, gastropubs and other businesses pumping out beer on a daily basis. Let’s take a look at the best beer in the Midwest.

Seeing as the Midwest known for amber waves of grain, it makes sense it would also gain a reputation for producing some of the country’s heartiest beers. Milwaukee and St. Louis have been brewing hubs for decades. The craft beer explosion has also roped in brewers from small towns featuring big tastes. If you’re looking for a new brew to sell in your restaurant or something to inspire your brewmaster, check out the beers we’ve selected here as the best beer in the Midwest.

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retirement communities

Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities

A well-built community makes your property more than a building; it makes it a home for tenants and a hub for an excellent reputation.

Although the common belief is that tenants of a certain age seek to move to warmer weather or assisted living facilities, that’s not always the case. Naturally occurring retirement communities, or NORCs, have been discussed by urban planners since the 1980s. Much like neighborhoods that grow around ethnic and economic backgrounds, these communities grow around residents living and ageing together in the same building for many years. Many of these communities have developed programs to offer social and healthcare services to their members, but you can make your building more attractive to such a community by offering amenities and services that appeal to their demographic. The twist? Many of these features also appeal to younger tenants, too!

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sustainable brewing

Craft Breweries are Going Green with Sustainable Brewing

Craft breweries can embrace sustainable brewing and take steps toward going green…

In an age where water rights are contested and droughts are increasingly common, craft breweries can stand apart from their industrial competitors by taking advantage of newer, environmentally friendly trends. Not only do customers want the unique brews that only craft brewers provide, they want to buy products that make them feel good about supporting an environmentally responsible company.

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restaurant online ordering system

Optimize Your To-Go/Pickup System

To truly capitalize on your to-go system, you have to optimize. Here’s how…

You’ve got a restaurant that people adore. The next step is often an expansion or another location—but those are two very costly options. Franchise restaurants like Applebee’s and Chili’s recently found success with adding to-go ordering to their dining options. Sometimes customers just want your food without the full restaurant experience. A smooth to-go system offers additional revenue and flexibility that customers appreciate. It may seem like all you need is a working phone line, some order slips, a pen, and wait staff near the phone, but to truly capitalize you have to optimize.

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start a food truck

Is Food Truck Culture Right For Your Restaurant?

Established eateries are fielding food trucks for a variety of reasons. Is your restaurant up for the challeges that come with running a food truck?

One of the hottest trends in dining out these days is the food truck. These mobile restaurants rose to popularity during the most recent recession and have stayed in the public eye ever since. Food trucks often started as an inexpensive way for budding restaurant owners to get into the food service game. But now, even established eateries are fielding food trucks for a variety of reasons. Before you starting truck shopping or coming up with punny names for your menu, consider the benefits and the challenges of operating a food truck connected to your restaurant.

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studio apartments

Marketing Small Spaces: Making Studio Apartments Appealing

Turn hard-to-sell apartments into high-demand property with some simple and efficient marketing tips.

Studio apartments are one of the most challenging units for property owners to sell. Finding the right balance between affordability and profitability makes finding tenants difficult. If the space is marketed correctly, the pool of potential renters opens up significantly. Proper marketing requires capitalizing on what makes a product appealing. Small spaces have their appeal to the right market, plus they can be upgraded by smart owners. All it takes are a few moments in the shoes of the type of renter who is looking for a small space to call their own.

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difference between nitro and cask beer

Nitro or Cask Beer: What’s the Difference?

Let’s take a look at both and see where the differences make things interesting.

Bars and breweries have plenty of options to deliver delicious brews. Bottles and cans get shipped to stores. Taprooms bring fresh kegs of new brews direct to thirsty masses. The trusty CO2 tap can be found in nearly every tavern across the world, but there are other ways to deliver unique flavors at a brewery. One method, nitro beer, uses nitrogen in the carbonation of their beers rather than the traditional carbon dioxide. The other, cask beers, brings back the brewing tradition of cracking a cask of beer and drinking it during the prime of its life. Is one better than the other?

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on-site restaurant garden

From Roof to Restaurant: Starting an On-site Restaurant Garden

The benefits to building a green roof or on-site farm are clear.

If you run a local restaurant, chances are you’re looking to increase your profits while decreasing costs, draw in more customers and build local support from the residents in your neighborhood. Advertising is expensive and only goes so far. An exclusive, healthy and delicious menu is ideal, but the costs associated with this add up quickly.

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wine on tap

Behind the Bar: The Modern Trend of Wine on Tap

A new trend is sweeping the nation, and we can guarantee that you’re going to want to hear about this!

A bar should be an inviting place where people want to spend their time. They want to enjoy themselves enough to spend some of their hard-earned cash at your restaurant or bar establishment. We know. You get it. That’s great and all, but there is a big difference between a friendly neighborhood watering hole and your competition across the street that offers all you do, plus the conveniences of a 21st century establishment.

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