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8 Hotel Room Amenities to WOW Your Guests

As every hotel owner knows, the hospitality industry is very competitive.

Hotels must stay up to date on the popular trends and hotel amenities to keep vacancies down. Offering extra room amenities doesn’t mean you need to invest in every trend or latest invention. Oftentimes, popular room amenities start with simple necessities like an excellent variety of toiletries or quality towels, bedding and pillows. Make sure you’re providing all the basic luxuries before expanding your hotel room services. Here are 8 popular amenities to entice your guests and keep them satisfied.

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How to Deal with Bad Neighbors: A Landlord’s Guide to Conflict Resolution

When you’re a building owner, you can get caught in the middle of renter disputes. Here’s how to deal with bad neighbors and bring peace to your building.

Some tenants simply aren’t compatible. Oftentimes though, neighbor feuds stem from misunderstandings and miscommunications, causing bad situations to escalate. As an apartment building manager, you’ll occasionally need to deal with disputes between renters. Knowing how to deal with bad neighbors and disagreements is vital to maintaining a safe and happy community. Tenant conflict is not reserved for just your residential neighbors either, a conflict between two companies or between a local business and tenants can also arise.

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The Season for Pale Ale Beer: Why Saison is The Perfect Summer Beer

Now that summer is upon us, take a deeper look at how these tasty pale ale beers can brighten up your brewery.

With spring freshly finished and summer still full of hot, thirsty days, many breweries are rolling out their saison beers. These light, effervescent beers are excellent refreshments on hot days as the temperature climbs. The key to this unique pale ale beer treat is the saison yeast and the creative additions combined with the brew. Saison beers are often where brewmasters experiment with unique tastes and ingredients creating fruited beers and chocolate ales. Customers want something light and fun during the summer; saison beer is exactly that.

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What is a Saison Beer?

The modern saison is a pale ale beer known for its high carbonation and refreshing taste. Spices and fruit accents such as citrus and other non-traditional components are often mixed in with the yeast during the brewing process, giving these craft beers a one-of-a-kind flavor. Saisons are bottle conditioned, farmhouse style beers that come to their carbonation through additional yeast in the bottle. They’re best known for their unusual and playful elements, making it the perfect summer beer.

summer saison beer The most well-known saison beer is Saison Dupont, a wine-style bottled beer with a cork stopper and cage. Bottle conditioning makes this beer an excellent choice for aging, so a comparison to a fine wine makes sense. Similar beers include Brewery Ommengang’s Hennepin, Boulevard Brewery Company’s Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale and Goose Island Beer Co.’s Sofie.

These modern beers range from 5.0 to 8.0 ABV, averaging at 7.0. They rate an 8 on the SRM color scale, (similar to a good Weissbeir). These beers are made with yeast that handles high temperatures well, working best between 68 degrees and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Saison Dupont has an IBU rating of 28; a good starting point for the bitterness of your brew since most breweries using the name aim to model Saison Dupont.

A History of Saisons

Traditional saisons originated in Wallonia, the French-speaking region of Belgium. ‘Saison’ is French for ‘season.’ The name stuck because the pale ale beer was initially made by farmers during the cooler months, when they weren’t as focused on planting and harvesting.

Brewing during the cold season also meant a lower chance of the fermentation going bad–before refrigeration, brewing conditions were only perfect for certain months. Farmhands would brew the pale ale during the cool winter and enjoy it throughout the summer. The traditional farmhouse pale ale beer was produced with a lower alcohol content, as it was meant to be consumed on the job as a refreshment in the hot summer sun.

These days, saisons are also sometimes known as farmhouse ales–a branding tactic to appeal to those who may be put off by a French beer name.  The farmhouse ale label is also a way to differentiate the modern version with higher alcohol content from the lighter, traditional brew, which still has fans in Europe.

A few years ago, saisons trended on the craft brewery scene thanks to the success of Dupont Brewery. Their Saison Dupont Vieille Provision received several accolades within the American market, with Men’s Health magazine calling it “the world’s best beer” in July of 2005.

Saison craft beers offer an excellent opportunity for breweries to experiment with different tastes and ingredients. A delicious small batch could lead to more unique versions of this classic brew. Successful combinations might even evolve into your next perennial brew. Customers will return over many summers for a saison beer that tastes just right.

What’s Happening in the World of Saison?

Saison beer originated in the Wallonia region of Belgium.This seems to be the summer of the saison, even the New York Times thinks so. Thanks to the recent craft brew explosion, more and more people are looking to expand their horizons when bellying up to the bar. Putting a saison on your menu is a good test run to see how interested your customers are in trying different things. This pale ale beer especially enjoyable when properly paired with a summer food menu, should your establishment serve both. Talk to your chef and see if they have any ideas about crafting a paired special for the summer that could make your brewpub the talk of the town.

You’re able to literally spice up a saison by adding peppercorns and coriander. The success of the pumpkin spice saison in fall expanded palates around the world in a big way. Thanks to the craft brewing scene, ginger beer has made the leap from a non-alcoholic choice to a beer option. Mixing the warmth of ginger and a good beer is a satisfying drink for any season.

Although saison beers contain a traditional mix of fruits in their recipe, take a trip to your local world market to choose new fruits those farmers from Flanders would have never dreamed of mixing in. If there’s a favorite tropical fruit that you rarely see used in brewing, try it out in a saison beer to see how it fares.

The seasonal nature of this beer leaves it open for use as a platform to bring in all sorts of strange and interesting ingredients together. Although it’s less sweet than classic ciders or fruited beers, there’s still a refreshing summer kick. For brewing, fruits and spices are the traditional choices, but so many other things can be added to generate buzz for your brewery. Find a local business that produces something edible and speak with them about a cross-promotion opportunity, featuring their product in the mix for a saison pale ale beer. The ingredient could be something exotic. Butterfly beer, anyone?

Summer Lovin’

This is the time of year to broaden your horizons and experiment with something new. Your brewery or restaurant is no different. Saisons allow you to stretch your legs as a brewmaster and get people to notice your creativity. If you think you have a recipe that could work, consider renting a commercial water heater to help increase your manufacturing volume.

If you come up with an excellent new craft beer, don’t forget to raise a glass to those Flanders farmers from so many years ago.


Wallonia” courtesy of Flickr user Andrea Marchini. Photo courtesy Flickr cogocogo. Featured image and post image licensed for use under Creative Commons 2.0.

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Holistic Health and Wellness for Senior Care

You’re already running a healthcare center staffed with medical professionals.

Your caregivers and team members assist residents above and beyond the call of duty. So, how can you take the next step in healthcare excellence? To attract more residents, consider incorporating holistic health activities and programs to improve what’s already available at your facility.

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The Pros & Cons of a Paperless Business

Years ago, businesses were built on paper.

Paper, paper, paper. Whether you run a restaurant, own a hotel or manage an apartment, paper is probably a huge part of your life. It’s still a fundamental tool of business management today, but it’s increasingly becoming less and less necessary. If you’re thinking of switching to digital, the time is now.

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Is Food Truck Culture Right For Your Restaurant?

The number of food trucks is on the rise and that’s a good sign for the restaurant industry as a whole.

The popularity of food trucks is soaring and shows no signs of slowing down. Budding chefs and restaurateurs once saw food trucks as a novel way to enter into the culinary industry without a brick and mortar investment. Now, even established eateries are embracing 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. Here’s what every restaurateur needs to know about the trend.

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Wondering how to get the best prices from your vendors? Every restaurant owner knows that sometimes restaurants run on a shoestring budget--you’ve got to keep your eye on that bottom line. Here are five excellent ways to save on restaurant costs when you’re working with suppliers and vendors.

5 Ways to Save on Restaurant Costs: Getting the Best Prices with Vendors

Every restaurant owner knows keeping costs down is the biggest key to turning a profit.

In the restaurant industry, margins are tight. You need to know how to get the best prices with vendors so you stay in the black. Whether you’re running your first restaurant or your sixth, knowing how to get the best prices with vendors, negotiate, and keep costs down is a vital skill. Restaurants are tight ships and there’s not much wiggle room to spare. If you can save money, you’ll please your customers with competitive prices and attract top talent for your staff with fair pay. Here are five ways to save on restaurant costs and keep your business afloat.

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How to Market an Apartment: Making Small Studios Appealing

Turn a hard-to-market small studio apartment into a high-demand property with simple tips to boost the appeal.

Small studio apartments are often thought of as challenging units for property owners to fill. Striking the right balance between affordability and profitability is the challenge to finding tenants, but if the space is marketed correctly, the pool of potential renters opens up significantly. Proper marketing requires capitalizing on a product’s appeal. Small spaces offer many advantages for smart renters. All it takes is basic marketing prowess and thinking outside the (small) box.

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Wondering what basic renter questions to expect when you meet with potential tenants? It’s hard to anticipate every question a potential renter may ask, but property-owners can plan ahead by preparing answers to these 12 tenant inquiries they will surely face.

12 Renter Questions Every Landlord Should Be Prepared to Answer

 

Every landlord knows, renters often need a lot of information before they sign the dotted line.

Just when you think you’ve heard every question out there a renter will come up with a new one. Can I install a solarium? Do you allow pot-bellied pigs? Do you mean, I’M responsible for cleaning the oven? Most building-managers have heard it all. While you can’t anticipate every question, there are many you can. Here are the 12 basic renter questions every landlord should be prepared to answer.

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How to Add Year-Round Outdoor Dining to Your Restaurant

Everyone loves outdoor dining in the summer, but outdoor dining can boost your traffic all year long.

Eating outdoors (aka “dining al fresco”) is one of the simple pleasures of the restaurant patron experience. Food tastes better and drinks go down easier in the fresh air. For restaurant owners in the Midwest facing winter weather, it’s tough to weigh the cost-to-benefit ratio of setting up a space for a few months out of the year. Yet, with some smart strategies, it’s possible to create a comfortable patio, diners will enjoy with or without cooperation from Mother Nature.

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