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So You Opened A Successful Restaurant. Now What?

Congratulations on your successful restaurant launch! Now, how do you build on your reputation?

All your blood, sweat, toil and tears finally paid off. Not only did you open your restaurant successfully, but you’re ready to keep going—building on your triumph. A restaurant launch is an amazing accomplishment few people ever get to experience. Congratulations! Hidden inside most achievements are the first steps to the next challenge. How do you keep the ball rolling forward once the novelty wears off? Managing a restaurant requires a different mentality and skillset than starting a business. Here are a few tips to keep in mind…

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The Secret to Homegrown Hops

The Midwest is known for beer and a crucial element of that beer is hops.

As the hop farming industry takes off, what do breweries need to know to get in on the growing game? Is it worth getting your hands dirty? Hops are as crucial a flavor factor in beer, as the percentage of alcohol and brewing process.  Craft breweries can boost flavor (and their locavore status) by adding their own homegrown hops. But growing your own hops is a big undertaking, especially for a small operation. If you’re considering growing hops at your brewery, here’s what you need to know.

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Wisconsin Craft Beer

Wisconsin Craft Beer: A Brewing Tradition Enters The Modern Age

Brewing beer has been a Wisconsin tradition since territory times, with the first known breweries dating back to the 1830’s.  

In the decades following, Wisconsin has been home to some of the most well-known beer in America – making Miller High Life, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Leinenkugel’s and Schlitz household names.

But it’s no longer these brewing giants capturing the interest of many beer enthusiasts. Wisconsin craft beer is rapidly gaining in popularity, style and availability. We want to focus some well-deserved attention on some of the most popular and best Wisconsin beer – brewed in the hidden treasure troves of small Wisconsin microbreweries across the state. 

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The Benefits of Year-Round Outdoor Dining

While eating outside during the summer is the best time, it’s not the only time.

Eating outdoors is one of the simple pleasures of the restaurant experience. When the weather is good, the food tastes better, the drinks seem stronger and the experience can’t be found anywhere else. In places like the Midwest, setting up an outdoor dining areas might seem foolish for a space that can only be enjoyed a few months out of the year. The truth is an outdoor space can be enjoyed without the permission of Mother Nature for those restaurants willing to put in a little extra effort beyond the slow and easy days of summer.

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Food Poisoning

How To Keep Food Poisoning Out of Your Restaurant

There’s no trick to keeping food poisoning out of your restaurant. Prevention is key, but when that doesn’t work, swift & honest corrective action is imperative.

Nobody wants to deal with food poisoning. Seriously, it’s the worst. Your customers don’t want to suffer the effects. Your employees don’t want to be accused of causing it. Restaurant management and ownership don’t t want to have to overcome an accusation of it. There are plenty of steps that can be taken to prevent food poisoning from striking. Education, training and discipline work to keep your restaurant clean, which is the majority of the battle.

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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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Cooking with Beer 101

The next best thing to drinking beer? Cooking with it, of course!

German, Belgian and Irish heritages in the Midwest make it a common concept in the region, but the idea has spread to brewpubs and restaurants across the country. Ears perk up when they hear about a recipe influenced by beer. Not only does it give your restaurant a chance to experiment with new flavors (or your brewery a chance to test the food service waters), it can also be a good way to use up any seasonal beer stock your customers might not get around to drinking. You can find tons of excellent beer-based recipes online (start with the one at the end of this article, or find more here or here), or why not try making up your own concoction? Let’s look at some reasons why you might want to consider adding a few new beer-based recipes to your menu.

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midwest seasonal beer

The Best Midwest Seasonal Beer Selections for Any Season

We’ve collected some examples of beer types that pair well with each season along with some local examples to try!

Foods have their best seasons. There’s nothing like a hearty bowl of soup on a cold winter day except perhaps a cool ice cream cone on a hot summer night. Beers are no different. Beyond the usual spectrum of light and dark beers, many breweries expand their selections based on the season. Heartier brews fit perfectly during those hunkered down winter months, while warmer days encourage sweeter tastes and experimentation. We’ve collected some examples of beer types that pair well with each season along with some local examples to try for yourself before figuring out some new recipes.

gluten-free beer

Gluten-Free Brew: Benefits of Keeping Gluten Out Of Your Beer

Why make should breweries begin brewing craft gluten-free beer? Read more to find out!

The variety of beers available at pubs and restaurants expands every month. Many places not only carry different types of beer but also specialty beers made out of special ingredients. A wide selection of beers satisfies the palates of a wider variety of customers. Not every customer wants the same thing. Some customers wish to balance going out to eat with their healthy living choices. Gluten-free beer falls under this category, thanks to a growing awareness of dietary restrictions. Some restaurants now carry gluten-free beer to court these new diners and drinkers.

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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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