Guide To Picking Craft Beers That Bring In Customers
Picking the right beers is one of the most important things you can do. Craft beer drinkers are always looking for new releases, limited or seasonal beers, and highly rated beers with cult-like followings. Here’s a guide to help you choose beers that will help you attract new customers and gain a reputation for having one of the best beer selections in town.
Learn what beers people are searching for
More and more people are searching online to find places to buy specific beers. Example: "find arrogant bastard ale". These people are actively looking for a new place to buy craft beer. In other words, they’re the perfect people for you to convert to customers.
To connect with these people, stock the beers they’re searching for. We’ve discovered that even with a constant flood of new releases and seasonal beers available, there’s a small number of beers that get searched for the most.
Get feedback from your customers
It’s also extremely important to listen to your customers and give them a channel to request beers. Here are some ways you can let customers request beers:
- Encourage your staff to ask customers
- Include a feedback insert in check holders
- Ask people using status updates on your Facebook page
- Ask people in a tweet on Twitter
- Have a clipboard at the register
- Display a chalkboard that customers can write on
Be the first place in town to get new beer releases
Proactively seeking out popular new releases is a great way to gain a reputation for having the best beer selection in town. Craft beer fans searching for beers will take notice and start checking your online beer menu regularly to plan visits.
To keep tabs on new beer releases check BeerPulse, a site that’s updated multiple times per day with new beer releases and regularly ask your beer distributor sales people what new beers will be available soon.
Learn what beers get the best ratings
Ratebeer and BeerAdvocate are popular websites people use to rate and review beers. They’re a great place to see which breweries and beers people like the most. When beers get high ratings, people seek them out to see what all the hype is about. Below are a few categories that should help you choose beers the most people will be looking for.
Beer is a very seasonal product and people prefer to drink certain beer styles during certain seasons. Ratebeer has a list of the most popular seasonal beers. Check this list when the seasons change to make sure you have all the new seasonal beers people will be looking for.
Cult Following Beers
The highest rated beers on Ratebeer and BeerAdvocate are often difficult to track down and not available in every part of the country, but stocking one of these beers will result in many beer fans journeying to your business from far and wide.
Ratebeer’s top 50 beers
BeerAdvocate’s top 250 beers
Popular Beers By Style
If your customers tend to prefer certain styles of beer, you can browse the highest rated beers within those style categories on Ratebeer and BeerAdvocate. For example, if your customers love IPAs, you can browse the most popular IPAs and pick some new IPAs to add to your beer menu.
Don't forget to Update Your Beer Menu when you add new beers to your selection!