How to set up, use, and manage custom menu sections
Want to sort beers as local/not local? By country? Need to name your own style categories? Or call out your brewery of the month?
Custom menu sections exist precisely for these kinds of situations, and this help doc is a step-by-step in how to create, use, and manage them.
(Note: if you don't want to utilize custom menu sections, your menu items won't just be haphazardly grouped together—our automatic sorting system recognizes a draft beer vs. a bottle vs. a wine vs. a spirit, etc. so those basic menu sections already exist.)
If you'd rather have us take care of setting up all your custom sections, we'll do so for free—just schedule a 10-minute BeerMenus consult, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call/text us at 347-927-1574.
How to create a custom menu section
Step 1: Head to your update menu page and enter a menu item that you want to place in the custom section. Fill in the container, size, and price as well.
Step 2: Click the words "Menu section." This will launch a drop down menu that includes all the popular menu sections that are available by default.
Step 3: Scroll down to the bottom of the drop down menu and click "+ Create New Section"
Step 4: This will launch a pop up that prompts you to add the menu section name. Enter it and click "Save."
Step 5: Finish adding the menu item you were adding. Once you hit "Add to menu" your new custom menu section will be live on your BeerMenus page, your website menu, your print menu, and your TV menu.
After you create a custom menu section, it will appear in the menu section dropdown on your update menu page, so just select it whenever you're adding another menu item to that section:
Repeat these steps to create as many custom menu sections as you'd like!
Managing your menu sections
Once you've created custom menu sections, it's possible they aren't ordered the way you'd like them to be. That's especially important if you use our print and/or TV menus.
Reordering menu sections on your BeerMenus page/website menu & deleting custom menu sections
Step 1: Click the "Edit sections" link next to the Menu section dropdown on your update menu page:
Step 2: This brings you to a page where you can either reorder your active menu sections (the ones that currently have beers in them) or delete them. Use the click and drag icons to pull menu sections up or down. Use the trash icon next to any custom menu sections to delete that menu section. Once you delete a custom menu section it will no longer appear in the menu section dropdown on the update menu page.
Reordering menu sections on print menus
(Note: This help doc references our brand new print menu, so if the images below don’t look like your menu or menu settings pages, it’s not an error—the menu is still in it’s testing phase and not everyone has automatic access yet. However, if you’d like access to the new menu, just schedule a call with our support team and we’ll get you all squared away.)
When you reorder menu sections on your print menus, you'll be doing so just for that menu. So, if you have more than one menu and you want to reorder sections in each of them, you'll need to go through the following process for each menu. But no worries: it's super easy!
Step 1: Identify the menu profile on which you want to reorder your menu sections. Next to the menu name, click "Customize."
Step 2: This brings you to your print menu settings page. Along the left you'll see 4 panels. Click the "Content" panel.
Step 3: The "Content" panel will expand. Scroll down to the "Menu Sections" header. To reorder your menu sections, click the click and drag icon next to the relevant menu section and pull it up or down. As soon as you do this, your menu preview will update!
Reordering menu sections on TV menus
As with print menus, when you reorder menu sections on your TV menus, you'll be doing so just for that menu. So, if you have more than one menu and you want to reorder sections in each of them, you'll need to go through the following process for each menu. But no worries: it's super easy!
Step 1: Head to your update menu page and click the TV menus tab beneath the "Add to menu" button.
Step 2: Identify the TV menu profile in which you want to reorder your sections. Click "Customize."
Step 3: This brings you to your TV menu settings page, with settings tools along the left side and a TV menu preview on the right. Scroll down along the left side until you reach "Menu sections." Once there, click the click and drag icons to reorder your sections. Click "Save" in the bottom left of the page and your TV menu will update.