Craft Brewery Consulting, Accounting
and Financial Strategy
Call us an accounting firm, brewery consulting firm, a business liaison, a strategic advisor, whatever you like. Most importantly, we help craft breweries grow profits, and our team was built to augment yours to accomplish exactly that.
The Head of the Class Breweries
we’re privileged to partner with
Do you know your brewery’s true Profit Potential?
Profit is the growth engine for your brewery.
Take our profit potential assessment to find out where you stand, and get a custom report from us on your next steps to increased profits and growth.
Your taproom is the highest margin profit center in your brewery.
Our 3 Steps To 30% More Taproom Sales guide will show you exactly how to increase your margins and sales, starting today.
Reduce your monthly
What would eliminating half or all the debt on your books do to your brewery?
We put together a short and sweet Debt Paydown Guide to help you establish a payoff plan to do just that.
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Do you ever wonder: “What would it take to sell my brewery?”
We wrote our Position to Sell Your Brewery in 18 Months white paper to help you answer that exact question.
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Hi, I’m Chris
And using numbers to see around corners is my superpower.
Over the past 9 years, I’ve had the privilege to work with 100+ craft breweries across the U.S. and have put that superpower to use, helping them achieve significant bottom-line improvements while streamlining their operations.
In doing so we’ve identified, refined, and tested a repeatable set of strategies, tools, and processes that work regardless whether you’re brewing deep dark stouts, wacky IPAs, or crisp traditional pilsners.
Compliance is our baseline, profit is our focus. And our numbers-first brewery consulting approach is the perfect fit for brewers looking for industry-leading growth.
We’d love to help you do just that.
– Chris Farmand, CPA, MBA
Founder, Small Batch Standard
Chris has been featured by
The Small Batch Standard Team
Meet the team ready to help your brewery thrive
Breweries that work with us aren’t just hiring “the brewery consultant,” or a CPA that “does the books and taxes for us.” Instead, you get a deep bench of experience and specialization in accounting and brewery consulting for craft breweries, brewery finance, and back-office brewery management and operations.
Senior Accounting & Tax Manager
Senior Brewery Accountant
Dir. Sales & Marketing
Outsourced Accounting | Tax Planning | Growth & Profit Consulting | Best Practice Advising
For most breweries, the numbers are the “uncomfortable unknown.” Owners rely on the local CPA or the jack-of-all-trades, in-house bookkeeper to prepare the financials they use to make the most meaningful decisions in their business.
In practice, those indicators lag far behind real-time performance and are rarely reliable inputs. This means those key decisions are instead made based on gut feel, with some after-the-fact course correction thrown in the mix.
More than a few people did exactly this during the “gold rush” early days and came out fine. But as the craft market continues to mature, making key decisions without direct visibility into the numbers and their interpretation doesn’t cut it anymore.
Today, compliance and operational excellence are table stakes, and the gap between the Head of the Class breweries (with their remarkable profitability, breakout growth trajectory, and brand recognition) and the rest of the field keeps getting wider.
Numbers-Powered Growth is our foundational brewery consulting and accounting service designed to help our craft partners make those industry-leading decisions. Are you one of them?
By outsourcing your bookkeeping, tax, and back office processes to us, you immediately delegate a core business function (one that we do better than anyone else) off of your plate.
At the same time you augment your staff with a team of craft brewery industry experts, and entirely offload tax planning, filing, and compliance risks.
The magic happens once we’ve seen two monthly cycles of your financials. At this point, Chris Farmand can start to apply his superpower: interpreting your numbers to uncover opportunities to increase profit, invest in growth, and avoid mistakes.
This will be the focus during our Numbers Huddles (quarterly or monthly), and will form a cadence of accountability for moving your business forward.
We focus on both internal processes, as well as areas that drive the bottom line, including (but not limited to) Sales, COGS, Labor, Advertising, and Occupancy.
Growth Acceleration Support Options
Goal Tracking: In addition to the guidance we provide during our regular Numbers Huddle meetings, we’ll help you track and hold you accountable to the objectives we develop each month. This supplements our core process and ensures you’re hitting the targets we set.
Access to Chris Farmand: Chris has helped breweries make key decisions week-in and week-out for almost a decade. With this added brewery consulting option, you can email or call anytime for review, input, and advice drawn directly from his experience and body of knowledge. Many owners find this aspect of our service worth the price of admission alone.
On-Site Visits: For added accountability and direction, you also have the option of scheduling an annual or quarterly visit with Chris at your facility for direct hands-on strategic guidance.
Full Business System Facilitation: For the breweries highly committed to breakout growth, you’ll have the option of using Chris as your leadership team facilitator, integrating success into your organization from the ground up.
Brewery Business Blueprint Program Membership
Brewery Business Blueprint is our premium online client membership program designed to help the breweries we work with increase profitability, grow their outside sales, and streamline their operations and back office by implementing the proven best practices and standards we’ve spent the last decade collecting and refining.
Members have access to six self-contained video courses, template sets, and benchmarking metrics for maximizing your taproom, cash flow, merchandise revenue, inventory controls, and outside sales team. We also run a weekly Small Batch Standard Academy training series, which includes additional insights and Q&A from Chris to compliment the Brewery Business Blueprint material and Numbers Huddle Process.
If you’re ready To Explore
whether Small Batch Standard can help you grow
Then we should schedule a short discovery call where…