It all started in 2014 when Rich Poole walked into Small Bar Bristol and handed over some beer to Bruce Gray and Jack Granger. This began the brewing journey, starting on a 200L kit through the back of that same bar, before developing into a cuckoo brewery operation known as Left Handed Giant.
Our own physical brewery operation began in 2017, before raising more than £1m from the local community via Crowdcube to build the beating heart of our business, a brewpub overlooking the floating harbour in the centre of Bristol, which opened in 2019. We now operate over two brewing sites, producing around 4000 hL of beer annually, sold through independent pubs, bars and bottle shops, with the majority straight to tap through our own taprooms.
Why did you start using Breww?
When we began our search for a brewery management platform, organisation and traceability were at the top of our list of requirements. Breww came highly recommended! We did look at alternatives in the market, however, in comparison to Breww, these were not nearly as purpose-built for our industry, nor was the support anywhere close to that which we received and still receive from Breww.
Since using Breww do you have any measurable savings?
Fully integrating Breww with our accounts platform Xero has saved us countless admin hours on a daily basis. The double data input has been removed, Breww takes care of this automatically, reducing time, stress and potential errors. However, admin and time savings are not only found within the Xero integration, we have seen savings within the whole operation.
To handle our huge admin task, we employed a temp, contracting a few days each week. All of this is now handled by Breww, which is such a huge gain in time and resources.
A great perk with Breww is there are no individual user costs, our entire 15-person team have access to Breww. And because you can simply set user access rights in the system, only the relevant information is visible. Overall, Breww is just excellent!
Would you recommend Breww to other breweries?
Yes, 100%, and we have! In fact, Breww was recommended to us.
With any change to your management platform, be that from an existing system or spreadsheet and paper to software, there is always an inevitable period of learning before you are all fully up to speed. Breww made the whole migration as stress-free and as simple as possible, with excellent service and training throughout from the Breww team. All of our team are using Breww, and should we have any issues, support tickets are answered very quickly and effectively.