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How Your X-Mod Impacts Your Brewery’s Workers’ Comp Insurance

Workers’ compensation exists to protect workers. Most states require companies to cover employees with workers’ comp. In California, for instance, even a business with only one employee must carry workers’ comp.

Workers’ compensation insurance can also be a big expenditure for your brewery. That’s where your experience modification comes into play. Read More…

Are You Prepared for Worker Safety?

During National Preparedness Month, many of us take a look at our disaster safety plans, make modifications to the way we house equipment and store supplies, even repair or upgrade our buildings to make them safer.

But what about the employees who keep the business running? This time around, we’d like to urge craft breweries to focus on planning ways to ensure worker safety in the event of an emergency… and how to involve them in the process of ensuring safety for the brewery. Read More…

Reducing Liquor Liability: The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign

Liquor liability is one of the most severe claims a brewery can face. It can impact the brewery’s bottom line, with potential legal fees and settlements, as well as fines. And it can damage the brewery’s reputation, resulting in an ongoing negative impact.

Late August, all the way through Labor Day, the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign strives to remind people of the risks of driving under the impact of alcohol. It’s a great opportunity for you to remind your brewery team that the power to prevent customer DUIs and resulting liquor liability claims lies in their hands.

Steps You Can Take

  • Review your brewery policies and procedures with staff to ensure everyone understand the seriousness of the issue, and how to avoid it.
  • Emphasize the importance of checking patron IDs and preventing serving underage customers.
  • Share techniques to help workers identify, assist, and stop patrons who have had too much to drink. (You may even wish to offer staff a refresher training session, such as LEAD or TIPS.)
  • Share techniques to encourage patrons who may have overindulged to use taxis or other ride services rather than getting behind the wheel.
  • Review how the brewery documents incidents involving patrons who have had too much to drink.
  • Review policies regarding employee drinking at the brewery.

Your goal is to brew great beer for your customers to enjoy. Your servers’ job is not only to pour that beer, but to make sure they are pouring it within the right limits. Make sure your team and your customers enjoy the end of summer safely.

For more than 25 years, Beall Financial and Insurance Services, Inc., has been helping corporations and individuals protect their most important assets. The agency’s client base covers a spectrum of niche businesses, such as craft breweries, that require specialized insurance packages and knowledge. With California offices in Redlands and Newport Beach, Beall Financial and Insurance Services serves clients nationwide.

California Beer, Re-Defined

We already know there is some controversy surrounding the question, “What is craft beer?”

But now there could be controversy regarding an even broader question: “What is beer?”

In California, anyway.

Earlier this month, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed off on Assembly Bill 205. This will change the definition of “beer” to include varieties fermented with ingredients like fruits, sugars and spices.

Local news quoted Peter Hoey, co-founder and brewmaster at Urban Roots Brewing and Smokehouse, as supporting the California beer legislation.

“Beer was defined as a serial malt beverage, so anytime you added fruit you started to get into wine territory,” he said. “That required a separate license to be able to ferment fruit sugars…. So the challenge for breweries was you’re not allowed to concurrently hold a wine license and a beer license.”

How Brewers Benefit

For craft breweries constantly in search of ways to brew more innovative beer, this legislation could open up some doors.

The California Craft Brewers Association supported the bill, an effort to bring California up to speed with how federal law already defines beer.

“This actually kind of recognizes what our guys have been doing, saying that it’s not just wine, it’s our beers, too, that use these ingredients to make the world’s best beer,” said Sean Hamlin, Government Affairs Manager for the California Craft Brewers Association.

For more than 25 years, Beall Financial and Insurance Services, Inc., has helped corporations and individuals protect their most important assets. The agency’s client base covers a spectrum of niche businesses, such as craft breweries, that require specialized insurance packages and knowledge. With California offices in Redlands and Newport Beach, Beall Financial and Insurance Services serves clients nationwide.

The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act

In late 2017, Congress passed legislation including a two-year provision of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA). This lowered the federal excise tax (FET) for breweries, wineries, and distilled spirits producers for a period of two years. It is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2019. Read More…

Clean Energy Brewing

The craft beer industry is going green—and the benefits are multiplying.

Running a brewery on clean energy can save the business money. It can certainly reduce the brewery’s impact on the environment. And clean energy brewing can be a great marketing tool in a time when consumers really value organizations that follow sustainability principles. Read More…

A Busy Spring for Beall Brewery Insurance

It’s been a busy spring for the Beall Brewery Insurance team!

After months of planning, we were proud to welcome attendees of the Brewers Association Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America to Camp Beall. This fun, camp-themed lounge allowed people to rest, recharge their phones, and enjoy s’mores and coffee. As usual, we offered plenty of giveaways. The response was overwhelming! We gave away every Beall Brewery Insurance tote we brought along, every notepad and pen. And what a thrill to see people line up to be sure to nab one of the 200 Yeti Rambler travel mugs we gave away!

We were also so pleased to announce the winners of our drawing for one of two Yeti Hopper Flip 18 Coolers. Congratulations to Peter Zien at AleSmith Brewing Co., and Megan Scheerhorn at Saugatuck Brewing Co!

Less than a month later, we were off to the California Craft Brewers Conference in San Diego. This is another of our favorite events to sponsor and attend. Immediately after, we swung north to visit clients in the Bay Area.

The Craft Beer Community

“It’s important for us to sponsor networking and educational events like these, because we want to participate in the growth and strengthening of the industry,” says Kristian Beall.

“It’s also a great opportunity for us to connect with our current customers. We look forward to meeting other brewers who we may work with in the future. And, of course, these events are a lot of fun to attend!”

For more than 25 years, Beall Financial and Insurance Services, Inc., has been helping corporations and individuals protect their most important assets. The agency’s client base covers a spectrum of niche businesses, such as craft breweries, that require specialized insurance packages and knowledge. With California offices in Redlands and Newport Beach, Beall Financial and Insurance Services serves clients nationwide.

Helping Homebrewers Can Help Your Brewery

It’s not unusual for a craft brewery to form strong bonds with members of a local homebrewing club. But the trend is growing stronger, and playing out in some new ways. If you’re thinking of initiating a relationship with local homebrewers—or looking for new ways to engage these craft beer fans in your brewery—here are a few ideas. Read More…