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Fintech Fuels Growth with Partner, FACTOR

Fintech announces a new partnership with FACTOR, a leading back office accounting solution for the convenience industry.  Through the alliance, FACTOR will offer Fintech’s electronic payment and data services to its petroleum marketing customers nationwide.

Fintech provides direct insight into FACTOR customers’ alcohol purchasing data, simplifying invoice information into actionable reporting that helps them make smarter purchases.

FACTOR helps clients manage their back office accounting operations so they can focus on increasing profitability and growing their business. The company implements back office tools and processes to give retailers data and visibility into such critical aspects of their business as financial reporting, daily accounting controls, operation analysis and more.

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Beer Battle in Tennessee

Tennessee’s wholesale beer distributors are pushing legislation that would ban beer brewers from buying or owning their own distributorships in the state. Beer wholesalers argue that it protects competition by maintaining the state’s “three-tier” legal system of financial firewalls between the manufacturing, distributing and retailing of alcoholic beverages.

Tennessee’s laws regulating liquor already ban manufacturers of distilled spirits from owning liquor wholesale and retail businesses in the state. Members of the Tennessee Malt Beverage Association suggest the bill would close a loophole in the system for beer, even though no beer brewer currently owns a wholesale distributorship in the state.

Tennessee’s burgeoning craft beer industry benefits from an exemption in existing whereby brewers may sell their own product at retail. Specifically,  the law allows them to have tap rooms on the premises and to distribute beer to retailers within the county where their breweries are located.


Beer Pairings for Girl Scout Cookies

It’s that time of year again! Girl Scout Cookies are here, and who doesn’t want to enjoy them with a beer? Check out this collection of Girl Scout Cookie – beer pairings from around the web.

Samoas - A barrel-aged barleywine complements the toasted coconut of these cookies wonderfully. Spicy aromatics and toffee flavors from ale yeast also pair nicely with the caramel and chocolate of the Samoas.

Tagalongs -  A stout made with vanilla or cocoa nibs heightens the chocolate and peanut butter flavors from the Tagalongs. If you want to go another route, try a big fruit-forward beer.

Thin Mints - Ales made with cacao nibs, chocolate or mint  are about as close to a thin-mint-flavored beer as you can get. Another great pick is a stout with coffee and chocolate notes.

Trefoils - Pair these classic cookies with traditional beer styles or your favorite IPA to contrast the buttery goodness of the cookies.

Do-Si-Dos - Let the flavors of the Do-Si-Dos mingle with the balance and rich texture of  a porter or stout with espresso and a light bitterness that balances peanut butter. 



Craft Brewing and the Alternating Proprietorship

By Richard Blau, Chair / Gray Robinson's Regulated Products Practice Group

Since before the category became the subject of public adoration, small beer manufacturers have been utilizing contract brewing to produce their products.  In many instances, the reason was financial necessity; in other cases, the production values and profit opportunities were too great to do otherwise. 

Often craft brewers lack the capital to finance a brewery capable of matching their potential. Contract brewing is an option to cover that gap until the success of the brewer's beer can provide necessary capital to make an independent, self-owned brewery a possibility.
 
Another option for the craft brewers who cannot afford their own production facility is to utilize the legally-recognized "alternating proprietorship." This term describes the arrangement in which two or more people take turns using the physical premises of a brewery.
 
In an alternating proprietorship, the proprietor of an existing brewery agrees to rent space and equipment to a new "tenant brewer." Alternating brewery proprietorships allows existing breweries to use excess capacity and gives new businesses an opportunity to brew on a small scale, without investing in premises and equipment.
 
In order to qualify for this alternating proprietorship option, the tenant brewer must file the appropriate documents with the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), and obtain appropriate licensure from the state where the brewing takes place as a brewer (or, in some states, a "small brewer" or "micro-brewer"). 
 
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Since opening its doors in October of 2012, Confluence Brewing Company has grown quite a bit. The first keg deliveries were done with a small two-wheeler designed for luggage, while the Co-founder, Head Brewer and President, John Martin, was delivery driver. Since those humble beginnings, Confluence has expanded its operation but has remained a self- distributing brewery. 
 
Confluence now has a dedicated distribution department with three full time drivers, distribution manager. The brewery have 200 accounts across the state of Iowa, many of whom use Fintech to purchase their ever-expanding lineup of flagship, seasonal and specialty brews.

"Fintech cuts down our delivery times immensely, by allowing us to continue to do business with local companies, who don’t always have someone available to write a check. Fintech also allows us to keep in compliance with our state’s beer distribution laws."
 
"Although we are still the 'little guys,' the reliability and flexibility of Fintech has allowed us to keep up with the ever-growing craft beer market."

Rebecca Bowen - Office Administrator, Confluence Brewing

 

       

Seguin Brewing Company was born in 2012 and began production in November 2014 after a grass roots effort to raise capital and begin life as a debt free company.

Owned and operated by Brian Wallace and Shaun Washington, the company was formed out of a passion for beer brewing and to generate a fun, new business in growing Seguin, Texas.  The brewery focuses on American and German inspired ales that mesh well with the German culture of Central Texas.

Seguin Brewing Co. uses a combination of old and new brewing techniques to develop hand crafted beers. Driven by passion and their taste buds, Seguin is now recognized for brewing a superior product. The brewers aim to enjoy creating beer as much as customers enjoy drinking it.

"Fintech has allowed Seguin Brewing Company to more than double its business by opening doors to some of our larger customers.  We have only just begun to realize the power and potential of acquiring new customers through Fintech.  Fintech helps businesses connect and create a win, win more efficient atmosphere for doing business."

Brian Wallace - Owner and Founder, Seguin Brewing Co.

 
Distributors
Appellations, LLC
Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company
Baystate Wine Company
Bulkhead LLC dba Cooper's Hall Winery
Certo Brothers Distributing Co
Chalupa Imports, Inc.
Cora Imports
Empire Merchants, LLC
Firetrucker LLC dba Firetrucker Brewery
Georgetown Brewing Co.
Gibbs Hundred Brewing Company
Iron Johns Brewing Company
Jasper Sisco LLC
Jerome Distributing Inc - Bismarck
Prairie Artisan Ales, LLC
St. Hilaire Cellars Distributing
The Republic Tavern & Music Hall
Victory Wine Group
Vinthology Wine
Worldwide Wine & Spirits, Inc
Yonah Mountain Vineyards
Zzaphoria Spirits LLC

Retailers
1st Stop, Inc.
AFJA LLC dba Oasis Liquor
Aldi Inc.
AMF Bowling Centers, Inc.
ARAMARK Corporation
AW NM Partners II
Big Hops Growler Station
BJCG1 LLC dba Bayou Jack's Cajun Grill
Brickell 1414 Restaurant, LLC
Brinker International
Cafe Dufrain
Camp Bowie Cow dba Jakes Hamburgers
Campi No. 8, Inc. dba Campisi's
Carter's LLC dba Hill Top Liquor Store
CGPM Managers II, LLC
Charlestown Hotel Group, LLC / Dba Cobblestone Hotel & Suites
Chattanooga Courtyard I-75
Chipotle Mexican Grill
Cinemark USA, Inc.
Cloud 9 Grocer LLC dba Cloud 9 Convenience 201
Coles Energy, Inc. / Mickey Mart Food Stores
Conch on the Head, LLC dba Backspace Bar and Kitchen
Consul Hopsitality group dba Besito 
Mexican Tampa
Cost Plus World Markets
Crown Point Burgers, Inc.
CULINARD LLC
Cumberland Farms
CVS/Revco Pharmacies
CVS/Revco Pharmacies - Texas
Dover Associates, LLC dba Longbow Golf Club Ass., LLC
Durham 21 Master Tenant
Earth Fare, Inc.
Emerald Loop
Emerald Palace Truck Stop
Fado Pubs, Inc.
Family Markets, LLC
Ferg's Tampa LLC
First Coast Southern LLC
Retailers
Four Corners Tavern Group, LLC
Furious Spoon
Graffiti Junktion 14, LLC
Haggen Operations Holdings LLC / Supervalu Shared Services
Harris Teeter / Kroger
Hildebrand Food Inc. dba Fuel Station
Hillstone Restaurant Group, Inc.
Hilton Worldwide / Corporate
IMCMV MIAMI AIRPORT
Jack Flash Properties, LLC
JA-DEL Inc. dba Jack Stack BBQ
Joe DeFazio Oil Company
Joe's Crab Shack Holdings, Inc / Ignite Rest. Grp
Kolkhorst Petroleum Co., Inc. dba Rattlers
KRM, Inc. / Kellan Restaurant Management /Dba 54th Street Bar & Grill
Kroger- Nashville DIV 026
Lakes Venture, LLC dba Fresh Thyme Farmers Market
Legal Sea Foods, LLC
Legends Hospitality LLC dba Gexa Energy Pavilion
Legends Music LLC dba Hollywood Casino Ampitheater
Legends Sports LLC dba San Manuel Amphitheater
Legends Sports LLC dba Sleep Train
Amphitheater at Chula Vista
Legends Sports LLC dba Verizon Wireless Amphitheater LA
Loews Don CeSar Resort
LPT - 1001
LPT - 1002
MaKhanGA dba Genghis Grill
MASS Investment Group dba Save-A-Lot (Clifton Forge)
MASS Investment Group dba Save-A-Lot (Danville)
MASS Investment Group dba Save-A-Lot (Waynesboro)
Midway Stores Inc. dba Midway
Mondo Meatball
Monty Gaels Tavern & Grill 
Mystic Celt
Noodles & Co.
North Star Inn / Dba Hopsmith Tavern
OBSAM (Crystal), LLC dba Crystal Lakes Country Club
Oceanside Inn and Suites DBA Holiday Inn Resort
One Horse, LLC dba Buffalo Wild Wings
Onion Division Enterprises / Dba Fatpour
Onion Erie Enterprises / Dba Brunch
Onion Webster Enterprises / Dba Derby
Ovations Food Service - Corporate
Panhandle Petro #1
Panhandle Petro #2
Panhandle Petro #3
Panhandle Petro #4
Panhandle Petro #5
Partridge Inn
Pay-Less Supermarkets, Inc.
Petro Plus, LLC / 
Coulson Oil
Pinstripes Inc.
Retailers
Pioneer Investment & Development
Pizza Properties, Inc. dba Peter Piper Pizza
Pollo Operations, Inc.
Pollo Tropical Beverages, LLC
Publix Supermarkets
QSL of Fort Wayne, Inc. dba Quaker Steak & Lube
QSL of Medina, Inc. dba Quaker Steak & Lube
QSL of Sheffield, Inc. dba Quaker Steak & Lube
Red Robin International
Regal Cinemas
Romspen Vistoso LLC dba The Golf Club at Vistoss
Roundy's Illinois, LLC
Ryan Sanders Sports Services LLC
Samkin TK, LLC
Second Ventures LLC
Shopko Stores Operating Co., LLC
SJ2 Restaurant Group LLC dba Shuck Shack
SMG Food & Beverage, LLC dba SAVOR (Corporate)
Sodexo - Corporate
Soill Restaurant Systems LLC dba Dotty's
Southport Enterprise / Dba Diag
Space Age Fuel Inc
Spec's Family Partners, LLC (R)
Stagger Inn
Stouthaus, LLC
Success Foods Management Group, LLC dba Torchy's Tacos - Plano
Success Foods Management Group, LLC dba Torchy's Tacos - Sugarland
Sun Dev- Suraj Lodging Assoc.
Sun Dev-Pruthvi LLC
Target Stores
TBDG Acquisition LLC dba Tampa Greyhound Track
Ten Mile House
The Landmark Inn
Trader Joe's
Trattoria Pizzeria Roma / Dba Woodies Flat
Tumbleweed Pizza Partners, LP
Twelve Pins, Inc. / Dba Irish Oak
Twin Star Energy LLC (KS/MO)
Twisted Root Burger Co. dba TRB Centennial Austin, LLC
Ukrainian Village, LLC dba Mr. Browns Lounge
Vaughn's Pub -Lakeview
Vaughn's Pub -Northwest Side
VPC Andersonville Pizza
VPC Matteson Pizza
VPC Navy Pier Pizza LLC
Walgreens
Wawa, Inc.
Wing Factory Chamblee
Wing Factory Chastain
Wing Factory Smyrna
Wings of Dunwoody, Inc dba WIld Wing Cafe
Worldwide Wine & Spirits, Inc
Zoes Kitchen # 256 Covington
Zoes Kitchen #265 Bluffton


 

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