Here at BevSpot, we create software to help people in the food and beverage industry be better at what they do. So, every day, we’re on the phone with bar and restaurant owners and managers all over the country.

When we’re in the process of acquiring new customers, we’re occasionally asked if our product works for bars and restaurants operating in control states.

So, we thought we’d explain how this works.

Seventeen states in the U.S. and the jurisdictions in Alaska, Maryland, Minnesota and South Dakota are alcoholic beverage control states, in some form. Essentially, this means the state acts as the sole distributor, controlling the wholesaling or retailing of some or all categories of alcoholic beverages, such as beer, wine and spirits.

If you run a bar or restaurant in a control state, your ordering most likely takes place on your state’s alcohol distributor website or over the phone. Because of this, you can’t send direct orders to your distributor through BevSpot’s software. But, not to fear, our platform still works for you.

Below, you can see the two ways our customers currently order product through BevSpot.

Non-control States

Take inventory → Build orders in BevSpot → Automatically send orders → Update invoices

Control States

Take inventory → Build orders in BevSpot → Record orders in Bevspot → Place orders to state agency → Update invoices

As you can see, the only difference between control state and non-control state customers is that control state customers usually have to add one extra step to their ordering process. Even though it’s possible they can’t place orders directly through the BevSpot software, they can still build their orders based on valuable insights from BevSpot’s data and create an accurate list of products to order from the state. The magic still happens.

Although the ordering feature is an important part of BevSpot’s software, it’s only one small piece of the whole platform. BevSpot makes bar management easier, helping you with the tough tasks to give you more time to spend on the parts of the job you love. This means:

  • Making inventory more efficient
  • Showing you insights into your pour costs
  • Helping you with drink pricing
  • Providing you with industry benchmarking
  • Calculating your variance, across your entire beverage program
  • Streamlining your beverage operations
  • Keeping all your bar’s data in one place
  • Allowing you to manage your bar anytime, from anywhere

No matter where your bar or restaurant is located, BevSpot provides the same value. We keep track of your bar’s data to help you calculate your key business metrics, helping you to make more informed business decisions and ultimately run a better beverage program.

Want to learn more? Schedule a call with one of our product specialists!

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