How Your Brewery Can Ferment Loyalty and Increase Sales

Storytelling allows independent breweries to gain an edge over much larger competitors by tapping into local pride. People are beginning to look behind the curtain to learn how the products they purchase are created, which gives indy breweries a huge opportunity to enter the market and gain mind share that the conglomerate breweries just don’t have access to – Local authenticity.

By using storytelling, you can:

  • Demonstrate what makes you unique.
  • Build warm, close, loyal relationships with customers.
  • Become “their” brewery.

So, stick around. We’ve gathered together some beautiful examples from various breweries who do a mighty fine job of telling their stories throughout their online presence.

Setting the Stage

When telling your story, focus on communicating the following:

History – Where did you come from?

You can probably see that Deschutes Brewery relies heavily upon their Bend, Oregon locale to tell their story. Their logo takes direct inspiration from the local scenery.

Personality – How do the people in your brewery write, speak, act? How does it reflect your brewery’s culture and message?

Doesn't get much more #Boston than this #lovebeerlovelife #celtics

A photo posted by Harpoon Brewery (@harpoonbrewery) on

Based in Boston, employee owned, Harpoon Brewery shows off their regional pride while enjoying a Celtics game.

Motivation – What drives your people to get up in the morning and create, share and get excited about your amazing beer?

Abita Brewery makes it clear they are motivated to share and celebrate Louisiana culture.

Audience – Who is your beer FOR? Never forget: your customers are part of your story, too, and they must take center stage.

Russian River appeals to an erudite, sophisticated crowd with a specific sense of humor. Otherwise, they’d never name a beer “Defenestration*,” or bother to explain they learned the word while visiting Prague Castle.

*Defenestration means: “to literally fling someone out of a window,” if you’re curious.

Genre

It’s not just about the beer. It’s about how you got here.

Travel and Adventure
Where is your brand going?

Hey guys and gals! Check out dbwoody.com to see when I'll be in your area!

A photo posted by Woody The Barrel (@woodythebarrel) on

Where’s Woody? Deschutes Brewery invites you to find out. People know something’s happening when they see the Deschutes truck hauling a giant wooden beer keg through the street. This ingenious strategy gets people to Deschutes events…and gives them a great reason to follow the brand on Instagram and Twitter.

Acts of Heroism
Things happen in stories, and heroes work to make the world a better place. What is your brewery doing to help others?

Oskar Blues Brewery in Austin seen above packaging water for victims of flooding in Louisiana.

Mood

Great storytellers know they must evoke an emotion to make a compelling case. Ask yourself: how do I want people to feel about my brewery and brand?

Choices could include:

Regional pride – Deschutes Brewery is all about Oregon Pride. Many of their beers are named after local landmarks and their packaging clearly reflects that.

Or, the comfort that comes from observing shared ideas, backgrounds, and/or traditions. Fireman’s brew taps into the loyalty of firefighters and those who love them.

Or, maybe even a sense of wicked or light-hearted fun. We all know the story of Stone’s Arrogant Bastard…

Once you’ve chosen a mood…stick to it! Just make sure the mood arises from internal forces (your brewery’s actual assets and personality) rather than external forces, like what you believe will be popular or appreciated. If the mood of your brand doesn’t resonate with the people running the brewery then people will sense the incongruity and will go elsewhere. Today’s customer is in search of an authentic experience delivered by authentic people.

Creating a Show Stopper

Your website isn’t the only place where you need to tell your story. You should, in fact, drop tantalizing sneak previews whenever and wherever you get the chance. Here are some places you can do that.

Logos – Distinctive, consistently used and displayed.

Colors/Fonts/Icons – Ideally these would be thoughtfully chosen. For example, Abita’s choice of purple, gold, and fleur de lis imagery on their website and much of their materials evokes cultural markers familiar to Louisiana, such as the New Orleans Saints, the LSU Tigers, and Mardi Gras.

#TheBeerOfMardiGras

A photo posted by Abita Beer (@abitabeer) on

Product Names & Label Designs – Pique curiosity in your brand with creative naming conventions and designs to go with.

From a light, crisp pilsner to a creamy dark coffee stout, we strive to make all manner of brews to satisfy all palates

A photo posted by Two Roads Brewing (@tworoadsbrewing) on

Product Descriptions – Every label is an opportunity to cast your customers as the star of a mini-story. They aren’t just drinking a beer; they’re having an experience. What is that experience?

Photographs –  Always use your own photos! Take lots of them. Let’s see your staff hard at work. Let’s see people enjoying themselves in your pub. The more visuals you can provide the more people will connect with you.

Videos –  How creative can you get? Located in Lancaster, California, a city known for its aerospace driven economy, Kinetic Brewing used a short, but funny video to gain interest and top of mind awareness with a demographic that’s very likely to appreciate their efforts (and fresh beer).

Trucks, tents, tap handles, and more! Look for every opportunity to share your brand’s story.

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