Steel String: To Bottle or Not to Bottle
By July of 2016, the craft brewery Steel String had established a successful pub in downtown Carrboro, North Carolina, near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. With an active craft-brewing scene, North Carolina had lots of people looking for good, local beer in bars, restaurants, and bottle shops. Therefore, it was not surprising that Steel String had faced fierce competition from other craft breweries in their first few years of operation. However, the three owners' determination led to continued growth, which allowed them to hire three other regular employees and several bartenders who worked one or two shifts per week. However, at the start of 2017, the co-owners had been grappling with several questions: Should they invest in the machinery and labour to start bottling their beer? Should they consider different pricing strategies? And finally, what ways could they give back to their community through their social responsibility efforts? The authors Carri R. Tolmie and Thomas Tiemann are affiliated with Elon University.