Commer Beverage Consulting has been providing professional beverage services to restaurants, hotels, casinos and suppliers since 2001 and specializes in developing beverage strategies that drive sales and profits. Commer Beverage places a heavy emphasis on remaining unbiased and independent and has no agreements, obligations, expectations or incentives to use any products from any supplier.

We understand different clients have different needs, different capabilities and different objectives.  Our variety of experience helps us understand the differences and design solutions targeted to each particular client’s needs and capabilities.

SERVICES

Restaurants
  • Deep dive assessment to clearly understand where you are and tailor appropriate solutions specific to your situation and needs
  • Develop beverage strategy appropriate to your brand position and target demographic
  • Establish bar and beverage standards and systems
  • Drink development on trend and on target to your specific needs built around the skills of your staff
  • Bar and beverage training
  • Beverage menus and marketing
  • Integrated beverage programs
Suppliers
  • Strategic drink recipe development targeted to specific clients utilizing their existing pantry list and bartending capabilities
  • Product review, analysis and recommendations for flavor matching or development to accelerate speed to market
Event Management
  • Over 20 years of experience managing the final competition portion of the TGI Friday’s World Bartender Championship
  • Over 20 years managing behind-the-scenes logistics for major beverage conferences Cheers, The Flavor Experience and VIBE
Supplier Optimization and Fund Management
  • Manage all funds including invoicing, reconciliation, monthly client updates and menu printing payment
  • Supplier partner communications
  • Payment of appropriate beverage related invoices on behalf of and as instructed by you
  • Fund management and live support by licensed CPA
  • Approval process customized to your needs
  • Dedicated bank account

Our Team

David Commer, Owner and President

dcommer@commerbeverage.com 

David Commer

  • Acclaimed Beverage and Hospitality Industry Expert and Speaker with 40 years experience
  • 20 year independent beverage consultant Successful beverage program development from QSR to Fine Dining to Packaged Goods
  • Robust operations background as general manager, multi-unit director and owner
  • Actively serves on top industry boards and councils, including the VIBE and FLAVOR Experience advisory boards and is on the Panel of Experts for the FLAVOR Magazine
  • Beverage innovation and trend scholar with passion for delivering memorable experiences that are executable

Beverage Consulting

Strategic Beverage Assessment

On-Trend Beverage Innovation

Recipe Development

Seminars and Speaking

Bar and Beverage Training

Marketing and Operations Perspectives

Barbara Akin, Innovation, Training & Bar Layout

bakin@commerbeverage.com

Barbara Akin

  • World-class beverage research and development specialist for alcohol and non-alcohol suppliers, hotels and restaurants
  • Focused Beverage Menu Analysis & Mixology with hundreds of recipes on menus across the globe
  • Development of interactive brand-specific training and implementation for US and international restaurant corporations
  • 15+ years event management experience for leading food and beverage conferences and world-class Bartending events

Recipe Development & Mixology

Bar and Beverage Training

Event Management

Bar Layout for Efficiency

On-Trend Beverage Innovation

Samantha Fahrney, CPA

sfahrney@commerbeverage.com

Samantha Fahrney

  • Licensed CPA with years of experience managing Beverage Marketing Support funds, including collection, disbursement, communication, and accounting
  • 5 years of management at PricewaterhouseCoopers providing capital market and accounting advisory services, including U.S. GAAP and SEC reporting and regulation matters, debt and initial public equity offerings, spin-offs, divestitures, and business combinations
  • MS Finance, Texas A&M University

Beverage Marketing Support Management

Data and Excel Solutions

Event Support

Beverage Program and Supplier Communications

Why we are different

Commer Beverage places a heavy emphasis on remaining unbiased and independent and has no agreements, obligations, expectations or incentives to use any products from any supplier.

We understand different clients have different needs, different capabilities and different objectives.  Our variety of experience helps us understand the differences and design solutions targeted to each particular client’s needs and capabilities.

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