About Us

Guardian Brewing Company creates a welcoming environment where excellent experiences are accompanied by quality craft beer, craft cider, wine, and freshly made food pairings.

Guardian will strive to be the heartbeat of our local community. The Owner and General Manager were born and raised in the Midwest and are excited to be back in the Midwest, ready to bring to you a great craft beer and an experience like none other in the world.

We are excited to share delicious craft beer and cider with you, open minds to innovative food and beer pairings (sourced from local and seasonal ingredients), play some recreational games, and perhaps, go glamping. Guardian Brewing will be home to yurts for rent by the night or weekend. Our brewpub will showcase a 10-barrel brewing system and a restaurant focused on local and seasonally sourced recipes, all housed in our barn-styled building on 4-acres.

We will have draft pints, half pints, and tasters for sale. For those desiring beer and cider to go, we will sell Crowlers, and growlers of fresh beer from our taproom. Also, we feature our beer and cider, wine, craft coffee, and other non-alcoholic options. If you care to enjoy our destination to its fullest potential, consider booking a private event.

Our Head Brewer was trained by some of the oldest breweries and most innovative brewers in Colorado. She excels in the art of barrel aging, whether it be her 9% ABV Double IPA aged in a Gin Barrel or a 5% ABV Cinnamon Cider aged in a Whiskey Barrel. Whatever your beer preference, she will have something unique for you to try. She is a Certified Cicerone and loves crafting thoughtful and nuanced food and craft beverage pairings. Guardian will offer an entire craft beer destination our property. We will have yurts to rent and paths to hike. Enjoy brunch at our brewpub, complete with a breakfast beer made with locally roasted coffee, visit beautiful Lake Michigan by day, shop locally, and return to our brewpub for a comforting meal and a few pints and live music by night. Visit Guardian Brewing Company for the ultimate Craft Brewery Getaway.

Our Story

Back in 2012, we chose Guardian Brewing Company as our name because we wanted to convey the perseverance and magic in us and in our products. Our Head Brewer came into the brewing industry as her second career and it is her life’s purpose to bring people together for relaxation and communitas. (Communitas means a community in which people are equal, or the very spirit of community.)

guardian-color1-01Our logo is a strong, black, Pegacorn flying into the sunset. The sunset symbolizes the essence of “lake life” on Lake Michigan, something we look forward to seeing each day. A Pegacorn is a mythical creature that is part Unicorn and part Pegasus. Combining historical symbolization of both animals, a black Pegacorn, is said to symbolize, “having the eyes and openness to see the infinite possibilities around you, the desire to aspire to the greatest heights of accomplishment, and the wisdom to take advantage of the possibilities, using strength and power.”

Staff Bios

Kim Collins: Owner, CEO, Head Brewer, Educator, Adventurer

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After many years of creative homebrewing, Kim earned her Brewing and Malting Certificate from the Master Brewer’s Association of the Americas. In 2012, Kim began her professional brewing career as a Brewing Apprentice with Tommyknocker Brewing. Through the years, Kim had the opportunity to brew for Boulder Beer, Epic Brewing Company – Denver, Barrels & Bottles Brewery, and Wynkoop Brewing Company. She became a Certified Cicerone in 2016 and uses her training and experiences to produce thoughtful, innovative pairings with our chef, as well as making drinkable, delicious craft beer. To better prepare herself as a brewery owner, Kim earned a Certificate in the “Business of Craft Brewing” from Portland State University, during the spring of 2017.

When Kim is not brewing, she is playing in the Great Outdoors. (Michigan has much for her to explore!) She taught in the Outdoor Recreation Departments of Indiana University Bloomington (6 years) and Metropolitan State University of Denver (5 years), focusing on outdoor leadership through canoeing, outdoor ethics, whitewater paddling, hiking, backpacking, event planning, navigation, cross country skiing, and more.

Why does Kim love craft beer so much?

Kim studied Outdoor Recreation at Indiana University. During her college years, while playing for the IU Women’s Rugby Club, she was able to play matches all over the Midwest and try a lot of different local brewery’s beers. Beer was the only thing to make the post-rugby match pain stop. Her first local craft beer was Upland Wheat, which she remembers fondly, as she and the rugby girls used to sit on the patio at the Bloomington location and drink pitchers on sunny days. She learned that craft beer had a lot more flavor and depth to offer than other domestic styles and she fell deep down the rabbit hole, seeking all different styles of craft beer.

Our other Awesome Staff Members are to be announced!

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(Guardian Brewing Company is a registered trademark in the United States of America.)


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The women of Guardian Brewing Company proudly belong to the Pink Boots Society, a non-profit organization that “assists, inspires, and encourages women beer professionals through education.”


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If you need a brewery, cidery, or distillery event planned by a fun, meticulous, craft beverage lovin’ professional, we recommend Carly Troccolo, owner of Events By The Pint. Carly can plan your next luncheon, awards banquet, or event your craft beer-centric wedding! See her website for her event portfolio.


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Our friends at Colorado Fairing Company create the highest quality fairings with the most personal pizzazz on the market. As a long time rack and fairing owner, I appreciate the custom creativity applied to each Colorado Fairing and feel that having the double-sided one best represents me, my outdoor lifestyle, and my needs as a rack owner. I can change my fairing with the seasons with the front and back design. The fairing is silent (even at 80mph), looks beautiful, and I’m able to add the storage box to my roof rack WITHOUT taking the fairing off. It’s everything I need in a product! ~Kim C.

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Beer & Cider Menu

We will make four categories of craft beer and cider.

Guardian Brewing Company is a destination craft brewery with several year-round, seasonal, barreled, and cask beer offerings. We will be making craft beer and cider when we open our new location, in Saugatuck, Michigan. Stay tuned to our menu for more information about our year-round and seasonal craft beer offerings.

(Note: ABV is alcohol by volume, or the percentage of alcohol in a beer.)

Barrel Aged Craft Beer and Cider

  • Whiskey Barreled Cinnamon Cider
    A 7% cider aged in a American Whiskey Barrels with a slightly spicy flavor and dry mouthfeel, combined with the flavor of vanilla, cinnamon, and oak…reminiscent of a Craft Beer “Fireball”
  • Gin Barreled “Nessie” Imperial IPA
    A 9% ABV American Imperial India Pale Ale with Mosaic hops, Cascade hops, and Juniper Berries, celebrating the unification of spice and hop aroma with American Oak
  • Anejo Tequila Barreled “Tengu” Wheat Ale
    A 6% American Wheat Ale brewed with Tangerines and Lemons. The blend of smoky, Anejo Tequila and wheat beer is crisp and refreshing in the summer
  • Kentucky Bourbon Barreled “Kraken Hunter” Imperial Stout
    An 11% ABV Russian Imperial Stout that is smooth drinking, with notes of dark chocolate, roastiness, and coffee. Bourbon Barrel aging this beer with and without fruit, coffee, other spices, will be a mainstay in our beer community. It will drink smooth (not hot) and is not a “bourbon slap in the face”
  • American Bourbon and Brandy Barreled & Blended “Mountain Howler” Stout
    An 8% ABV creamy, Sweet Stout with lactose, chocolate and roasted malts, and cocoa nibs. Blending vanilla with the deep, dark fruit flavor of Brandy will encourage the cocoa nibs to show their breadth of flavor
  • Red Wine Barreled “Pegacorn” Porter
    A 7% ABV classic American porter boasting roasty flavors and drinkability. This beer will feature local cold-brewed coffee to round out the flavor profile. These flavors, mixed with the earthiness of red wine, should bring the coffee profile to a new level

Craft Cider

A 4.8% ABV apple cider that is semi-sweet, but finishes dry and sparkles like champagne

  • Other Seasonal Cider varieties to be announced

Session Beer

  • “The Littlest Unicorn” Session Ale

A 4.2% ABV kettle sour Golden Ale brewed with Black Lemons and White Pepper

A 5% dry, crisp, American Pale Ale with grapefruit aroma and balanced bitterness

A 4.8% American Wheat Ale brewed with Tangerines

Standard and High ABV Craft Beers

A 6.5% ABV a well-balanced India Pale Ale that boasts bright flavors, citrusy hops, a dry body, and medium bitterness

  • Kraken Hunter” Imperial Stout

A 10% ABV Russian Imperial Stout that is smooth drinking, with notes of dark chocolate, roastiness, and coffee

A 6.8% ABV creamy, Sweet Stout with lactose, chocolate and roasted malts, and cocoa nibs

A 5.8% ABV classic American porter boasting roasty flavors and drinkability. This beer will feature local cold-brewed coffee to round out the flavor profile

An 8% ABV American Imperial India Pale Ale with Mosaic hops, Cascade hops, and Juniper Berries, celebrating the unification of spice and hop aroma

  • Other delicious seasonal beer to be announced

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Restaurant Menus

Our menus will be posted here when they are developed.

  • Snacks
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Brunch

 

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Rent A Yurt

We will be providing yurt rentals so you can go glamping at our location. The details and pricing will be found here as soon as we are ready! (What is a yurt?)

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Brewery Consulting

Since 2015, Guardian Brewing Company has offered consulting services to breweries in need. To discuss your project needs further, please email Kim Collins at guardianbrewingco@gmail.com.

We can discuss where your needs and her skills intersect, as well as timelines and fees for your project.

We offer the following types of consulting projects:

  • Cicerone pairings for restaurant or special events/beer dinners
    • Permanent menu pairings with flagship beers
    • Tasting menu creations for special events (food, beer, and cider)
  • Beer-making services
    • Local ingredient procurement
    • Hop contracts
    • Grain/malt contracts
    • Recipe development and pricing
  • Research, Pricing, and Planning
    • Brewery chemical needs and use
    • Equipment layout and procurement
    • Brewery design and installation
  • Graphic Design and Marketing (for events, beer brands, and other business needs)
    • Website creation and domain mapping
    • Mailers (paper and electronic)
    • Custom beer, bar, and food menus
    • Individual social media posts
    • Social media site maintenance
    • Flyers, posters, and brochures
    • Infographics for web and print
  • Anything else you could need related to opening and running a brewery!

Current projects include:

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Hop River Brewing Company

Fort Wayne, Indiana

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My Grain Brewing Company

Joliet, Illinois

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Previous clients:

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Factotum BrewHouse,

Denver, Colorado

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