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.
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.)
Our 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.”
Kim Collins: Owner, CEO, Head Brewer, Educator, Adventurer
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!
(Guardian Brewing Company is a registered trademark in the United States of America.)
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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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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