Guardian Brewing Moves Optimistically Toward Opening Late 2018

Hello again, Guardian fans! It’s been a while since we shared updates on our project and it’s been a long road since the beginning of our build-out this summer. Despite extremely long waiting times at the MLCC (will approve our liquor license any day now) and the DEQ (will approve our brewery and restaurant to run on septic early November), Guardian continues to build out their property at the old Red Barn site.

We thought we would share some (before, during, and after) interior and exterior photos of updates, as our team continues to build a custom bar and custom booths covered in old Red Barn Theater flooring, paint all surfaces, install beautiful long-draw draft lines hidden in a barn beam, set-up offices for our management team, and organize our auxiliary kitchen. (Click on photos below to see a slide show.)

We will let the community know when our grand openings will occur as soon as we get a few more permits and inspections approved.

Thank you all again for your unwavering support. You making us feel sincerely appreciated and welcome in our community.

Craft beer is coming soon and we cannot wait to share it all with you.

Progress Is Good

Hello, all! We’ve been chugging away at the brewery property and thought we would share a few updates and photos.

The breezeway between the buildings is no longer. It is the only part of the building that will be completely removed. In its place, we are building a restaurant and bar area to seat 80 patrons, complete with 19 beer taps, 1 cider tap, 2 wine taps, and local liquor to complement the fresh food from our kitchen.

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The Red Barn’s event center is now our brewhouse and Phase 1 auxiliary kitchen. This building will house a 10-barrel direct-fire brewhouse from Premier Stainless. We are installing a Reverse Osmosis system (for the best brewery water possible), five fermentation tanks, an 800 square foot walk-in cooler, a classroom, and plenty of room for a variety barrels (Bourbon, Rye, Rum, Gin, Tequila, Wine, etc.).

Our auxiliary kitchen will serve freshly made sandwiches, soups, salads, wraps, charcuterie, and cheese plates until we build our large commercial kitchen in Phase 2.

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The theater seating area has also changed drastically. We pulled up the seating area floorboards and set them aside to build our bar and elements of our restaurant, so look out for the iconic theater’s row letters and beautiful 70-year-old wood.

Phase 2 of our build out will include using the old practice stage area for a large, commercial kitchen. For now, we will be using part of the area for bathrooms and a hallway to future areas of the building.

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We look forward to sharing more updates with you as we progress. Thanks again for your continued support! Beer is coming.

 

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Guardian Brewing Company Celebrates Groundbreaking in Saugatuck

PRESS RELEASE: Guardian Brewing Company Celebrates Groundbreaking in Saugatuck

June 15, 2018 – Saugatuck, Michigan’s future brewery, restaurant, and event center has it’s long awaited groundbreaking. Located at 3657 63rd St., Saugatuck, Michigan, Guardian Brewing Company is happy to announce that construction began this week on the site of the historic Red Barn Theater.

Gen 1 Architecture and CL Construction will help bring this vision to reality. “We are excited to begin the transformation of an iconic venue into a place that everyone can enjoy again,” said Owner and Head Brewer, Kim Collins. “We have a lot of work ahead of us in order to get this place transformed, but we have an excellent team and are confident of the outcome.”

Because of the magnitude of the project, it will be divided into phases with the first being the brewery, taproom, and limited-menu auxiliary kitchen. The second phase will focus on a full kitchen build-out, the old barn event space, outdoor patio, and yurts. The remaining changes to the property are in the planning stages, but may include vegetable and herb gardens, walking paths, and landscaped spaces to explore. Guardian Brewing Company has also acquired the twenty-three acres across the street and will work with the community and Laketown Township to determine the transformation of the existing farm field into a beautiful and inviting landscape.

Guardian Brewing Company plans to incorporate a music theme to the historic nature of the existing theater and will start with twenty taps of beer, hard cider, wine, and signature cocktails. The menu will be limited until expansion on a full, open kitchen, but will prove to bring as much fresh and local options as possible. “We are really excited about the first phase of this project. We are excited to be a formidable addition to West Michigan and are happy to be an establishment that will contribute year-round offerings to the community,” said Collins. “We hope to have a significant social and economic impact on the area by providing a unique place to enjoy great beer and food and through year-round employment and philanthropic contributions.”

Guardian Brewing Company is scheduled to open in December 2018 and will begin hiring employees in October. For more information, stay tuned for updates on the brewery’s website, www.guardianbrewingco.com

Dr. Catharine F. Bishop
General Manager, Guardian Brewing Company
guardianbrewingco@gmail.com
https://guardianbrewingco.com/

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(From left to right: Tom Collins – Guardian Brewing Company, Ed Zwyghuizen – Gen1 Architectural Group, Kim Collins – Guardian Brewing Company, Steven Uhlarik – Clark Street Real Estate, Brian Lamar – CL Construction)

 

New Ownership for Saugatuck’s Red Barn Theater

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PRESS RELEASE – December 18, 2017 – Holland, Michigan – New ownership of the Red Barn Theater located at 3657 63rd St., Saugatuck, Michigan was made official on December 13, 2017. By the end of 2018, the site will be transformed into Guardian Brewing Company and open to the public. This location will offer a restaurant, brewery, event space, and yurt rentals to the community and area visitors. Once all the necessary formalities were met, the Laketown Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved the proposal by Guardian Brewing Company.

Owner and head brewer, Kim Collins, shared her vision for the future of the Red Barn Theater site, “I want to transform the historical red barn theater into a community gathering space focusing on all the good things this area has to offer. We are looking to make this a craft beer destination like none other in Michigan.” Collins will be working closely with Ed Zwyghuizen at Gen1 Architectural Group to help with the transformation of the building into a space that the community will enjoy while maintaining some of the aesthetics of the theater’s history.

The project will progress in phases with emphasis on the restaurant and brewery first and then focusing on yurts and the event space in early 2019. Collins plans to pair an eclectic menu with fresh craft beer made on site and is excited to get started.

Information about Guardian Brewing Company and its progress over the next year can be found at https://guardianbrewingco.com/

Dr. Catharine F. Bishop
General Manager, Guardian Brewing Company
guardianbrewingco@gmail.com

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We’re moving to Michigan!

Guardian Brewing Company will move to its new home in Saugatuck, MI this summer.

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After 19 months of searching through 100 properties near Saugatuck, MI, we’re excited to announce that we finally are under contract on a property (details TBA) in Saugatuck, MI and will be moving there to make our brewpub dreams come true in June. We have a strong team helping us work through surveys and zoning for our property and we look forward to sharing our progress as it happens.

Why Michigan you may ask? With our roots being in the Midwest and having spent weekends of our childhood playing in the Great Lakes, we knew it would be a great destination. Then, coupled with Michigan’s phenomenal craft beer scene, we knew our unique project had its home.

Thanks so much for being fans of Guardian so early on in our progress and we will be in touch so we can meet at the taproom for a pint when we’re open.

Slainte and Cheers to all. More about this awesome update and our progress soon. ~Kim

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