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
Laketown Township Approves Liquor License for Guardian Brewing Company
PRESS RELEASE: September 13, 2017 – Holland, Michigan – The Laketown Township Board of Trustees unanimously supported a liquor license request from Guardian Brewing Company, LLC. The liquor license is a key component to bringing a future restaurant, brewery, and event center to Laketown Township. A brief presentation was shared by beverage industry attorney, William H. Franks, on behalf of the entire brewing company team and was well received by the Township Board and attending residents.
Located at 3657 63rd St., Saugatuck, Michigan, Guardian Brewing Company plans to finalize the purchase of the historic Red Barn Theater and continue the tradition of providing a space for entertainment and community fellowship. The issuance of the liquor license allows the applicant to offer patrons the opportunity to choose their beverage during their visit.
With plans to fully open in Fall 2018, the year-round establishment focuses on providing a unique destination to enjoy delicious food and quality craft beer. Owner and head brewer, Kim Collins, expressed her excitement and gratitude about moving the project forward. “We are grateful to have found a home for our brewery in Laketown Township and are very much looking forward to building out the beautiful, historical Red Barn property. Thanks to Al Meshkin for providing guidance during this process and thanks to the Township Board for understanding our vision clearly and approving our license.”
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 email@example.com
Guardian Brewing Company will move to its new home in Saugatuck, MI this summer.
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
Guardian Brewing is looking forward to the day where you can purchase a Crowler of beer to go.
Mock up of one of our Crowler label designs
What is a Crowler™?
Crowlers™ are 32 ounce (1 liter), fully sealed, aluminum cans, just like the high quality ones used in the craft beer industry now.
Why will Guardian sell Crowlers?
We believe in providing an exceptional craft beer experience for all our customers. Dixie Canner explains how Crowlers can do this better than other containers.
- Crowlers are dependable. Properly seamed Crowlers keep out taste-destroying light and oxygen, and the water-based polymer interior coating means no metal tang to disturb the unique flavors of your brew.
- Crowlers are portable. Welcome where glass containers are not, aluminum Crowlers are lightweight, shatterproof, and pack easily in coolers. They’re perfect for camping, fishing, concerts, tailgates, and other outdoor activities.
- Crowlers are sustainable. Crowlers are made from a majority of recycled material and are fully recyclable themselves. Just toss empty Crowlers into the recycling bin, no deposit or sterilization required.
Will Guardian still fill my 64-ounce Growler or 32-ounce Growlette?
Of course we will! We also want to offer another package for visitors wanting to purchase a beer that is totally sealed (will lat longer in the fridge than Growlers) and more affordable that traditional Growlers (if you don’t bring your own bottle). We will have all of the beer choices and prices available at the bar, no matter what container you will use.
Where did Crowlers come from?
The Crowler was co-developed by Oskar Blues and Ball Canning, in Longmont, Colorado. Since its debut, the Crowler has been seen on sandy beaches, packed for outdoor adventures, and brought home in suitcases from the beer nerds around the USA. Get yours at Guardian Brewing in the future and try it out on your own adventure.
How does a Crowler Machine work?
5 Breweries in Denver brewed a beer, Makin’ Noise: A Pussy Riot Beer, for Inauguration Day 2017.
On January 4, 2017, Black Sky Brewery, Guardian Brewing Company and a host of other beer friends brewed a collaboration beer for the upcoming Inauguration Day on January 20, 2017. The recipe was developed by Lila Mackey (Black Sky Brewery) and Kim Collins (Guardian Brewing Company) and is a Black Belgian Saison with Peppercorns and Belgian Saison yeast.
I chose to have Guardian Brewing participate in this collaboration project because the initial call out felt like a friend asking for help. This friend has a heart of gold and wants to help all types of people in need. We have no idea what the next four years or the future will bring, but we can try harder to help others, especially strangers. We will probably never meet the people receiving our donations, but that does not mean that we are not connected more from this day on. We are choosing to step up to our future, as well as our community, and meet it with a smile and a purpose.
What is “Makin’ Noise” A Pussy Riot Beer”?
The beer is named after Pussy Riot, the Russian punk band and political activist performance group that spawned a movement that has gained new fans in the United States.
“The goal is to effect change through art with whatever tools you have. We are brewers, so our tool is beer.” (Bess Dougherty)
Our Mission Statement:
We believe in an America that celebrates its diversity, an America that protects and supports anyone regardless of sexual orientation, gender, identity, race, religious views or immigration status. We condemn the hate that has always existed against marginalized groups and we will not stand for the new strong wave hitting our country. We felt it necessary to take action and decided to use our art to make our voices heard.
We are coming out in support of those most at risk in our community and doing what we can to stand together as a united voice against hate and intolerance. This beer works to combat the hate and oppression while also lending support and solidarity to the fight for equality.
We believe in this beautiful community and we feel it is necessary to work together to protect it.
We are asking that at least $1.00 from every pint sold at each participating brewery will go towards a charity that supports those most at risk in our community. We are also working with our partners for tap takeovers to ensure that proceeds from those events also go towards the proposed charities.
“Despite a kneejerk reaction to assume that an inauguration day release insinuates a protest to Trump. However, our only desire for this beer to to insight a larger sense of community and to stand up against injustice.” (Kelissa Hieber, Goldspot Brewing)
Five breweries chose to host brew days for the Pussy Riot Beer Series and they chose to support:
In addition, the Colorado Plus Brew Pub
in Wheat Ridge plans to tap all five beers a week later, on January 28, and donate at least $1 per beer sale to a fifth charity. Join us any of the five host breweries or at C+ for some delicious beer and make a difference for another in need.
Read the entire story about “Makin’ Noise: A Pussy Riot Beer” collaboration here:
- Denver Westword – original article about the first brewing collaboration and project mission
- Porch Drinking – article about all breweries participating in collaboration as well as thoughtful discussion about women in beer, naming beers, and activism through beer
Brew Day Photos from Black Sky and Guardian Brewing Collaboration
Brew Day Photos from Lady Justice Brewing
Official Event Media
Will the Stanley Stein really hold up to beer? Will it stay cold and carbonated? If so, for how long?
Guardian Brewing Company’s Head Brewer won the PSU Business of Craft Beer Scholarship for 2017
With a heart full of gratitude for the thoughtful women at the Pink Boots Society, and with so much excitement, Kim just found out that she was awarded the Portland State University “Business of Craft Brewing Certificate Scholarship,” beginning in January! (Click here to learn more about Kim and the scholarship.)
We would like you to have the opportunity to get to know our Head Brewer, Kim, a little more before we open. Here are some of her interviews from the past few years in Colorado.
- Brews News from Revue Magazine, October 2017
- Guardian Brewing Plans Red Barn Home, September 2017, from the Commercial Record
- Brewery Looks To Take Over Saugatuck’s Red Barn Theater, September 2017, from the Holland Sentinel
- Brewery Planned for Saugatuck’s Red Barn Theater, September 2017, from MLive.com
- 2017 ICWBD Unite Brew Participants Map
- Women Brewers Create “Makin Noise: A Pussy Riot Beer” for Trump Inauguration Day, shared in the Denver Westword, an original article about the first collaboration and project’s mission
- Denver’s Pussy Riot Beer Series Set to Make Statement Inauguration Day 2017, shared on PorchDrinking.com, an article about all breweries participating in the collaboration, as well as thoughtful discussion about women in beer, naming beers, and activism through beer
- Thanksgiving Beer Pairings, printed in The Denver Post, November 2016
- Article about Weird Craft Beer, printed in Fortune Magazine, April 2015
- Interview about Craft Beer Collaborations (spoke with Ska, TRVE, Call To Arms Brewing, New Belgium), printed in Saveur Magazine, March 2015
- Interview with Jeremy Fleming, Colorado Craft Brews Blog, March 2015
- Interview with Darlene Smith, Great American Beer Festival October 2014
- “Five on Five” Favorite IPA Interview, Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine, February 2014
- Brewing with Sage, An Ancient Tradition, printed in Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine, February 2014
- “Colorado Gains Another Female Head Brewer,” The Denver Post First Drafts Blog, April 2014
- “Barrels & Bottles Releases New Flagship Beers” LiaMoran.com (Blog)
- “What Kind of Beer Does Your Mom Drink?” Craft Beer and Brewing Magazine, May 2014
Our company tagline is “Quality, Innovation, Destination.” At Guardian, we will provide a truly unique brewery experience for all.
Guardian Brewing Company is very excited to release our official logos and brand! We worked with a company named 99 Designs to run a logo competition. Thanks to Alexandru, we have a beautiful pegacorn-adorned logo to share with you a little more about who we are.
Our company tagline is “Quality, Innovation, Destination.” At Guardian, we will provide a truly unique brewery experience for all. At our brewing facility (location TBA), we will:
- Brew delicious craft beer recipes on our 10-barrel system, focusing on super drinkable and barrel aged beers
- Create local, fresh, and seasonal recipes out of our restaurant
- Provide visitors a place to glamp (glamorous camping) overnight in our yurts
- Play a million patio and yard games with our visitors!
- Provide a beautiful place for people to hold their special events (weddings, meetings, and celebrations of all kinds)
- Connect deeply to our community through philanthropic endeavors and events
Many people ask, “Why a pegacorn?” and “What is a pegacorn?” A pegacorn is a mythical creature that is part unicorn and part pegasus. According to one source, “unicorns symbolize being open to the infinite possibilities around you…they give us the eyes to see the possibilities and the wisdom to take advantage of them.” Pegasus’ “symbolize the desire to aspire to the greatest heights of accomplishment.”
When our community thinks of collaboration, aspiration, dedication, and passion, they will think of our crew at Guardian Brewing Company! When we’re open, please stop by and say hello! We cannot wait to meet you.
Hey, craft beer fans! I wanted to let you know that as of today, I am a Certified Cicerone. This means that I will build thoughtfully executed food and beer pairings for our taproom and keep educating myself to be a better brewer.
What is a Cicerone (“sis-uh-rohn“), you ask? Well, it’s the equivalent of a wine sommelier for beer. According to the Cicerone certifying body,
Anyone can call themselves an expert on beer. But when consumers want great beer they need help from a server who really knows beer flavors, styles, and service. They also want to buy beer from a place that understands proper storage and serving so the beer they drink will taste the way it should. Too often great beer is harmed by improper handling and service practices.
In the wine world, the word “sommelier” designates those with proven expertise in selecting, acquiring and serving fine wine. At one time, some beer servers adopted the title “beer sommelier” to tie into the credibility of the wine world. But in the years since its founding, the Cicerone® Certification Program has become the industry standard for identifying those with significant knowledge and professional skills in beer sales and service. The Cicerone Certification Program offers independent assessment and certification so that industry professionals—as well as consumers—can be sure of the knowledge and skills possessed by current and prospective beer servers.
The Certified Cicerone exam is a rigorous four-hour examination of beer knowledge. The tasting portion of the exam requires identification of beer styles, flaws and service problems. The extensive written exam covers knowledge about beer service and draft systems, beer styles, brewing, and pairing beer with food. Candidates also perform a demonstration involving an aspect of beer service. A score of 80 is required to pass and candidates often spend several months preparing for the exam. Only about 200 individuals pass this second level certification each year.
Those who pass the Certified Cicerone exam are mature beer professionals who make suitable candidates for on-premises beer program managers, beverage managers, distributor craft/specialty sales personnel and brewery sales and management representatives.
(Don’t tell my professors, but I don’t think I have ever studied for any topic this well. I AM SO EXCITED!)
See you around tasty beer. Yes, it’s obvious, but that’s where you can find me. Cheers!