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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Why Does Guardian Brewing Want to Sell A Crowler To You?

Guardian Brewing is looking forward to the day where you can purchase a Crowler of beer to go.

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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.

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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?

Makin’ Noise: A Pussy Riot Beer Collaboration in Denver

5 Breweries in Denver brewed a beer, Makin’ Noise: A Pussy Riot Beer, for Inauguration Day 2017.

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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)

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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

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Brew Day Photos from Black Sky and Guardian Brewing Collaboration

Brew Day Photos from Lady Justice Brewing

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