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.

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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Laketown Township Approves Liquor License for 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/

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

 

Guardian Brewing Tests the Stanley Stein

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

Guardian Brewing Company’s Head Brewer won the PSU Business of Craft Beer Scholarship for 2017

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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.)

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Get To Know Guardian Brewing Better Through Craft Beer Media!

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 Michigan and Colorado!

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