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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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)

logosOur 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

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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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