Spring Is Finally Here

It’s been a whirlwind three months since we opened our doors at Guardian Brewing Company. We have been joyously overwhelmed by the amount of gratitude felt for all the local and neighborly support since we opened, as opening in winter on the Lakeshore can be a little daunting in its quiet nature and few businesses open year round. We feel as if we saw and experienced the real year-round Saugatuck/Douglas/Fennville/Holland residents. Thank you for supporting us, becoming regulars, joining our mug club, bringing friends and family to our space, and having fun with us through the -30F temps this winter. It makes future winters less daunting and has us even more excited about sun and summer coming quickly. But, for now, we are beginning to see beautiful spring growing in our area…and for us, spring will mean projects!

Projects on the docket include a spring cleaning day (APRIL 1 WE ARE CLOSED ALL DAY), chef’s gardens, more painting, brush trimming, and of course, a patio for outside dining and eating (complete with YARD GAMES!). I live for a game of bocce, really. We’re excited to work with Ed Z. from Gen 1 Architectural again with our patio plans and cannot wait to sip a cold one from our new patio bar with you, as soon as we can get it all built! In the meantime, thanks for your patience and see you at the brewery. We’re open every day and hours are the same until summertime.

Slainte!

~Kim and Team Guardian

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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