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
(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)