Saugatuck Brewing Company
Active Beers: 45
Beer Ratings: 940
Beer Avg: 3.61
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 18 | Show All Ratings:
3.1/5 rDev -22.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3 | $$
I've never understood the "halo effect". That's where opinions are offered based on other positive reviews, and tend to bias up. There is no way this place is statistically "outstanding" Beer Advocate. On a crowded Saturday evening, we were seated and served almost immediately. Very good service.
Being committed beer drinkers, we pretty much know exactly where to start, but the waitress was sort of clueless in her guidance. That's fine because, again, we know what we think we want. I have a very difficult time NOT finishing a beer and I fought the IPA as hard as I could...to no avail. I just could not choke the entire thing down. Cloying, uncalibrated bitterness at the back end with zero appropriate aroma and thin mouthfeel. Well, IPAs are not everyone's thing so we tried a mixed flight (which seems like a good deal at $12/6 tasters). I thought the IPA was poorly constructed, but that did not prepare me for the "ESB/Amber" or the Irish Red, or their flagship Pale. All were out of balance messes. We just could not finish any of the tasters. I understand that a place can have an off night, but not entirely across the board.
This is a shame because the place was nice and had a real locals feel. Which is even more odd because you would think there would be some educated palates in an artsy little town in Michican. Sorry.
02-24-2014 20:40:15 | More by BertSugar
3.49/5 rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.75 | $$
Atmosphere upbeat and busy. Couples and large families. Big swing in age groups. Our average wait on a Sat afternoon for two was twenty minutes. Outdoor patio, dart boards and shuffleboard.
Selection was not good at all. Apx 6-8 pale ales and a cider. They ran out of Neopolitan-no stouts or porters. No description of each ale except for which hop varietal was used-me being the avg Joe Public I have no clue. You wanted to ask the server but they were all extremely busy. I ended up having Hop in your eye Rye ale (because I know what to expect) and was very satisfied. A sour to be released in a few months-so I was told.
It appears to be a local favorite. Easy place to find and around a great recreational area. Bottles and growlers to go.
All in all I plan to go back and have some food and brew when not so busy, but then again it may turn into FFF and you'll be waiting for hours.
08-20-2013 23:53:32 | More by joeseppy
3.6/5 rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
Atmosphere: dart boards, shuffleboard. live music. cool patio. fun place, but the bar area/ table area is a bit crowded for how big the place is
Quality: some pretty good beers some fairly average, nothing too exceptional.
Service: good service. our waitress was a little bit crazy but not bad.
Selection: good amount of beers but seemed a bit one sided in terms of variety while i was there
Food: good fairly standard pub fare. solid dinner
Overall: nice place to checkout at night after a day at the beach.
07-15-2013 21:20:45 | More by SportsandJorts
3.9/5 rDev -2.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
Visited here tonight with my wife for dinner and a few brews. Decided to get a flight and was VERY happy with my selections. My waiter was on top of the tap selection and I had a couple of beers on cask at his recommendation. I rated a few I had (as "hads" without a full review) but bottom line is that I was impressed with each beer I had.
The Rye IPA, IPA and Porter were stand outs. I also had the ESB on cask and it was excellent. My wife had the Mahi wrap and I had a burger. The food was solid and reasonably priced.
Overall, very happy with the experience. If I lived in Michigan, I could see a few of these brews being regulars in my rotation.
07-06-2013 23:02:33 | More by FanofHefe
4.21/5 rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
We stopped here while exploring the western MI coastline. Didn't even know about Saugatuck Brewing until we saw it listed on an interstate info sign. Overall, it was a great experience. Stopped in just to try a few beers, but ended up getting some food too. We will definitely be back. It is a great small town brew pub.
Atmosphere : The Lucky Stone Pub has a definite Irish feel to it. Number of tables/booths/high tops. There is also some outdoor seating. Good music playing the entire time and a live band started up just as we were leaving.
Quality: We ended up getting two flights of 6 beers each - one hop forward and one malt forward. We found the pale ales and IPAs very drinkable. The best we tried was the Hop in Your Rye (Imperial Rye IPA). I loved the combination of Citra and Mosaic hops with the addition of rye. They also had a nice offering of stouts and porters. Napoleon Stout (just like it sounds - chocolate, vanilla and strawberry) was actually really good. ESB/Amber was also surprisingly good. Not your typical ESB. Of the 12 beers we sampled we enjoyed all but the DIPA on cask. Because of the variety of well-done ales I think this place is great for both someone just getting into craft beer and a seasoned veteran.
Service: Great service. Fast and very friendly. Stopped by a number of times to ask what we thought about the beers we were trying.
Selection: For a small brew pub they have a great selection. I think they had 15 beers on tap and a cider. They have something for everyone.
Food: Only tried the hummus. It was very good. We will be back to try more.
Value: Pretty good value. All samples were the same price for the flight. If you went with some of the higher gravity beers it would be a great deal. I also believe pints are all the same price.
06-23-2013 15:11:56 | More by beachfirebrews
4.45/5 rDev +11.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My wife & I visited Saugatuck on a quiet Friday afternoon. The brewery and Lucky Stone Pub are basically the same thing--not sure why they named the pub something different. The building itself is a converted warehouse and is next door to an antique store. (Note if you are traveling with your spouse/significant other: You get 10% off food & beverage at the pub if you buy something at the antique store.)
The pub features a sizable bar area, many tables. Along one wall is brewery equipment where customers can brew their own beer. The process takes several weeks and since we were only here for the weekend, we didn't try it. Along the other wall are old school (i.e. non-electronic) dart boards. There is a beer hall in back by the restrooms that looked like it was being decorated for a Halloween party.
There are no TV's although we overheard the bartender telling other patrons that they "wheel out a TV for big games." That isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Service at the bar was good. Our bartender was attentive and knowledgeable although we didn't ask many questions. Food was decent--grilled mahi mahi wrap for me; a turkey reuben for my wife--but nothing spectacular.
As for the beer, well, it depends on your personal preference. We found the beers to be only OK and pretty heavy on the hops. We sampled 7 of the 13 beers/2 hard ciders on tap:
Belguim Wheat--surprisingly bitter for a wheat beer
Raspberry Wheat--too sour for our tastes
Oktoberfest--our favorite but tasted like any other Oktoberfest beer
Neapolitan Stout--pretty harsh for a milk stout; we were expecting it to be smoother with a hint of sweetness which it definitely wasn't
Smoked Porter--definitely smoky to the extent that we thought it would be good as a BBQ sauce. Smoke seems to be the beer flavoring du jour. Personally, I think it's gimmicky and while it tastes unique, it's hard to down a whole pint.
Cran-Cherry Cider--exactly what the name implies. I didn't like it at all; my wife liked the fruitiness but found it sour...so draw your own conclusion.
Oval Beach Blonde--We only had a taste but it still struck us as bitter and heavier than you'd expect.
In summary, I have to say again that it depends on your taste. Overall we had no complaints about the quality of the beer or the service; it was just not to our liking.
10-29-2011 22:51:35 | More by Penguins66
4.2/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Went here after a nice trip to the beach and found the brewery to be a nice surprise considering my limited exposure to the four beers that Saugatuck bottles. Had samples of the boathouse and neapolitan stout, as well as the main street hefe, all of which were uniquely brewed and well done to style, and had pints of the singapore IPA (which is fantastic!), the scotch ale on tap, and maggie's irish red. All of the beer was at least fairly well done, and I love how the brewery combines the use of unique ideas with balanced beers, rather than just brewing everything as big as possible. Our server was great, and the food was fairly good, although not over the top outstanding. Still, it was a great trip and I would certainly visit the brewery again.
07-31-2011 02:03:33 | More by jt31914
3.88/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
We stopped here at a fruitless search for a parking space at the beach on the fourth of July weekend. The entrance was bright and inviting with some outside tables. Unfortunately, there was nothing to see but the busy highway. In any event it was hot that day and we ate inside. The beer offerings were written on an easily seen chalkboard by an upscale looking bar. Our waitress quickly got our ales, but waiting for the food was a little slow. The offerings included a hoppy pale ale, American IPA, a seasonal blonde ale and an Irish ale. Our appetizer was a spinach artichoke dip with crawfish. The dip had a generous amount of crawfish and was tasty enough to recommend. A couple of us got the "lucky dog" hotdog which was similar to a Chicago style dog. I ordered a "Irish dip" sandwich that was heaped with beef and cheese. The menu also included a red snapper and steaks. Typical for a tourish area, the food and beer were pricy. The hoppy American Pale ale met the standard, but not much more. I cannot vouch for all the ales, but this place is worth trying for the food alone.
07-04-2011 21:19:03 | More by jkrich
3.53/5 rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Despite visiting family in Saugatuck multiple times a year, it took awhile for me to venture the 2 miles across the Kalamazoo to the brewery. With so many compelling offerings in western Michigan, I sadly neglected the local shop for quite some time.
The facility is modest on the inside and out. It is located in a warehouse on the Blue Star Highway just off I-196 (Exit 36) as you head into Douglas. It shares a building with an indoor antique mall, though parking hasn't been an issue as they tend to have complimentary hours.
They have a large outdoor seating area in front of the building overlooking the gravel parking lot. Inside the bar and seating area is fairly large, and unbroken, with minimal decor, an attempt to make it more like a typical restaurant and less like a warehouse. Personally I'd stick with what it is and embrace the warehouse--but that's nitpicking. They have a large banquet hall in the back and some board games and a ping pong table for entertainment.
They usually have 6-8 beers on tap, all solid, but nothing that aggressive or big. Though they did have a delicious Neopolitan Milk Stout on tap during our last visit. It had the aroma of neopolitan ice cream, but unlike many specialty beers (most fruit beers) that have overwhelming flavors, this stout was subtle with a thick mouthfeel and a slightly sweet aftertaste, the best offering I have had here to date. Unfortunately the keg was virtually empty and I couldn't take home a growler.
I've visited a few times now and the service has been ok, even with modest crowds. They could use an additional waiter/waitress or two, as food and beer delivery has been slow. The food is standard bar fare, though my wife feels like it is underwhelming. She's picky.
A downtown Saugatuck/Douglas location on the water would be great for outdoor ambiance and the summer tourists, but this location is highly visible and lets them spend money on the important stuff...beer.
Overall it is worth a stop if you are in the area.
02-21-2011 02:01:24 | More by Beerasaurus
3.83/5 rDev -4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped into this joint after playing some disc out in Sausagetuck.
The atmosphere wasn't much to talk about as it was a Monday afternoon and there was only one other guy in there drinking. You could have heard a pin drop. This place is immense and has a giant banquet hall attached to it as well. A huge, cavernous building which probably can get rocking pretty good on a Saturday night in this touristy area. On this Monday afternoon it seemed really empty though. It was also a touch on the drab side. A bit oppressive and gloomy which took a bit away from the overall package and hence the 3.5 stars above. I saw a ping pong table and thought about how happy I would have been if there were a pool table but alas I am a billiards junky and I realize that the sound of billiard balls crashing about is not pleasant to most patrons.
The beers are solid. They had pretty standard fare on tap hence the 3.5 stars. They had an IPA, an Irish dry stout, a smokey porter, an English mild that was a 3% sessioner, another porter sans smoke, and maybe an amber and a few something elses. Not bad, but nothing too bold and provoking. I am a big fan of big beers, and this place didn't have anything that got me excited. I want to be socked cross eyed. Show me something exciting! Do not misunderstand, the beers I sampled were very well made. Just a bit commonplace is all. I think they could stand to push the envelope and step into some imperial waters, but to each his own. This place is relatively new at two years old and they are already doing good work. I can't wait to watch them progress. Definitely worth a try if you are in the area.
The service was good. The bartender was a good dude and was easy to talk to. There was another employee who was enjoying a post shift beer and she was very friendly as well. Neither seemed to mind that my friend and I were interrupting their conversation. Good folks.
They have a decent selection of food. I tried some crawfish, spinach, and artichoke dip that was pretty darn delicious but that is the extent of my knowledge of the eats. You can surely find something to eat at this place and a nice pint of beer to wash it down. Pricing was on par with other places with similar product. Overall I am not mad at this place. It was a good pit stop and I am sure I will return when next I am in the area. Keep up the good work.
06-22-2010 19:47:48 | More by SupaCelt
Saugatuck Brewing Company in Douglas, MI
90 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.