Saugatuck Brewing Company

Saugatuck Brewing CompanySaugatuck Brewing Company
Saugatuck Brewing CompanySaugatuck Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery

2948 Blue Star Hwy
Douglas, Michigan, 49406
United States

(269) 857-7222 | map
saugatuckbrewing.com

Notes: Sunday to Thursday -12:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Friday and Saturday - 12:00 pm to 12:00 am
BEER STATS
Average:
3.81
Beers:
78
Reviews:
912
Ratings:
3,891
PLACE STATS
Average:
3.98
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
92
pDev:
11.81%
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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 92
Reviews by Beerasaurus:
Photo of Beerasaurus
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of PackenGreen
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

I stopped at the Kalamazoo, Mi location because Gonzos was one of my favorite local breweries. The new prices are ridiculous for a MI brewery. I was charged $8 for a 10oz pour for a NE IPA. The menu was lacking selection, and nothing was reasonably priced for a small town brewery. Their was about 3 other customers on a weekend and it had a weird vibe. They promised to keep Gonzos vanilla java porter but stopped making it. I'll never return again.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.06/5  rDev -23.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 1.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Unfortunately, probably the worst service of any Brewery or restaurant I've been to in a while. The beer is at best average. However, the outdoor serving area was beautiful on a beautiful Michigan Evening.

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Photo of Gdog
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.9/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of PapaGoose03
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

I've been to this brewery several times over the years since they opened at this location, but have never reviewed the place. So here it is.

The main taproom is a large open place with the bar to the rear, and tables/chairs fill the other areas. A line of brewing equipment along the far wall is used for the Brew-On-Premises feature that is offered here. (Brew and bottle your own batch of beer with the help of a skilled brewer.) A second taproom, called The Barrel Room, is located farther down the hallway, but there is no table service there, and its bar is probably opened only at busy times. It has TVs and some arcade games for entertainment.

We ordered a flight of 5 beers so that we could try enough of them to evaluate the brewery's overall beer quality. There are 16 taps plus one hand pull, and some beers on the menu were ones that we've had in bottles from distro to stores, or from prior visits, so we chose beers that were new to us. Each was brewed very well to style. We had little quibbles regarding the flavor over a couple of them (too much blueberry or too much oak character, etc, but these are personal taste preferences. Overall we gave the beers a 3.88 score. There was one cider available, plus they also serve a small selection of wines.

We ordered an appetizer to go along with the beers, so no food review is included with this write-up. The appetizer was good, and my memory from previous visits when a meal was consumed allows me to give the food a thumbs-up. There is beer to go in the form of growlers or bottles on some of the beers that reach distro.

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Photo of Dactrius
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of cryptichead
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of ESchweers
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 3.75

This is a nice clean place with above average food. It is generally family friendly. The place is reall two separate facilities, which is somewhat preposterous, so choose wisely. The brewpub with a larger menu has the standard taps. The Barrel Room has the more elite beers including barrel aged beers and one-offs. If you choose to dine in the brewpub, you are out of luck in terms of getting the higher end beers. Same building, different rules.

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Photo of krome
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of JDoHo
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of REVZEB
4.22/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of steverx8
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of midlifec
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of DavidRandall
3.9/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of NateMac13
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Purified
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of WesM63
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of hopnado
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of tommy5
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of GRFounder
4/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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Saugatuck Brewing Company in Douglas, MI
Brewery rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 3891 ratings