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:
896
Ratings:
3,858
PLACE STATS
Average:
3.98
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
92
pDev:
11.81%
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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 92
Reviews by Penguins66:
Photo of Penguins66
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

visited 10/28/11

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 3858 ratings