In late 2004, a three-phase microbrewery development plan was contemplated by founder and original brewmaster Barry Johnson. And alas, Saugatuck Brewing Company (SBC) was conceived. Beginning on June 23, 2005 a small, intimate, start up brewery utilizing only a small 3.5 barrel “Brew-On Premise” system was created in a leased industrial unit on Enterprise Drive, just across the road from the current location.
The second phase of SBC began in June of 2008 when the entire operation was moved and installed into the 25,000 square foot facility which was fully remodeled to feature the Irish style “Lucky Stone Pub” and a simple kitchen equipped for serving up pub sandwiches. In the spring of 2009 the kitchen and menu were expanded, adding delicious entrees, soups, appetizers and desserts. The Lucky Stone Pub is also proud to feature Michigan’s only licensed “Brew On Premise” system where individuals can come in and brew their favorite style of beer and then take it home in 22 ounce bottles after fermentation and carbonation is complete.
Also in 2008 the second step in Phase Two was completed. This involved the purchase and installation of a ten barrel beer production system in the back of the building, referred to as the “Brew House”. The expansion to the ten barrel system allowed SBC to increase production for the pub and to begin planning regional distribution of our popular styles.
The third phase of development was the creation in 2009 of the multi-purpose banquet facility. Known as the “Singapore Room”, it is complete with a bar, stage, lighting system, and a dance floor. The Singapore Room accommodates up to 200 guests seated at banquet tables. This venue is versatile, allowing for usage including wedding receptions, concerts, corporate events, class reunions, bridal shows, movie screenings and various public events.
The brewing operation has expanded dramatically with four equipment expansions in less than two years resulting in a nearly five-fold increase in fermentation capacity. SBC currently distributes twelve beer styles in six and four packs throughout the state of Michigan as well as greater Chicago.