Employee Spotlight: Dexter Gauntlett

Dexter has been involved in Saugatuck Brewing Company since day one – he’s what you would call a staple around here. Everybody knows Dexter, but here’s a chance to get to know him just a little bit better.

Dexter Gauntlett – kind of like the glove, but with an extra T.

What brought you to SBC?
I had just moved back to Saugatuck from California in 2011 and was missing the somewhat more established craft beer scene. Luckily for me, I found Saugatuck Brewing Company when it was still located across the street from our present location. It was love at first sip! I remember the mainstay line up was Oval Beach Blonde, Pier Cove Porter, Butler Street Brown, and Singapore IPA.

Tell us what you do here at SBC in your own words.
As our Brew On Premise Manager, I, without a doubt, have the best job here at SBC. I actually get paid to make craft beer and teach new brew enthusiasts about the beer making process. It is basically home brewing at the commercial level. What could anyone want more as a profession? Brew, taste, discuss, brew, sample, brew, sample, taste, etc – it’s a job made in heaven!

What is the craziest beer that you’ve ever had someone brew on the BOP System?
Our goal is to create custom craft beer with customers. I would have to say that the craziest beer we have made was a bacon juice Imperial Porter. This concoction involved a 15 lb slab of bacon which was boiled/reduced down to about a gallon of bacon consommé. This was then added to the Brew Kettle during the final minutes. While the end result was pretty good, it certainly was not what we were expecting.

I hear you visited the Ukraine on a business trip. Can you tell us why you went there and what your favorite part of your visit was?
Yes. Last year we were invited to attend the Beermaster Day event in Kiev, Ukraine. This is basically a two day event sponsored by our Ukrainian¬†Distributor. While there, I represented Saugatuck Brewing Company and served and promoted our beer to the public. This was a blast. Then, I was also asked to visit Var Var Brewing Company. There, I spent a morning brewing collaborative beer with their brew team. This beer became known as “Transatlantic Flight”, an Imperial Stout which has earned high accolades on Untappd. Just when you think it can’t get any better, we get to do it again this year!

Word on the street is that you travel a lot. What is your favorite place that you’ve ever visited?
Gosh. That’s a tough question as I love everywhere I go and I really can’t say I’ve ever had a bad adventure. Two years ago, I spent six weeks in Thailand and Myanmar where we visited a very primitive countryside distilling operation and helped care for rescue elephants. Last year, I spent a fair amount of time in Ireland, where I attended a birthday party at the Guinness Factory, then to the Canary Islands for some R&R and craft beer; afterwards going to Barcelona for some incredible food and beer. Today i’m actually on my way to Medellin and Cartegna in Columbia. There, my wife and I will tour with a language class.

You’ve been all over. What is your favorite thing about Michigan? Why do you live here?
I have been attached to Michigan my entire life. Actually, my family has owned a summer home here since 1935. Saugatuck/Douglas is a great and well diversified community with a lot to offer.

What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?
When I am not working, I really enjoy traveling. If I am not traveling, I enjoy walking the shores of Lake Michigan in the Summer and cross country skiing/snow shoeing in the Winter.

What’s your go to SBC Beer?
While Saugatuck Brewing has many fantastic beers to offer, my favorite is Backyard IPA. It’s a great session beer and a wonderful thirst quencher with a very creative hop profile.

What’s the best beer you’ve ever had in your life?
The best beer in my life is the beer in my hand!!

Well now that you’ve gotten to know Dex a little better, check out more on our Brew On Premise Program and set up a time to come to brew with the man, the myth, the legend!





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