About Saugatuck Brewing Company
From the resort community of Saugatuck/Douglas on the shores of Lake Michigan, our passion involves having fun while creating unique American award winning craft beer styles, with the emphasis on quality and consistancy.
In late 2004, a three-phase microbrewery development plan was put into place. This led to the creation of SBC. Beginning on the 23rd June 2005 a small, intimate, start up brewery, focused on craft ale, utilising only a small 1 barrel system was created in a small leased industrial unit in Douglas, Michigan.
Production brewing began in 2008-9 with the purchase and installation of a ten barrel beer production system in the back of the building, referred to as the “Brew House”. This expansion allowed SBC to increase production of craft ale for the pub and to begin planning regional distribution of our popular styles. Starting with a meagre 70 barrels of fermentation space and a single head 650ml bottle filler (with labels lovingly applied by hand), first year production of craft ale totalled approximately 250 barrels. In 2010, SBC progressed to the “Meheen” 6-head bottle filler and in-line labeller, enabling SBC to offer 4 mainstay styles in 6-packs as well as on tap. Distribution soon expanded and annual production reached 2,000 barrels in 2012.
Multiple expansions later, SBC now utilises a state of the art 45 barrel brew system which is paired with 960 barrels of fermentation space. With a newly installed rotary bottle filling/labelling conveyer system and a fleet of nearly 5,000 kegs; SBC now employs 12 full time brewer/cellar men and distributes 16-20 styles to six US states and selected styles to several European markets.
Saugatuck Brewing Company 2948 Blue Star Hwy. Douglas, Michigan USA 1-269-857-7222