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Saugatuck Brewing Company
Active Beers: 41
Beer Ratings: 818
Beer Avg: 3.59
Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
2948 Blue Star Hwy
phone: (269) 857-7222
Sunday to Thursday -12:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Friday and Saturday - 12:00 pm to 12:00 am
(Place added by: blackthistle on 07-16-2005)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 17 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This was our 2nd stop of our 6 brewery west michigan beer tour and was our favorite stop.
We hit the Livery, Saugatuck, founders, Schmohz, The hideout and the BOB. Service was outstanding, the place was clean with the fresh smell of the brewing that was going on. All of the drafts were good to excellent. The food was excellent. What I really liked was that the ABV on all of their brew was in the 4 to 6% range. All tasted great and were very sessionable. Don't miss this brewery experience it was outstanding.
11-24-2009 01:25:59 |
More by nitroterrance
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
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.
10-29-2011 22:51:35 |
More by Penguins66
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
We stopped here while exploring the western MI coastline. Didn't even know about Saugatuck Brewing until we saw it listed on an interstate info sign. Overall, it was a great experience. Stopped in just to try a few beers, but ended up getting some food too. We will definitely be back. It is a great small town brew pub.
Atmosphere : The Lucky Stone Pub has a definite Irish feel to it. Number of tables/booths/high tops. There is also some outdoor seating. Good music playing the entire time and a live band started up just as we were leaving.
Quality: We ended up getting two flights of 6 beers each - one hop forward and one malt forward. We found the pale ales and IPAs very drinkable. The best we tried was the Hop in Your Rye (Imperial Rye IPA). I loved the combination of Citra and Mosaic hops with the addition of rye. They also had a nice offering of stouts and porters. Napoleon Stout (just like it sounds - chocolate, vanilla and strawberry) was actually really good. ESB/Amber was also surprisingly good. Not your typical ESB. Of the 12 beers we sampled we enjoyed all but the DIPA on cask. Because of the variety of well-done ales I think this place is great for both someone just getting into craft beer and a seasoned veteran.
Service: Great service. Fast and very friendly. Stopped by a number of times to ask what we thought about the beers we were trying.
Selection: For a small brew pub they have a great selection. I think they had 15 beers on tap and a cider. They have something for everyone.
Food: Only tried the hummus. It was very good. We will be back to try more.
Value: Pretty good value. All samples were the same price for the flight. If you went with some of the higher gravity beers it would be a great deal. I also believe pints are all the same price.
06-23-2013 15:11:56 |
More by beachfirebrews
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Went here after a nice trip to the beach and found the brewery to be a nice surprise considering my limited exposure to the four beers that Saugatuck bottles. Had samples of the boathouse and neapolitan stout, as well as the main street hefe, all of which were uniquely brewed and well done to style, and had pints of the singapore IPA (which is fantastic!), the scotch ale on tap, and maggie's irish red. All of the beer was at least fairly well done, and I love how the brewery combines the use of unique ideas with balanced beers, rather than just brewing everything as big as possible. Our server was great, and the food was fairly good, although not over the top outstanding. Still, it was a great trip and I would certainly visit the brewery again.
07-31-2011 02:03:33 |
More by jt31914
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
My girlfriend and I enjoyed this place. Great appetisers and soup, and we enjoyed the spent grain bread. We got a quick look at the brewery in the back and spoke with the brewer on duty about their process and equipment.
Later in the evening we returned to check out a blues band in their Bier Hall. Great place to go and enjoy some entertainment, along with some good beers.
I recommend the IPA or the Main Street Wheat, but I did enjoy all of the beers. The Wheat seemed less wheaty to me than the Oval Beach Blonde, both nice beers, but the blonde seemed more tart, which you might expect more from a wheat. Cole Porter is also very tasty. And they did have the cider on tap.
09-28-2009 21:03:47 |
More by TheBrewologist
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $
Stopped by on both a holiday afternoon and a weekday night. The staff was incredibly friendly and very knowledgeable. They only had 6 on tap at the time and no bottles or guest beers. They should be expanding that to 12 taps, possibly including a cider. The 6 beers they had were pretty good though. Possibly the only brewpub I've ever been to where there was nothing bad on the menu. The amber ale is one of the best of that style I've had and the Coal Porter was truly great. The food menu was limited at the time to sandwiches, but it was good. This brewpub seems to have a great future, I wish it was closer to were I lived.
05-28-2009 03:46:38 |
More by reallyhoppie
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Newly remodeled building going south on State Highway 2 out of Douglas on the right of road. Parking in the front. Clean Irish pub format with bar in the center in the back with tables for food in the front and patio in the front for summer. Freindly service from bartender and one of the owners with good knowledge of brews. Good sampler selection of 8 above average to average brews. Good menu of starters and sandwichs. I ordered the Kettle chips and they were very good.
Will stop again when in the area as it appears that new space will allow for new beers.
11-18-2008 14:03:53 |
More by tmoneyba
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
Visited here tonight with my wife for dinner and a few brews. Decided to get a flight and was VERY happy with my selections. My waiter was on top of the tap selection and I had a couple of beers on cask at his recommendation. I rated a few I had (as "hads" without a full review) but bottom line is that I was impressed with each beer I had.
The Rye IPA, IPA and Porter were stand outs. I also had the ESB on cask and it was excellent. My wife had the Mahi wrap and I had a burger. The food was solid and reasonably priced.
Overall, very happy with the experience. If I lived in Michigan, I could see a few of these brews being regulars in my rotation.
07-06-2013 23:02:33 |
More by FanofHefe
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
We stopped here at a fruitless search for a parking space at the beach on the fourth of July weekend. The entrance was bright and inviting with some outside tables. Unfortunately, there was nothing to see but the busy highway. In any event it was hot that day and we ate inside. The beer offerings were written on an easily seen chalkboard by an upscale looking bar. Our waitress quickly got our ales, but waiting for the food was a little slow. The offerings included a hoppy pale ale, American IPA, a seasonal blonde ale and an Irish ale. Our appetizer was a spinach artichoke dip with crawfish. The dip had a generous amount of crawfish and was tasty enough to recommend. A couple of us got the "lucky dog" hotdog which was similar to a Chicago style dog. I ordered a "Irish dip" sandwich that was heaped with beef and cheese. The menu also included a red snapper and steaks. Typical for a tourish area, the food and beer were pricy. The hoppy American Pale ale met the standard, but not much more. I cannot vouch for all the ales, but this place is worth trying for the food alone.
07-04-2011 21:19:03 |
More by jkrich
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped into this joint after playing some disc out in Sausagetuck.
The atmosphere wasn't much to talk about as it was a Monday afternoon and there was only one other guy in there drinking. You could have heard a pin drop. This place is immense and has a giant banquet hall attached to it as well. A huge, cavernous building which probably can get rocking pretty good on a Saturday night in this touristy area. On this Monday afternoon it seemed really empty though. It was also a touch on the drab side. A bit oppressive and gloomy which took a bit away from the overall package and hence the 3.5 stars above. I saw a ping pong table and thought about how happy I would have been if there were a pool table but alas I am a billiards junky and I realize that the sound of billiard balls crashing about is not pleasant to most patrons.
The beers are solid. They had pretty standard fare on tap hence the 3.5 stars. They had an IPA, an Irish dry stout, a smokey porter, an English mild that was a 3% sessioner, another porter sans smoke, and maybe an amber and a few something elses. Not bad, but nothing too bold and provoking. I am a big fan of big beers, and this place didn't have anything that got me excited. I want to be socked cross eyed. Show me something exciting! Do not misunderstand, the beers I sampled were very well made. Just a bit commonplace is all. I think they could stand to push the envelope and step into some imperial waters, but to each his own. This place is relatively new at two years old and they are already doing good work. I can't wait to watch them progress. Definitely worth a try if you are in the area.
The service was good. The bartender was a good dude and was easy to talk to. There was another employee who was enjoying a post shift beer and she was very friendly as well. Neither seemed to mind that my friend and I were interrupting their conversation. Good folks.
They have a decent selection of food. I tried some crawfish, spinach, and artichoke dip that was pretty darn delicious but that is the extent of my knowledge of the eats. You can surely find something to eat at this place and a nice pint of beer to wash it down. Pricing was on par with other places with similar product. Overall I am not mad at this place. It was a good pit stop and I am sure I will return when next I am in the area. Keep up the good work.
06-22-2010 19:47:48 |
More by SupaCelt
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