THE LOCAL OBSERVER WE BRING YOU THE NEWS SERVING Presorted Standard U.S. Postage Paid Saugatuck MI Permit No. 30 CURRENT RESIDENT January 19, 2018 Vol. 16 No. 3 FREE SAUGATUCK * DOUGLAS * SAUGATUCK TOWNSHIP * LAKETOWN TOWNSHIP * FENNVILLE * GLENN * GANGES TOWNSHIP * HAMILTON * HOLLAND * SOUTH HAVEN SBC & Uncommon Coffee Roasters Team To Create New Seasonal Beer Special To The Observer The Saugatuck Brewing Company (SBC) and Uncommon Coffee Roasters (UCR) have teamed up again to create a new Seasonal Beer release for SBC. The beer, produced by SBC and named Uncommonly Tweaked is an Amber Ale brewed with organic Peruvian El Cautivo Coffee Beans from UCR. Uncommonly Tweaked will be available for purchase in the pub at SBC beginning Saturday, January 20 on tap and available to-go in 6-packs and growlers. “We love to have the oppor-tunity to work with local companies,” says Ric Gillette, President & CEO (SBC). “Uncommon Coffee Roasters has always been a great part-ner for us, and we are ecstatic to final-ly bring one of our collaborations to package.” SBC has used coffee beans from UCR in many beers throughout the years, including another recent release, Café Brown, a Barrel Aged Brown Ale aged with Costa Rican Coffee Beans. The process of creating a new beer with coffee always starts off with a trip to UCR’s Roasting Facility, where the Brewers test a series of dif-ferent coffees through a process they call “cupping.” They test for flavors, aro-mas, acidity and mouth-feel; followed by a discuss how each bean can affect the beer. The two teams work togeth-er to select a coffee that will comple-ment the profile of the beer. “The different coffee beans all have such intricate flavors that really add to the complexity of the beer, the variety of flavors creates a unique drinking experience for the consumer,” says Steven Scheerhorn, Head Brewer (SBC). Uncommonly Tweaked will be available throughout SBC’s distri-bution footprint in 6-packs and on draft February through April while supplies last. * * * Saugatuck Brewing Company, founded in 2005 is a full production microbrewery with a tra-ditional family style pub featuring a full menu, outdoor seating and live entertainment year-round. The brewery has a com-bined 31 taps between 2 tap rooms, (Pictured (from left): Steven Scheerhorn, Head Brewer (SBC), Casey Boeve, Controller (UCR), Ric Gillette, President & CEO (SBC), Angie Smith, Marketing Specialist (UCR), Megan Scheerhorn, Vice President of Marketing (SBC), Terry Lancaster, Brewer (SBC), PJ Goudreault, Production Manager (SBC), JL Mokma, Coffee Roaster (UCR).) offering unique beer styles all pro-duced in house, plus wine and hard cider. “SBC” distributed 18 sig-nature styles in bottles & kegs, plus many others available on tap only throughout Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Florida, New Jersey and Nebraska, plus several for-eign markets. The brewery also features the only active Brew-On-Premise pro-gram in Michigan, utilizing five cop-per kettles and a wide array of ingre-dients and recipes, allowing individ-ual groups to brew, bottle and label their own unique creation. * * * Uncommon Coffee Roasters is a small batch specialty coffee roaster in Douglas, Michigan. UCR is a USDA certified Organic coffee roast-er. They provide wholesale cof-fee services to more than 200 business of all sizes in the Midwest. Their ready-to-drink Cold Brew Coffee drinks can be found in more than 400 stores throughout 15 states. Uncommon Coffee Roasters takes pride in its diverse partnerships and strives to work with companies who share similar values. Douglas Officials Discuss How To Assess Residents In Proposed Water Main Districts Efrain Sandoval Correspondent Douglas officials and the city engineer said during Monday night's city council discussion they are being the most equitable they can be in terms of who pays how much in the water main special assessment dis-tricts being proposed for different parts of the city. Contributions from both private residents and public funds are expected to pay for the estimated $545,000 project—with property owners within districts paying more than half—to fix “spaghetti lines” or “side yard connections,” which makes for a water supply infrastructure that is below the required standards at the local and state level, per Michigan Department of Environmental Quality regulations. The project entails the installation of an underground water main in areas where it is needed and a way for residents to have easy access to it. Besides paying for a specified frontage charge per foot, property owners will also be responsible for finding and paying for a way to con-nect to the water main (from the pub-lic right-of-way to their home). “Somebody has to pay for it,” Douglas engineer Brian Vilmont of Prein & Newhof told Douglas council. “It’s not a cheap endeavor, but you also have to understand that it is not a for-profit endeavor either.” Furthermore, Vilmont said that there is a “public benefit” to those property owners outside the three districts: overall enhancement to the public utility system. The three districts have dif-ferent scenarios with different associ-ated costs. Residents in the Freemont-Ellis Water Main (Fremont Street starting at its intersection with South Union Street going west on Fremont Street to its intersection with Ellis Street and then north on Ellis Street to its intersection with Center Street) are expected to represent a little over half the estimated total project cost of $159,000. While residents within the the other two districts—the Whittier-First District (Whittier Street starting at its intersection with Center Street going south to First Street and proceeding west on First Street to its intersection with May Avenue) and the McVea District (McVea Drive starting at its intersection with Campbell Road going south on McVea Drive to its southern intersection with Westshore Golf Course Redevelopment)—can expect to pay more. “To charge those residents that will directly benefit from the improvements (via) front footage does seem to be the most equitable way of doing,” said Vilmont. “It is not an unprecedented way.” There are other properties that suffer from substandard water main connections around the city and officials discussed they may also decide to tackle those areas in the future. The currently proposed spe-cials districts came to be because they represented a “critical mass” factor, explained Douglas City Manager Bill LeFevere. The process still requires steps to provide opportunities for public examination as well as a public hearing before city council gives its final approval.