DOUGLAS — Saugatuck Brewing Company is losing a valued staff member.

The West Michigan brewery announced Saturday the resignation of John Stewart, director of quality control, effective April 8.

Stewart, who joined Saugatuck Brewing in February 2012, is moving to Perrin Brewing Company in Comstock Park. Before joining Saugatuck last year, he spent seven years with New Holland Brewing Co. in Holland.

“We wish him the very best,” said Kerry O’Donohue, the brewery’s vice president of marketing. “We feel very lucky to have had him for a year.”

According to O’Donohue, Stewart was instrumental in his time with the brewery by implementing policies and procedures that will move the company forward as it continues to expand, improving quality, consistency and efficiency for the brewery.

“He was exactly what we needed at the right time,” O’Donohue said. “He’s pretty quiet until you get to know him, but he really leads by example.

“For our younger brewers he’s been awesome — he’s taught and trained them along the way. He has been hugely valuable for us.”

The brewery plans to replace Stewart as quickly as possible, and is already interviewing candidates.

“As we’re growing, we certainly need the manpower back there,” O’Donohue said.

He added that he expects Stewart will continue to be a friend to the brewery, and he is happy the decision allows Stewart to stay closer to his family.

“We wish him all the very best personally and professionally as he moves closer to home and family,” O’Donohue said. “Needless to say, he will be sorely missed.”