Mitten Brewing's combination of craft beer, handmade pizzas, vintage baseball and late 19th century nostalgia have quickly made it one of Grand Rapids' top destinations.
A collaboration between friends Max Trierweiler and musician Chris Andrus, the duo purchased and renovated Engine House No. 9, a Victorian-era fire station that has been a West Leonard landmark for decades, and converted it into a microbrewery and pizzeria.
During restoration, the pair was careful to leave as much of the early architectural elements in tact as possible. The cement floors still show the outlines of the horse stalls, the original exterior lanterns hang outside, and the actual fire pole is on display in the dining room. Portions of the original construction were also repurposed for the wood bar top and 19th century stenciling can be seen on the exposed ceiling beams. The Grand Rapids Fire Department even donated relics from their stations to help round out the firehouse decor. The owners' love for the Detroit Tigers is apparent, too, with old-style photos and newspaper clippings on the walls.
The brewery area sits on the cobblestone floor beneath the former hayloft and pumps out thirteen different original varieties of craft brews that have a nostalgic theme. "Death to Flying Things" is a hearty imperial stout aged in a bourbon barrel, while "Peanuts and Crackerjack" is a porter brewed with actual peanut butter.
- Outdoor Seating
- Alcohol Served
- Allergy Menu
- Free On-site Parking
527 Leonard St NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA 49504