The Mitten Brewing Co.

The Mitten Brewing Co. is a vintage baseball-themed microbrewery set in a restored Victorian-era firehouse that expertly pairs handcrafted beers with gourmet pizzas.

History

The Mitten Brewing Co. was founded in November 2012 by lifelong friends Chris Andrus and Max Trierweiler. Located in historic Engine House No. 9, The Mitten is a vintage baseball-themed microbrewery/pizzeria with a focus on community involvement and charitable giving. Andrus and Trierweiler were dedicated homebrewers who saw an opportunity to broaden the city’s craft beer scene and also have an impact on the community at large.

Lifelong residents of Grand Rapids, The Mitten’s founders sought to add a unique establishment — a craft brewery where sports enthusiasts felt welcome — to the city’s growing craft beer community. The West Side of Grand Rapids, which hasn’t been home to a working brewery since Prohibition, was the perfect location. Andrus and Trierweiler saw an opportunity for growth and redevelopment on the Leonard Street corridor, and were confident that new investment would foster it.

By locating in Engine House No. 9, they also had a unique opportunity to restore one of the city’s Victorian masterpieces. The renovations were aimed not at remodeling but rather restoring the building to its former glory. The original surfaces were exposed and given a fresh face by sandblasting, and the history of the building was researched and incorporated into the decor.

The Mitten Brewing Co. has grown considerably since opening in November 2012. With the addition of a second story taproom and bi-level outdoor decks (an improvement which received an award for “Best Exterior Renovation” at the 2014 Neighborhood Business Awards), The Mitten expanded its seating capacity from 65 to more than 200. The company also added a 20 BBL production brewing facility across the street from the taproom, firming its commitment to the West Side for years to come.

The Mitten founders are extremely grateful for the support and recognition they’ve received from the West Michigan community. They were named “Michigan’s Best New Brewery” by MLive Media Group in 2013, and were a finalist for the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s “2014 Beverage Newsmaker of the Year.”

Additionally, in 2015 they were recognized by The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce as the “Young Entrepreneurs of the Year,” and received the “President’s Award” from the Association of Fundraising Professionals for the company’s charitable giving program.

Northport Taproom

Nestled in the center of historic Northport, Mitten Northport offers guests a chance to enjoy their favorite Mitten tap selections while taking in the view of Grand Traverse Bay and Northport Marina. The taproom, located on the main street of the cozy town, provides an intimate setting for both local and visiting guests.

The taproom proudly offers unique examples of classic beer with 14 styles on tap, as well as wine and cider from local producers. While the Northport location does not offer the renowned pizza the GR location is known for, guests are encouraged to order from neighboring eateries.

With a welcoming bar setting, covered outdoor patio featuring a ginormous stone fireplace, and backyard bier garden, Mitten Northport is the perfect place to enjoy craft beer in the most picturesque village in Leelanau County.

Saugatuck Taproom

Check out the new lakeshore home of The Mitten! It’s everything you love about the firehouse brewery, but right by an actual lake full of water.

The Saugatuck pub is not only the premier place to enjoy yard games for all ages, but also boasts some dynamite outdoor seating. Enjoy the breeze from the lakeshore with a cold craft beer in hand- and you don’t even need to leave your seat for a refill! We have people that will bring you food if only you ask.

The Mitten Brewing Co. is an independent craft brewer.

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Grand Rapids Pub

  • 527 Leonard St NW
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49504-4278
  • United States
  • (616) 608-5612

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Northport

  • 112 W Nagonaba St
  • Northport, MI 49670
  • United States
  • (231) 386-1101

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Saugatuck

  • 329 Water St
  • Saugatuck, MI 49453
  • United States
  • (269) 455-5719

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