Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Mitten Brewing Co. opens outdoor beer patio; expands brewhouse!

Written by  Dan VanderKooi
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The Mitten Brewing Co.’s new outdoor beer patio is just the first of many new exciting expansions in the works at the popular Leonard St. brewery on west-side of Grand Rapids. Recently I had an opportunity to check out the new deck as well as take a sneak peek at some of the improvements in the works for this year. In addition to the patio, a new upper level bar and seating area is currently under construction which all taken together will nearly triple the capacity of the location. The upper level will focus more on the building’s fire station history as opposed to the baseball themed lower level.
Also included as part of the new expansion is the addition of a new 20 barrel brewhouse located across the street from the pub. Two mainstays, the Country Strong IPA and Triple Crown Brown Ale will be among the first to get the large batch treatment, which should be plenty to keep the taps flowing all-year round both with the expanded capacity of the pub as well as allow Mitten Brewing to boost distribution. Expect a few seasonal releases such as Cream Ale or Stout to also get the big batch treatment while the 3 barrel system will continue to be used for smaller batch beers and pilot recipes.

The kitchen is also being boosted to help meet the increased demand. Recent menu additions include the popular pizza flights as well as new breakfast pizzas available on the weekends, with vegan options continuing to be offered.The new brewhouse is currently being installed and expect the upper level to be open in time for this year’s ArtPrize, with the Mitten Brewing Co. being one of the featured venues. Also keep an eye out next door to the Mitten Brewing Co. as their new neighbors, Long Road Distillers are targeting a fall opening later this year.

Dan VanderKooi

Dan VanderKooi

Dan VK has been following the Michigan Craft Beer scene since before Oberon has been available in 6-packs. Besides making the rounds at all the local craft breweries and beer bars, Dan also supports the local music scene, reads crime fiction, and enjoys playing volleyball with his wife and friends.