Get ready to be wowed - Grand Rapids never fails to surprise visitors with the huge variety of things to see and do here: World-renowned art, museums and historic sites for cultural vacationers. World-class golf, recreation and beaches for nature lovers. Incredible farm-to-table restaurants for foodies and wholesome "playcation" fun for families.
The Mitten Brewing Co. embraces history, especially the history of its own building. Owners Max Trierweiler and Chris Andrus chose the historic Engine House No. 9 as the home for their brewery in 2012 and have since spent a significant amount of time restoring the building and honoring its past. As the brewery was figuring out how to decorate the expansion into the upstairs, they decided to dedicate it to the history of the firehouse, which operated from 1890 to 1966.
The downstairs taproom is where the wagons and steam engines were housed, while the taproom brewhouse and kitchen were the stables for the horses. The upstairs taproom was the living quarters, and don’t worry, the building’s original fire pole is still on display. Employees of the brewery have also documented haunted activity in the brewery, with a ghostly footprint preserved in the middle of the upstairs bar.
Although the upper level of the Mitten Brewing Company is dedicated to its firehouse history, the lower level of the building in dedicated to baseball. One of the goals of the Mitten Brewing Co. is to provide a craft brewery to the town of Grand Rapids where sports enthusiasts were welcomed and with their new craft beer "Peanuts and Crackerjack," they may have accomplished that goal.
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