THE TAPROOM

Located in historic Engine House No. 9, The Mitten's two-story taproom has been painstakingly restored to its original Victorian beauty, with a few new touches. Still boasting the original fireman's pole, the building maintains its original charm with the added bonus of exceptional craft beer and pizza. 

The Mitten’s taproom is the perfect location for an intimate dinner, a place to unwind after work for a few beers, or an upbeat party atmosphere for a night out with friends.

With seating available both upstairs and downstairs, guests can enjoy a beer and our full food menu based around our specialty pizzas. Our hand-tossed dough (made from scratch daily) and menu items prepped and made in house offer something delicious for every appetite. Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free, our menu will fit your appetite.

Disclaimer: Do not try our cheesy bread with sweet and spicy Everidae Sauce unless you plan on forming an addiction and coming in every day. Seriously. 

The taproom proudly offers unique examples of classic beers with up to 20 beers on tap, as well as a selection of regional wines and ciders. See whats on tap now.

The Mitten is a casual establishment and we do not take reservations. Our host will keep an organized wait, and seat parties according to list/table availability. We understand that waiting for a table can be hard work, so get a beer from our bar to make the time fly!

Mitten Clubhouse (Our Mug Club)

Checkout availability next time you're in the taproom! Memberships will open January 1st, 2018. 

CLUBHOUSE PERKS:
 Personalized 21oz mug * $1 off pours everyday * $2 off growler fills anytime * $1 off howler fills anytime * Clubhouse Tuesday specials- 50% off regularly priced beer, 50% off appetizers from 5-6pm, and 15% off pizza every Tuesday * Invites to exclusive events * Early tappings for specialty release beers * 

 

Engine House No. 9 - A Brief History

The Mitten’s home is Engine House No. 9, a former Grand Rapids firehouse and one of the city’s few remaining Victorian landmarks. Built in 1890 by builder Charles Pelton and renowned architect W.G. Robinson, Engine House No. 9 first opened for service on December 7th, 1891. 

Built for $7,200 by local builders and masons, No. 9 was home to four firemen and two horses. Horses were a critical part of the Grand Rapids Fire Department, and they dutifully pulled wagons for local fire companies until they were replaced by motorized engines in 1923. The crew of No. 9 stored their fire equipment (originally horse-drawn hose wagons and steam engines) in the “Apparatus Room;” currently the downstairs taproom. The horses were housed in a stable on the north side of the building, in the area currently occupied by the kitchen and taproom brewhouse.

The crew of No. 9 lived in a bunkhouse on the second story, now home to The Mitten Brewing Company’s second floor taproom, Several of the original storage lockers and a portion of the fire pole are still intact. 

Engine House No. 9 remained an active firehouse until 1966, when it was decommissioned after 75 years of service to the West Side of Grand Rapids. It remained in private use until it was ultimately purchased and restored by The Mitten Brewing Company in 2012.

 
Come visit one of our favorite bartenders, Drew. He doesn't always make this goofy face. 

Come visit one of our favorite bartenders, Drew. He doesn't always make this goofy face. 

Hilary and Bacon celebrate Friday with a firkin of special Stretch Cream Ale. 

Hilary and Bacon celebrate Friday with a firkin of special Stretch Cream Ale.