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November Microbrews: The Mitten Brewing Company

November Microbrews: The Mitten Brewing Company

Written by Ben Darcie

Engine House No. 9 has been a fixture of Leonard Street in Grand Rapids since 1890. It has housed many businesses since being decommissioned as a fire station in 1966. Currently residing within its walls is the newest addition to the West Michigan beer scene.

Friends since kindergarten, co-founders and brewers Chris Andrus and Max Trierweiler went into their separate careers, but wanted to find something they could do together.

"Max and I have been best friends since kindergarten," co-owner and brewer Chris Andrus said. "We played baseball together. Eventually, I was a musician and he was in marketing, and we started talking about something we could do together."

The two began homebrewing together and continued for more than four years with the intent of opening their own brewpub.

"We decided to make it a baseball theme," Trierweiler said.

Gnomes, Beards, Paninis

Gnomes, Beards, Paninis

Audria Larsen

Downtown Grand Rapids is about to get another layer of delectable delights sandwiched among the folks currently dwelling, working, and soon, dining, at 38 Commerce Ave. Two Beards Deli, scheduled to open this November, seeks to fill a culinary void and serve an ample dose of whimsy, while filling your gullet.
 

The Mitten Brewing Co. to open October 25

The Mitten Brewing Co. to open October 25

From The Mitten Brewing Co. Facebook page:

With our microbrewery license in hand, we are excited to announce a Grand Opening of October 25th!

Great Food while touring Artprize

Great Food while touring Artprize

While touring Artprize with friends this week, we had the opportunity to eat at CJ’s restaurant and bar located in the Grand Plaza Hotel. I think this was formerly the location of Tootsie VanKelly's from long ago. This eating establishment can be accessed through the hotel or from an outside door on the north side of the building.

I ate here about a year ago and had forgotten how great all the food and service is. Everyone opted for an item on the menu called, Pig & Pear. It is a good- sized flat bread with ham, thinly sliced pears and gorgonzola cheese. The sweet potato fries served with a honey mustard dipping sauce were the best along with the Butternut Squash soup, another winner.

Make this a must stop during Artprize.

It's Chili Cook-Off Time

It's Chili Cook-Off Time

Fall is a time for festivals of all kinds along with Chili Cook-Off Contests.

Saturday, September 15th marks the 31st Annual Cottage Bar Cook-Off in downtown Grand Rapids, MI at the corner of LaGrave & Fulton St. It runs from noon-5pm with sampling of all the chili by 40 cooks at 3:30pm.

All proceeds from the Chili Cook-Off go to Gilda’s Club of W. Michigan.

Live music from noon – 5:30pm.

El Granjero, Maggie's Kitchen highlight Bridge Street Mexican cuisine

El Granjero, Maggie's Kitchen highlight Bridge Street Mexican cuisine

by Ryan Yuenger in collaboration with Matthew Olthoff

In this Bridge Street Mexican food tasting experiment, the cuisine at Maggie’s Kitchen and El Granjero proves worthy, while the cuisine at Little Mexico Cafe gets into a hairy situation.

When it comes to authentic Mexican cuisine, look no further than Bridge Street. Little Mexico Cafe, El Granjero and Maggie’s Kitchen are all located on this street and compete for customers. Each of these restaurants claim to serve traditional Mexican cuisine, which has been compared side by side for this tasting experiment.

Similar dishes are ordered: an enchilada from each restaurant, one or more tacos from each, tamales from Little Mexico and El Granjero as well as steak and pork elements from El Granjero and Maggie’s Kitchen.

Area breweries collaborate to create "Beer City" Pale Ale

Area breweries collaborate to create "Beer City" Pale Ale

Grand Rapids has yet another reason to toast the town.  Ten area breweries have teamed to create Beer City Pale Ale, a new craft beer produced in celebration of both the city’s newest title and Craft Beer Month beginning July 1.

“The breweries came together in a fun and fitting way to honor Grand Rapids’ newest claim to fame as ‘Beer City USA’ and July’s month-long celebration of craft beer. Cheers to each of them for such a creative and collaborative approach to making the most of these well-deserved accolades,” said Experience Grand Rapids President Doug Small.

The breweries collaborated on a recipe that resulted in a red pale ale, amply hopped with all Michigan grown cascade and nugget hops. Each brewery produced their own version of the beer, which they will offer on tap throughout July.