ELK Brewing (Comstock Park)
ELK Brewing in Comstock Park (click for website) is the second location of this popular local craft brewery. The Comstock Park location is located on Dodge Street just off West River Drive, opposite the Fifth Third Ballpark. This location can get busy before and/or after a ball game, and also has free wifi and large screen televisions.
~4 miles (one way)
Generally flat, with a couple hills near the start (and at the end of the return trip). You'll mostly be riding in the road on quiet neighborhood streets, a short section of on-road bike lane or sidewalk if you prefer, followed by paved multi-use bike path for most of the trip. It might be worth so reviewing your hand signals and turning on your bike lights! There is one major road crossing, but we recommend that you walk your bike across that one... no worries!
- Unlock your bike from the rack, get your helmet on.
- Head north (left) up Plainfield just 1/2 block to Marywood, and turn west (left, away from Plainfield) .
- Follow Marywood to the end of the street, turn RIGHT on Oakwood and head down the hill to the roundabout. Watch for cars! Continue STRAIGHT up the hill to the stop sign, which is Coit Ave. Watch for cars and cross the street, continue on Oakwood.
- At the bottom of a gentle hill, turn LEFT onto Sligh Street (if you don't make the turn you can also continue a few more blocks to 3 Mile Rd... but Sligh is quieter).
- Follow Sligh three blocks to its end, Monroe Avenue. Watch for cars and cross Monroe, then turn RIGHT onto the Monroe Bikeway. You'll follow the bikeway north past the I-96 underpass to the North Park traffic circle.
- At North Park you can cross the street to cross the bridge over the Grand River on its north side. If you don't want to cross the street, that's OK too, you can cross the bridge on the south side and use the underpass on the far bank.
- Cross the bridge. You'll want to be on the path on the north side of the street. If you're on the south side, you can turn left on the far bank of the river and head down (careful with the grade! we suggest walking your bike) to the underpass to get to the other side of the road. Once you've gone under the bridge, follow the path around to the left and you'll end up on the sidewalk/multi-use path on the north side). This is the White Pine Trail.
- Continue along the trail until just before the highway underpass. Hang a RIGHT to stay on the White Pine trail. (If you miss this you can also turn right on Mill Creek St. up ahead for an extension of the White Pine Trail that goes through the "downtown" area of Comstock Park. Regardless of which way you go, after a couple miles you'll be at the entrance drive to the Fifth Third Ballpark (you'll have passed the ballpark at this point). To your right you'll see a go-kart track & batting cage. To your left you'll see an intersection with a stoplight. Head towards the intersection using the sidewalk on the left (southwest) side.
- This is West River Drive. It's a busy street. Hop off your bike and walk it across the street with the pedestrian signal, then cross again across the highway entrance/exit drive.
- Hop back on your bike but stay on the sidewalk. Look to your left and up the hill. You've made it!
- Lock your bike up on the rack and enjoy a beer with that great White Pine discount of yours! You can't go wrong with one of ELK's famous beers: "Dankalicious", and a side of ELK Fries.