Mitten Brewing Co.

DESTINATION:

The Mitten Brewing Co. (click for website) is a westside brewery with a baseball theme and some great beers in a cool old former firehouse.

Street address: 527 Leonard Street NW, Grand Rapids MI 49504 (click for Google Maps link)

DISTANCE

~1.3 miles (one way)

ROUTE PROFILE

Flat, slight downhill. Quiet neighborhood streets with a small amount of riding in bike lanes on streets mixed in.

DIRECTIONS

  • Unlock your bike from the rack, get your helmet on. You'll be riding in the road for part of this route, so review your hand signals and turn on those lights!

  • From the racks, head west towards from the Grand River, and cross the bridge on the historic Sixth Street bridge. Obey all stop signs.

  • Continue on Sixth Street under the highway to Broadway Avenue. You can jump on the sidewalk here and go straight for a couple blocks to Seward Avenue, or ride right/north one block on Broadway Ave. to Seventh Street, and turn left/west to get to Seward.

  • Turn right/north onto Seward Avenue.

  • Continue north on Seward about a half mile, to Leonard Street.

  • Cross the street and turn right/east on to the Leonard Street sidewalk.

  • Stay slow on the sidewalk and watch for traffic... the Mitten is about two blocks ahead, at the intersection of Leonard St. and Quarry Ave.

  • Lock your bike up to the rack in front and go enjoy a beer with your GR Bike Rentals discount!

  • Besides their great beer, The Mitten is also known for their unique and delicious pizza, and can even make gluten- or dairy-free varieties. They also have a pretty phenomenal giant soft pretzel.

NOTE: If you go a little bit overboard at Mitten - it happens - remember, you have time to spare to sober up! Take your time. Have some pizza. Drink some water. If you're not comfortable getting back on your bike, don't do it! Remember, buzzed biking is drunk biking, and just as dangerous as drunk driving! Bus route 7 has a stop immediately outside - at the southwest corner of the intersection of Leonard and Quarry - and can take you back to a point close to the Sixth Street Bridge.  The bus costs $1.75 and you can put the bike right on the front of the bus for no extra charge. Biking around the city, ending up at Mitten or another brewery, and taking the bus back is a certainly not uncommon for our riders.

Check out the bus system and routes at this page: https://www.ridetherapid.org/howtoride/bicycles-on-the-rapid Tell the driver you want to get off at Turner and Seventh (a short ride), and walk your bike from there back across the river on the Sixth Street bridge to the rack. You'll walk on Sixth under the highway and across the river, and can see the hotel ahead as you approach. Be safe!