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Brewery opening lakeshore taproom

June 6, 2018
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The Mitten Brewing Co. Saugatuck taproom
Courtesy The Mitten Brewing Co.

A Grand Rapids brewery is opening its third restaurant and taproom.

The Mitten Brewing Co. said yesterday it will open its new location in Saugatuck, at 329 Water St., on Friday.

The new 1,900-square-foot location is built in a pre-Civil War-era home that had been converted into a restaurant.

Mitten co-owner Max Trierweiler said its previous incarnation made moving in easier, as it was already equipped with a kitchen.

The centerpiece of the small-scale build out is a new bar, which Trierweiler and co-owner Max Andrus built from wood dating back to Saugatuck’s days as a lumber town and port, circa 1840.

The lumber was a gift from Barry Johnson, a former mayor of Saugatuck and founder of Saugatuck Brewing Company.

“That bar is pretty much the centerpiece of the building,” Andrus said. “It’s a neat piece from the former mayor of Saugatuck himself. We’re really excited to have it.”

The new space seats 80 guests, with space for 36 indoors and 44 outdoors on a covered patio and at lawn picnic tables.

The space will also have a small brewhouse focused on sour beer production and a retail section offering Mitten apparel.

Andrus and Trierweiler have staffed the new location with 21 Saugatuck residents.

“What we do best, in my opinion, is our taproom experience and the way our staff interacts with guests,” Andrus said. “We wanted to bring that to a new place. Saugatuck was a natural fit.”

Trierweiler told the Business Journal in March that the Mitten was drawn to Saugatuck because of the bridge it provides to out-of market consumers, as many Chicago residents who visit Saugatuck will now be exposed to Mitten brews.

“We really haven’t been actively seeking out these satellite locations," Trierweiler said. "They come to us.”

The Mitten Brewing Co. also operates a small taproom in Northport.

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