The Comstock Park brewery is the second Karns and his partner Jeff DeLongchamp have opened. Their first is at 700 Wealthy Street in Grand Rapids, which they opened two years before the Comstock Park brewery. Proximity to Fifth Third Park and potential customers helped Karns and DeLongchamp choose the Comstock Park location for their brewery. Karns said he felt the area “needed a brewery.”
“In looking around, every area seemed like it was pretty full,” said Karns adding, “There’s a lot of stuff going on on West River Drive.”
Karns said he needed room to expand which the Wealthy Street location doesn’t have. The Comstock Park brewery is 3000 square feet compared to 700 square feet at the Wealthy Street site. There was room at the Comstock Park location for the wrap around porch which can be enclosed to allow seating in cold weather. The location was designed from the ground up. The Taproom is spacious with plenty of natural light from the three overhead garage doors.
There’s a dozen or so Elk Brewing beers to choose from, and the restaurant serves burgers, wraps, and sandwiches as well as appetizers and salads. The signature dish is the Elk Burger, an 8 ounce pure ground elk patty with beer braised onions, sautéed mushrooms, candied peppered bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, Swiss, and garlic aioli served on a toasted Kaiser roll. All the food is made in-house.