Monday, January 11, 2016

Eastown’s Harmony Brewing Company opens Harmony Hall on Grand Rapids’ West Side

Written by  Dan VanderKooi
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Harmony Hall opened this past October in Grand Rapids on the West Side, located at 401 Stocking Avenue NW in the building formerly occupied by Little Mexico restaurant. The new brewery has been in the works for over a year with demand exceeding capacity and no further room for on-site expansion at the Eastown location of Harmony Brewing Company which opened in 2012. The new brewery location serves to both supplement the original Harmony location while offering a unique atmosphere and experience of it’s own.
In addition to housing a former Mexican restaurant, Harmony Hall’s building actually has a history going back to 1908 when it began as Rauser Quality Sausage Factory. So where Harmony’s Eastown location has become known for their pizza, Harmony Hall’s focus is locally sourced house-made sausages. Menu items include cheddar brats, traditional pork sausages, as well as bulgogi all served on house made bun. In addition to the sausages, Harmony Hall’s menu also includes soups, salads, and sides as well as gluten-free and vegetarian options.

Needless to say no one will go hungry at all Harmony Hall and with 30 taps available at the upper level bar, and another handful of taps available in the lower level “Monster Room,” no one will go thirsty either. One can expect all the Harmony beers that they know and love in plenty supply such as the Fiddlestix and Crossroads IPA's as well as newer recipes which include the Tupelo Honey Ale and the Los Conejos Mexican hot chocolate stout. Harmony Hall also offers a selection of cocktails using locally produced craft spirits.

Local group DrinkGR will be celebrating “Hops at Harmony Hall” on Thursday, January 14th from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. which will include a variety of appetizers to sample along with Harmony’s fine craft beverages. Door prizes will include a handmade high-quality leather growler carrier provided by event sponsor Brothers Leather Supply Co. The meetup will also include a tour of the brewery. For more information, check out DrinkGR on Facebook via the following link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DrinkGR/

Harmony Hall is open from 11 a.m. until midnight 7 days a week.

Dan VanderKooi

Dan VanderKooi

Dan VK has been following the Michigan Craft Beer scene since before Oberon has been available in 6-packs. Besides making the rounds at all the local craft breweries and beer bars, Dan also supports the local music scene, reads crime fiction, and enjoys playing volleyball with his wife and friends.