Harmony Brewery opens West Side location

The new Harmony Hall in Grand Rapids. (Oct. 6, 2015)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Harmony Brewery Company opened its newest location on Tuesday, mixing old and new at a familiar Grand Rapids site.

The new Harmony Hall is located in the old Little Mexico building on Bridge Street at Stocking Avenue on the city’s West Side. It’s three times the size of Harmony’s other location with three times the beer.

The new Harmony Hall at the corner of Bridge Street and Stocking Avenue NW in Grand Rapids. (Oct. 6, 2015)
(The new Harmony Hall.)

“It took us a couple of months to really ramp up the production,” part-owner Jackson Van Dyke said.

He shares ownership with his siblings, Barry Van Dyke and Heather Van Dyke-Titus.

The onsite brew house produces 100 kegs a month, which includes the Harmony beer you know and love along with new ones.

“We can make lager beer here, which is cool because of the German theme,” Van Dyke-Titus said.

Harmony Hall takes cues from a German beer hall, with long, community-style seating and a new logo inspired by a European mythical creature called a Jack of the Woods.

Harmony Hall's logo, based on the mythical creature the Jack of the Woods. (Oct. 6, 2015)
(Harmony Hall’s logo.)

The menu also has a German flare, but also takes cues from the building’s history. The hall makes sausage in-house to honor the building’s first tenant, Rauser’s Quality Sausage Factory.

“We wanted to do a unique take and have a global perspective with the sausages,” said Van Dyke-Titus.

The menu has classic German wurst, Thai sausage and others, including chirizo to pay homage to the building’s second occupant, Little Mexico.

“We were super sad to see Little Mexico close,” Van Dyke-Titus said. “We had lots of good times here (at Little Mexico).”

The family kept the original art and furniture from the restaurant in what’s now the brewery’s entrance.

Renovating the building took two years of hard work and $1.6 million, but the Van Dyke siblings say it was worth it.

“The payoff is watching everyone having a good time and enjoying themselves,” Jackson Van Dyke said.

Harmony Hall is open every day from 11 a.m. to midnight. You can also still visit the original Harmony Brewery in the Eastown neighborhood.

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