After 10 years of operating as an exclusively on-site sale brewpub, local brewery Harmony Brewing Company has officially changed its licensing to a become a microbrewery. This change will allow Harmony to distribute its beer to restaurants and specialty beverage stores across west Michigan. The new license will also provide the opportunity for Harmony Brewing Company to launch its own lines of wines and spirits.
“We have been dreaming about this for a really long time,” said co-owner Jackson VanDyke, ”Harmony has been around for ten years, and we have established a company with a strong reputation and some fantastic products that we are super proud of. We put a lot of love into what we do, and we can’t wait to get Harmony in front of even more people.”
Harmony is investing in a new canning line, and upgrading its beer production equipment at its West Side location, Harmony Hall (401 Stocking Ave NW.) Current plans are to inaugurate Harmony’s new canned beer with a series of parties and events celebrating Harmony Brewing’s Tenth anniversary in 2022.
Harmony Eastown (1551 Lake Dr SE) has been outfitted with a small distillery where the beginning stages of small-scale spirits and liqueur production is already underway. According to co-owner Barry VanDyke, “We’ve always had an interest in unique liqueurs and herbaceous spirits, and there aren’t too many craft producers of this kind of beverages. We’re going to produce classic spirits alongside of creative new gins and experimental old world inspired liqueurs. It’s a whole new form of expression, I can’t wait!”
Harmony Brewing Company is owned by three siblings who believe in the value of leading from the heart. Harmony has been serving award winning wood fired pizzas and beer at the Eastown location since 2012. In 2015 the siblings opened Harmony Hall and moved much of their beer production to the west side of Grand Rapids. Harmony Hall’s menu is built around house made sausages and burgers, along with many creative vegan options. Harmony Hall also features events every night of the week including live music, stand-up comedy, and bingo.
UPCOMING HOLIDAY EVENTS:
ANNUAL EASTOWN HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY- December 2, 6-9 pm (Harmony Brewing Company 1551 Lake Dr SE Grand Rapids)
As part of Uptown Shop Hop, and in partnership with the Eastown Community Association, Harmony will host the annual holiday tree lighting party at its Eastown location. The event will feature live music, hot chocolate for kids, and a beer tent in the parking lot. The main event will be the lighting of the tree by special guest, City Commissioner Milinda Ysasi at 7pm. As always, community members are encouraged to bring an ornament for the tree which represents their holiday traditions.
PITCHERS WITH SANTA TOY DRIVE- December 11, 2-5pm at HARMONY HALL (Harmony Hall 401 Stocking Ave NW Grand Rapids)
Fun for kids and parents! Santa will be at Harmony Hall from 2-5pm. Kids can get their pictures taken with Santa, while parents split a discounted pitcher of delicious Harmony Brew. Please bring a new toy, valued at $10 or above with the price tag still attached. Toys will be collected and donated to the Other Way Ministries Christmas Store. (From the Other Way Ministries) “The Christmas Store is a neighbor-led program giving parents a chance to shop for new, desirable Christmas gifts for their children at little or no cost to them. Christmas can be a financially stressful time for families, and especially this year we hope to provide some relief, leaving more room for our Westside families to feel the joy of the holiday season.”