Harmony Brewing Company
Active Beers: 13
Beer Ratings: 28
Beer Avg: 3.87
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by Gigantis:
3.15/5 rDev -11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Met up with two friends here on a weekend night and it was pretty busy. All the tables were full, but I didn't have to wait since my friends were already seated. The place is small and modern-looking but not in an annoying way. The atmosphere reminded me of a lot of places in New York, where I used to live. You will not be wowed by this place by any means, but I found it cozy, unimposing in a good way, and very intimate despite the crowd.
The service was pretty good - again it was busy, so even though the place was amply staffed it could still take a minute or two to get a replacement beer.
And let's talk about the beer. I had a RyePA which was quite good, I thought. I'm not normally a Rye drinker - Founders Red's Rye is the only one I drink with any regularity - but this one was nicely hopped and while it wasn't great it was certainly tasty. Then I ordered a brown (with the unfortunate name of Brownson Pinchot - ugg) and only got a taste of that (average) because one of my friends found her peat smoked porter to, well, peat-ee for her tastes. It wasn't for mine though as I found it very interesting with a strong, strong smoke taste to it... though not a lot else. Wouldn't have wanted to have another one but you can't find beers like this everywhere.
The selection was limited (four beers on tap) but then the place had just opened. They also appeared to have a decent wine selection and homebrewed rootbeer. The menu consists mostly of woodfired pizzas. I had half of one and it was of pretty high quality. I feel as though this is the sort of place you'd go if your pizza tastes tend more toward the gourmet since I think they do this well.
Overall a nice place that is reasonably priced. It is small but I did not find that to be a drawback - but maybe that's only because of some previous good associations I have with that type of place. I'd recommend it.
03-28-2012 15:49:07 | More by Gigantis
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3.7/5 rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25 | $$
Whoa, wtf? Some really out of line, low ratings here.
Harmony Brewing is a small brewpub with a MICROBREW license, which means they are allowed to serve Wine and Spirits...it has nothing to do with the fact that they don't have faith in their product, there are dozens of these through out the state. They can't distribute their product.
Like others have stated, the place is small, and quaint, and I like it. It's got two different levels, with a sort of loft style seating option towards the back, that looks over their very small brew system. This place can't seat more than 35 people. It's got a great atmosphere. You can tell that the local crowd really enjoys the pizza, and it gives Harmony a very nice upbeat, friendly, local GR feel. The pizza was delicious too. Nice crispy crust, with some unique and interesting toppings, and great combinations. An awesome mid day snack for the day drinker.
The beer, has never blown me away. There has never been that has blown me away, or even walked away from saying "That was a really good beer".
It's a nice stop. Great atmosphere, very good pizza, and ok beer. Check it out for yourself. These kind of places continue to get better, and you never know when they might bust out some really tasty brews.
12-17-2013 15:42:02 | More by MarcatGSB
4.19/5 rDev +18%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25 | $$
I really liked this place. There is a lot of re-claimed wood. Much of it is from an old gymnasium floor. Their beer is decent. Not even close to founders or vivant, but good.
I love little places like this with character. It’s more of a towny place than the other breweries in town. Their pizza is excellent. This is the type of place you settle in and spend the rest of your evening at.
08-05-2013 02:02:54 | More by Fluffheady
4.43/5 rDev +24.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | $
This was my second visit to Harmony (the first being shortly after they opened) and I am glad I waited to review it. The selection is vastly improved, with over 10 tap selections available now, and the beer is much improved as well! The prices are very reasonable; I got a 7 beer sampler for $10 and a pint for $4. The service was also great, Mike is a very nice bartender who is friendly and helpful. I recommend the Cavendish to anyone who is at the brewery when it is on-tap; it is a barrel aged beer unlike any other I have had. I will come back again when I am in the area!
07-10-2013 11:14:48 | More by jt31914
3.96/5 rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
We've been here a few times as it is one of the closest local brew pubs to our home. We enjoy the casual atmosphere and the creativity of the brewers and cooks. The brewers experiment with some unique flavors and combinations - resulting in some great tastes, and other times some that are forgettable. The food is limited to wood-fired pizzas - but we really enjoy the variety.
03-15-2013 00:29:53 | More by mrs_bretina
4.15/5 rDev +16.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Atmosphere - this is the strength of Harmony. It has a wide variety of seating options - cheap chairs and tables in the upstairs backroom, three great booths looking out on to the street, two high tables and a bar with bar stools, and several long tables for large groups. This place is usually packed - during the late afternoon and early evening you will find a number of families in the place enjoying the pizza and a couple beers, then they leave and the evening crowd of students and young professionals takes over. They often have some random music playing, but not too loud to disrupt a conversation. My wife and I just moved to Eastown this summer and Harmony has become our local - we see lots of people we know here, it is almost always packed, and the atmosphere is great.
Quality - the food and beer is good, but in GR this really isn't going to make you stand-out. With Founders, Hopcat, Vivant, and GRBC just down the road it is always going to be tough for the much smaller Harmony to compete on beer quality alone. The beer is good (esp the Fiddlestix IPA, Rye-PA, grapefruit shandy, and Brownson Brown Ale) but this really isn't the draw. Harmony is a bit like soccer in the US - MLS can't compete with football or baseball in terms of quality, but it found a niche in fan experience. MLS is like Harmony.
Service - has always been excellent. They get to know the regulars pretty quickly, and are can talk knowledgably about the new beers. They really helped my friend who wanted something like "Old Speckled Hen" find a good option.
Selection - is fairly small, usually 6-7 things on tap, although they have recently expanded their number of taps. There are wine and spirit options as well.
Food - is basic, just salads and snacks and pizzas. But the pizzas are excellent, made in a wood-fired brick oven, and with a wonderfully creative range of ingredients. I've had the Eastown Folk Funk, The Good Earth, Hey Goat, Margherita, Cheese and Pepperoni, and never been disappointed.
Value - the pizzas are a bit pricey except on Tuesday evening, and the beer isn't dirt-cheap, but this place thrives on atmosphere. For me this is one of the coolest brew-pubs in GR, don't forget about it if you are visiting GR to sample some of the beers.
02-23-2013 22:11:05 | More by Dave_in_GR
2.93/5 rDev -17.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in last Saturday, 12/1/12, with my brother and enjoyed some pizza and beer. We had the Daydream Believer coffee stout, Jackson’s Joy Festbeir, Black squirrel peated porter and fiddlestix IPA. All of the beers were good, the coffee stout was a real coffee bomb and the peated porter was almost too much peat for a full 16oz pour. I was disappointed to find out that they serve wine and liquor, I understand that some places have to do it but it makes me question their level of confidence in the beer that they brew.
The inside of the place is oddly shaped with many choke points and I guess there was a back room, but I never saw it. The place is decorated with random stuff to make it look funky which also helps it fit into the East Town neighborhood.
We sat at the bar and the service was good for how busy they were, I was really surprised that they were that busy at open. I did find it inappropriate that the bar tender served our second beers into the same glasses as our first ones. She did rinse them out with the glass rinsing device that all of the quality beer bars are putting in by the taps and that made me question the cleanliness of the equipment.
We shared bread sticks w/cheese and two pizzas which were good but the sauce left something to be desired.
12-06-2012 12:35:19 | More by Roeters
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Harmony Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
85 out of 100 based on 12 user ratings.