Story by Abigale Racine, Culture Editor
Photo courtesy of Harmony Brewing
Popular Eastown destination Harmony Brewing has something new to offer to the beer culture in Beer City USA, expanding its business to the Northwest side of Grand Rapids and recently opening its doors to Harmony Hall earlier this month.
For those who appreciate large quantities of links (both meaty and meatless) and an extensive tap list, this is the ideal hangout spot for you. Unlike its sister business, Harmony Hall has an abundance of seating in a woodland castle-like environment, capacitating up to 450 beer drinkers , while providing onlookers with incredible views of the West side.
While Harmony Brewing will always serve as the go-to pizza option in my woodfired heart, after visiting Harmony Hall, I may have a new favorite hangout spot.
Harmony Hall is hip and cozy, and features eccentric wall art of hoppy deer. Thankfully the Hall offers food that is just as scrumptious as its predecessor Harmony Brewing.
On my first visit, I had originally ordered the vegan creole sausage but, due to popular demand since its opening, they were out of this meat-free sausage.
Instead, I chose the boudin blanc- a pork and chicken based brat accented with a cream sauce, grilled onions and fresh thyme. Although I was disappointed in not receiving my original order- the boudin blanc far exceeded my expectations and I was more than satisfied with this delicate sausage.
My adventurous dining companion likes to keeps things spicy, so he ordered the oaxacan chorizo sausage which proved to be a walk on the wild side.
This seasoned chorizo features Harmony’s own oaxacan style adobo, ancho and guajillo peppers with jalapeno and cilantro.
One bite of this spicy sausage caused me to gulp down my beer quickly, so it is not recommended for those weak of heart or of palette.
Both sausages were served on an incredible homemade bun with a side of house made fries. Rave reviews of the two types of potato salad were common amongst the crowd. Basically, be prepared to consume many carbs during your Harmony Hall experience.
Other additions on the menu include soups and salads. Harmony Hall is simply delicious, with everything being house-made, including the butchering of sustainably-raised hogs, to the baking of bread and, of course, the production of beer.
Visit Harmony Hall, it certainly won’t be the wurst night of your life.
Abigale Racine is a senior studying English, with a focus in journalism. She is the Culture Editor of The Saint and does some freelance work on the side, when she isn’t soaking up the scene that is Grand Rapids.