Greyline Brewing opened today April 26th at Noon with first come, first serve seating and a limited menu! As the first brewery on Alpine Ave I expect it will be busy especially with the experienced brewers behind this project.
Updated April 28th:
I visited Greyline on a Thursday in the afternoon and was able to get a spot at the bar. I had high expectations because the owners are experienced brewers and the beers I sampled all exceeded my expectations! They already have a nice variety of beer styles and I expect they will continue to produce high quality brews as they ramp up production.
Harmony Hall had their grand opening October 6th so we went for lunch to check it out and were very impressed. Unlike their original location the new Hall has plenty of seating and space including 200 seats upstairs and a separate drinks only bar downstairs. Harmony Hall also boasts an expanded beer tap list with some interesting cocktails too.
While at first glance the Harmony Hall menu seems a bit restricted with mostly sausage options but there is actually a nice amount of variety. If you get a sausage platter the portions are actually enough to fill you up without ordering anything else. I got the Boudin Blanc and found it spicy and tasty just as the menu depicted. My companion got the Hopwurst and while you can’t see the cheeses when you bite into the sausage the taste is sure to please. Beware the sweet and spicy bean side, it’s got quite a spicy kick to it but I found the burn pleasurable.
For drinks I actually had a mixed cocktail and my companion had one of the Harmony beers which we both enjoyed. With the increased capacity afforded by this bigger location I expect they will have new and exciting beers for you to try everytime you visit.
Harmony Brewing is planning to put $1.2 million into a new brewpub located in the west side of Grand Rapids in the area known as Little Mexico. Harmony Brewing is purchasing the former Little Mexico Café at 401 Stocking Ave. NW and will be renovating it to create a brewpub with added capacity to compliment their current brewery in Easttown. This new brewery is expected to open near the end of 2014 and will added a second brewery to the west side of Grand Rapids along with Mitten Brewing which is also expanding this year. The brewery will have a menu filled with local ethnic foods to compliment the beers brewed there. With the addition of more brewing capacity at the new location plans are to brew staple beers there and do more experimental small batches at the original Harmony Brewery in Easttown.