November 4, 2012 by kkeerr
My good buddy Brae has tried to get me to go with her to Harmony for a while now so I finally “gave in.” Austin, our remaining out-of-state friend, and I decided visit (with Brae) this past Tuesday. I have heard so many good things about Harmony and I am a sucker for wood-fired pizza so I don’t know why it took me so long to get there. I hadn’t seen any pictures of the place or even driven by and the image I had in my mind turned out to be way wrong. This is not a bad thing. I had imagined that the place was going to be large, but it was quite small. I guess I assumed it would be a large because I had heard so many people talk about it. (Did I think they were all in there at once?) I also thought it was going to be a bit pretentious, thankfully it was not. The place was far from a dive, just more of a neighborhood pizza place/bar. Thinking is was pretentious came from everyone saying how good the food is but with the caveat that it was expensive. So I guess for me, expense = pretentiousness? I didn’t think the prices were bad, especially since one of their pizzas easily feeds two people. It is around $13 for many of their pizzas so that is the same if not cheaper than Austin and I going to get burgers from another restaurant. While my image of the place was incorrect, I was pleasantly surprised.
Pizzas and beer were had by all. We ordered a cheese (only $5 on Tuesdays), the Crispy Pig (pepperoni, ham, prosciutto, fresh motz, and ye olde fresh basil), and the Good Earth (spinach, mushrooms, caramelized onions, jarlsberg cheese, balsamic, and fresh basil). I can only speak to the Good Earth, but it was very good – however despite the number of toppings it was sparse.
For brews we partook 4 of their 8 beers on tap – the Bronsen Brown, Jackson’s Joy, Golden Lion Tamarin, and the cross roads ryePA. I enjoyed each of these but the Bronson was my favorite.
I am looking forward to visiting again. I don’t know that I will ever go on the weekend, it seems like it would get crowded fast, but I would like more pizza and a growler of Bronson to go. Also, Harmony just won the Grand Award at the Neighborhood Business Awards for Grand Rapids.
Just the facts ma’am:
Harmony Brewing Company
Location: 1551 Live SE, Grand Rapids, MI
Type: PIZZA! (is that a type?)
Number of Taps: 8
Austin’s Overall Experience Rating: 4 out of 5 Pint Glasses