Harmony Brewing Company
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Reviews by Dave_in_GR:
4.15/5 rDev +12.2%
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
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