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Harmony Brewing celebrates with Birthday Barleywine

February 1, 2013
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Harmony Brewing celebrates with Birthday Barleywine
Harmony Brewing Co. released Birthday Barleywine on Feb. 1 to celebrate its first birthday. Photo via fb.com

Harmony Brewing Co. released its Birthday Barleywine Friday in celebration of the brewery’s first year.

The brew was made with hops grown in Grand Rapids and Michigan grains.

“It is a malty, slightly sweet beer that has a strong hop bitterness and aroma,” said Jackson Van Dyke, co-owner and co-brewer. “It’s also smooth, so its 9-percent alcohol by volume is deceptive and will have you in a celebratory mood.”

The birthday party is today, from noon to midnight, and will include cake and balloons — and the Harmony Singers will be on hand at 10:30 p.m., according to Harmony's Facebook page.

Harmony’s menu features wood-fired pizzas, and the brew pub plans to expand its offerings soon.

Despite being just a year old, Harmony has already garnered support from its community in Eastown and East Grand Rapids.

In November, the brew pub was awarded the Gerald R. Helmholdt Award for excellence in a neighborhood business district.

“We love being a part of this neighborhood,” co-owner Heather Van Dyke-Titus said. “We’ve been able to employ 26 local folks this year. Many of them walk to work. For us to have such a great reception in a neighborhood that we care so much about — that’s a true success. It means the world to us.”

It isn’t the first anniversary barleywine to be released by a Grand Rapids brewery in the recent past. Founders Brewing Co. released BoltCutter, its 15th anniversary barleywine, in the fall. 

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