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Brewery tops menu with wood-fired pizzas

April 19, 2018
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The Greek pizza Harmony Brewing Company
The Greek wood-fired pizza. Courtesy Harmony Brewing Company

A German-style beer hall in town has made a big change to its menu.

Eastown-based Harmony Brewing Company recently brought its signature wood-fired pizzas to its Harmony Hall in Grand Rapids, at 401 Stocking Ave. NW.

The kitchen underwent demolition and reconstruction in mid-March to accommodate the new equipment.

Co-founders and siblings Barry VanDyke, Jackson Arthur VanDyke and Heather VanDyke-Titus made the change after receiving several requests from patrons to make the pizzas available in downtown Grand Rapids.

“Since we’ve opened our doors at Harmony Hall, people have been saying, ‘Where’s your pizza?’” Barry VanDyke said.

The Harmony Hall menu will share many of the same pizzas available at Harmony Eastown, along with pizzas exclusive to the Harmony Hall, like Stockbridge pizza with mustard and kapusta, which Barry VanDyke said sounds weird but promised is delicious.

The addition of pizza, however, means Harmony Hall will no longer be able to offer its handmade sausages.

“Our pizza is famously wood-fired pizza, and according to code, you can only have one fuel source underneath a single hood,” Barry VanDyke said. “Because we want to move to pizza, we have to unfortunately get rid of all our grills and our fryers and everything else.”

But the team plans to continue the legacy of its sausage dishes in pizza form.

“Chef Liza Marvin is riffing on some of the sausages that we had, so she’s got a bulgogi pizza and others,” Heather VanDyke-Titus said.

The new menu will keep some of the original salads, appetizers and sandwiches.

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