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Local Spins Venue Spotlight Excerpt: Grand Armory Brewing embraces unique setting, live music with one-year anniversary, festivals approaching

Appealing to both the daytime coffee crowd and the evening music/draft beer devotees, Grand Armory Brewing and the other businesses within this downtown building make this a fun hangout

By Matt Marn

Published by Local Spins August 30, 2016

As a brewery and a live music venue, Grand Haven's Grand Armory Brewing boasts an atmosphere unlike any other area establishment.

When I first entered the building on a recent visit, lively soul music was playing over the sound system. The front door to the seating area, off the building's lobby, first greets you with Aldea Coffee at the Armory. The coffee bar, complete with its own separate staff, espresso and drink equipment, and even T-shirts and other merchandise, is open 7 a.m. -6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m. -7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 8 a.m. -4 p.m. Sunday.

Beyond Aldea lies the main seating area of the venue. Industrial-styled Edison light bulbs hang from the center of the tall, lofted ceiling. Old pictures of the building in its earlier days at the center of historic downtown Grand Haven hang on the wall behind the music stage.

Off to the side of the seating room, a window looks into a food-prep kitchen, where Righteous BBQ sits ready to serve up fresh, amazing recipes - and rather quickly, considering how busy they were that evening. For the record: try the nachos. They are a true crowd-pleaser, but if you're going alone, trust me: the half order will do just fine.

Up the stairs in the center of the room, there's a loft featuring a more secluded seating area, with a great vantage point to people-watch and enjoy the musical features. And on the other side of the second level sits the Armory Art Center, an art gallery and studio that is open to the public, holding frequent events where community members can attend and flex their creative muscles.

In the back of the main seating level sits the Grand Armory Brewing bar. Full of original craft beers, complete with fun, creative names and labels, it sets the Grand Armory name right among other heavy-hitters in the West Michigan craft brewery scene - and all in just over a year.

Read the full Venue Spotlight on Grand Armory Brewing in the full Local Spins article, here!