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Heather Van Dyke-Titus
Harmony Hall hosts Michigan Radio’s Issues & Ale: It’s Just Politics Election Preview
The pre-election political discussion will take place Wednesday, October 24
GRAND RAPIDS (October 17, 2018) — Harmony Hall will host a night of political discussion focused on the highly anticipated upcoming midterm election. Michigan Radio’s next installment of “Issues & Ale” will take place in the hall on Wednesday, October 24 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
“We’re making it easy to do your civic duty. Get informed while enjoying a delicious Harmony beer!” said Heather Van Dyke-Titus, co-owner of Harmony Brewing Company.
Issues & Ale is an ongoing event series designed to get the public talking about issues in Michigan in an informal environment. The events take place throughout Michigan Radio’s listening area and are always free to attend.
It’s Just Politics co-host Zoe Clark will host a panel of Grand Rapids political experts in a discussion about the upcoming midterm election. On November 6, Michiganders will elect a new governor and attorney general, select candidates in a number of contested races in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate and vote on three statewide ballot proposals.
“This will be a fun and fast-paced discussion about some of the key races and ballot issues that people across Michigan will be voting on in the November midterm election,” said Steven Chrypinksi, marketing director for Michigan Radio.
Audience members will also have the opportunity to pose questions about the election to the panel.
“We’ve been talking to so many people who are feeling desperate for constructive, respectful dialogue about politics and the issues that impact all of us,” Van Dyke-Titus said. “We wanted to provide a forum for that conversation to happen.”
Van Dyke-Titus, a lifelong listener of NPR, looks forward to hosting the event in the midst of a tense political atmosphere.
“I’m thrilled to be able to collaborate with an institution that I value and respect so much,” Van Dyke-Titus said. “I’m also excited that the theme of the night is a preview for the midterm elections. I can’t remember a time when an election felt more important.”
Harmony expanded into an empty Bavarian-Mexican stronghold on the west side of Grand Rapids. The old castle started off as a sausage factory in 1908, then later in the ‘60s it became Little Mexico, a restaurant the Van Dyke family loved back in the day.
Thus, Harmony Hall opened its whimsical “beer castle” in 2015 with an expanded ten-barrel system and five large fermentation tanks. They hit the ground running with 30 beers on tap, including some great lagers to celebrate the German heritage of the building. Harmony Hall serves the wood-fired pizza that MLive named one of Michigan’s best in 2013 and that REVUE Magazine readers voted Best of the West in 2016, 2017 and 2018.