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There’s just something about Beer and Hymns that keeps people coming back.

The first time I heard about a hymn sing taking place at The Last Chance Tavern and Grill in Grand Rapids, MI, I was intrigued. The idea of singing well-loved hymns at an unassuming bar on Burton drew me right in.

And it’s been drawing in others, too. Beer and Hymns first came to Grand Rapids around Christmas 2015 and it’s been growing ever since (check out this recent MLive article 'Beer and Hymns' unites the faithful in song, suds for more of the story).

When I ask people who go to Beer and Hymns about their experience, I am struck by two things. First, they always want to go back. Second, they love to invite others.

So today I thought it would be fun to hear from those who have gone (or really want to go) to Beer and Hymns.

Will you comment below on our quick poll? 

Ready? Set? Go!

What’s Your Favorite Part of Beer and Hymns?

  • Singing hymns (bonus points if you share your favorite)
  • Gathering as the church in a casual space
  • The accordion player (and other talented musicians)
  • I don’t have to cook dinner
  • Meeting new people
  • I can invite friends who may not be comfortable in a church setting
  • ______________ (fill us in on other awesome things)

Thanks for sharing in the comments!

P.S. Local to Grand Rapids and want to check out Beer and Hymns? Head to The Last Chance Tavern and Grille tonight. Singing starts at 6:30 pm. All are welcome! 


I always love requesting and singing Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. My younger self probably would request The Trees of the Field.

Beer and Hymns is brilliant! I can't believe I did not catch on to this event sooner. As for my favorite part....well, it is a combination. I guess my first favorite part is simply the opportunity to sing hymns! We just don't sing enough hymns anymore these days. And I do love a variety of music styles. But singing hymns at a casual gathering like this just brings joy to my heart and a big smile to my face. I see the very same in others around me as well. As far as a favorite hymn...that is hard, too. I have dozens of favorites. Just to name a few: Blessed Assurance, Great is Thy Faithfulness, How Great Thou Art, By the Sea of Crystal. I also enjoy ending the night with the good old "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms".  The Spirit of God is so powerful in this monthly gathering. I love seeing folks of all ages, singing their hearts out together and enjoying food, drinks, and community. Just for the record, I am not even a beer drinker. But "Coke and Hymns" or "Tacos and Hymns" doesn't have quite the same ring to it. ;-) Lucky for me, drinking beer is not a requirement. This is just a great community gathering in praise to God. I love to invite friends and family to come and check out Beer and Hymns. And whenever I do, they too fall in love and want to keep coming back, month after month.  Many thanks to the inventors of this wonderful event! I hope it continues for years to come.

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