Active Beers: 63
Beer Ratings: 2,175
Beer Avg: 3.76
Taps: 14 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 91 | Reviews: 48 | Show All Ratings:
4.36/5 rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
The brewery is in East Town (well, now East Hills), a continually funky little area of GR that has always been fun, even 30 years after I was a kid and started going to art classes and the Bijou Theater and Yesterdog.
The tap room is in an old chapel, with high ceilings, and lots of tables and benches, and stained glass windows. The atmosphere is about as Belgian as you can get in the Midwest. The beers were great, and the food was awesome. I was in there right at opening time (3 pm), so it wasn't terribly busy, but within 30 minutes there were more than 40 people in the taproom eating and drinking. The service was ready for this rapid influx, and easily handled it; the service was fast and friendly. They were very knowledgable were genuinely excited about their brand- beer and food. One note, I live in the Washington, DC, area, and I gave this $$$ because it was pricey...even by my standards of an extremely pricey city. Well worth every penny, though.
03-25-2014 03:06:55 | More by Badger6
4.26/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75 | $$$$
Talk about another destination in Grand Rapids. Couple this with Founder's and HopCat and you have the mecca of great beer.
Vivant is located in an old funeral home, but it feels like more of a church to me. Big exposed beams, 25 foot gabled ceiling, with some beautiful stand glass behind the back bar. Very cozy, communal style tables are centered, with some bar style seating between support beams, and booths line the sides of the open format dining room. It has a very warm feel, despite the large space and tall ceilings.
The money is higher end. I love that. I hate that most brewpubs or breweries I go to have pub style food, and it's fairly basic. This food is very well crafted and thought it. Yes it is pub style food, but it's borderline artistic, well thought out, and superb. It's probably some of the best brewpub food I have ever had. I'd put it up there with food from places like HopLeaf and Fountainhead, possibly just below the Publican.
The beer is always solid. They are always offering something not available in a can at the brewpub, and sometimes some pub exclusive cans as well in the swag shop. Service was good and friendly, and knowledgeable about the beer and food. Bartenders are always attentive.
Great, freaking, stop!
12-17-2013 16:17:40 | More by MarcatGSB
4.29/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 5 | $$$
Atmosphere: made in an old church and is of a very cool belgian style
Quality: some of the best american versions of belgian beers I have had
Service: pretty helpful since the menu has some foreign and exotic items.
Selection: this is probably the only true down fall I can find of this place: they only have 4 or so menu beers that aren't available in cans at a store. but i do love the constantly changing barrel aged beer selection
Food: wonderful food. very unique and extremely tasty
Overall: love this place: one of the more unique brewpubs and damn good too.
12-12-2013 19:13:41 | More by SportsandJorts
4.16/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5 | $
Vivant is a great little brewpub. Really enjoyed the church vibe. Our server was extremely knowledgable for a server/waiter. Great brews! Had 6 varieties and really liked 5. Excellent ratio. Will definitely be back next time I'm in Grand Rapids. My only real negative would be with their merch/store. I really wanted a t-shirt but theri pricing seemed a little out of wack.
12-02-2013 21:30:30 | More by teledeluxe
3.63/5 rDev -15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$$
It's in a retired church. How can you beat that for coolness? And the community tables definitely add to the vibe. The food is excellent and they make a concerted effort to match it with the beer. Vivant has a heavy Belgium focus, so if you like Belgian, it's for you. The atmosphere and experience doesn't get much better.
11-27-2013 16:07:57 | More by TheGingerbreadMan
4.16/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5 | $$$
This is a really cool space. It’s an old chapel of some sort. The bar mirrors the arch of the altar. Somebody put a lot of money into it.
The beer is quite good. All Belgian style but with a little more exploration than, say, Ommegang.
The food is pretty good, but not quite what they talk it up to be. The duck confit nachos were yummy. We ordered sausage as well. It came on a bed of the most disgusting kraut I’ve had in a long time. Definitely was par cooked hours prior and dried to crap. Sausage was pretty dry too.
It’s worth a visit. The beer is too good not to.
08-05-2013 02:00:26 | More by Fluffheady
4.23/5 rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75 | $$
I had gone to Founders the last couple of years passing through Grand Rapids and decided for a change of pace. I pulled up across the street. The outside of the building had Brewery Vivant on it, and it also had the word chapel. I later found out that it was a former mortuary chapel. I walked into a church-like atmosphere. There were high vaulted ceilings. The tables were long with bench seating like a German beer hall. At the opposite side of the building was the bar. Above it was a stained glass window adding to the church vibe.
I sidled up to the bar. There were probably about 12-15 beers on tap. They were all in house selections. I ordered a sampler. Actually, I eventually had a 4-5 ounce sample of all the beers on tap. They are all Belgian styles ranging from good to very good in taste. Solitude is one of the year round beers. They had a couple barrel aged versions of it that were great.
While sitting at the bar I noticed a gentleman giving the bartender three beers. I could see that they had Three Floyd's caps. I heard him mention the aroma, so I asked if they were Zombie Dust since I had yet to see or try it. He affirmed that it was indeed Zombie Dust, then went to his car and brought one in for me along with a New Glarus Moon Man. I told him it was not necessary but was GREATLY appreciated. He told me to just pay it forward sometime.
Shortly, afterwards my friends showed up, and I moved to the beer hall style seating. I ordered the poutine which is a great comfort food. We decided to take the brewery tour since we were having a good time. We went to the production part of the building which was connected to the brewpub. The tour guide was a server at the pub. He knew very little about the brewing process. The $10 fee was for the four beers that we sampled. I was disappointed with this part of my visit.
I would absolutely go back again. The beer was great. The food was good, and the staff was friendly, courteous, and helpful. The tour was a waste of time and money. Go for the pub and skip the tour. I liked this place way better than Founders.
08-04-2013 19:16:57 | More by buschbeer
4.09/5 rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75 | $$$
Love going to this place, great patio and awesome food. A lil expensive but it worth it. Always one barrel aged beer on tap. Just wish these guys would start releasing more of their barrel aged stuff or sours in cans !!! Over all definitely worth a trip if your in Grand Rapids, especially when they have their Wood aged beer festival !!
07-28-2013 17:07:39 | More by ROBSTARR
3.9/5 rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75 | $$
A LEED certified brewery in a former mortuary/funeral home. It definitely had the feel of a local bar with people meeting and greeting each like a neighborhood bar. The atmosphere was casual and I was impressed with the range of age groups. The menu was a little limited and a tad pricey for GR, but all in all a nice place.
07-04-2013 12:48:15 | More by Mxsluis
4.13/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$
Beautiful building redone in a gorgeous architectural way. The beers we had were decent to great. We loved the atmosphere and really enjoyed the cheese plates paired to the beer. The nuts with beer were also great.
We entered and were seated at one of the bench style seats along all the other patrons. Unfortunately that wasn't overly comfortable and the guests next to us (inches away) weren't too social so we jumped at the chance to move to the bar. At the bar we had a great time. Other patrons next to us at the bar were social and we had some good conversations about the beers - if this matters to you...
Overall a great visit. Unfortunately after spending $150 at the bar and another $100 in merchandise (beer and swag) to go, we asked if they could call us a taxi cab and were told flat out no. Not the best way to end an expensive visit. Luckily the restaurant next door had a fantastic valet who hooked us up with wheels back to the hotel.
The beers we took home have been wonderful and we have the growlers to take back and refill.
05-12-2013 15:51:48 | More by hotsudge
Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids, MI
95 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.