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Brewery Vivant

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Brewery VivantBrewery Vivant
BA SCORE
95
world-class

142 Ratings
Ratings: 142
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.67%
Active Beers: 86
Beer Ratings: 2,641
Beer Avg: 3.78
Taps: 14
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

925 Cherry St SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49506
United States
phone: (616) 719-1604

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @breweryvivant

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(Place added by: abaculy on 01-18-2011)
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Reviews by GRPunk:
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

While I've been to this brewery many times and will continue to visit, this is such a difficult place to review. Like their beer, I find there are wild swings in the quality of their pub. While there are things they do extremely well, there's always something that just isn't up to snuff that offsets it.

Atmosphere is a perfect example of the swinging pendulum. As many have remarked, the structure itself is amazing. It's really cool how they've taken a building that's gone through many transformations to create the feel of a centuries old French/Belgian brewery. I'm even cool with the communal seating. That said, it is one of the loudest bars I've been to that isn't booming club mixes. The concrete/stone architecture and high ceilings mean conversational levels just bounce all over the place. Some friends said they are surveying whether they should bring in live acts. I don't see how that can go well. Coolness of the building does get a slight edge here.

Quality of the beer is a lot like the atmosphere. I've had some amazing brews that I wouldn't hesitate to drink again. Then, I've had some real "misses."

Service has always been quite good. There are always a ton of servers that tend to check up just enough that you aren't ever empty. Most have been pretty well versed in the taplist and profiles of what they are serving any given night.

Selection is quite good. Always have a nice combination of "regular" brews and a couple "one off" beers. Sometimes availability doesn't match the menu. Since it's marketed as a Belgian style brewery, you can't be disappointed that all of their beers have some sort of Belgian quality.

Haven't had the food, but it does look spectacular. I'm willing to re-review if I ever eat here.

This place is pricey. I can understand the premium pricing on some of their beers and you can get some deals with their "Monk Club." But, it's generally difficult to have a couple and make it out with a lighter wallet.

In the end, the things they do so well overcome most of the shortcomings. It's a good place to have a beer.

GRPunk, Oct 16, 2011
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I can't attest for the food since I did not have nay but the beer list contains a very nice, varied selection and the bartenders know how to pour a beer. The brewery is located in an old church which creates a very different feel while inside as compared to many other breweries.

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Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids, MI
95 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.