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Brewery Vivant

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Brewery VivantBrewery Vivant
Based on:
88 Beers
2,808 Ratings
Place Score: 96
Ratings: 173
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: n/a
Taps: 14
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Place added by: abaculy on 01-18-2011

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Reviews by Gigantis:
Photo of Gigantis
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Brewery Vivant is a new-ish beer bar and restaurant on Cherry in Grand Rapids. It has actually been "open" since mid-December but the "grand opening" was held on St. Patrick's day. I have been there a couple of times and I can tell you that it has come a long way since January when there were only three beers on the menu. The selection is more varied now and it seems to change regularly.

The good:
The place is pretty gorgeous I think. It used to be a funeral chapel and it's got the kind of high-ceilinged coziness that I enjoy. Wood beams and an overlook (for where the organ used to be, on assumes) complete the package and the bar is not particularly large but it is ornate yet humble. It looks larger than it actually is, but there is ample seating (more on that).
The beer is a solid 4/5. I have yet to sample one that really blew me away and I've sampled quite a few of them. The Contemplation is my favorite thus far. All the beers I've had a extremely drinkable but I haven't exactly been transported to flavor country yet. Still, they seem to be trotting out new ones every now and again. So far they only have two strong beers (over 9%). I think they should try and make some more of those. A quad perhaps?
The food is high quality stuff and a bit on the pricey side. You won't break the bank, but "The Burger" is 12 bucks - which seems like quite a lot to me but this was one fantastic burger.
Outdoor seating is forthcoming (if it ever warms up!) and they offer a "Monk Club" which comes complete with your own engraved chalice. Cool.

The Bad
There isn't much to complain about. The lack of actual space causes there to be long waits at certain times. So, if you want to eat dinner there on a Saturday, get your name on the list early. The other problem I have, which some may not find problematic at all, is that half the seating in the place is communal a la the Hofbrau House with long wooden tables. I am not personally a fan of this seating style and with Vivant I could see ending up forced, against my will, to sit next to some sort of undesirable. Of course, lots of people enjoy this sort of thing and it works for Vivant because they seem to be all about community.
From the coasters to the bike-powered television - a tv that has never once been on because it would take too much pedaling - Vivant sees itself as one of these new-fangled sustainable/local places. I wish they would just have a functional tv though and I do hope Vivant doesn't end up too full of itself.

But if you want a friendly place with it's own beer selection and fantastic ambiance, you will be quite happy with Vivant.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BryanA
3.89/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of aboyd87
5/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Vivant is in an old church and makes belgian inspired beers. It's very unique and delicious beers.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.01/5  rDev -30.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.75 | food: 1

Ultra-cool idea, vibe, space. Quality of beer is nice, not elite, but they make decent craft beers, many seem very true to their styles.

The service was average. Its hard to rate a place on this when you only get the service of one employee. Their beer selection was good. Their food selection was not. The only thing worse than the food menu/selection was the food itself. Over-priced liver pate on a cracker.

Photo of jeffreyfred79
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of docoman
3.43/5  rDev -20.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

Didn't have any food here but stopped for some beers during recent trip to GR area. Layout confusing and hard to get to the bar area to order beers, but place was packed and seemed to have good atmosphere. I really enjoyed was the Wizards Burial Ground which was excellent.

Photo of MilwaukeeBeerMaker
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Photo of italianstallion
3.91/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Agentveba
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of routledc
5/5  rDev +15.7%

One of my personal favorites in Grand Rapids.

Photo of zrab11
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of ronin926
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of ajgvsu
4.76/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of AmeriCanadian
4/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.84/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of SWChi
3.5/5  rDev -19%

Photo of Beezee
4.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Thereformedtheo
4.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of goast8127
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of AlexM
5/5  rDev +15.7%

Was really impressed with this place ... they had 5 barrel aged selections when I was there and all were solid. Their regular line is also pretty spectacular. Food is freaking AWESOME - you must drink AND eat here!!! Gotta appreciate Belgian styles as this is what they are focusing on ... definitely an up and coming brewery - do not miss this place ... ambiance, beers, food, works, etc was super cool.

Photo of liamt07
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids, MI
96 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.