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Brewery Vivant

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Brewery VivantBrewery Vivant
BEER AVG
3.81/5
Based on:
75 Beers
3,599 Hads
Place Score: 93
Reviews: 60
Visits: 207
Avg: 4.19
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 | map
www.breweryvivant.com

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Place added by: abaculy on 01-18-2011

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Reviews: 60 | Visits: 207
Reviews by Gigantis:
Photo of Gigantis
4.15/5  rDev -1%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of That_Bearded_Guy
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of MichaelCoyne
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Much different brewery than the norm. In an old church.Duck Nachos are a must. Get the Wizard Burial Ground if they have it on tap.

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Photo of mcrawford
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of BigTDog
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of BudznSudz13
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of capt93
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of AdamSteve
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Photo of DbbC
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of cards22
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Photo of Adegroff52
4.76/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Photo of Chris912
3.61/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

A nice little old monastery (?). Parked the bikes outside and went on in. The place isnt overly large. I dont think they had serve food there, and their tap list isnt the biggest either. We still enjoyed it. Took the tour.

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Photo of Daydream816
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of jmiah22
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of mwaltz99
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of lloydboss
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Jaszucs
3.94/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Phoodcritic
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of 98green
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Did the brewery tour for $10. Knowledgable tour leader, small group on the 4th of July. The 20 barrel facility isn't very big, so it was mostly talking in one place. I was impressed how small a canning line is compared to a normal bottling line. Vivant is owned by one of the founders of New Holland, so not surprising to see the place is laid out well and full of new equipment. Got 3 5 oz pours on the tour (and the glass) and a 4th of your choice after the tour

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Photo of LXIXME
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of jonesjere
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of jakelang
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Photo of Themorganburke
5/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The burger and bone marrow are awesome. The beer is also awesome. Definitely come here, or maybe don't, so I can have it all to myself.

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Photo of bshemansky
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Wisdom101
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

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Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids, MI
93 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.