Brewery Vivant

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Brewery VivantBrewery Vivant
BEER AVG
3.76/5
Based on:
102 Beers
620 Reviews
Place Score: 93
Reviews: 57
Visits: 194
rAvg: 4.18
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

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: 57 | Visits: 194
Reviews by Yetiman420:
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3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stop #332 on my world brewery tour.

Full disclosure: If I ever take the leap to making a living off beer it would be to open a Belgian brewpub in an old church (if rehab was fiscally possible). Color me jealous.

Stopped in around 7:00 on a Tuesday in mid December.

Second brewery in a church. The other being Church Brewing in Pittsburgh which is much, much bigger. Vivant is cozy with a very nice bar coming out from the alter (not sure of the religious term for the very front of the church). Cozy booths line the side walls and large wood communal tables on the floor. It was previously a funeral home and I wonder how much time, money, and effort it took to make it this nice.

The friendly couple next to me at the bar said two more brewpubs are opening within walking distance. Lots of great beer choices in Grand Rapids.

I went with two Cambier flights where you get four four ounce pours for $10.

Flight one
French Style Farmhouse
Belgian Uytzet
Belgian Amber
Oaked Belgian IPA

Flight two
Belgian IPA
Red Hoppy Belgian
Belgian Oatmeal Stout
Raspberry Apple Cider (two ciders on guest tap)

I had a male and female (cute with junior dreads) bartender and service could have been friendlier. It's the only thing stopping them from getting an "A" rating. During downtime, they stood at the back of the bar and didn't socialize with the guests. Most questions to them got me a one word response and did even thank me as I signed the check.

To eat I had a wonderful cheese plate with Humbolt fog, point reyes blue, and Chimay. It was accompanied by thin bread and jellies and chutney. It was brought out by the kitchen person with a full description.

The beers were good but not great. The (hoppy) Belgian IPA was probably the best and that isn't even a traditional Belgian style. I like the fact that they had a historic Uytzet but I found it a bit clean and lacking in flavor. Oatmeal stout had the Belgain yeast taste but was way too thin for me for an oatmeal stout.

It's a much broader discussion but good beer in Belgium comes from (aged) bottles and not taps. An attempt to crank out Belgian beers in a quick time frame and serve them on draft creates a void in the soul of the beer. While Vivant has a great atmosphere and fine food, I feel the beer falls short with those well accustomed to Belgian beers. It's still good beer and I could be accused of being too critical. I'm just particular when it comes to Belgian beer.

Overall, it was an enjoyable visit and I would recommend it and will return for a complete dinner next time. (2,564 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of mwaltz99
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of lloydboss
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Jaszucs
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Phoodcritic
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of 98green
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
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 (464 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of jonesjere
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of jakelang
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Photo of Themorganburke
5/5  rDev +19.6%
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. (137 characters)

Photo of bshemansky
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Wisdom101
4.6/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Benjhilmer
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of askewme
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Great unique brewery with awesome gourmet food. One of our fav places to go! (77 characters)

Photo of Shaskins80
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Barnoloid
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of BDeibs
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of jjwisenheimer
5/5  rDev +19.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Hippity-Hoppity
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of williamjbauer
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of MSEGUIN
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of BryanA
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of aboyd87
5/5  rDev +19.6%
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. (98 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.01/5  rDev -28%
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. (417 characters)

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Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids, MI
93 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.