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Brewery Vivant

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Brewery VivantBrewery Vivant
BEER AVG
3.82/5
Based on:
78 Beers
3,628 Hads
Place Score: 93
Reviews: 60
Visits: 208
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

Notes:
Place added by: abaculy on 01-18-2011

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Reviews: 60 | Visits: 208
Reviews by buschbeer:
Photo of buschbeer
4.23/5  rDev +1%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BLZR
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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

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