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Brewery Vivant

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Brewery VivantBrewery Vivant
BEER AVG
3.71/5
Based on:
68 Beers
2,579 Ratings
Place Score: 96
Ratings: 166
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
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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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Badger6
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The brewery is in East Town (well, now East Hills), a continually funky little area of GR that has always been fun, even 30 years after I was a kid and started going to art classes and the Bijou Theater and Yesterdog.

The tap room is in an old chapel, with high ceilings, and lots of tables and benches, and stained glass windows. The atmosphere is about as Belgian as you can get in the Midwest. The beers were great, and the food was awesome. I was in there right at opening time (3 pm), so it wasn't terribly busy, but within 30 minutes there were more than 40 people in the taproom eating and drinking. The service was ready for this rapid influx, and easily handled it; the service was fast and friendly. They were very knowledgable were genuinely excited about their brand- beer and food. One note, I live in the Washington, DC, area, and I gave this $$$ because it was pricey...even by my standards of an extremely pricey city. Well worth every penny, though.

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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5/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Talk about another destination in Grand Rapids. Couple this with Founder's and HopCat and you have the mecca of great beer.

Vivant is located in an old funeral home, but it feels like more of a church to me. Big exposed beams, 25 foot gabled ceiling, with some beautiful stand glass behind the back bar. Very cozy, communal style tables are centered, with some bar style seating between support beams, and booths line the sides of the open format dining room. It has a very warm feel, despite the large space and tall ceilings.

The money is higher end. I love that. I hate that most brewpubs or breweries I go to have pub style food, and it's fairly basic. This food is very well crafted and thought it. Yes it is pub style food, but it's borderline artistic, well thought out, and superb. It's probably some of the best brewpub food I have ever had. I'd put it up there with food from places like HopLeaf and Fountainhead, possibly just below the Publican.

The beer is always solid. They are always offering something not available in a can at the brewpub, and sometimes some pub exclusive cans as well in the swag shop. Service was good and friendly, and knowledgeable about the beer and food. Bartenders are always attentive.

Great, freaking, stop!

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids, MI
96 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.