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2.9/5 rDev -32.4%
Pretentious w. a capital P. Visited late on a Friday night. Passed on ordering food as the menu was just as pompous & ostentatious as our neighbors on the chair rail. The space is interesting: stained glass, definitely a "church" feel even if it was a funeral home; but given the crowd, it was very tight & uncomfortable. Sampled solitude, ménage a trois, tart side of the moon, and nitro stout. Interesting & solid beers - with the exception of nitro stout which may be one of the worst i've ever had. Definitely worth picking up - at a store.
04-06-2013 15:29:32 | More by craft_shannie
2.91/5 rDev -32.2%
I went on a "brew tour" with a few friends and we had marked Vivant as a must visit. Unfortunately, after arriving we were all very dissapointed. We found the brewery to be a bit pretentious and really over-crowded. Being a stout and porter fan, I was very disappointed by the selection but I fully understand that they have carved out their niche and it doesn't include anything on the darker side. It's still a bit disappointing that they wouldn't have at least one to appease everyone, but I digress. The staff was very friendly and the atmosphere was decent. A brewery based in an old church is always going to be a bit ironic and fun, but ultimately this brewery is not for me.
03-28-2013 15:18:01 | More by centurian62
3.53/5 rDev -17.7%
I was very excited to try this place out; heard great things and just thought it was a cool idea for a new brewpub.
A- Wow, this is one of the few places I've been to that actually blew me away- set up in a old church with stained wooden beams through the vaulted ceiling, the bar was set up within the altar (which had very nice wooden tap handles). Lighting was reasonably dimmed, perfect for the atmosphere. Wooden tables set up as booths where the pews were, flanking two long, large wooden tables that run through the middle of the place. Set an excellent 'old european church' feel to it, very in tune with what they were trying to accomplish.
Q- Beer was pretty good too- the Kludde was the highlight for me, the Abbey and Bruin were decent brews as well. The farmhouse missed the mark in a big way, the wit was decent, but not what you would exactly expect for the style. Overall, happy with the beers.
S- people were friendly, took a little while to get served, but in their defense it was a busy friday night. Pretty average, no big gripes here.
S- For just starting out, they had a reasonable selection of beers- when I was there, they had 6 beers on tap, along with two different ciders. i would expect this to only get better as they get settled in a start cranking out new brews.
F- cant really comment much on this, didnt have any myself, but the friends I were with seemed happy with what they got
$- beer was 4-5$ for a tulip/becher, depending on what you ordered- very reasonable for what you got.
Overall, I really enjoyed this place. I will definitely be back, if only for the wonderful atmosphere. The beer was pretty good, but if I'm strictly in the mood for running through beers, I'd still probably head to Founders or Hopcat. Very fun place though, another great beer option for the GR area.
01-29-2011 20:15:59 | More by browna71
3.59/5 rDev -16.3%
A: Different. Some say its an old church. I asked the staff and they said it was never a church but actually a Catholic funeral home. Strangely, I was hoping it was a church. That being said, it was pretty cool. Feels like your drinking beer in a church. Open seating, decent sized bar, stained glass windows and alter still included.
Q: I have had their beer in cans before and I'll be honest, they didn't really stand out. They tasted a little bit better at the facility. Their beer is good but not Belgian good.
S: Service was average, he was nice and friendly. I just don't think he really understood the beer, for example, if you asked him about a certain beer he could ramble off the description from the menu but that was about it.
Selection was pretty good. Several on tap plus one aged in an oak barrel.
Overall it is a cool place to visit and definitely worth stopping by if your in GR. The food was a bit pricey but it looked and sounded delicious (I did not eat).
01-02-2013 16:51:08 | More by theecaleb
3.63/5 rDev -15.4%
It's in a retired church. How can you beat that for coolness? And the community tables definitely add to the vibe. The food is excellent and they make a concerted effort to match it with the beer. Vivant has a heavy Belgium focus, so if you like Belgian, it's for you. The atmosphere and experience doesn't get much better.
11-27-2013 16:07:57 | More by TheGingerbreadMan
3.65/5 rDev -14.9%
Nice place with an overpriced menu. The food is delicious, but supper fancy. Caviar with beer? The fries were like six busks for a small serving.
The beer is fair in price though, and they had 6 to 10 to choose from. Was there on a firkin Friday. That was fun but I did not care for that beer.
Love the old church thing and the common seating area. People in West Michigan are friendly and easy to talk to. The culture of Grand Rapids accentuates the atmosphere.
Staff was friendly and quick to serve. They were also knowledgable about there products.
All in all it is a nice place and I would return; however I would either eat before I went, or have a few then head to one of East Grand Rapids other restaurants for dinner. Way overpriced food.
04-07-2012 19:03:10 | More by hmbrewer336
Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids, MI
95 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.