Brewery Vivant

Brewery VivantBrewery Vivant
Brewery VivantBrewery Vivant
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

925 Cherry St SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49506
United States

(616) 719-1604 | map
breweryvivant.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
3.86
Beers:
121
Reviews:
1,162
Ratings:
5,229
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.3
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
260
pDev:
10.23%
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dd53grif from Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Visited on a Sunday afternoon. Plenty of parking streetside and behind the establishment. Housed in a former funeral home it is very nice. Plenty of tables and booths and a nice outside area. Good selection of beers. The usual year round group with a number of seasonal pours as well as two experimentation taps and four selections from their "cousin" brewery across town. Staff is very friendly and helpful. We tried the pretzels and beer cheese, which was good. All four beers in my flight were excellent. This was on my list of locations that I had been wanting to visit and I'm looking forward to going back someday.

Mar 08, 2020
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elNopalero from California

4.47/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Brewery Vivant is located inside an old church, which instantly lends some impressive character to the place. I came on a Monday night, so it wasn’t too busy, and I didn’t eat. Service at the bar was impeccable, with a server offering tasters of a few beers.

Dec 01, 2019
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TooManyGlasses from Canada

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Second visit (last 2 years ago) - long way from northern Alberta. Saturday around noon - busy though not packed - cool location - old funeral home - stained glass and church like. Booths and communal tables (we sat at a communal table - chatted with 3 fellows from Philadelphia).
Server was very friendly and attentive - offering good tips.
Excellent selection of beers with a farmhouse bent - I had the Vivant Flight - giving the sour to my daughter (24 year old daughter to be clear), loving the other three ($10 for flight of 4 5 oz beers). These are great beers.
Had duck nachos which are delicious and chocolate plate between 3 of us - great.
Excellent merchandise area and selection. Must visit in Beer City.

Nov 18, 2019
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped by on a weekend trip to Grand Rapids. Almost missed the entrance in dark, as it's covered by a black-tent entrance, I assume for the winter. Upon arrival, you're greeted at the door by a hostess at a lecturn, behind whom is a wall of merchandise. Upon entering the main room, there's a floor full of tables, and the eye is immediately drawn to the bar at the back of the room, which is illuminated by a stain glass window. The building is reminiscent of Salt Springs Brewery, also a converted church; but where Salt Springs is light and airy, Vivant is dark and intimate. Beer selection is quite nice, as long as you like sours and Belgian style ales. Food's on the expensive side.

Apr 10, 2018
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QianBokSubai from Michigan

5/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Excellent beer. Excellent food. Excellent atmosphere. Excellent service. The Duck Confit Nachos are extraordinary. My favorite brewery in all of Beer City.

Sep 06, 2017
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West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

One of my most anticipated stops in Grand Rapids. The building is beautiful and the selection is pretty nice. Everything else ended up pretty short of my expectations. Something was off about everything. The service, the beer quality. I was pretty clearly not enjoying my beer and the server basically told me I didn't understand the beer. That was nice.

Sep 02, 2017
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Billolick from New York

4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Really enjoyed my visit to the GR brewery

Cool multi room place with a couple pleasant out door dining options

Loved the Belgian inspired beer and super tasty food. Very friendly and professional service.

As a bonus there is a gift shop, stocking all sorts of brewery related items, including a load of cans and bottles of Vivant's high quality brew

Well worth a visit if you are a local or like me, visiting the area...

Aug 23, 2017
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Benjolovesbeer from Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 2 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I don't know what the fuss is about this place or how they got so many awards but I wasn't impressed with a single beer. I love sours and IPA's and had 4 of each yet each drink was a chore to finish.

Jul 26, 2017
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NateDyk47 from Michigan

3.4/5  rDev -20.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

Vivant has a diverse selection of quality beers including an experimental beer or two on tap. Their food is also phenomenal although expensive ($17 bacon cheeseburger?!?). The service, however, has been sub-par the last couple times I've been here. They also recently added a strict 4 beer limit per customer.

May 13, 2017
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

The besf part of this visit was the young dude up front that was highly knowledgeable abou the beer. Great hospitality in which hebthrew in an extra beer with my flight. Had an amazing burger. Beer selection was very good in which BA BARLEYWINE WAS THE HIGHLIGHT. Easy to get to.

Mar 12, 2017
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deejaydan from Michigan

4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 5

The vibe is cool, being in a chapel of an old funeral home, and it was the first LEED certified brewery. It is a bit loud though, just the acoustics, it can be hard to hear people at your table when it's busy. There's no TV, it's not a sportsbar. The Service by the waitstaff has always been great, front of house is usually okay, they sometimes seem distracted. Selection, well, they do have their mission, they are a Belgian Style brewery. You aren't really going to get a knock your socks off Imperial Stout or Double IPA or Lager here, but they know what they are, they have a vision, and they are doing a good job at making Belgians.

The food though.. That's where this place shines. The Burger is the one of the few burgers that they charge over $10 for, and it's actually worth it. Most of the menu does rotate around, seasonally, so don't be afraid to branch out, but what you love on one visit might not be there on your next visit. I had a beef shortrib sandwich there a few years ago that was amazing, but sadly, I haven't seen it back on the menu. Be aware though, they do tend to cook things on the cooler side of the doneness that you request. Outside of the high end steakhouses more towards downtown, I think this is probably the best restaurant in Grand Rapids.

Sep 05, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.3/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

I had an average first impression and that has changed 30 months ago when I had Vivant's Farmhouse ale. Prejudiced against cans, I didn't think much of their flagship ale and it didn't seem to go with lunch. It seemed like they hadn't figured out the Belgian thing, probably the yeast was eluding them.

Then five months ago, I bought a sampler box of 9, with 5 different cans. I had two nice beers and the others were good or good gifts. Maybe I had misjudged their quality... or they had gotten better.

Then this week, I went on a tour of Grand Rapids as part of national urbanist conference meeting in Detroit. I bought eight beers at their brewpub and have reviewed all but two.

I think what changed and has caused me to give an above average rating is Vivant's adventurous spirit. I also like that the brewpub adds to this neighborhood in an already very livable city.

I Had a taster of their flagship Farmhouse Ale at the bar, but couldn't stay for food as the bus would have left me. I will return.

Jun 12, 2016
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Mightyspan from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I like the beers they make. Tasted 5 of 'em when they did the Tap Takeover @ Meat Southern BBQ. Glad they came thru. It was great to taste their hard work!

Mar 11, 2016
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Chris912 from Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -16%
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.

Sep 09, 2015
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98green from Michigan

4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
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

Jul 04, 2015
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Shaskins80 from Michigan

4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Great place! Always wonderful beer and food. Last night I had the steal and truffle fries. Had a BA Zaison and a Treebucket. Desert. Followed up with a spicy chocolate ice cream. Close to a perfect meal for me.

Apr 09, 2015
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Barnoloid from Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

A truly unique brewpub - housed in an old funeral home. Has a wide array of their year round, seasonal and one off brews on tap along with a fine selection of Belgian inspired food - great frites, charcuterie and mussels.

Apr 04, 2015
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jp32 from Michigan

3.01/5  rDev -30%
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.

Jan 24, 2015
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docoman from Michigan

3.43/5  rDev -20.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

Didn't have any food here but stopped for some beers during recent trip to GR area. Layout confusing and hard to get to the bar area to order beers, but place was packed and seemed to have good atmosphere. I really enjoyed was the Wizards Burial Ground which was excellent.

Dec 30, 2014
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AlexM from California

5/5  rDev +16.3%

Was really impressed with this place ... they had 5 barrel aged selections when I was there and all were solid. Their regular line is also pretty spectacular. Food is freaking AWESOME - you must drink AND eat here!!! Gotta appreciate Belgian styles as this is what they are focusing on ... definitely an up and coming brewery - do not miss this place ... ambiance, beers, food, works, etc was super cool.

Oct 28, 2014
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

I can't attest for the food since I did not have nay but the beer list contains a very nice, varied selection and the bartenders know how to pour a beer. The brewery is located in an old church which creates a very different feel while inside as compared to many other breweries.

Sep 12, 2014
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stouts4me from Illinois

4/5  rDev -7%

Parking was a little rough, and they were jammed, but that is my fault for visiting on a weekend. Just stopped to try the beer, like the converted church building, and not really a Belgium beer , saison fan, but this was a nice stop. Picked up one of their sweet snifters on the way out at the gift shop.

Aug 24, 2014
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Jackofallbrews from Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Vivant is a newer brewery that focuses on Belgian styles of varying types. The brewery is in an old funeral parlor and the bar is actually located in the old chapel, having a cool backdrop of stained glass behind it!

I really enjoyed the beers here, though some were better than others. The Solitude was a very dry and pleasant Abbey style beer and I ended up buying a few cans to bring home. Their flagship beer is the Big Red Coq--a hoppy Belgian ale. Always fun to say the name of this beer! We snacked on duck confit nachos as we worked through our samplers, reveling in the tastes and the surroundings.

Jun 30, 2014
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BoyDrinksWorld from Michigan

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

I love the ambiance of Brewery Vivant. It is quite literally the altar of Belgian style ales in the Midwest. Great staff, and the food here is to die for. Burgers with bacon ground into the meat, seriously. Break down your barriers, grab an open spot on a table and start enjoying great beer with like minded strangers.

Jun 09, 2014
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The wife and I visited Vivant on a Friday night after stopping at HopCat and Founders. We had a family-reunion dinner at Vivant, with eight or nine relatives. It took a while to get a table but when we did, we had a great time.

The place is beautifully decorated, small and a little loud. I like the communal tables- all of us sat at one large table and had great service. The food is damn good! Duck nachos are wow, and so is the pissaladiere (Provencal pizza). Charcuterie ain't bad but I've had better. Lots of quality stuff, and a great pair for the Belgian-style brews.

We all sampled a couple of different brews, including the Tripel, Solitude and Big Red Cocq and I enjoyed them. Sure, they weren't, like, the best or most mind-blowing Belgian-style beers I've ever had, but they are nice. Looking at the BA listings later on, though, I wish they had some of those barrel-aged brews, sours and imperial stouts...

I will definitely revisit next time I'm in Grand Rapids. This is a fun, different place.

Jun 07, 2014
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