Brewery Vivant

BEER AVG
3.82/5
Brewery VivantBrewery Vivant
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(616) 719-1604 | map
breweryvivant.com

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Added by abaculy on 01-18-2011

BEER STATS
Beers:
100
Ratings:
4,386
Reviews:
935
PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Ratings:
236
Reviews:
66
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
5.74%
 
 
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Reviews by buschbeer:
Photo of buschbeer
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
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 Benjolovesbeer
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of heddar33
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Michiganman2325
4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of NateDyk47
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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Photo of ZEB89
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of FlaviusG
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of PhillyBoy23
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Photo of Cotton_27
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Spreetaper
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of DougC123
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of deejaydan
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of chuckgietzen
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of seanchai
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Beginner2
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of jessewilliamson
4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Bethaz83
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of cadaugherty
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Danielr26
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of jpbolton
4.6/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of petersonmatt22
3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids, MI
3.82 out of 5 based on 4,386 ratings.
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