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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
925 Cherry St SE
phone: (616) 719-1604
(Place added by: abaculy on 01-18-2011)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 45 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This was another stop on my Microbrewery tour and when we pulled up in front of this place, I thought I was at a church which so happens that it used to be a church...go figure!
When we walked in we were greeted and asked if we were staying for lunch or a drink and if they could help us with anything. Once we sat down at the bar and looked around it was so old school looking. Not sure exactly how old the church was before they turned it into a brewery but they had all the old pillars across the ceiling and stained glass windows. It was the nicest interior for a brewery without actually looking like a brewery if that makes any sense.
The service was great, the women behind the bar talked to us about the history of the brewery and when it used to be a church and learned alot of history as well as beer facts!
My dad and I both got the samplers of beer which was extremely good. For a newer brewery they def knew what they were doing. Wish that we would have gone there when they were giving the tours but overall it was a great experience and I recommend that you check this place out if your in the area!
07-24-2011 17:12:52 |
More by yankeej13
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
A truly great place for beer and food. The beer is very good and they have a wide selection of them. The food is what really stands out here. They do not have a cook, but a chef. Hands down the best food of any brewery I have been to. The truffled walnuts are a must and I would drive hours just for this. The staff is far above average and are great at every aspect of this place. The inside is very inviting with large communal tables as well as booths and bar seating. I would frequent this place every week if it was closer.
07-17-2011 21:31:30 |
More by jale
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
My wife and I tried this place during our Michigan beer trip for our five year wedding anniversary.
We were given the option of eating indoors or out; we chose to sit outside. We were seated at a long picnic table like seat. This was strange, but everything else made up for it.
We had one of the sampler trays, which had 4 different beers for 10 dollars or so. Every single beer was great, my personal favorite was the amber abbey ale while my wife loved the Wit. Also have the Belgian IPA and the farmhouse ale.
The food was excellent, and the service was good. Overall, a really good experience.
07-15-2011 00:27:44 |
More by ebby82
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
I will start this review by saying that BV serves nachos made with pulled DUCK and duck cracklins'. Seriously. And they're REALLY F'ING GOOD. And $14. So, yeah. The food kicks ass.
The beers are good - you can read the reviews of their beers right here at BA. They offer self-chosen flights, which is nice.
The place appears to be in an old chapel/church, or is designed to appear so. Which is cool for the whole Belgian beer focus theme.
Not much else to say - if you're in GR, this is a must visit.
07-06-2011 17:51:58 |
More by ModemMisuser
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped by this place during a trip to GR today. Needless to say it was worth the wait!
When walking in, you're presented with what the outside portrayed: a old chapel that reminded myself of pictures I had seen of Belgium brewpubs and areas. Though there wasn't a lot of people here during my visit (mid afternoon), just by sitting their you felt invited and cozy. Looking around you noticed wooden benches and tables..with a large bench ala hofbrauhaus style when you walked in. There were quite a few stain glass windows and a great display of the glasses behind the bar.
I ended having the Belgium IPA and the French Fusion, both of which were excellent beers and very fitting for their style. Each beer came with the proper glassware and was very enjoyable.
The service was excellent too, though it may have been in relation to the lack of people there...still though the bartender was very friendly and quite knowledgeable of their beer.
The selection of beer was pretty good, there was roughly 8 regular beers on tap with a few ciders and misc other drinks. Pretty much most Belgium styles were covered here.
Prices for beers ranged from $4-$5 accordingly, prices were food was a little more expensive starting out at $9 dollars for salads. But I felt the value of the type of beer in relation to price was perfect.
Overall I enjoyed my visit to this brewery and will def go back again. It was very unique for the area and played perfectly to what the brewery was trying to portray.
06-18-2011 02:53:52 |
More by beerguru15
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
The brewery is a great place, the bar is fun to sit at, just some of my friends that were raised catholic think that it is weird sitting at the bar which is the front of the old chapel. The community tables are fun, even though I always seem to meet weird but great people. The service is good even when they are busy, the food is really good but it is a little pricey in comparison to places near by but it is worth it. Their beers are priced very well and are more then worth it. the newest must stop in Grand Rapids.
06-03-2011 00:24:11 |
More by Roeters
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Set in a former funeral home, Brewery Vivant is a Belgian style bar and restaurant. The serving area is in a chapel, which gives a cool feeling to eating and drinking there. There are long tables in the center where people eat and drink together, a great place for a friendly pint and a chat with a stranger. The booths on the side allow a little more privacy.
I marked the food n/a only because I just tried one thing, the duck fat fries. They were wonderful. Crispy and properly seasoned with a side of creamy dipping sauce. There were a lot of other things that sounded great.
The beer is where this place really shines. The Belgian Dark in particular was my favorite. It took a long time to pour because of the ridiculous head retention, but the wait was worth it. (Great pour, bartender!) Creamy, mildly roasty while totally hiding the 9% alcohol, and that characteristic Belgian tang. They only serve their beers, so they get docked on selection, but that shouldn't be a problem for most BA's.
05-13-2011 16:20:10 |
More by gaugebozo
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
Had the opportunity to attend the grand opening of this brewery the weekend of March 18th for my 35th birthday Michigan pub crawl. The building is an old funeral chappel in an up and coming neighborhood in Grand Rapids. The founder/owner is a brewmaster from New Holland. This place is completely Belgian inspired from the floor up. The building is a beautiful work of art and they did an amazing job of converting it into a great oplace to eat and drink with a Belgian feel. While what we attended was a festival (tickets for beer and limited food) the beer was exceptional. The Bruin was a wonderful beer with tremendous notes of raisin and brown sugar undertones. We sampled a few of the house specialties as well. Lamb lollypops served with a berry compote, duck confit nachos and a savory belgian waffle with bris and honey drizzled on it. All were wonderful and it was incredible to get such food in a festival like atmosphere. If you are visiting Grand Rapids for beer, this place should be on your must stop list.
04-05-2011 20:48:07 |
More by bigfurrynutz
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Been here a couple times now. Really beautiful place as you walk through the front doors into an old funeral church. Long tables go from the entry way all the way to the bar which are then surrounded by booths. Everytime I am here this place seems to be packed. The bar staff was friendly and we grabbed a couple of beers. The ambiance is nice and energetic. Service as I said was good. The selection was better this go arond as they now have about 10 beers on tap. We did end up ordering some frites that were basically just really good french fries. Overall, a cool place that I would go to again only after having my fill of Founder's and Hop Cat.
04-04-2011 17:00:02 |
More by kbutler1
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Brewery Vivant is a new-ish beer bar and restaurant on Cherry in Grand Rapids. It has actually been "open" since mid-December but the "grand opening" was held on St. Patrick's day. I have been there a couple of times and I can tell you that it has come a long way since January when there were only three beers on the menu. The selection is more varied now and it seems to change regularly.
The place is pretty gorgeous I think. It used to be a funeral chapel and it's got the kind of high-ceilinged coziness that I enjoy. Wood beams and an overlook (for where the organ used to be, on assumes) complete the package and the bar is not particularly large but it is ornate yet humble. It looks larger than it actually is, but there is ample seating (more on that).
The beer is a solid 4/5. I have yet to sample one that really blew me away and I've sampled quite a few of them. The Contemplation is my favorite thus far. All the beers I've had a extremely drinkable but I haven't exactly been transported to flavor country yet. Still, they seem to be trotting out new ones every now and again. So far they only have two strong beers (over 9%). I think they should try and make some more of those. A quad perhaps?
The food is high quality stuff and a bit on the pricey side. You won't break the bank, but "The Burger" is 12 bucks - which seems like quite a lot to me but this was one fantastic burger.
Outdoor seating is forthcoming (if it ever warms up!) and they offer a "Monk Club" which comes complete with your own engraved chalice. Cool.
There isn't much to complain about. The lack of actual space causes there to be long waits at certain times. So, if you want to eat dinner there on a Saturday, get your name on the list early. The other problem I have, which some may not find problematic at all, is that half the seating in the place is communal a la the Hofbrau House with long wooden tables. I am not personally a fan of this seating style and with Vivant I could see ending up forced, against my will, to sit next to some sort of undesirable. Of course, lots of people enjoy this sort of thing and it works for Vivant because they seem to be all about community.
From the coasters to the bike-powered television - a tv that has never once been on because it would take too much pedaling - Vivant sees itself as one of these new-fangled sustainable/local places. I wish they would just have a functional tv though and I do hope Vivant doesn't end up too full of itself.
But if you want a friendly place with it's own beer selection and fantastic ambiance, you will be quite happy with Vivant.
03-28-2011 18:10:05 |
More by Gigantis
Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids, MI
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