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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
925 Cherry St SE
phone: (616) 719-1604
(Place added by: abaculy on 01-18-2011)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5 | $$$
This is a really cool space. It’s an old chapel of some sort. The bar mirrors the arch of the altar. Somebody put a lot of money into it.
The beer is quite good. All Belgian style but with a little more exploration than, say, Ommegang.
The food is pretty good, but not quite what they talk it up to be. The duck confit nachos were yummy. We ordered sausage as well. It came on a bed of the most disgusting kraut I’ve had in a long time. Definitely was par cooked hours prior and dried to crap. Sausage was pretty dry too.
It’s worth a visit. The beer is too good not to.
08-05-2013 02:00:26 |
More by Fluffheady
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5 | $
Vivant is a great little brewpub. Really enjoyed the church vibe. Our server was extremely knowledgable for a server/waiter. Great brews! Had 6 varieties and really liked 5. Excellent ratio. Will definitely be back next time I'm in Grand Rapids. My only real negative would be with their merch/store. I really wanted a t-shirt but theri pricing seemed a little out of wack.
12-02-2013 21:30:30 |
More by teledeluxe
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
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: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Came here on a Saturday afternoon with nicktbm and our significant others in October 2011. The sign outside invited us to "warm up with beer," so we took them up on the offer.
Inside sports a beautiful and spacious church-like interior with stained glass windows, high ceilings, communal tables, and about 10 seats at the bar. Crowd is locals who mind their own business. Our server was relaxed and welcoming - he helped us along with beer recos and suggested some dishes to pair with our drinks.
We ordered two flights of the Triomphe Belgian IPA, Farm Hand Ale, Big Red Coq, and Heavy Handed Double Chocolate Stout. The IPA and Red Ale were my favourites, and my oenophile girlfriend really liked the Farm Hand. Compared to other brewpubs, the beer selection is limited, since they do not carry any guest taps, bottles, or cellared offerings. But their house beers are bold, tasty, and unconventional, so they get high marks from me.
For food I had a delicious Oxtail Hash with sunny side eggs and English muffin toast. The lady enjoyed her Pork Belly BLT, even though she couldn’t finish the massive portion. Prices are reasonable as most pints are $4-5 and lunch entrees are in the $12-14 range. After our meal we popped into the retail store, where my friend bought a few cans of beer and a brewery t-shirt. The cashier was happy to chat with us while we looked around.
Overall, we were quite satisfied with our experience here and it made for a nice afternoon stop. Vivant is an impressive, quality brewpub with friendly staff, interesting beers, and an attractive, unique atmosphere. I highly recommend this place if you happen to be in Grand Rapids.
11-05-2011 19:39:25 |
More by cratez
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75 | $$
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.
08-04-2013 19:16:57 |
More by buschbeer
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Very cool atmosphere - the brewery is in an old chapel, so sitting at the bar you are surrounded by stone pillars, wood beams, stained glass windows, etc. Fits the style of beer too - heavy on Belgian and French beer styles.
Beer was very good - but you had better like funky Belgian yeast flavors - as the selection are Abbey style ales, Farmhouse, Saison, Sours, etc. They have hard cider and wine for the non-beer drinkers.
Bartender was very nice - and after we had our drinks gave us a free sample of their sour ale thats aged with peppers. We didn't have any food - but if we hadn't already just eaten we would have tried their aged cheeses.
06-12-2012 22:35:27 |
More by jmdrpi
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $
Visited for dinner and some beers on a recent trip to Grand Rapids.
This is a truly unique place inside and old church. Really cool atmosphere overall.
Service with both friendly and informative and the owner even stopped by to chat with us when he heard he had some visitors from Toronto.
The beer was definitely above average overall with a good variety of styles to choose from.
The food was the real hit here. The only bad part is that we didn't have any room for the desserts that also looked amazing. Best value for a meal that I have ever had at a beer bar or brewery. Top notch gourmet food for reasonable prices. Definitely a differentiator for Vivant.
Got some beer to go as well.
Great place and a must visit if in Grand Rapids.
08-10-2012 21:18:09 |
More by TheSevenDuffs
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Atmosphere is great! Long wooden tables in the middle, some nice artwork. Still has a churchy vibe (I hear it's a converted mortuary)
Quality of the beer was alright. The food was pretty good. Lots of seasonal selections and unique Belgian dishes.
Service was great. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the different foods on the menu as well as the beers. We ordered a cheese sampler and he also informed us about each of the options there.
Selection was perfect. The menu was diverse but not overwhelming. They had seasonal Belgian dishes as well as some pub favorites.
Food was great. I got the wild game stew. It was super flavorful without being salty. My parents grabbed a hamburger which was cooked perfectly and had all kinds of fresh fixin's (which is totally a word). My bro got a salad which looked super fresh but otherwise was definitely for the health conscious.
Value was solid with beers running about 5 bones and dishes from 10-20.
I liked Brewery Vivant more for the food than for the beer. It was great to go to a restaurant that had character rather than some cookie cutter bullshit that you see all over these days. The atmosphere was great and the food was great. Beer was average.... But definitely check this place out if you're in the GR area.
01-04-2013 23:21:53 |
More by Jamesthebrit
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 |
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