A great restored old church, that for once is almost as cool as it sounds. Service was amazing with a great knowledge of beer. Selection was pretty large, almost 12. Prices are a bit high, but quality is there. Although not all the beer was to my taste, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I loved the ambiance. It looks like a Belgian castle sort of thing. The bartenders and wait staff were also very kind. I wish the beer was better. I really wasnít feeling there flagship saison which is a concern for a Belgian style brewery, Still itís a solid place on ambiance alone.
Special place in Grand Rapids (and you thought that would have meant Founders...lol!)...visited here this past Saturday. This is actually a converted funeral home and the taproom is in the former funeral home chapel. This place is a very special sours venue (think Cascade Barrel, Funkatorium, Funkworks). The service and staff were great...and the beers were great...12 drafts in all when I visited (I believe they have bottles too). I was told the food was great...but we were headed next for pizza. Note that the owner was previously a partner at New Holland. I think Brewery Vivant completes the Grand Rapids triumvirate of must visits along with Founders and HopCat.
Tmoney99 (555) Cincinnati, Ohio | May 8, 2011| Updated December 1, 2014
Easy to find location east of downtown. Clean parking lot next to building. Remodeled funeral home building with entrance in the front and bar at back under stain glass window. Tables on the side and middle for ber and food. Friendly staff. Good selection of beers on tap. Good upscale food menu. Very good. Well worth the visit and I will go again.
Cool looking spot that used to be a church, with the main bar built into the old alter. Itís too dark and no character besides being a church. 8 beers on tap, 4 regular, 3 seasonal and a barrel aged beer. The beerís were anything special. The food was pretty good but service was a bit slow and inattentive. The truffle fries were great, without being too oily.
I really, really wanted to love this place. Unbelievable atmosphere in an old church- Belgian-style beers- great service.... what more could you ask for? How about decent beers? I found their beers quite poor and ruined what would have otherwise been a sublime experience.
Had dinner on the covered porch on a Saturday night - got right in. Did a sampler of four beers and tried the fried duck livers and duck nachos. Good beers, above average food, and very nice service. Not overly pricy. It was busy and loud but everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Grabbed a four-pack of mixed singles and a glass to go. Would definitely recommend and would go again.
Iíve been wanting to stop in here for a long time, and finally made it in during a day trip to GR. The atmosphere is flawless; it used to be a funeral home, and itís got wings, including the main wing in the former chapel. Staff is friendly and the beers are solid, as is the selection. I didnít eat, but the prices were good. Definitely worth the trip, especially if you enjoy Belgian brews.
On paper, this place looked really awesome - brewery built in an old church, belgian beers, interesting food menu. But the beer at this place was very disappointing. If I am in Grand Rapids in the future, I would want to give this place another shot, because I love belgian beers and the atmosphere there is really cool.
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 couldnít 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.