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.
KPD (229) Michigan | November 19, 2011| Updated January 29, 2012
Nice brewpub in an old church. Had 10 beers in tap one cask ale. Eclectic food menu with rabbit pot pie as well as steak and a burger. Staff knew the beer. The beers are belgianish with an American flavor, with an Amarillo hop ale, a Belgian ipa, last night ranged from okish to good. My favorite was the contemplation ale. The Amarillo ale was a great session beer. If in grand rapids this has to be on the too do list.
Nice little brewery with a converted chapel serving as the taproom. Itís a Flemish style setting, consisting of long tables with bench seating. Very cool ambinance.
The place has been quite busy each time Iíve been in. The focus is on Belgian styles here, which arenít always my thing, but Iíve really enjoyed the ones Iíve had here.
Iíve had no issues with the service.
There are a lot of hipsters in the crowd here, which can be annoying, but does add to the character of the place.
Food seems unduly expensive, so I havenít tried it, though Iím told itís excellent.
Thereís a TV in the corner, but itís powered by an exercise bike, so if you want to watch the big game, be prepared to work for it.
All in all, a great little place.
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.
Really, really cool brewery. In an old church, and they have done an awesome job using the space. It was crowded on a Thursday night, but after a short wait we were able to seat ourselves. The beer list was pretty short, but that doesnít mean I couldnít find anything to get! I started with the Sour Batch #2 (which wasnít exactly sour, but still good) and also got the Zaison. We also ordered food, the burger...which was really good, served on a pretzel bun. It is pricey, but worth it. The only complaint I have it that it was a little too dark inside, which made it hard to get a good look at my beers. I will be back for sure, and I would recommend it to all beer lovers. *OH, and one of the servers told me they are working on a Cask system!
Tmoney99 (572) 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.
Busy on a Friday evening we were still seated quickly after grabbing a beer at the bar. A nice selection of belgian style beers. Nothing transcendant for me but all of the beers were good. Reasonable prices for the quality. Food was good, but were dissappointed that they were out of half of the entrees, all of which sounded great (it was 9:30pm).
Would definitely come back for the food, beer and ambiance.
Amazing place...you almost forget you are a brewery up in Michigan by the great atmosphere and interesting concept....Great beers! Tried to find the right time to go because I had the family..I called to see if children were allowed...they said yes. Hostess very nice and friendly...waiter not the friendliest. Hostess tried to help us get a least some ice cream for the kids but waiter insisted kitchen was closed..
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 Founderís and Hop Cat.
bigtaster (79) Grand Rapids, Michigan | March 19, 2011| Updated January 14, 2014
Awesome new place. The ambiance is weird and cool, kind of like going to church except fun. Love the drinking tables and the setup. Could be bigger as itís been very crowded every time Iíve been there. Food is fantastic, have to try the burger itís amazing!. Beer selection has gotten better each time Iíve been there, but some of the beers are lacking. Great place, great food, great beer.
I will start by saying that I am not a huge Belgium guy. The beer was good, not great. The atmosphere is what sold me though. It is in an old funeral home actually, but reminded more of a small chapel. That coupled with the old wood tables made me feel like I was in Europe. The food was absolutely amazing. Split a burger and monte cristo and I would go back just for the food. Should be nice in the summer when they open their outdoor seating as well. If I liked Belgiumís better this place would have been a homerun.