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.
This is probably my favorite brewery in GR at this point. The ambiance is great, the food outstanding and the wait staff has a deep knowledge of their beers and brewing in general. The beers, in general, arenít as good as Founders, but its smaller and less crowded usually.
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.
very cool building. did not try food but hear its great. beer is very good and price is right.
KPD (240) 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.
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.
very unique building and awesome place to have a beer or three. the food menu is pretty goofy and definitely not for everyone. the beers are all above average or better - the belgian ipa is particulary good. sours are highly recommended as well.
Unusual setting in a very nicely converted funeral home chapel. 9 beers on tap at the time of my visit although they usually have 10. U-shaped bar is central and faces a nice display of glassware with a large stained glass window in the background.