Brewery Vivant

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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
b3shine  (335) Indiana | August 16, 2012
I’ve 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 it’s got wings, including the main wing in the former chapel. Staff is friendly and the beers are solid, as is the selection. I didn’t eat, but the prices were good. Definitely worth the trip, especially if you enjoy Belgian brews.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
jcnielsen  (321) Charlotte, North Carolina | May 11, 2012
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
rumproasts  (208) Grand Rapids, Michigan | May 3, 2012| Updated July 10, 2013
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
mikem409  (251) bloomfield, Michigan | May 3, 2012
very cool building. did not try food but hear its great. beer is very good and price is right.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
CMK  (5) , | March 5, 2012
The beer is stellar and the food outstanding! A must visit brewery!!
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
cubs  (420) Fort Collins, Colorado | November 29, 2011
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
KPD  (252) 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
bruwery  (21) Lowell, Michigan | November 15, 2011
Nice little brewery with a converted chapel serving as the taproom. It’s a Flemish style setting, consisting of long tables with bench seating. Very cool ambinance. The place has been quite busy each time I’ve been in. The focus is on Belgian styles here, which aren’t always my thing, but I’ve really enjoyed the ones I’ve had here. I’ve 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 haven’t tried it, though I’m told it’s excellent. There’s a TV in the corner, but it’s 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
cratez  (256) Toronto, Ontario | November 5, 2011
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
RudiNicole  (77) Michigan | June 24, 2011
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 doesn’t mean I couldn’t find anything to get! I started with the Sour Batch #2 (which wasn’t 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!
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
Tmoney99  (648) 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.

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