Okay. The bird is the word.
Once a year we all sit with friends and family and gussy up the table a bit more than usual. The time of Holiday feasting is upon us. In the middle west that means meals chock full of flavor, carbs
Head Brewer – Jacob Derylo
Jacob brewed with New Holland Brewing Company for 10 years prior to heading up brewing at Brewery Vivant. We knew he was the only head brewer for Vivant because of his artistic skill and passion for creating great and unique beers. Jacob is one of those guys who stays until the job is done no matter what. His dedication comes through in the beer which we think you will agree. You can often catch him having a well earned pint at the end of the day at the Pub. If you see a bearded man with glass in hand, wet pants, tall boots and stains on his shirt that is most likely him.
Brewer - Brian "the bomber" Kuszynski
Brian has battled it out in the brewery cleaning kegs, digging out the mash, and has earned his stripes. His love for sour beer has no bounds and we look to keep these beers rolling out through our barrel age program. Brian is in charge of naming all our wood casks. So far Casandra, Grandma-ma, Bertha, Angelina all have produced some interesting characteristics. Don't walk through the brewery with food unless you plan to share it with Brian as he is always hungry. One of his hidden talents is his adept skill at making bundt coffee cakes which he often shares if you are there on the right day.
Brewer - Alexander Atkin
Not many believe they are predisposed to work in a specific place at a specific time, but Alexander does. The stars and moon aligned and he's been an excellent addition to the brewing staff here at Vivant. He is our quality control lab rat, an important role to make sure our beer gets to you in all its glory! Most will recognize him from his various previous employments in the industry (packaging/cellarman at Founder's, homebrew instructor at Siciliano's, vintner and mead maker at Bardic Wells). A true “man of the earth” (I didn't say hippy), he prefers low-impact, sustainable living and enjoys spending time with Mother Earth. Alexander's aspirations know no bounds and we are excited to see what the future holds for him here.
Brewer - Chris Mitus
One of five Chris's at Vivant, Mitus makes sure to set himself apart through his unique personality and ridiculous knowledge of beer. He started here as a server and continues to impress guests with his professional technique a few nights a week. Mitus got his first taste of working in the brewery at Vivant when he designed and helped brew the very popular Lange Wapper in November of 2011. His passion for home brewing officially coincided with his career at Vivant in the fall of 2012 when he was asked to work in the brewery part-time.
Wandering Monk - Ben Darcie - Sales
Ben began homebrewing in 2006, and by 2010 he had shifted his focus from brewing to public and private beer education with the introduction of the only extensive beer tasting class in Michigan, The 9-week Grand Rapids Beer Tasting Class, which he has led once a year since. His passion also took to the page, becoming a Beer Writer for Revue Magazine, I'm a Beer Hound, The Rapidian, and Flavor 616. Ben is very involved in the community, leading Beer Dinners, giving lectures, and guiding out of towners around Beer City USA. He has also spent many years in the kitchen, training under different chefs and developing his immense love of food and cooking, and combining that experience with his beer knowledge to provide engaging pairing experiences. Ben is very excited to be part of the Vivant family, lending his talents and experience to an already stellar business and staff, and also bringing that knowledge right to you - helping people to stop drinking beer and start experiencing it!
The Abbot of Vivant - Kate Avery - Sales/ Marketing
Kate is a proud Spartan graduate of Michigan State University and collector of History degrees. She is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and popcorn fiend. Kate cut her craft beer teeth giving tours at Harpoon Brewery, in Boston, Massachusetts, which lead to sales gig in Greater Boston. Now, back at home in the Mitten, she is happy to be promoting a small, sustainability-focused, community-minded brewery that happens to make some great beer and packages it in a Michigan-Adventure-friendly way: the can. You'll find her toting cans all around this great state kayaking, hiking, running, and driving her little Volkswagen (unopened cans in the car, that is).
Vivant Prophet - Brooks Twist
Brooks Twist has not only a surprisingly non-fabricated name, but also a well of ability in tackling various Brewery Vivant tasks. Born and brought up near the Beer City, Brooks is the youngest of somewhere between 3 and 11 siblings. From an early age, Brooks exhibited talents for number-crunching, color-matching, and the differentiation between each distinct sub-species of the mammalian family 'Caprinae' (goats and antelope). Known as the 'Vivant Prophet', Brooks is committed to making BV a respected and renowned fixture in the community. Brooks is a seasoned cook, trustworthy deckhand, and all around get-the-job-done-fella. If ever you find yourself in need of the answer to an unreasonably specific question about Brewery Vivant, Brooks Twist is the guy to ask.