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ABOUT

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PEOPLE. PLANET. PROFIT.

Brewery Vivant is the realization of years of dreaming and much discussion of what a great brewery can be. What makes our brewery different from the rest is the way we approach our craft and operate our business.

The core of Brewery Vivant can be found at the crossroads of three passions:

  1. Our love of the tradition and artistic approach of the Belgian & French styles of beers
  2. Devotion to using local sources for ingredients and running our business according to the three pillars of sustainability; Environmental Integrity, Social Equity, and Economic Viability
  3. Sharing the experience of how beer and food can be paired to uplift the enjoyment of both

Much of the inspiration for our beer came out of a trip to the French-speaking Belgian countryside visiting small farmhouse breweries. The beer we were most excited about comes from the southern part of Belgium, called Wallonia. This area is also the inspiration of our logo, which is modeled from that region's flag and was created to honor the beer and people of that region. The word "vivant" translates as "to be alive", or "to be lively" which we thought fitting to the type of brewery we strive to be. The French term "bon vivant" which translates to "the good life” is often used in reference to people who enjoy eating and drinking well...and that is what we are all about.

PHILOSOPHY

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LEAN. NICE. PROFITABLE.

LEAN

We will operate without excess square footage, equipment or labor hours.

NICE

We will run our company being nice to our customers, co-workers, community and our environment. Our brewery is designed to offer a great experience while being conscious of our environment.

PROFITABLE

We have identified a ‘“sweet spot” of 5,000 bbls of beer produced where we can maximize our output with our brew system and be profitable. Our goal is to get this volume of production, be profitable and stay there.

A 2017 group staff photo inside the Chapel

THE OWNERS

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A FAMILY BUSINESS

Staff photo for Jason Spaulding - President
Staff photo for Kris Spaulding - Co-owner and Sustainability Director
Family photo of Kris and Jason Spaulding with their kids, Oliver and Siena

BREWERY STAFF

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WHO MAKES YOUR BEER?  JUST CURIOUS.

Staff photo for Jacob Derylo - Head Brewer
Staff photo for Brian Kuszynski - Brewer
Staff Photo for Chris Mitus - Brewer
Staff photo for Josh Chilcote - Brewer
Staff Photo of Jesse Weinkauf - Brewer
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Staff photo for Kate Avery - Director of Sales and Marketing
Staff photo for Ryan Reichle - Sales
Staff photo for Ryan Engemann - Sales

PUB STAFF

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KNOW YOUR LOCAL CHEF.

Staff photo for Chris Vandermeer - Executive Chef
Staff photo for Vanessa Aguilar - Sous Chef
Staff photo for Katy Waltz - Pastry Chef
Staff photo for Ward - Experience Warden
Staff photo for Bates - General Manager
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Jared Rader, Brewery Vivant's floor manager, carrying an armful of Brewery Vivant growlers.

Get In Touch

ADDRESS

925 Cherry St - Grand Rapids, MI 49506

HOURS

Mon-Thurs: 3pm-11pm
Fri: 3pm-midnight
Saturday: 11am-midnight
Sunday: noon-10pm

CONTACT

Phone: 616.719.1604

Come Find Us