VISITING DURING COVID-19

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925 CHERRY STREET IN THE EAST HILLS NEIGHBORHOOD OF GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN

Visiting During COVID-19:
We’ve reformatted our space and business model to function with the current executive orders for dining in Michigan.
Join us for a craft beer and lunch with friends or bring the work team down for dinner— our menu has been adjusted to our new requirements and will evolve over time.

We will open our beautiful chapel and bar seating as soon as it is safe to do so for our guests and our team members. Groups are limited to no more than 10 at this time per the Executive Order and all guests are asked to wear a mask when not seated.

The Re-Open graphic highlights additional changes you can expect. Because we value transparency, you can click on the button below the image to get full details of our COVID-19 Preparedness & Response Plan.

Reservations: We strongly encourage guests to book reservations when planning their visit. This allows us to accommodate you more easily and abide by safety standards (maximum 8/group).

MI Restaurant Promise:

As restaurant owners and managers, we feel a sense of responsibility for the health and well-being of our employees, our guests, and the community at large. A desire to provide hospitality—the simple act of caring for our guests—is why many of us joined this industry to begin with.

Alongside many other establishments in our industry, we are committed to upholding the guidelines set forth by the State of Michigan, local Health Departments, and the CDC. We view them not as infringements on our rights, but rather precautions we can all take to allow for our industry to re-open safely for our staff and our guests. In return, we ask for your commitment to carefully follow the guidelines posted in our establishments and communicated to you by our team members.

We invite you to read our pledge and to learn how you can best support each of us in our desire to stay safe for all.

Cheers!
-Brewery Vivant
Tours & Holidays:

Until further notices, we will not be hosting tours.

The pub is closed for the following holidays so our employees can spend time with family & friends; New Year’s Day, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.

PRIVATE EVENTS

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Private Events Will Return, Just Not For A While

We will not be hosting any private events until further notice due to the new format we had to adapt to in response to COVID-19. We’d still love to receive your inquiries as we do plan to bring back events, eventually.

Thank you for your understanding and patience

Inquire by filling out out this form.

A view of the pub and several wood barrel tables

THE BREWERY

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Nestled into the heart of the East Hills neighborhood (about a mile from downtown), Brewery Vivant is a full manufacturing production brewery. All beer is brewed on premise and either served in the pub or packaged for distribution throughout Michigan. The brewery itself is a 20-barrel (bbl), three-vessel brewhouse built by our friends across the lake in Wisconsin, the WM Sprinkman Corporation.

The brewery has seen quite a bit of change since opening in 2010. While you will still find the signature "milk-can" grant on our 20-bbl Sprinkman brewing system, the original horizontal dairy tanks have all been replaced with stainless steel brewing specific fermenters. Not to worry though, you will still find these original tanks along with three 40-bbl wooden Foeders in our completely separate "Funk House" where the award-winning Plein de Vie sour beers are aged. After fermentation, the beer passes through a state-of-the-art GEA centrifuge to remove excess yeast and hop particles to achieve the desired turbidity in the finished beers: not too bright, not too cloudy. Lastly, brewers carefully package each beer on our automated Wild Goose 4-head canning line or into kegs.

One thing that has stayed the same since 2010 is our commitment to producing the highest quality European inspired beers you can find. Enjoy!

 

A Belgian flag and a Brewery Vivant flag hang over the silos of the brewery

OUR BUILDINGS

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BREWERY VIVANT IS THE FIRST LEED CERTIFIED COMMERCIAL MICROBREWERY IN THE WORLD!

Brewery Vivant is housed in an 80+ year-old renovated building sitting in the heart of the East Hills neighborhood and has immeasurable character. While the building has had many uses, none have them have been a brewery so we had to get creative to fit our use in this space...but that is what gives it its charm.

The Metcalf family operated the largest funeral home in Grand Rapids from 1894 to 1980. The location where the brewery now stands was built in 1915. Although the building was originally constructed as an automobile garage, the Metcalfs repurposed it as the livery for the company’s 17 large white horses when they moved to the Cherry Street location in 1916.

Over the years the funeral home expanded. In 1948 the current Chapel building was built and that now is home to the Brewery Vivant pub. The original wood beams and light fixtures were able to be restored and provide a great ambiance. All the renovations followed strict Historic Preservation standards and every effort was made to bring the building back to its original look.

Learn more about the sustainable efficiencies of our space.