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Get Ready to Ruuuuumbllllllllle! Cho Down '24 is almost here!

Six culinary heavyweights, handpicked from our kitchen, are ready to step into the ring and battle it out for nacho supremacy!

This ain't just any ordinary cook-off, folks. This is a showdown of epic proportions, where our kitchen warriors are gearing up to unleash the most mouthwatering and one-of-a-kind nacho creations you've ever laid eyes on.

Indulge in six tantalizing variations, specially crafted by our dynamic culinary team, for this epic showdown that only happens once a year.

After every last nacho has been devoured, and washed down with a cold craft beer, then it's up to YOU, loyal fans, to cast your vote and crown the ultimate nacho champion! So mark your calendars, clear your schedules, and prepare for a flavor-filled fiesta like no other! Cho Down '24 is coming, and trust us, you do not want to miss this savory smackdown!

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Ready to elevate your Saturday afternoons? Join us starting February 10th at 3pm for Flights & Insights - the newest beer experience at Brewery Vivant! Sip on a flight of delicious Vivant brews while our in-house Advanced Cicerone®, Angela, leads you in a discussion about the fascinating history, process, and ingredients of each beer. Plus, you can ask any burning questions you have about your drink of choice. Routinely we'll explore new themes, so don't miss out!

Tickets are just $15 and can be snagged in person or over the phone. Remember to bring your digital receipt for entry! Excited to see you there and enjoy the Belgian-inspired lineup for our kickoff event: Farmhard, Ski Patrol, Zaison, and Wizard Burial Ground. Limited spots available, so claim your spot now!

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Get ready to unleash your taste buds with a weekend filled with wild game and craft beer!

Join us for the return of Wild Game Weekend, a feast for the senses on the weekend of January 19-21. Revel in the company of fellow enthusiasts as Chef Vander and crew unleash their culinary sorcery to serve up a wild game dinner you won't forget!

But that's not all – we'll also be releasing a new batch of our popular sour fruited ale, Jam Jar!

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Celebrate 13 years of beer, community and good times with us this December 20th at Brewery Vivant! Our success wouldn't be possible without the continuous support of all you, so come raise a glass with us and let's cheers to many more delicious brews.
A special new beer crafted in collaboration with The Red Project is being released- Encouraging Stout - so be sure to grab some of that delicious English style stout for a good cause. Proceeds directly support the amazing work of The Red Project!
Oh, and don't forget the live music from the Mitten Brass Quintet and mouthwatering food from our scratch kitchen. Hope you can join us for a fun evening of making new memories!
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Vivant's annual Winter Artisan Market is upon us. Time to bust out the wallet and begin the holiday shopping. Located in the Bier Garden and Walloon Room, local artists and makers will have their booths set up with all sorts of unique and creative gifts. It's the perfect afternoon to get at checking items off your list. So why not do it while sipping on your favorite craft beers and beverages?!

Wizard Day event

Releasing this Year's Vintage of our Legendary Bourbon Barrel Aged Quad plus a Brand New Wizard Version!

Wizard Burial Ground is a Bourbon Barrel Aged Quadrupel Ale. This rich and powerful brew combines the flavors of charred oak and vanillin from the barrels with the dried fruit and caramel maltiness present in the beer.
The result is a stunning example of a modern quad that still has the soul of big Belgian beers of the past.

Introducing Old Fashioned Wizard, aged in Old Elk Bourbon barrels with bitter orange and tart cherry. Answering the question: "What would Wizard be if it was an Old Fashioned cocktail?"

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It's that time of year again when Vivant transforms into a haunted haven, and we're dying for you to join in our Halloween Costume Contest on October 31st! No need to sign up, just throw on that killer costume and be ready to show us your wildest creative ideas. So come on in for dinner or drinks this Halloween and don't miss out on a chance to win a gift card for $100.

It's been confirmed that we'll have Tideline Energy Healing in the Chapel doing tarot card readings for $15 per session on Halloween.

Vivant will be welcoming back Frankenstein Trivia for the evenings of October 30 & 31. Fun, spooky themed trivia questions for all you brainy ghouls and ghosts!
Poutine 2023 event

Get ready for our annual Poutine showdown! Join us at Brewery Vivant for Poutine Clash and savor the tastiest battle of gravy, curds and fries. Our talented cooks will go head-to-head, crafting their unique Poutine creations, and it's your chance to be the judge! Taste, vote, and crown the Poutine champion!

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Find your inspiration at our Autumn Equinox Art Market. Surround yourself with the creativity and passion of local artists while sipping on one of our many draft beers and enjoying some tasty food.

The Autumnal Equinox Art Market is a haven for local artisans and makers, eager to showcase their latest and greatest creations.

So mark your calendar, invite your friends and family, and get ready to embrace the beauty of the changing seasons in an artistic and inspiring way. See you at Brewery Vivant's Art Market on Sunday!

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Saturday, September 16

1-6pm

Join us for Vivant's much-anticipated BFF Beer Fest, featuring Barrel Aged Beers, Firkins, and Farmhouse brews! After a four-year wait, we are thrilled to invite you to an unforgettable celebration of craft beer and community in Grand Rapids. Get ready to indulge in the rich and complex flavors of our meticulously crafted barrel-aged beers, experience the art of cask-conditioned ales with our fantastic selection of firkins, and celebrate our brewery's heritage with exceptional farmhouse brews.

With your ticket purchase, you'll receive 10 tokens for beer pours, allowing you to savor a variety of extraordinary beers, along with a commemorative glass to take home as a special keepsake from the event. The day promises to be a blast with your friends, surrounded by the warm and friendly atmosphere that sets Brewery Vivant apart.

In addition to the outstanding brews, we'll have local food trucks offering mouthwatering delights that perfectly complement your beer selection. Plus, unleash your competitive side with a range of exciting games to keep the good times rolling.

As a ticket holder, you'll get the exclusive opportunity to purchase limited releases of some of our most outstanding brews. This event is sure to sell out quickly, so save the date and secure your tickets now. We can't wait to raise a glass with you and create unforgettable memories at Brewery Vivant's BFF Fest!

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4th of July Deal

Fill your cooler up with beer for the 4th and take advantage of our incredible weeklong deal! Starting June 26 and running through July 4, we're offering a 15% discount on select beers! Bring in your cooler and we'll fill it up with your favorite beers and complimentary ice, so you can celebrate the holiday in the best way possible.
Whether you're camping, glamping or grilling, the perfect accompaniment to any summer holiday activity is a cooler full of cold beer! Enjoy a 15% discount on select beers from now until the 4th — don't miss out! *See list.
Farm Hand
Farm Hand Tart Tangerine
Grand Lager
Rapid IPA
Tropical Saison
Unapologetic Fruit: SanGria
*Note that bringing a cooler is not required to get this holiday deal.
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Smokin' Pops & Hops: A Father's Day Smoked Meat Feast

Join us on June 18th as we honor all the incredible dads out there with a special Father's Day event filled with delectable smoked meats and craft beer. Treat your father figure to an unforgettable culinary experience that will have his taste buds dancing!

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Mark your calendars, and get ready to embark on a celestial journey of flavor at Interstellar Duck Nacho Day!
The only place in the cosmos we're you'll find the original Duck Nachos, Vivant's famous French-Mex confit culinary creation.
Enjoy personal portions of our famous Duck Nachos plus uniquely succulent duck inspired dishes. All paired with our extensive selection of craft beers, thoughtfully brewed to complement the richness of our farm to table food.
Sunday, June 4 Noon till 9pm
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Join us May 25 from 4-7pm on the patio for some birdie business as staff from the Outdoor Discovery Center will be showing off some of their feathered friends. You won't want to miss this birds of prey exhibit on our patio! Partial proceeds will go to ODC to help fund programming.

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It's Back! Time to get weird with some bizarre beers. This time with more mind blowing brews from the inspired minds of our brewers.

Weird Beer Weekend is an exciting opportunity to sample some truly unique and interesting beers. We'll be serving two exceptional flights that range from weird to weirder and our kitchen will be featuring a mouthwatering menu to pair with.

We hope you have as much fun drinking these beers as our brewers did creating them!

Eight beers total will be on draft, one of which will also be bottled as a commemorative to-go option.

 

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It's that time of year again where the sun is again making it's appearance and things are beginning to heat up.
On Sunday, April 23 show your love for local artists and shop our Spring Art Market from noon until 4pm. It's a fun way to spend an afternoon, browsing vendors and drinking delicious craft beer. Or maybe lunch piques your appetite? Either way, there'll be plenty of art and maker wares for sale.
Whether you're looking for gifts, or to purchase a new piece of art to jazz up your living room, our Bier Garden and Walloon Room will be full with a unique variety of items to choose from.
Beer The Change Report

On Friday, March 17 we release our annual Beer The Change report that outlines our sustainability goals for the 2022 year. Traditionally released on St. Patrick's Day, this is our version of "green" beer. The report will be posted to our website Friday morning on the Beer The Change: Sustainability page found in the menu.

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Tickets are on sale now for our annual Valentine's Dessert Dinner that will be held on Sunday, February 12.
Limited to only 30 seats, so get yours today!

Tickets are $60 apiece and include four courses of delectable edibles paired with beer, all within the relaxing comfort of our Walloon Room. Hosted by pastry chef and sensory program master, Paige Moran and assistant FOH general manager Evann McUmber.

Tickets can be purchased in house. Please inquire at the host stand or speak with your server.

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Cho Down '23 is right around the corner and our kitchen crew is ready to battle it out over the tastiest, most unique nacho stylings this side of the Mississippi!

You've never had nachos like Vivant's creative culinary team makes for this fun yearly event.
Six unique versions will be on the menu for this one day only showdown.

Enjoy them all with delicious craft beer, then vote for your favorite and see who wins this year's champion title!

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Brewery Vivant is celebrating a dozen years slinging beers on Tuesday, December 20.
We're releasing a brand new beer for the occasion called Rosé Saison. In the spirit of festivity this ale is our brewers take on a sparkling rosé wine, in a farmhouse style. This aromatic saison is made with hibiscus and sangiovese grape must and will come in bottles.
The Rosé Saison also serves as a benefit beer for the City of Grand Rapids' gear library, Thrive Outside. Members of their staff will be on site showing off some of the items they have in their collection. Partial proceeds from the sale of the beer will go to benefit Thrive Outside, plus a QR code on the bottle will direct people to the website where they can make an extra donation. Staff will be on site between 5-8pm.
From 6:30-9pm Mitten Brass, a popular local brass quintet will entertain with popular and holiday tunes.

Food specials from our scratch kitchen include

Oysters on the half shell
Nashville chicken sandwich
Pork schnitzel
Lamb pot roast

 

Plus we may even pull out some throwback beers from the cellar to mark the occasion!

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Join us for a festive afternoon of shopping and beer on Sunday, December 11 from 12-4pm.

We'll have local vendors featuring artworks and unique craft items set up in the Walloon Room and Bier Garden. Find interesting and one-of-a-kind gifts, stocking stuffers and more while enjoying the warm ambiance of our holiday decorated taproom. Choose from a variety of master crafted beers to pair with lunch prepared by our farm-to-table scratch kitchen.

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Join us for our annual Wild Game Weekend, featuring top game meat prepared masterfully by our chefs and seasoned to pair with our premium craft ales.
Our special hunters themed menu will run from Friday through Sunday.
Entree will include Kangaroo, Bison, Frog legs and Wild Boar Spare Ribs
Hunters Board includes Red deer, Camel, Antelope and Goat
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This Halloween weekend we've got all kinds of activities happening at the pub.
The kitchen will be featuring "spooky" menu specials all weekend. Costumes are encouraged all weekend. Two dollars off the regular price of beers for those in costume and a special beer flight will be available for guests.

Friday- Starting at 8pm in the Walloon Room Broads Burlesque will perform their Halloween show. Get tickets online at Eventbrite.com Seating is limited.

Sunday- Halloween themed Trivia Night.
Come in costume for a Halloween Trivia Night where we'll end with a costume contest and the winner receiving a gift card.

Monday- Franken-Stein Night! We'll have a variety of select beers on tap for just $5 for those who bring a stein. Don't have one? You can purchase a glass one from our retail in the front of house. Costumes are encouraged and there will be food specials, and we'll be pouring Pumpkin Tart out of pumpkins. The Frankenstein Trivia Group will be here in the evening for a fun pub quiz!

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Have you ever wondered what the impact on climate change is from the food you consume? At Brewery Vivant we have been thinking about this from the day we opened. We have prioritized sourcing from local farms to support the local economy and reduce transportation miles of our ingredients. We also prioritize sourcing our proteins from non CAFO (concentrated animal feeding operation) farms. Please join us on Wednesday, September 21 to learn more about the amazing local family farm we source our beef from, Wernette Beef.

For the last 4 years, Wernette has participated in an international study with researchers from Michigan State University that is measuring how various cattle farming practices impact the environment, specifically related to climate change. Their research suggests that grazing cattle among multiple paddocks can contribute to climate change mitigation through the sequestration of carbon in the soil. This study challenges existing conclusions that only feedlot-intensification reduces the overall beef greenhouse gas footprint through greater productivity.

At this event, we will host a panel discussion with members from the MSU research team and farmers from Wernette Beef. They will share more about their research and how you can apply what they have learned to your food-purchasing decisions. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required as there is limited space. After the panel discussion there will be a 3-course dinner with beer pairings highlighting Wernette Beef in each course. Tickets are limited for this special dining experience.

Saison D'etre

Saison, say what?

All about the spirit of saison, the Belgian farmhouse style of beer that Vivant is built upon. We celebrate the fullness of the fields' provisions and a bountiful harvest, lush and fruit bearing. A time to appreciate those who put in the hard work tending the land, to recognize the artisans that turn the fruit of the vine, through the work of their hands, into something magical; something transcendent that deserves to be savoured and shared.
Expect intriguing cuisine from our scratch kitchen, inspiring saison ales, and the usual suspects: that cadre of bon vivants you identify with as YOUR people. After all, saison simply translates as season. And at Vivant, good food, drink and merriment are always in season. 

BEER DROPS

Our brewers have been hard at work crafting some amazing beers specially for this event. Adding to our Unapologetic Fruit series will be a brand new Sangria ale. Packed with scintillating flavors of white grape, apple, pear, blood orange, blueberry and blackberry, this Sangria is absolutely unapologetic. 
In addition we'll be releasing a new, uniquely brewed ale with rye and spelt that is quintessentially saison. Considering the theme of the weekend, we're calling this one Essential Saison. Always! 
Word has it that our brewers are concocting a third beer for Saison D'etre weekend; something wild, something Farm Hand, something barrel aged that'll be the latest of our Single Barrel Sour limited bottle releases to date! 
 
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Three cans of Farm Hand Tart Tangerine in a pile of tangerines.

Friends, we're so excited to have finally released our first ever FARM HAND variant as a mainstay option for your drinking enjoyment! As you may know, FARM HAND is the first beer we brewed for the public over a decade ago and continues to be our flagship ale. Tart Tangerine is the evolution of this classic Vivant ale. 

FARM HAND Tart Tangerine is a characterful new variant with bold, in-your-face tangerine aroma and flavor. The tangy tangerine notes imbue the classic farmhouse flavors of Farm Hand making this, one lip-smacking good beer!

You can find Tart Tangerine in select stores throughout Michigan.

 

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