Brewery Vivant

Grand Rapids — December 20 will find Brewery Vivant celebrating their 5th year of business in the East Hills neighborhood of Grand Rapids. To mark this occasion they are serving rare and exciting beers, special dishes, and announcing a sour beer program as well as releasing a wood-aged sour beer Anniversary Ale in a 500ml bottle — a change of pace as Vivant is known for their canned beers.

“We are launching our new sour beer program in glass bottles versus cans as higher CO2 volumes are part of this old­-world style of wood aged beer. The bottle provides champagne bottle-­like protection from brewing with these wild yeasts,” says owner and president, Jason Spaulding.

Vivant is known for their bold flavors both in the glass and on the plate. Their kitchen was voted Best European Restaurant for 2015 by Grand Rapids Magazine. They famously use fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients in a wide array of Belgian and French inspired dishes. They frequently use ingredients grown in the Vivant Garden, a small plot of land located a mile away from the pub.

The anniversary party will raise funds for the neighborhood’s elementary school, Congress Elementary. “We see our business as vehicle to do good things within our community,” says owner & sustainability director Kris Spaulding.

Vivant has been awarded Sustainable Business of the Year by the West Michigan Business Forum. They are the first commercial brewery in the nation to receive Silver LEED Certification from the USGBC. Additionally they are 100% renewable powered, a silver ­level Bicycle Friendly Business, and are a certified B Corporation. Beer the Change®

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