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Enjoying one of Brewery Vivant’s Belgian-inspired brews in its taproom can take a customer on a spiritual journey. Perhaps one of the most visually stunning brewery taprooms around, Brewery Vivant founders Kris and Jason Spaulding found their home in a former funeral home.
Anchoring the middle of the now-trendy Cherry Street, the funeral home operated from 1894 to 1980, but the building the brewery is housed in was built in 1915. Today, Brewery Vivant’s taproom is located in what was the funeral home’s chapel, which features ornate Belgian monastery architecture; perfect for enjoying the brewery’s Belgian- and French-inspired beers.
Although the building was originally an automobile garage, the Metcalf family who opened the funeral home where Brewery Vivant now lives built their business into the largest funeral home in Grand Rapids. Maybe the location is just lucky, because when the brewery first opened, its chance of success was tiny.
With a focus on brewing farmhouse and Belgian style beers, Brewery Vivant has grown into a wildly successful town watering hole. Since 2010 the Brewery has upgraded their gear and made their business into a thriving piece of the Grand Rapids community. The Brewery has even been host to minor flash mob.
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