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.
According to the propriators:
"Step inside our Pub and you will feel like you just stepped inside a Belgian monastery…except we don’t have monks walking around in robes. Instead we have a pretty casual scene where you can come for a goblet of beer with friends, or bring the whole work team down for dinner. Our Pub is a place to indulge in the culture of beer. It is a way of life for us and we love to share our passion with all visitors that take the time to stop into the Chapel."