Sunday, May 21, 2017

Brewery Vivant named a Gold Bicycle Friendly Business​​ by the League of American Bicyclists 2017

Written by  Paul Starr
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Today, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Brewery Vivant with a Gold Bicycle Friendly Business (BFBSM) award, joining more than 1,300 visionary businesses from across the country.
With the announcement of 34 new and renewing BFBs today, Brewery Vivant joins a cutting-edge group of 1,343 local businesses, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies in every state in the US and Washington, D.C., that are transforming the American workplace.

“As we celebrate National Bike Month and Bike to Work Week, the League of American Bicyclists is excited to recognize a new class of businesses that are making their communities safer, happier, healthier, and more sustainable through bicycling,” said Amelia Neptune, Director of the Bicycle Friendly America program. “We applaud this new round of Bicycle Friendly Businesses, including Brewery Vivant, for leading the charge in creating a more bicycle-friendly America for everyone.”

Brewery Vivant has been recognized on a national level for its sustainability efforts, including bicycle friendly practices by both industry trade groups and popular cultural magazines. Being a bicycle friendly business has helped to elevate its reputation. Brewery Vivant encourages bicycling as an easy option for transportation and provides amenities such as bicycle racks, employee shower & changing facilities, and maintenance supplies, and incentives such as subsidized off-site gym membership, helmet reimbursement, and active-pursuit related subsidies.

“We know that our employees, guests, and community value bicycles as alternative transportation as well as recreation.” Says Kris Spaulding, owner & director of sustainability, “The BFB process is a great way to see where we are doing well and where there is opportunity for improvement. This certification also highlights our commitment to bicycles and alternative transportation in a public way.”

Moving forward, Brewery Vivant will have access to a variety of tools and technical assistance from the League to become even more bicycle-friendly. When our employees bike, great things happen: decreased carbon footprints, increased endorphins, and healthy, fun work culture.

To apply or learn more about the BFB program, visit the League online at

About The Bicycle Friendly America Program

To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America, including the Bicycle Friendly CommunitySM, Bicycle Friendly StateSM, Bicycle Friendly BusinessSM and Bicycle Friendly UniversitySM programs.visit

The League of American Bicyclists is leading the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. As leaders, our commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change.

About Brewery Vivant

The brewery is located in the East Hills neighborhood of Grand Rapids, in a renovated funeral chapel built in the early 1900’s. Their staff of around 60 employees specialize in Belgian/French inspired beers and fare in a completely unique setting. Husband and wife partners Jason and Kris Spaulding opened the doors for business in December of 2010. Vivant beers are distributed throughout Michigan and the greater Chicago area. 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®!

Paul Starr

Paul Starr

Paul Starr is the creator of the I'm a Beer Hound and one of the organizer and the driving force behind Art & Craft Beerfest, Lansing Beer Fest, Beerfest at the Ballpark Spring & Fall. When he's not working on Beer Hound he's probably watching the Lions, Tigers or Red Wings. Being a recent new Dad of twins, he doesn't have much extra time these days for mischief.