Monday, March 04, 2013

Brewery Vivant Has Plenty on Tap for 2013

Written by  Dan VanderKooi
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Brewery Vivant has plenty on tap for 2013

Eastown Grand Rapids’ own Brewery Vivant is starting the year off right with a series of very exclusive releases leading up to this year’s Zaison seasonal release on April 16. Releases so far this year have included a very limited can release of “Tart Side of the Moon,” a dark Imperial farmhouse ale and tribute to the 40th anniversary of the Pink Floyd Album Dark Side of the moon; which was followed by Hubris Quadrupel currently also in very short supply, and Vivant Tripel on March 5th with 20% off cans and cases on release day only as has been past practice.
Make sure to sample Vivant’s latest food menu when stopping in as there are currently plenty of great offerings in store to pair your favorite beer with. From the current menu, I tried the very fulfilling Vegan Winter Sandwich with hearty bread, Blis sherry-maple vinaigrette, cashew spread and local veggies. The Braised Pork Shank with potato salad and house sauerkraut is of enormous portions and sure to please even the most carnivorous meat-eater. As a nice complement, Brewery Vivant has also been offering regular cask-conditioned specialties as well.

Another recent tap at Vivant, Hopcat, and Grand Rapids Brewing Company which I recommend highly is the collaboration brew Menage a Trois. Each brewery has their own version of the new beer which uses organic Wakatu hops from New Zealand, and also served up an exclusive barrel-aged variation for their “Strolling Dinner” last Thursday, February 21st which included sampling of all of the brews as well as a 7-course dinner via the Hopcat Express.

Dan VanderKooi

Dan VanderKooi

Dan VK has been following the Michigan Craft Beer scene since before Oberon has been available in 6-packs. Besides making the rounds at all the local craft breweries and beer bars, Dan also supports the local music scene, reads crime fiction, and enjoys playing volleyball with his wife and friends.