Brewery Vivant


Grand Rapids, Michigan

United States

About Brewery Vivant

Located in a former funeral home chapel in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Brewery Vivant specializes in Belgian and French inspired beers and fare. What makes Vivant unique is the way they approach their craft and operate their business. The core of Brewery Vivant can be found at the crossroads of three passions:

  1. A love of the tradition and artistic approach of the Belgian & French styles of beers;
  2. Running the business according to the three pillars of sustainability – Environmental Integrity, Social Equity, and Economic Viability;
  3. A focus on sharing the experience of how beer and food can be paired to uplift the enjoyment of both.

The word "vivant" translates as "to be alive", or "to be lively" which is fitting to the type of brewery they strive to be.  "Bon vivant" (the good life) is often used in reference to people who enjoy eating and drinking well...and that is what Brewery Vivant is all about.

Since opening in 2010, Brewery Vivant has published an annual sustainability report titled “Beer the change…” (include link) which documents their progress towards 12 sustainability goals including producing 0 waste, 90% of expenses with local suppliers, 10% of profits to charities and 200 volunteer hours. Vivant is the first commercial brewery in the USA to receive LEED Silver Certification from the USGBC. 

We chose B Corp certification to protect our core mission of sustainability, to strive for continuous improvement in our commitment to the triple bottom line, and to be connected to a network of like-minded organizations. We believe a great business exists because of the support of the community. Therefore, a business should be an active extension of the community and should strive to find meaningful ways to give back to it. 

The Change We Seek®

Brewery Vivant aims to "beer the change we want to see in the world." They strive to be the best employer of their size in the craft beer industry. They demonstrate the positive force a small employer can be in the community. By focusing on being great rather than large, they accomplish much more than simply making great beer. 

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

May 2014

Company Score

Median Score*



The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.



The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.



The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).



The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.



The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

Overall B Score

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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