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Brewery Vivant celebrates 10-year anniversary with release of J’aison Ale

Brewery Vivant celebrates 10-year anniversary with release of J’aison Ale
Jessica Spengler

Sunday, December 20, marks the 10-year anniversary for one of Grand Rapids, Michigan’s most celebrated breweries: Brewery Vivant. The brewery is the world’s first LEED certified commercial microbrewery and a Certified B Corporation. It is beloved among Michigan’s beer loving community for their Belgium-style brews, as well as their commitment to the local community. To celebrate 10 years, on December 17 the brewery released J’aison, a Petite Saison brewed with orange peel and Tellicherry black peppercorns. It is currently available on draft and in cans for sale at the brewpub.

Although J’aison has never been commercially released, it was the first recipe owner Jason Spaulding crafted when creating their now-iconic beer line.

“Our vision for Vivant has always been to make beers that take inspiration from traditional European styles, but with the addition of American ingenuity,” said Spaulding. “[J’aison] is quite drinkable at 5.4% ABV and has the sweet aroma of oranges with a bit of a kick from the peppercorns.”

In keeping with their commitment to being active members of the local community, a portion of all beer sales of J’aison will support the community garden at neighborhood public elementary school, Congress Elementary. Vivant has invited their biggest local suppliers and distribution partners to join them in this fundraising effort.

“We have always advocated for businesses to be actively involved in supporting their community, whether that is through donations or volunteering their time. Congress Elementary is one of our earliest partners, so celebrating our first decade by supporting their community garden, which we helped fund originally, was the perfect choice,” said owner, Kris Spaulding. Since opening, the company has donated over $325,000 in cash to their local nonprofit partners, and staff members have volunteered over 2,000 hours of their time.

Virtual and in-person toast

To celebrate further, the Spauldings will host a 10-year toast via Facebook Live on December 20 at 5:00 pm. They invite their community of supporters to join them online or at the pub. Currently, indoor dining is not allowed in Michigan, but Brewery Vivant’s outdoor heated beer garden and patio are open for service. People hoping to tune-in online and are located in and around Grand Rapids can get takeout or delivery from Vivant’s taproom, located in the East Hills neighborhood.

Also, back in limited release is a favorite from the past, Pothole Stout, made in partnership with local coffee shop Sparrows Coffee. Pothole Stout will be available on draft and in cans at the pub on December 22, as well as in distribution throughout Michigan.

To learn more about Brewery Vivant, their anniversary and their beer, visit

*All Images courtesy of Brewery Vivant

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