Grand Rapids Public Museum Offers Beer Explorers – The Science of Tasting

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) is partnering with Brewery Vivant and the Grand Rapids Community College brewing students this month for a special Beer Explorers class to learn about the science of tasting. On Thursday, October 12, participants will explore their senses in relationship to how they taste beer.

Led by Brewery Vivant’s Wandering Monk and Certified Cicerone, Ryan Engeman, GRCC brewery students will conduct three interactive beer stations, each related to a different sense. Participants will spend time at each station, to learn how our brains process flavor profiles, and learn about aroma, color, feel and taste of beer.

Class begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be held on the first floor of the Museum. Admission to class includes three beer samples, as well as access to the Museum’s first two floors to explore! A cash bar will be available; doors open at 6 p.m.

Tickets for the event are $10 for members and $20 for non-members. Participants must be 21 and older. Tickets can be purchased at

Brewery Vivant

The brewery is located in the East Hills neighborhood of Grand Rapids, in a renovated funeral chapel built in the early 1900s. 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®!

Grand Rapids Public Museum

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is an invaluable, publicly-owned institution that is home to more than 250,000 unique artifacts that tell the history of Kent County and beyond, houses the only planetarium in the region, and is responsible for protecting the Norton Indian Mounds, a national historic landmark. The Grand Rapids Public Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, with its main location in downtown Grand Rapids, MI at 272 Pearl Street, NW. For additional information including hours of operation, admission fees and exhibit/event listings, please visit