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Founders Brewing Company

Founders Brewing CompanyFounders Brewing Company

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 129
Beer Ratings: 74,506
Beer Avg: 3.98

Taps: 18 / Bottles: 7
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
100
world-class

437 Ratings
Ratings: 437
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 4.51
pDev: 8.43%
$$ - reasonable


[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

235 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49503
United States
phone: (616) 776-1195

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @foundersbrewing

Notes:
Monday - Saturday: 11am - 2am
Sunday: 12pm - 12am
Non-smoking Indoors, huge front porch for smoking. (heated winter room coming!)
Much larger room, with huge 25-seat custom mahogany bar.
Expanded Deli Menu and Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 11am-11pm
Sunday: 12pm-11pm
Store: 12pm-8pm
Live Music Thursdays and Saturdays featuring Stage, House PA and Sound
Pool Table, Real Dart Board, and Shuffleboard.

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Badger6

Virginia

4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

It's the Taproom for one of the best breweries in the America. It's flat-out amazing, not like psychedelic or once in a lifetime, it's just a really cool place. I can't say the atmosphere is perfect, because the HUGE amount of tables seems to make you think they want to sell food...

Until you sidle to the bar, grab a stool and start bullshitting with the staff. They know the beer, they all drink it, and they can all describe it in beer lingo so you can make an educated choice. Team approach to serving, so I have no idea who got the sweet 30% tip I left, but they were all friendly, they were eager to keep my glass full, and there was no awkward infighting between the staff. They all genuinely look like they love their job.

The beer is all quality; if you don't like a particular beer, it isn't the quality, it's just not your style. The food is good, servings are huge (a half-sandwich is perfect for normal people, the overeaters can get a full, but it isn't necessary).

Great place to eat and have a beer, I go every time I am in town.

04-19-2014 02:57:16 | More by Badger6
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craft_shannie

Indiana

4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$

was super excited to visit for the first time & bring home some KBS. visited tap room early thursday afternoon, 3/28. expansive & open space with a long beautiful bar, w. plenty of tables & outdoor seating. still, it was still a chore to find some open seats. no class 3 beers, only one class 2 (curmudgeon), with mostly standard class 1 beers. sampled diamond mt brown, empire strikes bitter, exp 7272, and dirty bastard. service was good considering the amount of ppl there. given the crowd, didn't order food from the window - and just settled on pretzels & the centennial IPA mustard. (its super good).

yes, founders does beer extremely well & we enjoyed our beers & shared a few laughs while visiting, but in terms of the tap room itself, i was a bit disappointed. i prefer a more intimate and personal experience. but, it was KBS release - and i left w. my KBS so how disappointed can i be, right?

re-review based on return visit for 2014 kbs. the expansion is complete & just makes the space very relaxed, comfortable, and manageable for the numbers founders commands. staff is freaking excellent. kbs on tap was a real treat. kbs week was very, very well done. big fan.

03-25-2014 03:34:16 | More by craft_shannie
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EricTKolekamp

Michigan

5/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

It's hard to not find something here that you don't like, unless of course your just a curmudgeon. Being a mug club member here and living within 20 minutes of the place I guess makes me a little spoiled(and maybe jaded). At the end of the day all your gonna find here is world class beers served at a reasonable price, good food, and lots of live music. Yeah parking these days seems to be at a premium but that's because all you see here anymore on the weekends is a bunch of out of state plates. If you are lucky enough to live in an area where you can get the year round brews stick to the class 2 and 3's, also the taproom one offs. These beauties tend to be very special and are commonly the ones I leave with in my growlers, cheers!

02-26-2014 19:27:27 | More by EricTKolekamp
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DavidRandall

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

I have been to Founder's three times. When I am in Grand Rapids for an event, most recently a Grand Rapids Griffins hockey game, I stop here for the food and beer. Since I can get the Centennial IPA, All Day IPA, Breakfast Stout and occasionally a few others in the local store, I get something different. This visit it was the Imperial Stout. A very good stout that poured dark, almost black.

The food has always been good and this time we got a beer cheese dip to share and I had a ham sandwich they were featuring. Sorry, I do not recall the name. All four of us liked the sound of it but I was the only one to order it. What scared everyone else away was that it had potato chips on the sandwich, yes on the sandwich. We thought they would be stale/soggy but the were kettle chips and they held up well with a good crisp crunch in every bite of the good sandwich.

The place is large just having expanded. A very large open dining room and a smaller area to the right as you walk in that has high top tables and a pool table and an additional bar. There is also a covered patio outside with heaters in the roof to make it very comfortable to sit out on a picnic table as we did last year. Watching snow floating down having a great sandwich and beer was very relaxing. A beer garden was another addition with the expansion.

01-12-2014 18:13:04 | More by DavidRandall
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Alextricity

Michigan

4.71/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

--My review from Yelp.--

Everything I expected.

I walked in about 15 minutes after they opened and the place was basically barren. By the time we walked out 90 minutes later, they were completely packed and there was a line almost out the door. I think that speaks for itself.

...but in case it doesn't, I'll elaborate. Upon walking in, you'll notice how massive this place is. There's a lot of seating, but it's not crammed at all, at least not at the main bar area when you first walk in, to the left.

I'm feeling too damn lazy to write up a lengthy review, so I'll just give some bullet points.

1.) The server was knowledgeable about the beers on tap, which I'd expect, and was very happy to see.

2.) The brews have tiers 1-3, with 1 being the cheapest, and 3 being most expensive.

3.) The food is nearly excellent, with a nice variety of sandwiches to enjoy, at fair prices.

That explains Founders in a reasonably short review. The beer is some of the best you'll find anywhere, the food is very well worth waiting for (we didn't wait more than 10 minutes, but they weren't busy when we ordered), the staff is trained well, the bathrooms are clean... it's just a great experience. I expected nothing less out of Founders, and my visit there was probably the highlight of my brief trip to Grand Rapids.

01-04-2014 22:29:22 | More by Alextricity
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MSU_hophead

Michigan

4.63/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$

This place was solid even before the renovations but with all the changes is truly a world class beer hall. The new outdoor "beer garden" area is gigantic with multiple huge gas bonfires and plenty of outdoor gas heaters situated above the outdoor tables. I've been out here in November and it's still been pleasant although they do close down the outside bar around October. Some (but not all) of the outdoor area is covered so it could still be enjoyed in moderately inclement weather. There is also a convenient outdoor smoking area to the side of the patio.

Moving to the inside...as a pool player you can't beat the free! pool in the back. The two bars inside keep the lines reasonable even when it's busy. I really like the new two bar setup; if you're there for a show or enjoy being in the center of the activity the main area is a great spot to be. The second, new smaller bar located around the corner is great for a more intimate sit down or for catching the game on one of their big flat screens. They even let you fill up a growler and keep it in a fridge in their tap room.

The food is extremely good too. I've had the backwoods bastard sandwich which has pulled pork with Dirty Bastard infused BBQ sauce. I've also had most of their apps and they have all been solid. The bartenders are always knowledgable and have never hesitated to give me decent size samples of even their class 3 offerings.

Founders gets top marks for their amazing outdoor area, large and modern indoor space as well as their great food, beer and knowledgeable staff.

12-20-2013 23:51:35 | More by MSU_hophead
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MarcatGSB

Michigan

4.39/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

Can't believe I have never gave Founder's a rating...Been here a dozen times over the last 8 years or so...

Founder's is the quintessential destination brewery. They do everything here. They have cheap, good eats. They have a great stage, and bring in world class (and lots of local) music. They have an always rotating and interesting tap list with things that are only available at the brew pub. A fantastic swag shop, and a state of the art tap room, with an awesome outdoor seating area, with a ton of room for just about anything. Founder's does it right.

I don't need to say much more, it's all been said. Worth the trip from anywhere in the world, and it won't disappoint.

12-17-2013 15:46:03 | More by MarcatGSB
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

4.29/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Atmosphere: very big and open now that they went through the expansion. a stage with what looks like some cool concerts and events. really nice outdoor area, can't wait to be there when the weather is nice. wish there was more available gaming zones, they just have the one pool table

Quality: founders brews some beers that are top notch. one of the best american ale breweries in michigan if not the country

Service: no real problems here. it is seat yourself which gets crazy since its always busy

Selection: probably one of the better combinations of what they bottle and pub exclusives around. there pub exclusives aren't the best though

Overall: a great place to go and a must visit when in grand rapids. great beer and a fun place

12-12-2013 19:04:00 | More by SportsandJorts
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DMarlinJ

Michigan

4.56/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$

I have been in to get take home bottles, buy stuff at the store and recently had lunch. Went in the day after Thanksgiving to do some shopping, then had a couple of the class 3 beers and a bowl of chili. Both were excellent. It was quite busy but I got served promptly and my server even went to the other bar to get the beer I wanted because it was not at the bar I was sitting at.
The people that sat down next to me did have a bit of a wait to get noticed, I was surprised it took a bit long. It was getting busier though.

Talking with the different bartenders was fun. They definitely knew their stuff on beer and I learned a few new things. I enjoyed my visit, great stop for lunch.

12-05-2013 01:21:50 | More by DMarlinJ
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teledeluxe

Illinois

4.01/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75 | $$

Beer hall atmosphere - you either love it or hate it. It was clean, wasn't too loud and no one seems obnoxious despite there being a game on. Would be better if it was more like a traditional german beer hall and a little less like a sports bar. Staff seemed pretty good overall but our waitress was slow at best - perhaps a little overworked. Good news is I liked everything I had. Food was pretty decent. Beer was great.

12-02-2013 21:23:46 | More by teledeluxe
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Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
100 out of 100 based on 437 ratings.