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Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing CompanyFounders Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.95/5
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107 Beers
108,268 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 869
Reviews: 288
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: n/a
Taps: 18
Bottles: 7
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ 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

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Place added by: BeerAdvocate

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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Ratings: 869 | Reviews: 288
Reviews by Mitchster:
Photo of Mitchster
4.46/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Located downtown GR in an old building in an industrial part of town, with a small sign that can't be seen from a distance. Large ceilings with the requisite open metal ventilation and no fans. (This place does get packed with smoke when busy). Mostly brown decor with chalk boards of their taps. 15 taps when I was here, about 6 of them seasonal and the rest regulars. No food here other than peanuts and get-it-yourself popcorn. The beer is truly exceptional. Nate and Jeremy make some amazing stuff....I have been impressed with everything they bottle and was blown away by the brews on tap....the Chocolate Rye Porter, Centennial IPA, Devil Dancer IPA3, Oatmeal stout, and Cherry Java Stout were all amazing brews that I could drink all night long. They have a real cask engine that was not being used the day I was there. 2 nitro taps. Service is decent, and samples are free. No samplers persay, so I stuck to the 10 oz shorties.

Nate and Jeremy are exceptional hosts. They brought out some special brews for the Western Michigan BA gathering and it's evident that they have a deep-seated passion for beer. Highly, highly recommended!

I plan on spending more time here. Definitely a highlight of the Michigan Beer Scene.

More User Reviews:
Photo of beeragate
3.35/5  rDev -26.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

Love this brewery ..... Obviously beer is their passion

Photo of JonB25
5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great Experience, Great Food, Beer Selection was Superb

Photo of beerdedrinken
3.35/5  rDev -26.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2.25

Service wasn't great but awesome atmosphere and good beer

Photo of hardysf
5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Went for KBS release party. Long lines, but that was to be expected. Great Beer and Great Food.

Photo of fatsamus
4.1/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great place to enjoy some classic craft beers!

Photo of S-Man
3.16/5  rDev -30.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 1.5

Low rating for selection because I am not a diehard hop or stout fan. They dominate the menu.

Photo of mluchies
4.89/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Hands down the best brewery in the country. The BEST beer in Beer City USA.

Photo of jrs3994243
4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Great selection with CBS, multiple KBS, Backwoods Bastard and Sweet Repute selections on tap. Food was outstanding and set ice was good.

Photo of montesown
4.21/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Always a great time here. Several vintage beers placed on tap - including CBS and KBS from past years. Excellent local bands at night. Food is ok, but really - who is here for the food and not the FUN!

Photo of Monsta-beer-drinker
4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Food was amazing. Great selection in store. Beer on tap was great.

Photo of Hopeswimmer
4.85/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Wish I lived closer, one of my favorite places to drink.

Photo of docoman
4.34/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Nice overall layout of taproom and good size area for small and large groups. Live bands on the weekends and layout very open. Beer and food selections both very good.

Photo of Brandonparrent
4.9/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I am a little bias but this is top 5 in the US. I travel just for beer, and for what they do with combinations and ingredients is genius. I am so lucky to be in the same state to be able to enjoy.

Photo of routledc
5/5  rDev +9.4%

Great atmosphere, extensive draft list, world class beer.

Photo of Ngcba415
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Incredible beer of any style from Stout to IPA. I have yet to have a beer by Founders that I disliked. All day IPA continues to be my daily drink, and will be for the foreseeable future.

Photo of JordanHageman
5/5  rDev +9.4%

An outstanding brewery that has yet to let me down. Keep up the great work guys.

Photo of AlexM
5/5  rDev +9.4%

Dang - this place is HUGE! Hit it on a Wednesday night around 5:30pm and it was packed. Managed to find a seat at the bar. Friendly workers even though they were super busy. The ordering workflow is a bit funky (beer and food orders are separate areas/lines) but whatever. Food was damn good - the bacon potatoe salad was delish! Obviously Founders is a must visit if you are in the area. CHEERS!

Photo of arthuro11
4.9/5  rDev +7.2%

I went here being a fan of Founders for sure (Breakfast Stout is among my all time favs, and been lucky enough to score some KBS via a good friend) and had no expectations of the tap room except the aforementioned friend said if we're going to make a beer trip, it should be Founders or Bell's (both about 45 minutes from where we were).

All that said, I felt instantly comfortable when I walked in. Spacious welcoming room, with another taproom to the right, and great seating outside. Unfortunately we only had time for a couple, but one of them was Devil Dancer, on tap, absolutely no complaints there.

Only got an appetizer but it was great. There were servers who were happy to help us at the bar and also when we were seated, which I was surprised a bit about considering how busy the place was. When we initally came in, we walked right in, when we left the place was packed fairly early on a Saturday night.

Got some great schwag at the gift shop, and some great beers to take home (or more accurately partially finish later that night around the campfire).

Complaints? Not really, looking forward to the next visit even though it may be several years off. If you are in the same area code, or even peninsula, worth a visit for any beer fan.

Photo of indianabeerman
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

great food. awesome service and a ton of great beers. love this place

Photo of NewGlarusFan
5/5  rDev +9.4%

It’s a great place to stop at in Grand Rapids. It's large and there are two bars to grab pints and one outside in the beer garden if in season. There isn't much of a line to wait in other than the food line. It was crowed, but at the same time didn't seem crowed. Go here, it's awesome.

Photo of jimmygord
4.25/5  rDev -7%

Good spot. Great beer. Wish I wasn't there on a week night. Friendly staff. Looks like a great place to spend an Autumn day. Fireplaces blazing outside, delicious beer inside. The choices in the gift shop were dizzying. Very reasonably priced. Def a great destination.

Photo of KCBeerNerd
4.25/5  rDev -7%

A great place. While there beer suffers more with each state they add distro to, their brewery is awesome and tasting room is awesome.

Photo of PrendUnVerreDeBiere
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Great brewery. Brewing fantastic beers that entice the palate. You will hardly find a beer in this fine establishment that will not please and liven up your taste buds. The brewery provides an open atmosphere with plenty of seating in and outside. Architecture is rustic modern and industrial with plenty of stonework, wooden beams and weld work. The atmosphere is both busy and intimate, allowing one to participate in the bustle of the brewery, but also sit back and fade into the framework. Great ambiance and incredible large portioned appetizers and sandwiches that pair well with the incredible selection of flavorful beers. Well done Founders, until we meet again!

Photo of bwood06
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Great place to eat, have a drink, and have a get together with friends. Awesome beer selection with various price ranges. Founder's actually serves some of their beers in glasses other than pint glasses which is a nice break from the norm.

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Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
100 out of 100 based on 869 ratings.