Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing CompanyFounders Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.93/5
Based on:
113 Beers
27,010 Reviews
Place Score: 97
Reviews: 280
Visits: 925
rAvg: 4.38
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

Notes:
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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Reviews: 280 | Visits: 925
Reviews by adamette:
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4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Based on a visit there 10 17 09 with some notes but also additional recollections. This and New Holland were the top two reasons for making a Michigan beer trip which means that long ago when I saw where Founders was located I got the idea of visiting here. I was very much looking forward to visiting here for months. Located near the thriving city of Grand Rapids, the modern brewpub of Founders greets the visitor. There is a lengthy main hall with a winding, serpentine bar with about 100 tables and the brewery facility at the far end. Very spacious, modern.

Atmosphere Very college, organic, hippie appearance but also with significant modernity since it is very open with visible brewing equipment through windows all of the way to the left as you enter. On the right is the long bar (it probably seats 30?) and seating for another 250 (?) makes up the bulk of the main area of the brewpub. I can recall rows of tables with loose chairs on either side. There is an "order window very near the entrance on the right before you get to the bar and, of course, this is where you order food, get a beeper and then return to get your food. Interesting system since there are no "waiters" or "waitresses." 4.0

Quality Very high since everything is presented in proper glassware and great pride and care is taken to present the beer accurately. 4.5

Service Very good indeed. I mentioned to the bartender during an afternoon that I am basically making a tour of beer places in Michigan and he was welcoming and interested in where else I had visited. Before I left he gave me about half of a pint of what turned out to be a mixture of 3 different beers, including two different vintages of Dirty Bastard. That was generous an unexpected and welcomed. 4.5

Selection Well if you love craft beer then the selection is simply great. I tried a few new beers I had not heard of before that night, Founders Hole Mole, Founders Hand of Doom, Founders Newaygo County Cherry, and all of their standard line up including FBS, a pleasure to try on tap from the source. 4.5

Food Pretty good. I ordered a turkey sandwich and it came in a basket with chips and a pickle as I recall. It was good and fresh. 3.5

Value Just fine but I was honestly not looking at the prices.

Notes: A great Beer Advocate place. (2,297 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of mgavin
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of cristhre3floyd
4.03/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Zuidman
4.03/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of mwaltz99
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of cptbenjamin
5/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of hopsandmalt
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of kbuzz
3.86/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Richter525
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of get_bentley
5/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Icebiker71
5/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Grinz12
3.96/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Jaszucs
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of JArt
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This is a really pretty brewery. The place is really large and roomy, and the selection was great. (98 characters)

Photo of donnierickles
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of duobob
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Tommyd1
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of 98green
3.9/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

Loud and busy at 6:30 on a Friday. Was able to get a seat at the downstairs bar easily. Nice variety of taps, unfortunately it was out of season for KBS or CBS. (160 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
4.38/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of jvgoor3786
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of orangesol
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of DavMEtt
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Always have a great selection of beers, and never a better time than when they have CBS on tap (it wouldn't be so terrible if they wanted to bottle it again). Some unique sandwich combinations and you never know who you'll see there or what they're doing. Usually a friendly crowd, willing to let strangers share a table with them. (333 characters)

Photo of rmank
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
97 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.