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Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing CompanyFounders Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.94/5
Based on:
108 Beers
106,703 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 857
Reviews: 285
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: 857 | Reviews: 285
Reviews by beerguru15:
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4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped by Founders twice in the past month while passing through the area...needless to say I was glad I did! I've always enjoyed drinking their beer and thought what would be more perfect than seeing the actual brewery itself.

Founders had a great atmosphere, was a place where you could conduct business at lunch, spend time with friends and family, or if you're like me just some relaxing time at the bar on your off time. The layout was quite nice and inviting. I also love breweries that have the vats and product in clear view. Sort of brings the whole atmosphere together.

The quality speaks for itself. I honestly couldn't tell of one person that I know or have talked to that didn't think Founders was wonderful. They brew a lot of different styles and they brew them well. Everything I've tried from on tap has been wonderful and reminded me why I'm a beer lover. The beers I tried at the brewery was a small sample of the Canadian Breakfest Stout (which I was told is only available at the brewery), the Porter and on my last visit a Secret Agent IPA, which..being someone that isn't quite fond of IPA's yet, was quite tasty.

The service was excellent. The girls behind the bar are quite attentive and know their Founders beer. In the case of some breweries/bars the waitstaff is basically just there to pour the beer and serve you, but aren't familiar to a degree with their own product. At Founders though, the one bartender was able to describe the different IPA's and something about each of the beers mentioned that she liked about. The food also came out on a timely fashion also.

I ranked the selection a little lower than a 5 being that the past 2 times I was there, they were out of a few of the beers tried..but in a ways is understandable being if they are popular they don't last as long. Besides that though they had a decent selection ranging from your lighter beers, ipas and darker beers in one section, to the higher ABV's and specials that are sought after during different times. Basically something for everyone

The food also was quite well. On my first trip I had a "Make your own" sandwich that brought together the type of meat veggies and toppings that you were interested in according to each section. Mainly they have sandwiches and a few other types of food such as salads that are perfect for lunch and also dinner. The portion size was great too as you got plenty for your buck.

With that being said Founders provides a reasonable value for your buck environment. The beers are typical brewery establishment prices of $3.50 for a pint and I believe 3.25 for 12 oz. I'd gladly pay a price such as that for the great quality beer that is received!

Overall Founders is a great place and recommended to anyone who is a beer novice to beer lover. Basically everything a person looks for when attending a brewery is there, and with the constantly changing taps, a great place to return. If you're ever passing through Grand Rapids make sure to stop off at Founders as it's also easy to find. Prost!

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4.39/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of ZanderMcKay
4.41/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

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.

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

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4.4/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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4.83/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

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4.73/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of JonBeer
4.73/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of williamjbauer
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Prager62
4.65/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of lemmy187
4.06/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of TomCat11
4.89/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of teamwiggum
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of MSEGUIN
4.34/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of MFauver35
4.43/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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 atone315
4.4/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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.

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5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Deggar
4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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4.88/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

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4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

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

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Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
100 out of 100 based on 857 ratings.