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Founders Brewing Company

Founders Brewing CompanyFounders Brewing Company

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 127
Beer Ratings: 74,289
Beer Avg: 3.98

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

436 Ratings
Ratings: 436
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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buschbeer

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

I stopped in for lunch on the way home from visiting my grandfather. This was my second foray on Founders. I got there about 11:30am on Friday. It was not real busy just the way I like it. I parked in the tiny lot out front. There is metered parking on the street. Founders is a large open bar. There is a stage to the left and the store is to the right.

I bellied up to the bar and had a Empire Strikes Bitter and a Devil Dancer. The menu consists of deli sandwiches and french bread pizzas. A lot of the sandwiches are named after their beers. I'm assuming that is to suggest a beer that pairs well. For Example I ordered a Curmudgeon sandwich, which probably pairs well with Curmudgeon.

The service was a LOT better on this visit. My first visit I had to scream and wave to get service. This time the wait staff was very attentive. The sandwich was adequate. It is a large sandwich so I took half of it home for another meal. I ordered kettle chips thinking that they were homemade. I got a single serving size bag of potato chips.

As far as the beer goes, there was not a whole lot that you can't get in bottles. I had the ESB. There was an oatmeal stout, and that was about it. The food is not exceptional, and most of the beers can be easily obtained in bottles.

06-10-2012 13:49:36 | More by buschbeer
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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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AMCimpi

New York

5/5  rDev +10.9%

04-17-2014 17:36:38 | More by AMCimpi
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jburns301

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

04-15-2014 15:35:18 | More by jburns301
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WesMantooth

Ohio

5/5  rDev +10.9%

04-15-2014 02:39:38 | More by WesMantooth
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Two-6

Michigan

5/5  rDev +10.9%

04-13-2014 17:50:19 | More by Two-6
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Lynn

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +5.3%

04-13-2014 12:36:05 | More by Lynn
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amishbooze

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

04-12-2014 20:48:03 | More by amishbooze
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BeerdedHophead

Illinois

5/5  rDev +10.9%

04-11-2014 21:58:56 | More by BeerdedHophead
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Tracker83

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

04-09-2014 22:33:46 | More by Tracker83
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Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
100 out of 100 based on 436 ratings.