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Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing CompanyFounders Brewing Company
BA SCORE
100
world-class

609 Ratings
Ratings: 609
Reviews: 266
rAvg: 4.56
pDev: 8.77%
Active Beers: 145
Beer Ratings: 85,678
Beer Avg: 3.96
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:
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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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -9%

I visited Founders on the evening of 11/29/08 and again the following day in the afternoon on 11/30/08 with fellow BAs brewslut, Deuane and SierraGS. Both visits elicited quite a difference of opinion, but overall, you can't deny the fact that they brew some fantastic brews. As a matter of fact, their Nitro Coffee Porter was perhaps the highlight of our trip!

Friday night was chaotic to say the least. After getting shut out at Hop Cat for being at capacity (due to a live band performance), we headed up to Founders for some much-needed dinner. We were greeted with a wall of people as we entered, and we were told that it was "seat yourself," so we had to watch the tables like vultures in order to get a seat, as it was ridiculously busy. After a few minutes, we were able to grab a table. However, we had two or three different servers all night, which was a bit unorthodox. Also, we had to order our food from a window and pick it up when it was ready. Our servers brought us our drinks, though. Overall, it was quite loud and had a very college bar feel, although there was no band playing the night we were there. The food was quite good and the beer was great, but none of us really felt we enjoyed the Founders experience as much as we'd hoped. The service was even pretty solid despite being pretty disorganized.

The next day, however, was much more of a personal feel. We rolled in right when they opened their doors, and we got to chit-chat with the staff. I also actually saw that the bar was curved, which I hadn't even noticed the night before. Even better was the Trailer Park Boys tap handle for the brewpub-only "Swish Mountain Brown" offering. Classic! They even let us behind the bar to take pictures. I also had a glass of the Nitro Coffee Porter, which was incredible to say the least. We didn't have any food, but we all felt we were able to take in the brewpub and enjoy ourselves much more. I would definitely like to return again when they aren't too busy.

01-14-2009 01:02:45 | More by ffejherb
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North Carolina

4.73/5  rDev +3.7%

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PrendUnVerreDeBiere

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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!

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New York

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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Maryland

4.4/5  rDev -3.5%

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Iowa

5/5  rDev +9.6%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

08-19-2014 01:32:54 | More by ms333
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bwood06

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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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Texas

4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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