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Founders Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
3.94/5
BEER STATS
Beers:
108
Reviews:
29,961
Ratings:
125,758
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
97
Reviews:
303
Ratings:
1,014
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
4.77%
 
 
Taps:
18
Bottles/Cans:
7
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
Founders Brewing CompanyFounders Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

235 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49503
United States

(616) 776-1195 | map
www.foundersbrewing.com

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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Reviews: 303 | Ratings: 1,014
Reviews by ffejherb:
Photo of ffejherb
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of AlexFreudenberg
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of admiral64
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

One of the top breweries around. Great beer, great food, great service. Waiter actually sat at our table and talked beer with us! It was lunchtime. Definitely my favorite brewery. Go visit!

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Photo of cadaugherty
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of barnzy78
4.11/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

A friend of mine and I finally made it over to Michigan to visit Founders Brewing Co. Leading up to the visit, customer service was great and we managed to score some tickets for a scheduled tour and tasting ($30), which turned out to be awesome. The tour and tasting was limited to 14 people, which seemed to be the perfect amount of people in order to hear everything our great tour guide, Luke, had to show and tell us along with allowing for conversation to be opened up during the tasting. The smaller group also gave it a VIP-ish vibe which was a bonus.

As for the place itself, we got there shortly after they opened and were greeted quickly by a server. There was plenty of room at both the bar and the multiple seating areas - but filled up very quickly by mid-afternoon. The beer list was exceptional featuring both year-round and limited release beers. The chips and guacamole we ordered was average.

Service was great, but got a little confusing when different servers rotated past our table asking if we needed anything - there must have been 5 or 6 different servers. Which was fine until the time we needed to get over to our tour. Nobody seemed to want to let us pay our tab. We asked 3 different servers and time kept ticking. We ended up being late for our tour because we kept waiting for our tab and we were also given the wrong meeting place for the tour by one of the servers. We were just hoping for a bit better communication by the servers and a quicker check-out.

All in all, we still had a great time, and those complaints could very well be isolated incidents. Before we left we checked out the store & bought some beer and a few knick-knacks. I really wanted to get the flat-billed brewery hat but I thought $28 was too expensive so I passed on it. I would definitely go back again.

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Photo of BretMC987
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Feldpausch
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Apok23
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of TFB5
4.4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of jpbolton
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Poloplaya
4.11/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Angerhaus
4.76/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Bleer
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

I went in the middle of the week during a work day. I couldn't believe that I was at Founders Brewery and only ha to share the place with maybe 15 people! Food was above what you would expect for a brewery. The bar, most importantly, was run by cool people who wanted to help. Lots of great beers on tap. Very laid back atmosphere.

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Photo of DrewT
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Not really into Stouts but this beer is amazing! The chocolate and coffee flavors are on point! I'm glad I bought a 4 pack but upset I didn't buy more!

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Photo of tourdot
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Attended KBS day for the first time. Obviously it was busy but they did a nice job regulating the volume of people inside and it was easier to get food and beer than I expected. Having 2 bars open really made a difference. There wasn't much for table service at this event but the bar service was pretty solid. I enjoyed KBS, Backwoods Bastard, FIS, and Sumatra Mountain Brown. Ordered some spinach dip and chips at the walk up counter and found that stuff addicting. I would have eaten more but I was full of beer. Though it wasn't the normal everyday experience at Founders, it was great to finally make it there and enjoy some of the beer I've been drinking for a long time at the origin. Also, for as busy as it was, I was impressed with how cool, calm, polite, and friendly everyone was.

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Photo of petersonmatt22
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.25

Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

The day I went there there was some St. Patrick's day celebration nearby, so the crowd naturally went to Founders to get their beer. The huge place was packed both inside and outside, but it was able to accommodate everyone! KBS on tap is AWESOME!

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Photo of FEUO
4.75/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Love this place. Gets better every time, even if it keeps getting busier. They know how to run a brewpub. Food last time was fantastic. Beers have only gotten better. The vibe, energy, and hustle and bustle of the place is awesome for a big brewery. Felt cozy even if it was expansive.
Would stop in again anytime. May drive a couple hours on a random Sunday just for lunch.

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Photo of MattMorin
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of gvhockey
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of RolandBlunts
3.48/5  rDev -20.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2

Photo of WesMantooth
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

This place is impressive. HUGE operation. They run everything very efficiently. There are no guest taps, but why would they need them. Food that I had was excellent. Tons of sandwiches on the menu. Tons of draft options.Gift shop is awesome, and sells bottles, including singles. A world class facility.

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Photo of Azz
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Jackalope1977
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
97 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.