Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing CompanyFounders Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.94/5
Based on:
113 Beers
26,980 Reviews
Place Score: 97
Reviews: 280
Visits: 923
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: 923
Reviews by ffejherb:
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4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (1,988 characters)

More User Reviews:
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

Photo of jonesjere
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of johnyb
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | 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.