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Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing CompanyFounders Brewing Company
Based on:
117 Beers
112,138 Hads
Place Score: 98
Reviews: 287
Visits: 950
Avg: 4.41
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

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: 287 | Visits: 950
Reviews by jim102864:
Photo of jim102864
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

At last, and after going way out of my way to get there, I arrived at Founders. A very noisy, barn-like atmosphere with lots of chatter and music on the house system. The brewing tanks are at one end of the building and may be viewed through clear glass. A large, long bar that seats about 30 hugs one side of the brick and steel building. It has a very barny, industrial feel to it, but somehow, it makes sense. It's like an American version of an old German beer hall. Young twenty-something guys and girls behind the bar. Got the bad news KBS wasn't available but made up for it with several spectacular Canadian Breakfast Stouts. Old Curmugeon, Double Trouble DIPA and several others were also on tap. The OC and CBS were both served in 9 oz or 12 oz pilsner glasses. Yakked with two locals and bought 'em each a CBS (at $7.50 per mind you). Also enjoyed a chicken sandwich with bacon and some dip and nachos. Double Trouble, OC, and a few others were the only items available for purchase. A perfect facility to house one of the best breweries in America.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Purified
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Photo of schnjac
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of tripledbrew
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

I have visited three times, took nine hours to get there. The beer, food are great. The service was a little slow, but I attribute that to the fact that they were slammed. The tap selection has always been really good.

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Photo of WetAndForget
4.76/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Amazing sandwiches and awesome winding bar rail. Went for KBS release 2015 and it couldn't of been smoother. After grabbing KBS we sat in their outdoor area and had CBS delivered to us, it couldn't of been better.

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Photo of SarahH0409
4.95/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of pwinter
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Vonrueden09
5/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of cards22
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of ummswimmin
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of AdamSteve
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of SHDoyle
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I had high expectations for Founders and it didn't fail me. I was there on a Saturday and the place was packed from about noon until I left around five. Seemed to be a mix of not just out-of-towners (like me) but locals too. Servers and bartenders were attentive and on top of it as soon as your glass was empty. Food was above average for a brewery and the menu was surprisingly large.

I took the brewery tour as well, which I would highly recommend. Tour guides were very knowledgeable with lots of info about Founders history and operations that you probably won't get anywhere else. Moreover, the $30 tour included a five-beer tasting, another pint at the Taproom and a souvenir pint glass; tough to beat all that!

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Photo of ZBR101
5/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Masonz223
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Chris912
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Been here pre-renovation and post-renovation. It was great before, now it’s simply incredible. This should be a highlight of any brewery tour in Brew City Michigan. Food is great, usually order yourselves at the counter and pick it up when ready. Bar staff is knowledgeable and friendly. Will be back any time I’m in the area.

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Photo of Glenn_Cole_BTBC
4.5/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Easily one of my favorite breweries I've ever been to. Amazing food selection. Amazing beer selection with a lot of beers unique to the brewpub like Gold Dust Woman and a Nitro Pale Ale. Great, quick, friendly service. Definitely a must on any craft beer lovers bucket list!

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Photo of cryptichead
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Mista_Carta
3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of MaxT
4.95/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Tasting tour was a very fun time and a great anniversary gift from my wife...sipping on great Founders' year-rounds, followed by Bolt Cutter, which was a nice treat. Atmosphere was awesome--Herbie Hancock was an obvious plus. People were great. Good food and great beer. Literally, no complaints, only compliments. A must if you can make it to Michigan.

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Photo of jmiah22
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of cducap
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Warren2621
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

This was such a beautiful place. The dining area is so large, you can see through the window all of the fermenters and equipment. It has kind of a warehouse/industrial feel to it but with very nice wooden structure. The outside of the building fits the inside: metal siding, industrial vibe.

There are two bars located inside so that your server can get your beer quicker. Each bar is at opposite ends of the pub. There is plenty of seating. I went in March so it was too cold to make use of the outside patio which was super nice. It had little fire places across the patio and was a peaceful and elegant setting. Parking is limited.. I parked at a business nearby and walked to Founders and that was early in the day on a weekday. Not a complaint by any means, just giving people something to expect.

I was seated quickly and my waitress was very nice. I asked for a beer (All Night black session IPA) and she told me that they were out of it. I doubted that because it was still listed on their app and I think I saw it on their tap board. I ordered a different beer and as I was drinking it, the waitress realized her mistake and came and apologized to me. She then brought me the All Night. I appreciated that she recognized her mistake.

Their food is deli style with around 20 sandwiches to choose from. Any sandwich can be made into a salad. Also they serve half or whole size sandwiches. There is no reason not to get the whole even if you only wish to eat half because it is only a little over $1 more for an entire extra half of a sandwich. Every sandwich sounds delicious. I had a rueben that was fantastic. The sandwich portions are more than substantial and really affordable (7-9 dollars in most cases). Their appetizers are interesting and delicious. I split the crab dip and they give you so much dip. Super crabby and awesome. It comes with pita bread pieces as well as tortilla chips. I regret not trying the bratwurst chili.

The tap list is fairly extensive. They keep things on tap for a long period of time that arent even in season at the stores. I was able to get a KBS (it was KBS time though). The pub exclusives were awesome (Azacca IPA and All Night black session IPA). I had those two with a KBS.

Everything at Founders is really well done and done professionally. Professional is the word that comes to mind to sum up the entire place. Within an hour of me being there, the pub went from about 30% full to totally full and it was an afternoon weekday. Highly recommend this place.

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Photo of Maish
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of DrJGR629
4.91/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

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Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
98 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.