Dismiss Notice
Sneak peek! BeerAdvocate magazine #104 (September 2015) featuring Leah & Oscar from Highland Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more ...

Founders Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Founders Brewing CompanyFounders Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.93/5
Based on:
116 Beers
27,173 Reviews
Place Score: 97
Reviews: 285
Visits: 939
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.
Place: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 285 | Visits: 939
Reviews by malty:
Photo of malty
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This has been my 'local' for the past couple years now and I'm just getting around to reviewing it, please forgive me.

Atmosphere is awesome being it's in an old brick warehouse with windows elevated about 7-8 ft. from the ground. If you drive by to fast, you'll probably miss it. There's a small neon sign in the window: Founder's. Enough room at the bar to sit a dozen. Many 4-top tables that seem to seat about 75 or so? Great place to see some good live music (check their website).

Quality of the beers have always been fresh and solid. I usually find 9-12 on tap at any given time.

Service is great. Knowledgable bartender/s that seem to always have their shi-ite together.

Selection is outstanding. There's the standards with their interesting stylistic variations with seasonals that always hit at the right time - except wheat beer. They don't produce a wheat :-(

Popcorn machine in the corner, and peanuts behind the bar (have to ask though).

Great value for what you get. $4 pint of some of the best microbrew in lower Michigan. (1,057 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of SHDoyle
4.88/5  rDev +11.4%
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! (725 characters)

Photo of ZBR101
5/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Masonz223
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Chris912
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of Glenn_Cole_BTBC
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
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! (274 characters)

Photo of cryptichead
4.23/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Mista_Carta
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of MaxT
4.95/5  rDev +13%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of jmiah22
4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of cducap
4.51/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Warren2621
4.73/5  rDev +8%
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. (2,519 characters)

Photo of Maish
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of DrJGR629
4.91/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of shellsncheese
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of mgavin
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of cristhre3floyd
4.03/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
97 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.