Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing CompanyFounders Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.94/5
Based on:
113 Beers
26,973 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.
Place: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 280 | Visits: 923
Reviews by mgbickel:
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4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I arrived in the city limits of Grand Rapids and drove directly to Founders...hotel room be damned...I've been looking forward to this visit for quite some time!

The outside of the building is well advertised. The parking is a little strange, but I went around the corner and found a spot along the side street. There is a huge front porch/deck lining the front of the building (a little chilly during my visit, so empty save for the smoking crowd).

If an Irish Pub and a Western Saloon had a baby, this is what it would look like.

You enter the brew pub to a large single room, huge, open with lots of wooden tables and a giant bar lining the back wall. There is a stage area off to the left and a small retail area at the right end of the bar (also a window leading to the kitchen I think). The left rear corner of the room has windows that give you a view of the brewery...the shiny tanks that produce the wonderful beer! The floor seemed to be wooden planks...covered in peanut shells.

Above the bar hangs a giant chalkboard that lists the current taps (with prices and ABV). I think there were 7 bartenders working that night (Tuesday, around 730 pm). The gentlemen who waited on me just started bartending, but was awesome. You could tell he loved beer and was knowledgeable.

There is no way you can stop in Grand Rapids without making Founders one of your primary destinations. The place is almost iconic and lives up to its lofty reputation. (1,455 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.