Founders Brewing Company
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Reviews by mgbickel:
4.66/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
05-21-2010 13:22:51 | More by mgbickel
More User Reviews:
4.75/5 rDev +4.2%
Great brewery. Brewing fantastic beers that entice the palate. You will hardly find a beer in this fine establishment that will not please and liven up your taste buds. The brewery provides an open atmosphere with plenty of seating in and outside. Architecture is rustic modern and industrial with plenty of stonework, wooden beams and weld work. The atmosphere is both busy and intimate, allowing one to participate in the bustle of the brewery, but also sit back and fade into the framework. Great ambiance and incredible large portioned appetizers and sandwiches that pair well with the incredible selection of flavorful beers. Well done Founders, until we meet again!
08-23-2014 04:29:25 | More by PrendUnVerreDeBiere
4.5/5 rDev -1.3%
Great place to eat, have a drink, and have a get together with friends. Awesome beer selection with various price ranges. Founder's actually serves some of their beers in glasses other than pint glasses which is a nice break from the norm.
08-18-2014 23:11:05 | More by bwood06
Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
100 out of 100 based on 609 ratings.