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Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing CompanyFounders Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.96/5
Based on:
111 Beers
102,256 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 823
Reviews: 279
rAvg: 4.57
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 by mgbickel:
Photo of mgbickel
4.66/5  rDev +2%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of psweendogg
4.68/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of raeman70
3.85/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of pfhanlon
3.7/5  rDev -19%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 1

Photo of jeffreyfred79
4.48/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of HobbNobber
4.71/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Phoodcritic
4.89/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Monsta-beer-drinker
4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Food was amazing. Great selection in store. Beer on tap was great.

Photo of sparx1100
3.84/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of Hopeswimmer
4.85/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Wish I lived closer, one of my favorite places to drink.

Photo of Drew031482
4.34/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of GabrielRayner
4.49/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of KyBux
3.66/5  rDev -19.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75

Photo of pmessick
4.94/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of assman79
3.68/5  rDev -19.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25

Photo of JLoper
4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Slick50
4.73/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of shampoo
4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of juicebox
4.68/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

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

Nice overall layout of taproom and good size area for small and large groups. Live bands on the weekends and layout very open. Beer and food selections both very good.

Photo of okcommuter
4.54/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Brandonparrent
4.9/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I am a little bias but this is top 5 in the US. I travel just for beer, and for what they do with combinations and ingredients is genius. I am so lucky to be in the same state to be able to enjoy.

Photo of italianstallion
4.29/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of mothman
4.57/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of eleo
4.76/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
100 out of 100 based on 823 ratings.