Founders Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
3.9/5
BEER STATS
Beers:
110
Reviews:
29,709
Ratings:
124,543
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
97
Reviews:
301
Ratings:
1,008
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
4.55%
 
 
Taps:
18
Bottles/Cans:
7
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
Founders Brewing CompanyFounders Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

235 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49503
United States

(616) 776-1195 | map
www.foundersbrewing.com

Notes:
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: 301 | Ratings: 1,008
Reviews by mgbickel:
Photo of mgbickel
4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Feldpausch
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Apok23
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of TFB5
4.4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of jpbolton
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of Poloplaya
4.11/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Angerhaus
4.76/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Bleer
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

I went in the middle of the week during a work day. I couldn't believe that I was at Founders Brewery and only ha to share the place with maybe 15 people! Food was above what you would expect for a brewery. The bar, most importantly, was run by cool people who wanted to help. Lots of great beers on tap. Very laid back atmosphere.

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Photo of DrewT
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Not really into Stouts but this beer is amazing! The chocolate and coffee flavors are on point! I'm glad I bought a 4 pack but upset I didn't buy more!

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Photo of tourdot
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Attended KBS day for the first time. Obviously it was busy but they did a nice job regulating the volume of people inside and it was easier to get food and beer than I expected. Having 2 bars open really made a difference. There wasn't much for table service at this event but the bar service was pretty solid. I enjoyed KBS, Backwoods Bastard, FIS, and Sumatra Mountain Brown. Ordered some spinach dip and chips at the walk up counter and found that stuff addicting. I would have eaten more but I was full of beer. Though it wasn't the normal everyday experience at Founders, it was great to finally make it there and enjoy some of the beer I've been drinking for a long time at the origin. Also, for as busy as it was, I was impressed with how cool, calm, polite, and friendly everyone was.

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Photo of petersonmatt22
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.25

Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

The day I went there there was some St. Patrick's day celebration nearby, so the crowd naturally went to Founders to get their beer. The huge place was packed both inside and outside, but it was able to accommodate everyone! KBS on tap is AWESOME!

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Photo of FEUO
4.75/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Love this place. Gets better every time, even if it keeps getting busier. They know how to run a brewpub. Food last time was fantastic. Beers have only gotten better. The vibe, energy, and hustle and bustle of the place is awesome for a big brewery. Felt cozy even if it was expansive.
Would stop in again anytime. May drive a couple hours on a random Sunday just for lunch.

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Photo of MattMorin
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of gvhockey
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of RolandBlunts
3.48/5  rDev -20.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2

Photo of WesMantooth
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

This place is impressive. HUGE operation. They run everything very efficiently. There are no guest taps, but why would they need them. Food that I had was excellent. Tons of sandwiches on the menu. Tons of draft options.Gift shop is awesome, and sells bottles, including singles. A world class facility.

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Photo of Azz
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Jackalope1977
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of WesM63
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of dexterk1
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of philsunset
4.31/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of cgwami
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of soxfan02
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of bassfishingguy
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Founders definitely has some great beer, and some awesome sandwiches. There are usually numerous options on draft (and with 2 indoor bars, you can usually find quite varied options). Even on slow days, this place is still pretty busy.

The service is spotty, at best. I've found that about half of their bartenders/waiters/waitresses are great, and the other half are quite pretentious. Please don't act as though you're doing me the favor of serving me a beer.

After more than a few bad experiences, I've limited my Founders trips to special events only (Black Party, Cellar Raid, Firkin Fest, etc..). It's also worth noting that I've had more beer than I can remember get spilled all over me, which really makes me question their serving practices (ie over serving patrons).

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Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
97 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.