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Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing CompanyFounders Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.93/5
Based on:
106 Beers
104,879 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 843
Reviews: 284
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 

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 MSEGUIN
4.34/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of MFauver35
4.43/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of fatsamus
4.1/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great place to enjoy some classic craft beers!

Photo of atone315
4.4/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of S-Man
3.16/5  rDev -30.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 1.5

Low rating for selection because I am not a diehard hop or stout fan. They dominate the menu.

Photo of LotzofHopz
5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Deggar
4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Winston3737
4.88/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Jeffrey84
4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of onlymurderers
5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Ohiovania
4.41/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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

Hands down the best brewery in the country. The BEST beer in Beer City USA.

Photo of travelguy
5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Tarabeth
4.71/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of jrs3994243
4.78/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Great selection with CBS, multiple KBS, Backwoods Bastard and Sweet Repute selections on tap. Food was outstanding and set ice was good.

Photo of montesown
4.21/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Always a great time here. Several vintage beers placed on tap - including CBS and KBS from past years. Excellent local bands at night. Food is ok, but really - who is here for the food and not the FUN!

Photo of Schmuckles
4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of BigRedDog
4.85/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Buck_Jones
4.61/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of ystazi
4.23/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of JasonHaviland
4.69/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

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

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Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
100 out of 100 based on 843 ratings.