Founders Brewing Company
Active Beers: 142
Beer Ratings: 81,592
Beer Avg: 3.96
Taps: 18 / Bottles: 7
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 532 | Reviews: 263 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by mrs_bretina:
4.61/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
I started going to Founders in the late '90s when they were still up on Market Street NE and we could crush the peanuts on the floor and play pool and drink some craft beer that tasted better than the beer/water that us recent college grads were accustomed to.
Thankfully, their recipes improved over the years and outpaced even our ability to be the self-proclaimed experts we wanted to be.
We thoroughly enjoy the "new" location with the large deck, the live music, the great food, and most of all, the amazing beer. While the brewers get creative, they seem to pace themselves well to make sure they produce quality over quantity. Do I like everything they put out? No - but that's personal taste - not a matter of quality beer.
One of the only problems I have with Founders is finding a seat. While that is annoying, especially in the winter when the deck isn't available, it is also a quality I appreciate. Keeping it "small" is appreciated!
Their sandwiches and appetizers are well worth the trip as well. Their portions are good size (enough for left overs) and not greasy.
The only other problem I have is finding parking. It is definitely a challenge on a busy night and with recent expansion - it's become an even bigger issue. Hopefully with winter snow melt, we'll be able to find another spot or two soon.
Overall, Founders has created a great tap room, and most of all creates some of the absolute best beer around.
03-15-2013 01:24:22 | More by mrs_bretina
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