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Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing CompanyFounders Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.95/5
Based on:
111 Beers
102,100 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 820
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 mrs_bretina:
Photo of mrs_bretina
4.61/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

More User Reviews:
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

Photo of loganburgh
4.49/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of robgage
5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of ILuvBeer
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
100 out of 100 based on 820 ratings.