Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing CompanyFounders Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.93/5
Based on:
107 Beers
109,808 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 905
Reviews: 295
rAvg: 4.56
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

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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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Ratings: 905 | Reviews: 295
Reviews by mynie:
Photo of mynie
3.8/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

The building is very long. While I wasn't in Grand Rapids long enough to get a full read on the place, this seemed to be tucked into a fairly touristy area (at least, as touristy as Grand Rapids gets), but I'd say the crowd was 90-odd percent local. Middling Michigan bands were playing loudly in the bar area, but since the building is very long the bar area stretched out forever and you could ignore them if you wanted to.

The good:
Decent vibes, good prices. As busy as they were, they were well-staffed and the staff was on top of their shit. They had a nice gift shop off to the side, so that if you wanted to buy take-home beer you didn't need to bother the bartender. All the beers on tap were Founders, and Founders makes excellent beer. Also, there was a nice big patio.

The bad:
No growlers. No guest taps. No rare taps. Nothing I couldn't easily find in bottles. This isn't the biggest crime, I guess, since Founders regularly offers a great selection of wonderful beer. But usually brewers give you a little something as a reward for visiting them, you know?

Founders is worth stopping at just for what they've done to help out the craft beer industry, just to be able to say that you've been there. Just don't expect anything mind blowing.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DavMEtt
4.36/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Always have a great selection of beers, and never a better time than when they have CBS on tap (it wouldn't be so terrible if they wanted to bottle it again). Some unique sandwich combinations and you never know who you'll see there or what they're doing. Usually a friendly crowd, willing to let strangers share a table with them.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I was in the area and had to swing by.

Notes: Massive patio, but it is quickly taken up and expect lots of people. Quite a bit on tap, but not as much experimenting as I wished for. Hard to turn down some of Founder's great beers on tap.

For me the crowd just kinda took away from the awe of the place. Not to say locals on a weekday don't love it.

Photo of treeslothguy
4.16/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Not your average craft brewery but obviously you have to stop by and have some breakfast stout on tap at founders right! One huge patio that was packed the day we stopped servers were friendly. Didn't have any food cause I needed to get to the hopcat to eat. I did enjoy my short visit to the flagship of craft breweries.

Photo of PolhillS
4.33/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Good place. Large airy room and outdoor seating. Located in nice area with open space. Creates a comfortable vibe. Downside, wait in like to order and get food. Attached store to buy gear and bottles to go.

Photo of aussiebeer
4.74/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Did the tasting tour and I would 100% recommend it

Photo of brasilkid16
3.63/5  rDev -20.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

A local pioneer in craft brewing that has taken into its ways. Good, but not the best.

Photo of a_beckman25
5/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Nicest brewery I have ever been to. Food was great, design is second to none, and everyone knows how great the beer is.

Photo of beeragate
3.35/5  rDev -26.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

Love this brewery ..... Obviously beer is their passion

Photo of JonB25
5/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great Experience, Great Food, Beer Selection was Superb

Photo of beerdedrinken
3.35/5  rDev -26.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2.25

Service wasn't great but awesome atmosphere and good beer

Photo of hardysf
5/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Went for KBS release party. Long lines, but that was to be expected. Great Beer and Great Food.

Photo of fatsamus
4.1/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great place to enjoy some classic craft beers!

Photo of S-Man
3.16/5  rDev -30.7%
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 mluchies
4.89/5  rDev +7.2%
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 jrs3994243
4.78/5  rDev +4.8%
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 -7.7%
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 Monsta-beer-drinker
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

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

Photo of Hopeswimmer
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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 docoman
4.34/5  rDev -4.8%
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 Brandonparrent
4.9/5  rDev +7.5%
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 routledc
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Great atmosphere, extensive draft list, world class beer.

Photo of Ngcba415
4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Incredible beer of any style from Stout to IPA. I have yet to have a beer by Founders that I disliked. All day IPA continues to be my daily drink, and will be for the foreseeable future.

Photo of JordanHageman
5/5  rDev +9.6%

An outstanding brewery that has yet to let me down. Keep up the great work guys.

Photo of AlexM
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Dang - this place is HUGE! Hit it on a Wednesday night around 5:30pm and it was packed. Managed to find a seat at the bar. Friendly workers even though they were super busy. The ordering workflow is a bit funky (beer and food orders are separate areas/lines) but whatever. Food was damn good - the bacon potatoe salad was delish! Obviously Founders is a must visit if you are in the area. CHEERS!

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Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
100 out of 100 based on 905 ratings.