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Founders Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
3.94/5
BEER STATS
Beers:
107
Reviews:
29,934
Ratings:
125,622
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
97
Reviews:
303
Ratings:
1,014
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
4.77%
 
 
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: 303 | Ratings: 1,014
Reviews by neckbracesub:
Photo of neckbracesub
4.18/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited on a cold winter weekend in February 2013.

The atmosphere is terrific, with a long, winding wood-trimmed bar that feels classy all the way. Informative chalk boards clearly give you all you need to know about their current beer selection. The only negative I could say about the building is that there just isn't enough seating, especially for a brewery like Founders, who has consistently gained in popularity since their inception over 15 years ago.

We visited both on a Friday evening and a Saturday lunch time, both of which were times that saw the place insanely packed to the gills with people looking to enjoy their tasty beer and sandwiches. With that being said, the service is a tad on the lackluster side, as they don't have a designated host/hostess to take names and give wait times/direct people to where they need to go. They get unbelievably busy - which I can imagine happens on almost a daily basis - so I think they should reconsider the whole "every person for themselves" method for seating.

The selection of beers is very good, not surprising considering this is straight from the source. I was a little disappointed to see that I just missed out on enjoying some of their Imperial Stout. I would've thought they would have plenty to re-tap, but I was wrong.

The sandwiches are very, very good here. I have to admit that I was a bit surprised at just how much focus they put on quality food, but they certainly do. I had the Curmudgeon and would highly recommend it.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of AlexFreudenberg
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of admiral64
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

One of the top breweries around. Great beer, great food, great service. Waiter actually sat at our table and talked beer with us! It was lunchtime. Definitely my favorite brewery. Go visit!

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Photo of cadaugherty
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of barnzy78
4.11/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

A friend of mine and I finally made it over to Michigan to visit Founders Brewing Co. Leading up to the visit, customer service was great and we managed to score some tickets for a scheduled tour and tasting ($30), which turned out to be awesome. The tour and tasting was limited to 14 people, which seemed to be the perfect amount of people in order to hear everything our great tour guide, Luke, had to show and tell us along with allowing for conversation to be opened up during the tasting. The smaller group also gave it a VIP-ish vibe which was a bonus.

As for the place itself, we got there shortly after they opened and were greeted quickly by a server. There was plenty of room at both the bar and the multiple seating areas - but filled up very quickly by mid-afternoon. The beer list was exceptional featuring both year-round and limited release beers. The chips and guacamole we ordered was average.

Service was great, but got a little confusing when different servers rotated past our table asking if we needed anything - there must have been 5 or 6 different servers. Which was fine until the time we needed to get over to our tour. Nobody seemed to want to let us pay our tab. We asked 3 different servers and time kept ticking. We ended up being late for our tour because we kept waiting for our tab and we were also given the wrong meeting place for the tour by one of the servers. We were just hoping for a bit better communication by the servers and a quicker check-out.

All in all, we still had a great time, and those complaints could very well be isolated incidents. Before we left we checked out the store & bought some beer and a few knick-knacks. I really wanted to get the flat-billed brewery hat but I thought $28 was too expensive so I passed on it. I would definitely go back again.

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Photo of BretMC987
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

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

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Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
97 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.