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Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing CompanyFounders Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.95/5
Based on:
112 Beers
102,186 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 823
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 neckbracesub:
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4.18/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

More User Reviews:
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

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

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Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
100 out of 100 based on 823 ratings.