Founders Brewing Company
Active Beers: 127
Beer Ratings: 74,201
Beer Avg: 3.98
Taps: 18 / Bottles: 7
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 436 | Reviews: 254 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by nflmvp:
4.2/5 rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Enjoyed the opportunity to sample the fares at the brewery this weekend (4/29/06).
The place is a decent size and simply decorated. The beers are as fresh as you'd expect and each one of the varieties I tried were as good or better than I'd expected.
I was disappointed that they had none of the Breakfast Stout or Kentucky Breakfast Stout on tap. The Blushing Monk, on the other hand, was a very pleasant surprise.
Service was not much better than average, even before the crowd began to grow, later in the evening.
All things considered, I enjoyed the place quite a bit and look forward to returning if I get the chance to visit the area again.
Updated review to include subsequent experiences in '07, '08 and '09.
The new pub looks awesome. While it looks nothing like the old place, they've done an excellent job of keeping the same type of atmosphere....and I LOVE the garage doors that open the place up when the weather cooperates.
I've only eaten here once but I have to admit, I really enjoyed my sandwich so I've updated the ratings to indicate that.
I had to keep the value at "a bit pricey" simply because I hate the idea of paying $8 cover charge for a band I don't want to see, at 11:30 at night. All I wanted to do is sample some of their beers and being FORCED to pay $8 for the privilege of sampling three beers, is a bit much....especially when I have to scream over the band, which is ALWAYS way too loud for conversation.
05-01-2006 23:54:57 | More by nflmvp
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4.74/5 rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
It's the Taproom for one of the best breweries in the America. It's flat-out amazing, not like psychedelic or once in a lifetime, it's just a really cool place. I can't say the atmosphere is perfect, because the HUGE amount of tables seems to make you think they want to sell food...
Until you sidle to the bar, grab a stool and start bullshitting with the staff. They know the beer, they all drink it, and they can all describe it in beer lingo so you can make an educated choice. Team approach to serving, so I have no idea who got the sweet 30% tip I left, but they were all friendly, they were eager to keep my glass full, and there was no awkward infighting between the staff. They all genuinely look like they love their job.
The beer is all quality; if you don't like a particular beer, it isn't the quality, it's just not your style. The food is good, servings are huge (a half-sandwich is perfect for normal people, the overeaters can get a full, but it isn't necessary).
Great place to eat and have a beer, I go every time I am in town.
04-19-2014 02:57:16 | More by Badger6
Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
100 out of 100 based on 436 ratings.