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Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing CompanyFounders Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.95/5
Based on:
106 Beers
106,904 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 858
Reviews: 285
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

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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: 858 | Reviews: 285
Reviews by slowbie:
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4.38/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This review is based on many visits over the past year.

If you're coming after 6, this place is going to be pretty busy and loud. Not my favorite atmosphere, but I can't blame people for wanting to go to Founders. It also doesn't help that the majority of my visits have been on Monday nights for the $2 pint specials. However, the few times I went on other nights it was also pretty busy and loud, and one time there was a band so loud I could barely talk to the person next to me, even though we sat as far away as we could. This rating gets bumped up if the band wasn't so loud.

If you're going to Founders, you probably know that the beer is top notch so I don't have a lot to say about quality other than the fact that is fantastic.

The bartenders and staff are very knowledgeable about the beer they're serving and everyone is pretty polite. However, if you're going for dinner or at night, it's a self service place where you generally have to place your food order at the kitchen, pick it up when it's done, and get your own beers from the bar. It's not too much work for me to do on my own, but it is enough to make the service less than exceptional in my mind. There are some roving staff picking up glasses and taking drink orders, but I probably use them less than half the time because they're so busy picking up glasses.

Founders has a good selection of beers available and always has a few unique pub only things. If you go a lot you'll find that the pub only offerings do repeat, but there is always some variety going on too. It's easier to get beers like KBS and Devil Dancer at the pub than in stores, but it's also at least twice as expensive.

The food is good, but it's all deli sandwiches. I've had some great ones and I've had some I wasn't crazy about, so choose carefully. There's also some sandwiches that are named after beers they make.

Monday night $2 pint night is a great value, and even the regular beer prices are good, and the sandwiches are pretty reasonably priced for the most part as well.

More User Reviews:
Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.8/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of BDeibs
4.39/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of ZanderMcKay
4.41/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of midmichmatt
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of hardysf
5/5  rDev +9.4%
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 jjwisenheimer
5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of WestMichiganWhaler
4.4/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Hippity-Hoppity
4.83/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Photo of brouwer
4.73/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of JonBeer
4.73/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of williamjbauer
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Prager62
4.65/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of lemmy187
4.06/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of TomCat11
4.89/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of teamwiggum
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of MSEGUIN
4.34/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of MFauver35
4.43/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of fatsamus
4.1/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Great place to enjoy some classic craft beers!

Photo of atone315
4.4/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of S-Man
3.16/5  rDev -30.9%
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 LotzofHopz
5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Deggar
4.45/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Winston3737
4.88/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Jeffrey84
4.58/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

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Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
100 out of 100 based on 858 ratings.