Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing CompanyFounders Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.93/5
Based on:
113 Beers
27,010 Reviews
Place Score: 97
Reviews: 280
Visits: 925
rAvg: 4.38
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: 280 | Visits: 925
Reviews by slowbie:
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4.38/5  rDev 0%
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. (2,033 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of mgavin
4.09/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of cristhre3floyd
4.03/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Zuidman
4.03/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of mwaltz99
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of cptbenjamin
5/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of hopsandmalt
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of kbuzz
3.86/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Richter525
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of get_bentley
5/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Icebiker71
5/5  rDev +14.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Grinz12
3.96/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Jaszucs
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of JArt
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This is a really pretty brewery. The place is really large and roomy, and the selection was great. (98 characters)

Photo of donnierickles
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of duobob
4.26/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of Tommyd1
4.49/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of 98green
3.9/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

Loud and busy at 6:30 on a Friday. Was able to get a seat at the downstairs bar easily. Nice variety of taps, unfortunately it was out of season for KBS or CBS. (160 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
4.38/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of jvgoor3786
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of orangesol
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of DavMEtt
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (333 characters)

Photo of rmank
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
97 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.