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Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing CompanyFounders Brewing Company
BA SCORE
100
world-class

702 Ratings
Ratings: 702
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 9.39%
Active Beers: 131
Beer Ratings: 92,802
Beer Avg: 3.98
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:
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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5/5  rDev +9.2%

lionhrt9, Jun 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

Drove up from Chicago for the last two KBS releases. The brewpub has completely changed in the last year. Went from a great place to a near perfect place. Amazing food menu with great new areas to sit and relax. Love the new outdoor space this year. Definitely recommend to anyone who is in the Grand Rapids area. Planning on driving back up soon, just to have a great beer in a great atmosphere.

Jd2391, Jun 11, 2014
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4.7/5  rDev +2.6%

great place; never gets old, beers are always on point, something interesting always to be found, and the food is fresh, served fairly promptly, and seems well-thought-out. Wish I lived next door. Will go back again tomorrow, and every single time I'm within a couple hours driving...

udubdawg, Jun 11, 2014
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4.54/5  rDev -0.9%

I went to founders in 2014 the week of the kbs release to pick up my alotment.

I thought that founders was great, lots of wood made it feel warm and inviting and the large beer garden outside was pretty awesome. There was so much space outside and even though it was pretty chilly at the end of march, there were heaters pretty much everywhere so it was perfectly comfortable to eat or drink outside. Lots of seating for guests and I did not wait long for a table.

There isn't a ton to say about the quality, founders makes world class brews and the only thing better than having a founders beer is having fresh, straight from the source. I Have had centennial ipa several times on draft, in bottles and in cans and having it on draft there was a whole new ballgame.

The selection there was very good, but considering it was kbs week when I went I wasn't surprised. Their regular year rounds were flowing along with a few one offs/brewery only and a few special brews (backwoods bastard and barrel aged red's rye). Selection was great.

Despite the lack of waitstaff besides the bartenders the food will get an A+ from me. Both me and my girlfriends sandwiches were phenomenal, given the chance I would have eaten more but our time in grand rapids was limited.

Value was as expected, good beers and food at reasonable prices. They have two different size pours for most, if not all of their beer which is pretty cool, since maybe not everyone wants a full 16 oz pint for every beer they have.

Overall I would certainly go back to enjoy their brews, food and atmosphere. I live in the suburbs of chicago but I can't wait until I can get back up to founders for another visit.

shredder83, Jun 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

UcDru, Jun 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Mirrorful, Jun 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

ExNihilo, Jun 10, 2014
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4.69/5  rDev +2.4%

The beer garden expansion last year served as a much needed catalyst to transform Founders from a loud, overcrowded waitfest to an enjoyable place to pay homage to fantastic craft beer. The service and attitude of the brewery is phenomenal. The best beers in their lineup are available here, and often are only available here. I used to loathe having to be at Founders to enjoy their limited draft selection, but the atmosphere is now spacious, and the beer, with 3 bars pouring, is finally easily accessible. Founders is now my favorite of the Michigan breweries to travel to.

Jameson_Daniel, Jun 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

kyle86, Jun 09, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

jmich24, Jun 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

HardyA, Jun 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Jas45678, Jun 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

spark3148857, Jun 07, 2014
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4.01/5  rDev -12.4%

Founders is epic and fun! I was very much looking forward to visiting one of my favorite breweries. The place is rather gigantic and sprawling, with a large patio, two bars, tons and tons of tables and high-tops all over and a little kitchen with a window where you order food (basic stuff, sandwiches and things).

They have all the classics on taps plus some cool things like Frangelico Brown, Barrel-aged Red Rye and Barrel-aged Spite Hungarian Wax. I like the variety of prices and servings... $3.75 for 5 ounces of the barrel-aged stuff? Sure why not.

We were there on a Friday at around 5pm and the joint was busy but manageable. We started at a table inside and later moved to the bustling patio, where we struck a conversation with some locals.

Founders is fun. I like the industrial-chic atmosphere and of course. Perhaps a little too big (I like smaller brewpubs) but damn fun anyways. Located right across from the Amtrak station, there are taxis available to drive you back to your hotel. Smart move.

DoubleSimcoe, Jun 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

bjlasota, Jun 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

GeorgiaBeerGuy, Jun 04, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

Smashley_lynn, Jun 02, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

Every visit reminds me of why Founders is among my top favorite breweries. The beer is consistently delicious, from one style to the next. Fourteen taps cover a range of styles, with tap-only and experimental rotations being common (meaning every visit will allow one to find something new). The previously wide-open and inviting tap room has been dramatically upgraded with a beautiful porch area/beer garden. Our last visit found us having lunch, and all four adults were delighted with the food (salads and sandwiches) - the sandwiches are among the best we've ever had or seen. Service has been prompt and accurate on every visit. Growler fills are reasonable, especially for the high quality beer that Founders is known for. Don't miss this spot on a trip through Grand Rapids.

BrewtalHonesty, Jun 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

SamT, May 28, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

cck5, May 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Supergenious, May 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Dicers, May 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

tmarretti, May 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

FightinIrish88, May 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

dmorgan310, May 13, 2014
Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
100 out of 100 based on 702 ratings.