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Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing CompanyFounders Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.93/5
Based on:
116 Beers
27,159 Reviews
Place Score: 97
Reviews: 285
Visits: 939
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: 285 | Visits: 939
Photo of Hollenbeck2
4.6/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

this place was cool, I had not heard of founders ever, but when i found i was going to beautiful grand rapids for a convention i searched breweries and found this little doozy.

i wlked there from downtown, about 6 blocks, found this small place hidden in the base of a large building, the only drawback with michigan is you can still smoke in the bars, it takes away from my pleasure in tasting beer and not smoke in my face.

good spot they had a great selection of brews from lighter pilsners to very strong barley wine beers, the ipa was great and the people were nice, bought a pretty cool anniversary glass also. (618 characters)

Photo of drseamus
3.91/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I was at the old place back in August and this is from notes:

I love Founders' beers. Their bar however, was a bit crazy. We inadvertently went on a night with a band and the room was ear-shatteringly loud and filled with more smoke than a chain smoker's car. The beers however, are awesome. I got a lot of great beers on tap and actually discovered a deeper appreciation for the Kentucky Breakfast Stout after having it on tap. All the bar staff were helpful and fast which was impressive because it was wicked busy. I'm definitely going to have to check out the new place. (575 characters)

Photo of jjshutty
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

The old place was crowded, smoky, and loud when a band was playing. I have yet to be to the new place, and hopefully it is better than the old. I have heard great things about the new facility, so here goes.

The sandwiches are great for being what they are, sandwiches. However, I wish they served them later in the day and not just during lunch.

As for the beer I have no problems what so ever with any of them. Devil Dancer is by far my favorite, followed very closely with the Black Rye and Kentucky Breakfast. (515 characters)

Photo of chilidog
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is my fourth trip to Founders and as I went to up-date the new local, I've yet to review the place.

This is for the new location, which is great. Located downtown, just minutes from the old place. We stopped in around noon time on a saturday. There is one row of parking at the front, more around the side and back. Other warehouse lots are close if you go at a peak time.

At the time we went, only 20% of the tables were used, so plenty of room and space. They have a deli and with the decor, it fits in perfect. The menu looked great, by deli standards, with an ave price around 7.50 per. We brought our own pizza in, which can be done, very cool.

Next to the deli, a gift display of shirts and glasses. Had to hit that!

The bar is long and looks great. Signs of whats on-tap are easy to read with the abv. listed. There is a small to go cooler with packs and singles. Gotta hit that.

The brewing room, behind glass at the far end, where the magic happens, looks great!!

Everytime I get to Founders I find something new. This trip only about five taps used, The mainstay beers. This trip I had Reds Rye. The pint was 3.75. I was able to pick up Old Curmudgeon, rotated release. And Backwoods Bastard, brewed once.

Even at the brewery, it can be a crap shoot as to what beers are available. Abit pricey, depends on your outlook. The Backwoods 4, was around 13 bucks, worth it? Oh ya, Founders is my favorite Michigan brewery.

The new location is great, stop in, a must!! (1,486 characters)

Photo of cerevisiae
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

As a lifelong resident of the Grand Rapids, MI area, I can't believe it took me nine years to check out Founders Brewing Company. Founders recently located their brewery and tap room a few blocks Southwest to 235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. They are now just a brief walk from the Van Andel Arena, and enjoy easy access to and from US-131.

My wife and I visited the new location on December 3, 2007 around 5-6PM, and found a light crowd, perhaps 15-20% of capacity--no real surprise for a Monday.

The Founders building is in a freshly renovated light-industrial area, with architecture reminiscent of a train station. The interior decor is heavy woods and dim lighting, with an ample patio area that promises to be hopping in warmer seasons. As is typical of microbreweries, the brewing area is visible at one end behind glass. I was a little surprised at the limited parking available on the premises. Even on this slow night, I had to poke around the block a bit for on-street parking.

The establishment offers a solid menu of deli-style sandwiches & pub fare via a food counter that is managed separately from the bar. If you're planning to eat, I recommend that you place your order and pay for your food as you arrive, then find your way to the bar or one of many tables. We had our choice of many tables on this visit.

We were quickly greeted by one of the bartenders who was also tending to the tables. My wife chose a pint of Founders Centennial IPA; I opted for the Dirty Bastard. $3.75 each. Also on tap were Red's Rye, Curmudgeon, Breakfast Stout and Devil Dancer. I was hoping for Kentucky Breakfast, but no joy. We each ordered a Reuben sandwich from the food counter, and were well satisfied with the taste & portion.

All in all--a good experience. Thumbs up for this visit, although I'd prefer more variety on tap, and a better parking experience. Perhaps I'm just too jaded by the suburbs. We'll be back. (1,940 characters)

Photo of letsgopens
4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

One of the three stops on the trip that I was looking forward to the most. In large part because I had been informed that the Kentucky Breakfast Stout would be available on tap and in inherently large quantities. We arrived there in the afternoon, had a couple, including the Blushing Monk which is a must try, filled some growlers, and then headed back to drop off the van and check in to the hotel. After waiting an absurdly long time for a filthy taxi we were certainly hurtin' for some good food and brew. Founders promptly delivered both. The food was fantastic and the beer was even better. As we sat down in a packed room to order, the bartender we'd met that afternoon asked if we wouldn't mind switching tables with a larger group who was looking to push a couple tables together. We of course obliged and moved to another available table. The bartender, who was off the clock I'd expect, returned a few minutes later with a cardboard box full of cold bottles to thank us for moving tables. The easiest dozen bottles of beer I ever earned, and a really nice gesture. Fast forward a couple hours and I ended up singing a drunken rendition of Tom Petty's Free Fallin' on stage with the band. Needless to say, we had a blast. Some amazing beers on tap, great food, and great people made for possibly my favorite stop on the trip. If you’re ever anywhere close to Grand Rapids, take a few hours and enjoy this amazing beer destination. (1,441 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.16/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Stopped by Founders the night before they moved from the Brassworks building. Got there pretty early, maybe 4:00-4:30 and the place was already busy. All tables were full and all barstools were full. Everyone I talked to was in a great mood and very friendly. This place lends itself well with the comfortable at ease atmosphere.

The quality of the beer was great although there were only 4 taps going when I stopped by. It looked like a few selections were just erased from the chalkboard. I believe after a barrel was kicked they just erased it instead of putting something new on since they were closing up the following day. IPA, Red's Rye, Dirty Bastard, and Breakfast Stout was on tap though and I thoroughly enjoyed my Breakfast Stout.

The service was very good, especially when the place was so busy and there was only one bartender working most of the time (a few waitresses). Recieved great service and was even able to buy a growler of Breakfast Stout. I was surprised, didn't think it would be offered for growler sales. Also picked up a nice Breakfast Stout pint glass. The prices were very reasonable along with the package sales from the cooler. I believe the growler, fill, glass, and 4-pack of Harvest Ale came to $31. The pints of Breakfast Stout were $5.

I'm anxious to stop at the new Founders when it opens but I will also miss this one. The atmosphere was comfortable and I had a great time. Everyone was there for good beer which is something else nice to see. (1,489 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

The atmosphere in here on a busy saturday night was great. Casual and very friendly. Since no food is offered I saw pizza boxes on a couple of tables. Very kind of them to allow that, I even saw someone sharing a bottle from Allagash. Dinged the score a bit for all the smoke. The beer was, of course, phenomonal as was the friendly staff. Only five beers on tap this day, so that was a bit of a letdown. One of the five was Breakfast Stout so that helped. I'd love to have this in my neighborhood. If you get the chance stop by. (529 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I stopped by here after Bell’s on my summer beer tour. The building is something like the “brass works building” which is a large brick structure. The entrance is on west side of the building near the south entrance. IF you find that, shift fire to your right, and there you’ll be. I got there a half hour before opening time. I pled my case to the dude working there in the morning with his beautiful dog and I got let in.

The place seems like a very friendly dive with a very warn feeling that suggests pretty wild weekends. Seems that it’s a music venue too, so that could pack the crowd in. There are mostly little wooden tables spaced about with the main bar in the back right corner and a smaller one in the left.

On tap were 13 founders beers. Wow. Can’t ask for much more especially when two of them were the Breakfast Stout and the Kentucky Breakfast. Damn. This made me a happy man. 13 beers seemed a lot for a small pub. The dude, which turned out to be one of the junior brewers said that this was very atypical. None the less, I was pleased.

Service was fine. There really wasn’t anyone there, so I can’t comment on much. The girl there seemed really on top of things with all things considered.

I liked the simplicity of this joint. I’d like to stop by on a Friday night to see what kind of clientèle it attracts. I should also note that I left this day with a growler of Devil Dancer, three t-shirts and a pint glass. (1,448 characters)

Photo of bigman147
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

My brother in law and I stopped in for a tour of the facility on a recent beer pilgrimage around MI. Mike and Dave let us in a little before normal hours to check out the brewery and get a behind the scene view. I was exhausted so my questions were pretty stupid. The facility is cramped but puts out some wonderful beers. The bar area is small and I can see the location getting very crowded. Plenty of parking can be found nearby. If I lived in Grand Rapids, I would be a regular. Anyway, we were able to sample every beer that they had. My personal favorite was the Red Rye. Since it wasnt normal hours, we didn't have any food and the staff that was around was busy prepping for the influx that would surely be coming. The Magnum PI episode on the TV while talking beer with these guys was a classic moment. Everything about Founders was great. I would recommend a visit to anyone in the area.

Definitely try the Red Rye. (929 characters)

Photo of rsyberg01
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stopped here after Dark Lord, saw phatz and beerbeing there ( I was one of the two young guys with cardinals hats on) Absolutely love this place. I would be infinitely happy if this was my local bar.

So to tell my story of patronizing. Me and my friend Ryan (ba name rysky) pull up and get a spot almost directly in front of this place. We came nonstop from munster and walk in just exausted. That didnt last long, the atmosphere in this place is so personalble. Its like any local bar, regulars, local live music, decent selection on tap, and decent nourishment (at least for what they had available which was pretzels with horseradish cheese) First thing I had was an Imperial Stout on tap. Almost brought a tear to my eye. See being from St. Louis really deprives you of things like this, and believe me, when you say Schlafly I say not even close. The bartender the first night we were there wasnt so chatty, but I didnt think twice of it. The next night we were in, a cute petite light brown haired bartender was working (never did get her name which I regret) She was amazing, just very social. Always made sure we were ok and even gave us an impromptu tour of the brewery because they were slow enough she said. Talk about above and beyond. It was just a great experience and I highly recommend this place to anyone within the united states. Definitely going to be a stop to make after dark lord day for many years to come! (1,433 characters)

Photo of Phatz
4.66/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Driving down the street the navigation system say "destination ahead on the right" then "you have arrived" The building to our right is an absolutely *monstrous* five story building the runs the length of an entire block. The name on the building says Brass Works Building. The light came on, it never occurred to me that Founder Brewing Company was located in an old Brass Foundry. Seems obvious now. My first thought was "this is the biggest 'Micro' Brewery I have ever seen!" Entering the building I realized Founders is only one of the tenants in the amazing building. The building is gorgeous the floors, the art, the high ceilings, the woodwork and the door ways, and this is all wondering the halls before Founders even opened the door on Sunday at 3pm. When we walked in the Founders door the floors were simple the ceiling high and unfinished with a warehouse feel but nice. They had 10 beers on tap and not a single one less than exceptional.
Imagine Kentucky Breakfast Stout on tap at the brewery. Oh my God! and they served all beer in the appropriate glassware.
Tap List:
Centennial IPA
Black Rye
Pale Ale
Oatmeal Stout on nitro
Porter
The Imperial Stout
Bourbon Maple Porter **beyond EXCEPTIONAL**
Devil Dancer DIPA
Kentucky Breakfast Stout *need I say more*
Backwoods Bastard
They had rubbed out Rubaeus and Red Rye off the chalk board, before we got there. They have capacity for 12 drafts.

There was a pool table, jukebox, and carryout cooler with no KBS in it but otherwise perfect. Sever was very helpful. No food available on Sundays but they do have menus of local restaurants that will deliver to Founders. You can sit there at the bar and have delivery brought to you. Now that is something new! We just brought some of our munchies in the car. This place is worth the trip. Find a way to get there one day. Early on a Sunday it is nice and quite, but we weren’t the only people waiting for them to unlock the door. Clearly, the place gets a lot of traffic.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers! (2,034 characters)

Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Stopped here for lunch on a brewery road trip ending with Dark Lord Day

First off, I got a parking spot right in front of the place, so I was happy about that. Across the street was "Pay to Park" type places so I was a bit weary at first.

The place is not overly fancy, which I love. It looks like a quality place to sit, hang out, and enjoy some great beer. I sat at the bar and ordered an Oatmeal Stout, which was great.

I had the Dirty Bastard Sandwich, and it was freakin awesome. One of the best sandwiches I've had in a while. While I'm not sure if all of their sandwiches are the same, mine was huge, I couldn't even finish it.

The service was Ok, since I was in no rush, I really didn't care about the quality of service. If I needed anything, I received it in a respectable amount of time. I ended up having the Backwards Bastard before I left, but nothing else. Which leads me to my only gripe about the place. There were only three session beers on tap, all the rest were high gravity brews. While thats awesome if I wasn't driving, I was very limited to what I could drink.

I also picked up a four pack of the Kentucky Breakfast Stout and a four pack of the Devil Dancer which really made my day. (1,227 characters)

Photo of Yetiman420
3.6/5  rDev -17.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

During a terrible snow and cold freeze of early February 2007, I did a white-knuckler western Michigan loop consisting of the top-rated brewpubs in Western Michigan. The trip began in the southwest corner at the Livery in Benton Harbor, up to New Holland in Holland, over to The Hideout, Founders, and BOB in Grand Rapids. Individual reviews are below and my rankings from a total experience are New Holland, The Hideout, The Livery, Founders, and BOB.

My perspective is based on visits to almost 200 brewpubs across North America. I’m an avid homebrewer and craft-beer drinker but no means an expert on the contest judging of beers. I know good beer when I taste it.

Founders is a place I've been itchin to get to ever since I wasn't able to make it here during a visit to Kalamazoo. I'm a big fan of their Centennial IPA and have had the pleasure of speaking with the owner/head brewer at a Founder's tasting in Cincinnati.

I had very high expectations leading up to the visit. Everything went well until I opened the door and steped into their pub. On the outside, it's in an attractive, historic area of Grand Rapids that appears to be growing. When I stepped inside, I was dissapointed to see it was decorated to the minimum. This is very subjective and I do like the run-down beaten feel (loved it at The Hideout), but I was expecting something a little more from their space. Especially when the outside gave so much promise for something equally impressive inside. There were nice viewing areas for the brewing equipment. Other than that, it was pretty dumpy. As an advocate of clean air, I was dissapointed that 90% of the people were smoking. Everything from cigars to hand-rolled tobacco. It's hard to enjoy the aroma and flavor of good beer when you can barely breathe. Other brewpubs in Michigan have special areas for smoking which would have been nice here.

They had all their bottled beers on tap. I had the Black Rye, Red Rye, and two stouts. One stout had hazlenut which was pretty good, the other was middle of the road. I had a 13% tripple IPA which was good if not a bit sweet.

The only food they have are peanuts or pretzil rods with hard cheese to dip them in.

I'd love to have another shot at Founders and I'm sure I'd think better of it. Prior to the trip, I put them in a category of micro regionals with New Holland and Arcadia. My perception has certainly changed since the visit. (2,433 characters)

Photo of scoobybrew
3.34/5  rDev -23.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

We stopped in at Founders on a recent trip to Grand Rapids. The place had kind of a brewery-back room feel to it. “Divey”, but a clean kind of dive if that makes any sense. The selections on the chalkboard were incredibly had to read with the lighting present. It was a Saturday night and there were only two people working the place, so if you wanted a beer you had to go to the bar to get it. However, the staff seemed knowledgeable enough about the beer and were more than happy to pour you a pint (they were incredibly busy). The place was modestly filled until one of the local bands began to set up; apparently there was a show tonight. On our way out, we noticed a cover charge being taken. I always find this in very poor taste at a brewpub. Don't go here if you want to eat. Apparently the kitchen is only open for certain hours and I hear it's just snacky-sandwich stuff. Having said all that, I think the beer was very tasty, if not a bit pricey. Every beer I had (and tasting my wife's choices also) was of above average quality. (1,043 characters)

Photo of adammills
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I was in today with a buddy of mine after work and really enjoyed myself. The help is nice and so is the atmosphere. They have a great selection of beer. I love the fact that you can see the brew works through the windows, and knew I was home when I could smell the wort boil from the outside of the establishment as I walked up. Great ambiance. I dunno about the pricey rating on this. It is pricey for me because of my wage, not in the quality of the product. They have live music and stuff, yet to be there for that. I need to shoot in there more after work. (561 characters)

Photo of EvilKeith
4/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Founders Brewing and Brewpub is located in the historical Brassworks building. The historical status of the building prevents Founders from having a sign displayed on the exterior of the building.
The south door along the west side of the building has a modest Founders decal displayed. This is the main entrance.
The interior has high ceilings with painted concrete beams and columns. Large antique wooden window frames look out into the street as well as allow you to see some of the brewery equipment and bottling line.
The floors are wooden and heavy wood tables are scattered across the pub. Peanut shells crunch underfoot.
The bar is made of heavy wood and is the heart of the brewpub. Large chalkboards announce the beers currently on tap and pricing.
The clientele was diverse with co-eds and retirees all enjoying world-class beers side by side. The Oatmeal Stout on nitro was a real treat for me, Dirty Bastard and several others were nice and fresh.
I enjoyed my visit and would like to come back when I have the time. It was well worth the trip and very reasonably priced.
On this trip I saw more growlers being filled than I have ever seen at any brewpub. This could have been a testament to the popularity of their beer or simply people getting ready for Halloween parties, I'm sure which it was... (1,328 characters)

Photo of Magpie14
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Close to downtown Grand Rapids and a must if your in the area. A small facility with a huge reputation for amazing beers...and yes it's true! Food is just pertty much sandwiches (darn good ones at that!). It serves the best beers in Michigan in my opinion. It is a very laid back environment and friendly...staff was nice, quick and prompt.

About 8-10 beers on tap with a few specials in the mix, the russian imperial stout is amazing! and the Kentucky breakfast stout, and the burbon stout are untouchable!!!

great place to hang and grab a beer or two worth the trip! Quality!! (585 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This place was located in the southeast corner of the Brass Works Building, and it represented low-frills beer drinking at its finest. I was told that they will be relocating by 2007, so this review will have to be updated at some point. The room was accessed through a glass door either off of a wooden ramp or up a short set of steps. Once inside, the washrooms were dead ahead on the extreme left, facing aft, away from the entrance. The space was partially broken up by a couple of concrete pillars and I took a seat at a table near one of them. The bulk of the room was filled with rough-hewn wooden tables, topped with rusty hammered metal plate. Headed aft were a pool table and the short bar to the extreme right. Wrapping around, there was a “Founders Brewing Company Cold Beer to Go” cooler against the far right wall and next to it was a CD jukebox. Of course, the bottling line, brew house, and fermenters were all visible behind glass, in the back of the space. Finally, there were numerous blackboards in the overhead, detailing current offerings, weekly specials and local places with accounts. What about their beer? Well, that was the whole reason for stopping in. They have some of the best beers that I have ever tasted, from Black and Red Rye to Breakfast Stout and Kentucky Breakfast to Rubaeus to Black Sunshine, which was made with black pepper. Sopor and his girlfriend met me there, plus I managed to get a tour from their cellarman, Samuel Adams Sherwood, following his pool game with one of the regulars, Jonathan Frick. This was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the early part of the tour. (1,623 characters)

Photo of MDekker
4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Raised and now living in Grand Rapids, I'm so proud to have Founder located downtown. The relatively new establishment is large and spacious, with a long, curving carved wooden bar, shelves upon shelves of mugs for those in their Mug Club, huge windows that let you view the brewery and a large outdoor porch. Of course, the beer is world-class, and their tap list always features a host of beers that they don't bottle. They produce some pretty good food there too, in terms of sandwiches and the like. The prices are reasonable and agian, the beer is outstanding. Founders is always worth a visit, and I only wish I could get there more often. (645 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
4.25/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Nice industrial type feel to the place. Low key and relaxed. The brew house is housed behind some big windows. I could make out the bottling line going in the back.

Like their bottled products all the quality is good. The beers were certainly fresh and served at the proper temps. Service was quick and friendly and wasnt harried. More then happy to stand and talk to us and answer any questions.

Selection was great. Some of my favorites wern't there but there was plenty to make up for that fact. A few draft only choices as well.

They only serve sandwiches 11am to 2 pm. I had a half sandwich as I wasnt hungry. My friends and I all agreed they were good.

All in all a great place. I have wanted to get here for ages and it was well worth it. I will be back.

Note-talking to the bartender she said they will fill any growler from another brewey. Saw a guy get a Roque one filled so I had to ask. She said they sell beer not growlers so it doesnt bother them. I like that. (990 characters)

Photo of DaveFL1976
4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I'd like to come back here on a quieter afternoon.My wife and I showed up at 9pm on a Thursday night to find what was apparantly a smoker's night. I can handle a bit of smoke, but out of about 20 tables, 18 of them were filled with smokers. Not only that, but reps from Reynolds Tobacco were there handing out free packs of Camels! The ventillation system could not keep up with all the cigarettes, and it made for a less than pleasant beer-drinking experience.
Staff was pretty friendly and helpful. They even have menus from local pizza joints and will help you order-in a pizza while you're there.
But the beer's what we're there for. All the Founders flavours are on tap, as well as some limited offerings only available here. Some really big beers, too. So watch your intake. Be aware that there is no shortage of police patrolling the streets of downtown Grand Rapids, so be smart when you leave the place.
All in all, it wasn't my favorite location of my beer tour through Michigan, but I'd like to visit earlier on in the day to give it another shot. (1,061 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.06/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Went on a trip this past weekend to the Kalamazoo/Grand Rapids area too visit many of the great breweries in the area. This one was tops on my list of my reason to visit this area. And I tried to get here while KBS was on draught but unfortunately missed it by a week.

Went the first time on Friday night and the place was packed and loud as hell. Good times were being had by all. A good selection of beers although I was somewhat dissapointed in the lack of KBS or BS, however the IS, Oatmeal Stout, Blushing Mond, Devil Dancer, etc were all spectacular.

I did think the bartenders could have been a little more friendly. Both the Friday night and Saturday ones didn't seem overly excited to be working. Which I hate working myself but I'd love to bartend for such a great brewery.

They have large glass windows so you can view the bottling line and brewing area. No brewing was being done while I was there.

They don't have food accept for peanuts and pretzels but I wasn't going here to eat. And the prices for all of the breweries I visited were outstanding. Can't wait to return when they release KBS next year. (1,131 characters)

Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev -8.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

located in the brassworks building in downtown grand rapids, would have been great in the person on the phone would have told me that when i called for driections because i passed it twice and that sign sticks out.

inside the pub is kinda rustic with hardwood floors and copper topped tables. a simple bar with several taps. there is a pool table and an imac over in the corner.
several copper covered table through the large hall. atmosphere is very chill and inviting.

service was very prompt both time i was there this past weekend.

the selection was very good maybe 10 beers on tap. all standards and several special brews and a fewhigh gravity brews.

did not eat. prices looked reasonable.

the pricing is very reasonable (741 characters)

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4.59/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A big brick building with just a founders door on it, if you do not know the area you could miss it. You walk in to an interesting place, two large glass windows let you see the entire operation. They have darts, a pool, table, and a large warehouse feel. The beers are amazing, get a sampler if you haven't had them all. All very distinct and different, yet each one a masterpiece. We didn't make it in time for their lunch, they did alert us to ordering out with delivery from any of the restaurants in the area. Good service with friendly people, and great beer. You could purchase singles, 4-packs, 6-packs, and different size cases. I will return to Founders any time I am in the area, a must visit for any beer fan! (721 characters)

Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
97 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.