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Founders Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
3.94/5
BEER STATS
Beers:
107
Reviews:
29,934
Ratings:
125,622
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
97
Reviews:
303
Ratings:
1,014
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
4.77%
 
 
Taps:
18
Bottles/Cans:
7
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
Founders Brewing CompanyFounders Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

235 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49503
United States

(616) 776-1195 | map
www.foundersbrewing.com

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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Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Yet another fine beer stop in the South western portion of Michigan. Modern , large, with outdoor space, cool and friendly crowd and staff, tasty, reasonably priced grub ( I had a "tree hugger" veggie style sandwich) they had a band playing, people dancing, high quality Founders brews flowing, whats not to like?... this place was rocking and I had a blast on this first but hopefully not last visit. Well worth trying to get to this place. 5 mins from Hop cat, 10 mins from Siciliano market

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Photo of toolbrew
4/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went there at the end of lunch - 1:30pm. Kinda quiet which was nice. Lots os space on the inside. An open warehouse feel. Could see the brewing equipment through large glass windows. It was a beautiful day so the 'garage doors' to the patio were open.

The beer and the food I had were both great.

The people behind the bar were very attentive. It was a slow time of the day so I'm sure things are different when it's busy.

A good variety of beers on tap. I forget what all was there. Two nitro taps running and some carry out bottles. They have growlers to go too.

I had the rebuen - regular, not turkey. To drink I had the bourbon barrel aged porter on nitro. Both were delicious and the sandwich was rather large.

Overall I thought it was a cool place.

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Photo of emerge077
4.14/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Open and airy warehouse feel, with the huge fermenters visible through the back windows behind the music stage. Long 'S'-curved bar, baskets of peanuts and pretzels here and there for a couple bucks. There was a long line at the sandwich window, so we passed. It was loud like a cafeteria here, and there was one muted tv above the back bar.

Bartenders all looked about college-age, ours (Emily?) was quick and friendly. Didn't really have any questions or conversation. One guy was flipping glasses around and generally being the class clown.

It was happy hour, so the beers were super affordable. A pint of Breakfast stout and a souvenir KBS glass was $8. There was a total of 8 tap selections, 3 or so specialty barrel-aged offerings. Growler fills were reasonable, no fills on specialty stuff.

If something special was on I would go again, otherwise i'd probably not make a special trip.

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Photo of amiles
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stop by here a couple days ago for dinner while in Michigan on vacation. I was really stoked to be able to go as I've loved every Founders beer I've had. The place was easy to find and much larger than I excepted. Pretty much one big open room with high ceilings, and a large outside patio that would be seperated by huge retractable windows in the winter. Waitstaff was very nice and attentive especially while I looked at all the glasswear thay had. I ended up buying a KBS glass, and a Dirty Bastard pint glass for 4 dollas each, nice deal! The selection was a bit weak since they didn't have an exclusives or 'special' beers at the time. The line up as of Friday was... Pale Ale, IPA, Dirty Bastard, Red's Rye, Rubueus, Oatmeal Stout, and the Porter. Beer is dirt cheap during happy hour (3-6 M-F), 2.75 for a pint I believe??? I had the Rueben sandwich which was excellent at 7.75. Although I had a great time visiting founders, I wouldn't see myself going back unless they something really spectacular on tap and in the area of course.

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Photo of Stonebreaker
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This was my last stop on my Michigan birthday tour, we got there between midnight and one, there were peanut shells all over the floor, which I didn't mind but my wife thought was nasty. I liked the atmosphere, very laid back, there was a big college presence the night we went(a Monday). The staff was friendly, the beer was good and the bartender was all too happy to give me 3 samples. I brought a growler home, this spot and Hopcat definitely made the trip to Grand Rapids worthwhile. Oh and I'm a sucker for a pool table. Loved the Dirty Bastard...

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Photo of kaos14
3.39/5  rDev -23%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Biggest bar I have ever seen. The are a lot of very well spaced tables in the middle of huge the room. More tables outside on the porch. A stage sits in the far corner for the frequent live music. Behind the stage is a huge floor to ceiling glass window looking into the brewery. The bar is also very big, maybe 25 stools. The tap selection was just Founder's brews, there were about 8 on tap when I visited but there was room for more. The selection was pretty standard in my mind mostly the old stand-bys of a brewery, pale ales and wheat beers. I was happy to be able to try the Imperial Stout which was good and I also sampled the Rubeaus which was not. I was intrigued by the half rubeaus half stout beers I saw poured, but after tasting the rubeaus I was no longer. They had a small selection of bottles for sale in a cooler, but there was nothing too different from what you'd see in a decent beer store. I did like the large selection of Founder's gear and glassware for sale. I was happy to pick up a Breakfast Stout glass and a Kentucky Breakfast Stout glass for 4 dollars each. I did not eat any food there, but I did note that they basically have a sandwich counter that also has a few appetizers. I don't recall the prices.

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The Founder's Brewery Taproom is a truly pleasant beer drinking environment. I swung by on a warm afternoon in May. The porch was open, as were the windows. An 80s dead show provided some quiet background music.

The custom mahogany bar was easily the most pleasant that I have had the pleasure to sit next. It seemed lkike it was designed just to fit me. Of course, this can't be the case. My wife is much smaller and found it equally comfortable.

The beers were excellent, and the waitstaff very attentive. Of course, it was an afternoon shift. While there were a ghood number of people there, I couldn't call it packed. They did seem to be doing a large number of growler fills, but my glass was never left empty.

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Photo of Roeters
4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

New Founders, great place to relax and have the best beer in Grand Rapids. With one of the longest bars in the city makes finding a seat easy most of the time.

I am lucky enough to be with walking distance of the place which can give me some breathing room when I make the decision to have one more brew.

The service is always good even when the place is packed from wall-to-wall. Also the bartenders/servers will take the time to help people find the beer that they will enjoy.

Selection wise it is kinda sad to see the 2-6 empty taps, but it is always better to better quality and a smaller selection then a bunch of half-assed beers

Food is great, the Castro and the Backwoods Bastard being two of my favorites.

A must for anyone that loves beer.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I never got a chance to go to the old Founders (we did drive by it afterwards), but a stop at the new larger location was the perfect end to a big beer trip. Easy to locate with its giant sign above the entrance as well as the silo off to the side, directly across the street from the bus depot (makes me want to jump on a Greyhound right now and head back to Grand Rapids), with sufficient parking in front and to the sides. Most places stopping in on a Saturday evening is a death kiss, but thanks to lots of seating we found a few open tables without much of a challenge.

The place is beautiful looking, with lots of tables set up, a long S curving bar with lots of chairs (all proudly displaying 'Founders' etched into the wooden backs), a stained glass pane with the Founders logo above the taps, a pool table, a case of merchandise as you enter, a nice mellow lighting scheme, a stage set up in the far corner for bands, and a view of the brewery, they really went all out in the setup of this place.

While currently only having 10 beers on tap, as always they were fantastic things, and something for everyone to enjoy, from the Rubaeus to Pale Ale to Red's Rye to Oatmeal Stout (on nitro) to Imperial Stout and all points in between. After reviewing the very large and easy to read taps board we enjoyed some peanuts while waiting for our waiter to come take our order, which didn't take too long. Though the wait staff only deals with the beer (and merch) aspect of Founders, our waiter did a good job despite the crowd which came in after us as well as the loudness from the band and the general chaos of a Saturday night.

Food is ordered separately at a different window between the bar and the pool table, and although they only serve sandwiches and pizzas as well as nachos and hummus, it's some of the best I've ever had, and made fresh after you order it. A nice feature they have is a chalk board off to the side where they tell you what ingredients they're out of at the time so you know ahead of time before ordering that you won't be able to get something with turkey if they're out. After ordering and paying, you're handed a vibrating light up paging device so you can go back to your table and enjoy your excellent beers while waiting for the food to be made. The guacamole was out of this world! Definitely worth stopping off at if you're anywhere around Grand Rapids. Heck, it's reason enough to drive into Michigan!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

After much anticipation, we finally arrived at the new Founders Tap House (attached to the new brewing facility) that just opened last November. As we walk up, I immediately like it. Nice wide front with an outside seating area (which was only being used by smokers at this time because of how cold it was) and plenty of parking available in the front and on the sides. The inside is spacious as well, with high ceilings and plenty of natural light from the windows. At the far end is a stage (they offer live music a couple of times a week, including this night) and behind that gives a windowed view into the brew house. There are lots of tables to sit at scattered throughout for seating (complete with the Founders logo emblazoned on the seat backs) but it's the large 25 seat mahogany S shaped bar that takes center stage. It retains a classic yet contemporary look (complete with TVs to watch the ball games) and I absolutely loved the stain glassed Founders logo behind it. The overall feel is just tremendous and I would expect nothing else from such a classy brewery.

We lucked into an open table (which wasn't bad seeing how it was almost 7:30 pm on a Saturday night) and checked out the tap list. There were 4 staples on (Pale Ale, IPA, Red's Rye, and Dirty Bastard), 4 exclusives (Solid Gold Ale, Porter, Vanilla Porter, and Oatmeal Stout), and then 2 seasonals (the Imperial Stout and Rubaeus). We all tried different ones with my personal favorite being the highly ranked Imperial Stout, of which I ended up having two. Naturally, everything was great and up to the high standards of Founder's beers.

I like the way they do their food service here. You order and pay for it yourself at a separate window (what I now call "Pizza Port" style) and then they buzz you when it's ready. The menu itself is a tad limited (they basically offer sandwiches, pizzas, and munchies) but the quality was top notch. I had the Rubin's Rueben, which was excellent, as was the fresh guacamole and chips that we all split for an appetizer. Our service was limited to drink service but our guy did a pretty commendable job. Although he messed up one of drink orders, he let us keep the wrong one for free, and then did a great job getting our group a bunch of merch even though the place was jammed packed by this point. I don't know what else I can say about this place. It was probably our most anticipated visit during our recent trek through Michigan and it totally delivered. A laid back and fun atmosphere coupled with some great food and do I really need to even mention the beer? This is a must hit on any Michigan beer tour.

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Photo of snafui
4.75/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

I'm in Grand Rapids for business and the first place I dragged my coworkers was Founders. We rolled in on 10 pm on a Wednesday, I wasn't even really sure if the place would be open. Instead I found the place was packed! We grabbed 3 bar seats and had 3 rounds and some food. The folks were incredibly friendly, from staff to customers. The food was out of this world! I had a Red's Rye sandwich which was no lie one of the best sandwiches I've ever had.
I'm a huge fan of the Founders beers that we can get back home in MA, which is Red's Rye, Curmudgeon, and Dirty Bastard. I was really hoping to sample others but the only thing I found a little disappointing was that there were no special beers on tap. That entire section of the chalk board was empty. But what I had was great so it wasn't a real negative. I started w/ an IPA. Hit a vanilla porter next, and on suggestion from an enthusiastic patron had a blend of Dirty Bastard and Rubaeus (raspberry) which was interesting but not really my style.
All in all I had a fantastic time, would love to go back, especially some time when there are more specials. And I can't speak highly enough about the folks there. Atmosphere is a huge thing with me and really leaves an impression on your experience.

Also on suggestion from the locals we hit the Hop Cat next.

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Photo of sarahspat
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I honestly cannot say enough good things about this establishment. A few of my nicknames for Founders are "the happiest place on earth" and "that than which nothing nothing greater can be conceived." I am a little biased; I'm in the mug club and usually go there twice a week. I can't get enough of Founders.

Their beers are amazing. I compare all other beers that I have to Founders and they never seem to stack up. I'm actually starting to become concerned that Founders has spoiled me and that my standards are ridiculously high now. I'm not exaggerating either. Founders Centennial IPA is my Favorite Beer Ever and it's difficult for me to imagine a scenario in which I would bestow this honor on any other beer.

The entire staff is amazing. Just really cool, really nice people all around. Plus, they are AMAZING at their jobs and extremely knowledgeable about beer.

The atmosphere is perfect. Anyone who complains that they lost character with the move is indulging in maudlin daydreams. The atmosphere is exactly the same...it's just bigger now. That's literally the only difference. Also, one of the best things about Founders is that it's the kind of bar where anyone can feel welcome. The Founders mug club is made up of all types of people. Our love of delicious beers (and especially Founders Brewing Company) is what unites us all. Just the way it should be.

Wednesday nights at Founders are probably the best deal in the entire craft beer world. $1.75 pints for mug club members...it honestly boggles my mind sometimes. And Monday nights are great for everyone: $2 pints!

Many of the reviews complain about the lack of selection. Of course, when they moved they had to interrupt the brewing so there was a period where they had very few beers on tap. But those days are over. They generally have at least 6 or 7 and sometimes as many as 10-12 beers on tap now.

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Photo of bgramer
4/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I came out to Grand Rapids for the KBS release party and was pretty impressed with the pub. Lots of natural light and windows, which is what I like. It was also very crowded and noisy, which is to be expected of a KBS party, but it was also the satruday before St Patrick's Day so I considered that.

The bartenders were very generous with samples. After sampling, I enjoyed the Frangelic, the Porter, and of course, the KBS on tap. I had to stop and cool off because of the drive back to Chicago.

I didn't get to try their food because I was full from eating at Hopcat (another must-visit), but everything on the board looked good and I'd definitely try it on my next beer trip out to Michigan.

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Photo of david131
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I made my way up to the pub for the Kentucky Breakfast Stout release with some of my buddies. The place is absolutely gorgeous with lots of natural lighting and glass walls to see into the brewery. The no smoking is great as well. The beers seemed to be served at proper temperatures and were about standard prices. The only food we got was some kind of warm beer cheese platter that was very enjoyable. I wasn't blown away with the tap list, but it was impressive. Off the top of my head they had: Kentucky Breakfast Stout, Imperial Stout, Oatmeal Stout, Frangelic Stout, Rubaeus, Centennial IPA, Pale Ale,and Dirty Bastard. The service was spectacular. The entire wait staff was very polite, attentive, and in good humor. It is so refreshing to see people in the service industry that don't seem annoyed. Overall, it was a very worthwhile trip and it's breweries and trips like this that make me sad that I am leaving the state.

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Photo of PabstBlue
3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

As a big fan of their beers and their former location, I am a bit sad to say that I am not impressed by their new location. They still have the peanut shells on the ground, personal steins on the wall and great beer but the the new location is huge, loud and lacking the character that drew me to their old location. The noise is probably my largest problem with the place. The noise echoing off the walls makes is near impossible to have a conversation with your friend who is bellied up to the bar with you. The service is really great and it is not difficult to get one of their many delicious beer. While the beer and service is great, I think I'll go elsewhere until they find a way to dampen the noise.

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Photo of frazbri
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I like the new digs even better than the old. It's a bigger, better version of Founders. Founders is fantastic.

old review follows. I was at Founders about 10:30 on a Friday night. I almost expected this place to be smaller. It is small, but it had an open feel due mostly to its high ceilings. When I looked at the jukebox, I knew this was my kind of place. Frank Zappa, the Pixies, Tom Waits; I had to throw a couple of bucks in that.

Now to the important stuff, beer. Twelve beers on the board. I started with the Chocolate Rye Porter and it was delicious. I then tried the Oatmeal Stout, it wasn't as good as the CR Porter. Then ended with a tasty glass of Dirty Bastard. I was hoping to try the Devil Dancer, but I missed out. I guess that is one drawback when you rotate so many beers.

I didn't quiz the waitress on her beer knowledge. It was a Friday night, and she had quite a few patrons to serve. The waitress was friendly and served us quickly. No food is served, except for popcorn and peanuts.

This is a showcase for a fine brewer. If you are anywhere near Grand Rapids, stop here for a beer. This was the highlight of my weekend in Michigan.

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Photo of Seahorse
4.05/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Big improvement over the old joint. Beer's as usual are decent microbrews. Food is your average pub fare, sandwiches etc. Overall, not the best microbrewery I have been to, nor the worst. Definitely better than the GR Brewing Company in terms of service and hospitality. Great location, near the Van Andel Arena and other establishments. A decent watering hole. Beers are good and reasonably priced. Wait staff is friendly, however, usually not able to answer the "novices" questions. A good place to hang out, drink and have nice conversation. Didn't care too much for the seating arrangements, as I felt like we were sitting on top of each other.

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Photo of Pedro07
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I got my chance to visit the new location on Saturday night. Great atmosphere, service and quality! Loved it! The only problem I found was that the tap list was only 4 (Pale, IPA, Oatmeal Stout and Dirty Bastard, along with a couple other randoms). Kind of dissapointing to me, but I can probably attribute that to the interuption of the brewing process with the move.
Overall, I loved it!
And in reply to the last post, the pizza places were bringing the pizza in like crazy! So yes, they do deliver!

Well about a year later, it's popularity seems to have grown! The tap list is full again, and we are now seeing the fruits of expansion.

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Photo of rteis
4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Here's an update for their new location. Non-smokers are going to love the fact that the new joint is smoke free. A definite improvement in my book. Have food on site is good, but I will admit, I will miss the good 'ole days where the pizza guy from Sal's would deliver so we could have some eats while we took in the great beer. Selection is limited as they are trying to get caught back up with production. New building is great and must have 40+ seats right up @ the bar. A great improvement to the old place.

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Photo of Hollenbeck2
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of drseamus
3.91/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of jjshutty
3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of chilidog
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
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!!

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Photo of cerevisiae
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of letsgopens
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
97 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.