Founders Brewing Company
Active Beers: 145
Beer Ratings: 84,125
Beer Avg: 3.97
Taps: 18 / Bottles: 7
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 570 | Reviews: 263 | Display Reviews Only:
4.4/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I have been to Founder's three times. When I am in Grand Rapids for an event, most recently a Grand Rapids Griffins hockey game, I stop here for the food and beer. Since I can get the Centennial IPA, All Day IPA, Breakfast Stout and occasionally a few others in the local store, I get something different. This visit it was the Imperial Stout. A very good stout that poured dark, almost black.
The food has always been good and this time we got a beer cheese dip to share and I had a ham sandwich they were featuring. Sorry, I do not recall the name. All four of us liked the sound of it but I was the only one to order it. What scared everyone else away was that it had potato chips on the sandwich, yes on the sandwich. We thought they would be stale/soggy but the were kettle chips and they held up well with a good crisp crunch in every bite of the good sandwich.
The place is large just having expanded. A very large open dining room and a smaller area to the right as you walk in that has high top tables and a pool table and an additional bar. There is also a covered patio outside with heaters in the roof to make it very comfortable to sit out on a picnic table as we did last year. Watching snow floating down having a great sandwich and beer was very relaxing. A beer garden was another addition with the expansion.
01-12-2014 18:13:04 | More by DavidRandall
4.71/5 rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
--My review from Yelp.--
Everything I expected.
I walked in about 15 minutes after they opened and the place was basically barren. By the time we walked out 90 minutes later, they were completely packed and there was a line almost out the door. I think that speaks for itself.
...but in case it doesn't, I'll elaborate. Upon walking in, you'll notice how massive this place is. There's a lot of seating, but it's not crammed at all, at least not at the main bar area when you first walk in, to the left.
I'm feeling too damn lazy to write up a lengthy review, so I'll just give some bullet points.
1.) The server was knowledgeable about the beers on tap, which I'd expect, and was very happy to see.
2.) The brews have tiers 1-3, with 1 being the cheapest, and 3 being most expensive.
3.) The food is nearly excellent, with a nice variety of sandwiches to enjoy, at fair prices.
That explains Founders in a reasonably short review. The beer is some of the best you'll find anywhere, the food is very well worth waiting for (we didn't wait more than 10 minutes, but they weren't busy when we ordered), the staff is trained well, the bathrooms are clean... it's just a great experience. I expected nothing less out of Founders, and my visit there was probably the highlight of my brief trip to Grand Rapids.
01-04-2014 22:29:22 | More by Alextricity
Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
100 out of 100 based on 570 ratings.