Founders Brewing Company
Active Beers: 119
Beer Ratings: 71,784
Beer Avg: 3.97
Taps: 18 / Bottles: 7
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 391 | Reviews: 253 | Show All Ratings:
4.44/5 rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Founder's is a small brew pub located in the downtown area of Grand Rapids. There are pool tables on one side and other tables for sitting and not much else. Every once in awhile there will be bands that play in which case talking becomes very hard. The bartenders are cordial and provide a friendly atmosphere. Lots more choices than what they bottle but only Founder's beers. All beers are served in appropriate glassware which is nice. This is a nice place to go, relax, and drink some really good beers.
04-14-2004 14:19:35 | More by granger10
4.3/5 rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
This turned out to be a late night visit following a West Michigan WhiteCaps game. Located right downtown in Grand Rapids. It's a rather small place with wooden tables and peanut shells on the floor. A lot of locals were hanging out and people going in and out to purchase beer from the refrigerator located in the bar area. They have a very friendly staff who wait on you and a good, lively atmosphere. I had tried a bottle of Centennial IPA and pale ale earlier in the week and was curious to know how the draft IPA tasted. The bottom line is it was excellent. I decided to purchase a six-pack there since I was not sure I would find anymore as I headed east toward Detroit. I was diligent enough to save a few bottles for the trip back to California and used one of the bottles for a Michigan IPA blind taste test with friends that included the following Michigan IPA's: Founders Centennial, Bell's Two-Hearted, New Holland's Mad Hatter, Arcadia's IPA, and Michigan Brewery's High Seas. New Holland's Mad Hatter came out on top, followed by Founders, then Bell's, followed by Arcadia and then Michigan.
01-02-2004 23:22:53 | More by ChappyCubsFan
4/5 rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5
Nice place in a renovated old buidling right on the river in downtown Grand Rapids. Not quite a neighborhood pub feeling but close. Lots of 4-6 person tables spread out across the floor. Pool table and 1 or 2 dart boards greet you as you walk in. Bar is in the back right corner with a cooler full of 6-packs and singles to go. Bar is relatively small and always seems to be full. Selection constantly changes and usually they 10-12 beers on draught. Brewing facility is in back of the bar and you can see the conditioning tanks. Have never been there when anyone can provide a guided tour but I think it would be worth it. If business or pleasure brings you to Grand Rapids, well worth seeking out Founders for several beers. Only issue is that they don't serve food. They do provide free popcorn.
12-19-2003 04:03:16 | More by CRJMellor
Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
99 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.