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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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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

Supergenious, May 20, 2014
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Dicers, May 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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

dmorgan310, May 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

I headed out from Three Floyds, in Munster, IN, and headed straight for Grand Rapids with this brewery as my destination!!

I arrived around midnight on a Thursday going into a Friday. It was sparsely packed and a live band was still playing. The bartender was real friendly and offered up and immense amount of information on not only there beers but what I could go and explore in the coming days. I mentioned how I'd tried to grab some KBS a few months prior and failed in doing so... The night continued and I was able to meet some great people in this area, not to mention try a plethora of location-only beers. When the night ended, the bartender flagged me. I went over to see what was up and he had gone in the back to find me a bottle of KBS!

This place is a MUST. Even if you have to go out of your way. Truly exemplary.

Forb, May 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

Along with Bell’s, Founders is the other crown jewel in the West Michigan beer scene. The fact that I have both of these places within a 45 minute drive of my house still amazes me. The Founders facility is a big open room with tables. They serve sandwiches / subs in a similar fashion to Bell’s where you order at the bar and then pick up at a window. Anyone who knows anything about beer knows that Founders beers are all great to outstanding. Often at the brewery they have beers on tap that you cannot find in retail or bar outlets which is always cool. They have a stage on one end of the facility where they have live music on some nights. If you are in Grand Rapids you must stop at Founders. It is one of the cream of the crop in the whole United States in my opinion.

SteveSly, May 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

Sean45812, May 11, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

nikolep, May 09, 2014
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alexx93, May 06, 2014
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headyhopzhead, May 03, 2014
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Andkr3w, May 02, 2014
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IowaBiertrinker, Apr 30, 2014
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ralerwen, Apr 28, 2014
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Fargrow, Apr 28, 2014
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gradergator, Apr 26, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

Boomer_Briggs, Apr 21, 2014
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4.74/5  rDev +3.5%

It's the Taproom for one of the best breweries in the America. It's flat-out amazing, not like psychedelic or once in a lifetime, it's just a really cool place. I can't say the atmosphere is perfect, because the HUGE amount of tables seems to make you think they want to sell food...

Until you sidle to the bar, grab a stool and start bullshitting with the staff. They know the beer, they all drink it, and they can all describe it in beer lingo so you can make an educated choice. Team approach to serving, so I have no idea who got the sweet 30% tip I left, but they were all friendly, they were eager to keep my glass full, and there was no awkward infighting between the staff. They all genuinely look like they love their job.

The beer is all quality; if you don't like a particular beer, it isn't the quality, it's just not your style. The food is good, servings are huge (a half-sandwich is perfect for normal people, the overeaters can get a full, but it isn't necessary).

Great place to eat and have a beer, I go every time I am in town.

Badger6, Apr 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

AMCimpi, Apr 17, 2014
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jburns301, Apr 15, 2014
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Two-6, Apr 13, 2014
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Lynn, Apr 13, 2014
Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
100 out of 100 based on 702 ratings.