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Founders Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Founders Brewing CompanyFounders Brewing Company
BA SCORE
100
world-class

666 Ratings
Ratings: 666
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.75%
Active Beers: 148
Beer Ratings: 90,219
Beer Avg: 3.97
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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Photo of DavidRandall
4.4/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

DavidRandall, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of blackrim
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

blackrim, Jan 07, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

nbal4396, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of Alextricity
4.71/5  rDev +3.1%

--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.

Alextricity, Jan 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

md655321, Jan 04, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Slay40, Jan 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Norseman, Jan 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

beergorrilla, Dec 31, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

MiWolfman, Dec 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -12.5%

david18, Dec 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

CraigTravor, Dec 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Tee2Grn, Dec 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

christopherbaum, Dec 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -12.5%

Bloodbuzz99, Dec 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

Mjstilly, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of MSU_hophead
4.63/5  rDev +1.3%

This place was solid even before the renovations but with all the changes is truly a world class beer hall. The new outdoor "beer garden" area is gigantic with multiple huge gas bonfires and plenty of outdoor gas heaters situated above the outdoor tables. I've been out here in November and it's still been pleasant although they do close down the outside bar around October. Some (but not all) of the outdoor area is covered so it could still be enjoyed in moderately inclement weather. There is also a convenient outdoor smoking area to the side of the patio.

Moving to the inside...as a pool player you can't beat the free! pool in the back. The two bars inside keep the lines reasonable even when it's busy. I really like the new two bar setup; if you're there for a show or enjoy being in the center of the activity the main area is a great spot to be. The second, new smaller bar located around the corner is great for a more intimate sit down or for catching the game on one of their big flat screens. They even let you fill up a growler and keep it in a fridge in their tap room.

The food is extremely good too. I've had the backwoods bastard sandwich which has pulled pork with Dirty Bastard infused BBQ sauce. I've also had most of their apps and they have all been solid. The bartenders are always knowledgable and have never hesitated to give me decent size samples of even their class 3 offerings.

Founders gets top marks for their amazing outdoor area, large and modern indoor space as well as their great food, beer and knowledgeable staff.

MSU_hophead, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of MarcatGSB
4.39/5  rDev -3.9%

Can't believe I have never gave Founder's a rating...Been here a dozen times over the last 8 years or so...

Founder's is the quintessential destination brewery. They do everything here. They have cheap, good eats. They have a great stage, and bring in world class (and lots of local) music. They have an always rotating and interesting tap list with things that are only available at the brew pub. A fantastic swag shop, and a state of the art tap room, with an awesome outdoor seating area, with a ton of room for just about anything. Founder's does it right.

I don't need to say much more, it's all been said. Worth the trip from anywhere in the world, and it won't disappoint.

MarcatGSB, Dec 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Mothergoose03, Dec 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

Sparky44, Dec 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

JohnParadee, Dec 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

Garey, Dec 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -12.5%

Peter1977, Dec 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

adamant1912, Dec 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

boatmich, Dec 13, 2013
Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
100 out of 100 based on 666 ratings.