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Founders Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
3.94/5
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106,851 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 857
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: n/a
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

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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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Ratings: 857 | Reviews: 285
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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.69/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The beer garden expansion last year served as a much needed catalyst to transform Founders from a loud, overcrowded waitfest to an enjoyable place to pay homage to fantastic craft beer. The service and attitude of the brewery is phenomenal. The best beers in their lineup are available here, and often are only available here. I used to loathe having to be at Founders to enjoy their limited draft selection, but the atmosphere is now spacious, and the beer, with 3 bars pouring, is finally easily accessible. Founders is now my favorite of the Michigan breweries to travel to.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.01/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Founders is epic and fun! I was very much looking forward to visiting one of my favorite breweries. The place is rather gigantic and sprawling, with a large patio, two bars, tons and tons of tables and high-tops all over and a little kitchen with a window where you order food (basic stuff, sandwiches and things).

They have all the classics on taps plus some cool things like Frangelico Brown, Barrel-aged Red Rye and Barrel-aged Spite Hungarian Wax. I like the variety of prices and servings... $3.75 for 5 ounces of the barrel-aged stuff? Sure why not.

We were there on a Friday at around 5pm and the joint was busy but manageable. We started at a table inside and later moved to the bustling patio, where we struck a conversation with some locals.

Founders is fun. I like the industrial-chic atmosphere and of course. Perhaps a little too big (I like smaller brewpubs) but damn fun anyways. Located right across from the Amtrak station, there are taxis available to drive you back to your hotel. Smart move.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Every visit reminds me of why Founders is among my top favorite breweries. The beer is consistently delicious, from one style to the next. Fourteen taps cover a range of styles, with tap-only and experimental rotations being common (meaning every visit will allow one to find something new). The previously wide-open and inviting tap room has been dramatically upgraded with a beautiful porch area/beer garden. Our last visit found us having lunch, and all four adults were delighted with the food (salads and sandwiches) - the sandwiches are among the best we've ever had or seen. Service has been prompt and accurate on every visit. Growler fills are reasonable, especially for the high quality beer that Founders is known for. Don't miss this spot on a trip through Grand Rapids.

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

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4.25/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

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.

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Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
100 out of 100 based on 857 ratings.