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Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing CompanyFounders Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.97/5
Based on:
113 Beers
99,162 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 804
Reviews: 275
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

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 +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.59/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A big brick building with just a founders door on it, if you do not know the area you could miss it. You walk in to an interesting place, two large glass windows let you see the entire operation. They have darts, a pool, table, and a large warehouse feel. The beers are amazing, get a sampler if you haven't had them all. All very distinct and different, yet each one a masterpiece. We didn't make it in time for their lunch, they did alert us to ordering out with delivery from any of the restaurants in the area. Good service with friendly people, and great beer. You could purchase singles, 4-packs, 6-packs, and different size cases. I will return to Founders any time I am in the area, a must visit for any beer fan!

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4.85/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Visited on 3-14-09
KBS release day.

I've been to Founders before, and this time was just as enjoyable. A decent crowd had filled the place, but we quickly ordered some sandwiches and beers and sat down to enjoy the day. KBS, nitro KBS, oak aged Red's Rye, Canadian Breakfast Stout, Backwoods Bastard, all on tap. The sandwich arrived, hot and spicy (Devil Dancer), just right for a semi-hangover. KBS is one of the very few stouts that are best enjoyed fresh, and we did. Three beers later, and it was time to buy a case. What? None left? We are a couple of lazy assholes. At least the fun environment and considerate waitstaff attended to our every need. Only at Founders could you be this content and disappointed at the same time. I love it.

Score edited for extra awesomeness.
8-14-09

Photo of BrewtalHonesty
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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4.33/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Been here several times and plan to continue going back; Founders is in my opinion the best brewery in Michigan and one of my favorite breweries of all time (along with Russian River and Lagunitas).
Not only is the atmosphere awesome and the selection phenomenal, but the beer is also great and the food is pretty solid. Last time I went in I drank KBS and a few samplers (the oatmeal stout and honey wheat among others) and they were all fantastic. The service was good but not great, I ordered the Italian style sandwich and it was very good.l

I love Founders and can't wait to go back.

Atmosphere isn't as good at night.

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4.01/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Beer hall atmosphere - you either love it or hate it. It was clean, wasn't too loud and no one seems obnoxious despite there being a game on. Would be better if it was more like a traditional german beer hall and a little less like a sports bar. Staff seemed pretty good overall but our waitress was slow at best - perhaps a little overworked. Good news is I liked everything I had. Food was pretty decent. Beer was great.

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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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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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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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

Drove up from Chicago for the last two KBS releases. The brewpub has completely changed in the last year. Went from a great place to a near perfect place. Amazing food menu with great new areas to sit and relax. Love the new outdoor space this year. Definitely recommend to anyone who is in the Grand Rapids area. Planning on driving back up soon, just to have a great beer in a great atmosphere.

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4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -7%

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4.43/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Close to downtown Grand Rapids and a must if your in the area. A small facility with a huge reputation for amazing beers...and yes it's true! Food is just pertty much sandwiches (darn good ones at that!). It serves the best beers in Michigan in my opinion. It is a very laid back environment and friendly...staff was nice, quick and prompt.

About 8-10 beers on tap with a few specials in the mix, the russian imperial stout is amazing! and the Kentucky breakfast stout, and the burbon stout are untouchable!!!

great place to hang and grab a beer or two worth the trip! Quality!!

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4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

A-seemed fairly busy. Lots of open space. got two seats at the bar. Seemed like most people were having a good time. Not much different than any other bar

Q-Founder's only does it one way here: World Class. Everything was clean and delicious

S-Service was good. Nothing to make it Exceptional, nothing to make it average.

S- Lots of stuff on Tap, prolly 4 or 5 brewery only beers as well as a huge selection of food

F-Great selection. Had the pulled pork sandwich with backwards bastard BBQ sauce. Phenominal. Wanted at least 4 other items!

V- Really reasonable. Liked the price point of everything.q

Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
100 out of 100 based on 804 ratings.