1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Founders Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Founders Brewing CompanyFounders Brewing Company
BEER AVG
3.97/5
Based on:
114 Beers
98,930 Ratings
Place Score: 100
Ratings: 803
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 10.5%
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.

(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Place: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 803 | Reviews: 275 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jt31914
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.

Photo of teledeluxe
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.

Photo of lionhrt9
5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Faunland
5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of cwelsh55
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of cd_beer_disapear
5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Rohkey
5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of David_G
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Jd2391
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.

Photo of RMelyon
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of NappyB
5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of SWChi
4.25/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Magpie14
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!!

Photo of brew3crew
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

Photo of Rons35
5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of salinasa
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of dave317
5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Dshep1340
5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of DanGeo
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of JDizzle
4.7/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I travel to GR about once a month and this is my go-to for great beer and good food.

They usually have a solid tap list that includes some one-offs that you can't get anywhere but there. I haven't tried a beer there that isn't worthy of a solid score on BA!

The service is great with bartenders that are on key with service and knowledge of thier great beers. They are willing to give you a sample of anything you like for free.

The food is exceptional. I have tried many different sammies that are all good. The Godfather is the BOMB!

They have great specials depending on the night you come and offer a wonderful experience.

This is my favorite beer bar I have been to!

Photo of neckbracesub
4.18/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited on a cold winter weekend in February 2013.

The atmosphere is terrific, with a long, winding wood-trimmed bar that feels classy all the way. Informative chalk boards clearly give you all you need to know about their current beer selection. The only negative I could say about the building is that there just isn't enough seating, especially for a brewery like Founders, who has consistently gained in popularity since their inception over 15 years ago.

We visited both on a Friday evening and a Saturday lunch time, both of which were times that saw the place insanely packed to the gills with people looking to enjoy their tasty beer and sandwiches. With that being said, the service is a tad on the lackluster side, as they don't have a designated host/hostess to take names and give wait times/direct people to where they need to go. They get unbelievably busy - which I can imagine happens on almost a daily basis - so I think they should reconsider the whole "every person for themselves" method for seating.

The selection of beers is very good, not surprising considering this is straight from the source. I was a little disappointed to see that I just missed out on enjoying some of their Imperial Stout. I would've thought they would have plenty to re-tap, but I was wrong.

The sandwiches are very, very good here. I have to admit that I was a bit surprised at just how much focus they put on quality food, but they certainly do. I had the Curmudgeon and would highly recommend it.

Photo of DavidRandall
4.4/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

Photo of esktime
5/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of 319Hawksfan
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of patdunkel
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
100 out of 100 based on 803 ratings.