Founders Brewing Company
Active Beers: 145
Beer Ratings: 83,954
Beer Avg: 3.97
Taps: 18 / Bottles: 7
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 567 | Reviews: 263 | Display Reviews Only:
4.44/5 rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
My brother in law and I stopped in for a tour of the facility on a recent beer pilgrimage around MI. Mike and Dave let us in a little before normal hours to check out the brewery and get a behind the scene view. I was exhausted so my questions were pretty stupid. The facility is cramped but puts out some wonderful beers. The bar area is small and I can see the location getting very crowded. Plenty of parking can be found nearby. If I lived in Grand Rapids, I would be a regular. Anyway, we were able to sample every beer that they had. My personal favorite was the Red Rye. Since it wasnt normal hours, we didn't have any food and the staff that was around was busy prepping for the influx that would surely be coming. The Magnum PI episode on the TV while talking beer with these guys was a classic moment. Everything about Founders was great. I would recommend a visit to anyone in the area.
Definitely try the Red Rye.
07-14-2007 19:37:26 | More by bigman147
4.22/5 rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A - Made the trip to Founders from Chicago while in on business. I went on a weekday evening, and it was pretty darn busy. Cool open-air, airplane hanger-type place. The weather was really nice outside, so it was perfect.
Q/S - Good quality, decent service. I had a wait a couple of times to put in my order for beer, but nothing too long (enough to slightly annoy me). Went and ordered a sandwich as well, which was ready pretty quick.
S - The tap list was off-the-hook. CBS, KBS (nitro), BBA Imperial Stout, to name a few. I was in heaven and took full advantage.
F - Great sandwich. I had the Godfather...yummy!
V - Very good pricing...didn't have to break the bank for 3 beers + dinner.
08-21-2009 05:07:42 | More by Sean9689
4.22/5 rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped by Founders on my way home from Traverse City. We had time to stay for 1 pint and a walk through the gift shop.
We were greeted the minute we sat down at the bar, by a pleasant staff. They were out of quite a few things, but they all pointed out that Breakfast Stout had just been tapped, which happens to be my favorite beer. I probably took too much time enjoying my pint, but it just felt right being at the brewery, sipping on a pint, revelling in a beautiful summer day.
I walked through the gift shop, and was really pleased with the selection. I ended up picking up a shirt and a coffee mug, for a total of $28. At other breweries I've seen the same items go for as much as $40, so the price was definitely appealing.
I cannot wait to go back for a longer visit and try the food, and dig deeper into the tap list.
08-01-2011 19:31:20 | More by RocPorterFanatic
Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
100 out of 100 based on 567 ratings.