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Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing CompanyFounders Brewing Company

644 Ratings
Ratings: 644
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.75%
Active Beers: 145
Beer Ratings: 88,656
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

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 TheBear11D
4.2/5  rDev -8.1%

Founders is a great brewing company and their building is also of the higher quality. They usually have pretty good specials and draw a nice crowd. Sometimes it can be a little loud, but it isn't because of the "club scene" but rather because there are so many people there and they are there for a good reason.

The service can be pretty good on some days and pretty poor on others, but it's only poor when the place is incredibly busy and there are so many people to serve. The people are friendly, including the staff, which is a huge plus.

Founders serves only their beers, but there are so many to choose from that you don't feel you are missing out. To add to their quantity of beers, they also have quality. Each of their brews is a notable beer.

The food is also pretty tasty. Once again, if it is busy it might take a while, but the food is worth the wait since you should stick around anyway and enjoy another beer.

TheBear11D, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of MasonBeerMan
4.3/5  rDev -5.9%

The second stop, after Hopcat for our anniversary trip in Aug 08. A very large bar and a lot of seating. What a selection of beer they had on tap. The were about 15 different beers including breakfast stout and bourbon barrel aged porter (incredible). My wife and I split a sandwich, which we both really enjoyed. A couple of bands were there and they were pretty good, although it was too loud for my liking. You pretty much had to shout to talk. They had some shirts and glassware along with beer for sale. Overall, a great brewery and experience.

MasonBeerMan, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of I_BYE_MI_BEER
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

I_BYE_MI_BEER, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of KevinL
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

KevinL, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of Filabee
4/5  rDev -12.5%

Filabee, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of baerb69
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

baerb69, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of mrkrispy
4.28/5  rDev -6.3%

Stopped by during a 48 hour trip to Grand Rapids.

Walked up to a huge airplane hanger sized room. Tons of tables, and a long expansive bar along one wall. I was there around 4pm on a Tuesday, and it was pretty busy. I grabbed a seat at the bar.

Bartender was on me right away. I never had to sit with an empty glass. Great tap list, almost all the beers I was hoping to try, and a great list of one-offs and barrel aged beers. No Canadian Breakfast Stout, curses!

Prices were decent, and I could get a variety of size pours, excellent for sampling. Prices reasonable for the standards, seemed a bit high for the barrel aged stuff but I don't have much to compare it to in Michigan. A few TVs spaced kind of poorly. Crowd is mellow, keep to themselves, not too loud. They offer a Beers-To-Go case at the end, but not a lot of variety, mainly the most recent stuff.

You can order sandwiches at the window, get a beeper and you pick it up when they are ready. I got a sandwich, pretty good but a bit overloaded with too much stuff. You have to pay separately at the food window.

This is a Must Visit if you are in Southwest Michigan, their beers are top notch. Be sure to walk up to HopCat nearby as well.

mrkrispy, Aug 19, 2009
4.9/5  rDev +7.2%

Founders was amazing We went for my 23rd b-day right after DDL...Total local vibe in there. Staff was great. Gotta love the crazy hippie beards! Holy crap.

Bar manager introduced us to the local beer store owner at the other end of the bar. "Sicilano's bottle shop". He was so stoked we were up all the way from FL he bought us a round of KBS 09. Yum. :)

The place looks great with all the wood finish. Simple beer menu up in chalk. They do mainly drafts, and you can get bottles to-go. My favorite section of the menu is the really big stuff on the right side. We pretty much stuck to that. Had to soak up Founders finest. :)

Overall this is a must hit beer stop for any beer geek that loves huge black as night american micro brews. We had 2 sippers while we were there. Barrel aged Imperial Stout and the KBS 09. Hell of a b-day...I wish everyday could be that amazing...

GOGRANDE, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%

Visited here a while ago, and really enjoyed myself.

The room is almost like a big beer hall or a beer hall mixed with a small concert venue, and I really dig the whole atmosphere and feeling of space. Really long cool bar as well and a lot of easy to read tap lists.

The beers are served amazingly at the right temp with good glassware, and the prices are very reasonable! Some of the servers seemed sort of disinterested but then some of them went way out of their way to help my wife and I with getting the merchandise and more that we needed.

The taps seem like they keep some rare stuff on there: They had a test run of Devil Dancer, Kaiser Curmugeon, their new Session IPA, and a couple other things that have not been distributed so that was really cool and makes it really worth it to stop in and check out what they have.

For food, I only really had the cheese dip with the bread and sesame sticks so I can't comment too much on that, but overall it's not really a restaurant first, it's a bar first, though they looked like they had a huge amount of cool looking sandwiches I would try if I came back.

Overall a great experience at one of my all time favorite breweries.

Dreadnaught33, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of kidzord
4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

kidzord, Apr 05, 2014
Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
100 out of 100 based on 644 ratings.