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Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing CompanyFounders Brewing Company

628 Ratings
Ratings: 628
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 4.57
pDev: 8.75%
Active Beers: 145
Beer Ratings: 87,395
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 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.

08-19-2009 21:21:03 | More by mrkrispy


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...

06-21-2010 03:53:59 | More by GOGRANDE
Photo of Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

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.

07-07-2011 22:45:14 | More by Dreadnaught33
Photo of kidzord


4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

04-05-2014 04:11:31 | More by kidzord
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South Carolina

5/5  rDev +9.4%

05-10-2014 15:32:05 | More by henryclay_
Photo of Mirrorful


4.5/5  rDev -1.5%

06-10-2014 18:09:45 | More by Mirrorful
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5/5  rDev +9.4%

06-22-2014 20:45:50 | More by GTJayG
Photo of RobertClevenger


4.58/5  rDev +0.2%

This place is huge, tons of seat yourself seating inside and out. Service was very quick. Roaming servers take drink orders and deliver quickly. Lost of great beers to choose from.

Food is ordered from a separate window with a pager given for pick up. I had the cheesesteak, their most popular sandwich, my fiancé had turkey Ruben sandwich. We split a small side of potato salad. Overall the food was great. Quick service.

07-04-2014 16:01:16 | More by RobertClevenger
Photo of jschott75


4.75/5  rDev +3.9%

07-11-2014 01:10:25 | More by jschott75
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4.25/5  rDev -7%

08-06-2014 01:55:05 | More by MaseFace
Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
100 out of 100 based on 628 ratings.