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Grand Rapids Brewing Co

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Grand Rapids Brewing CoGrand Rapids Brewing Co

29 Ratings
Ratings: 29
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 14.54%
Active Beers: 14
Beer Ratings: 54
Beer Avg: 3.51
Taps: 8
Bottles: 20
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

3689 28th St
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49512
United States
phone: (616) 285-5970
// CLOSED //

Located directly in front of Centerpointe Mall (the former Eastbrook Mall) on 28th St.

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Reviews by GRPunk:
Photo of GRPunk
4/5  rDev +18.7%

The atmosphere is good. The decor is very beer inspired and comfortable. The bar area can get a little smokey.

The head brewer is often in and makes the rounds of the restaurant and seems to be genuinely interested in your comments. The bartenders generally know their stuff and are more than happy to give you a sample. Servers also tend to be knowledgeable of both the food and beer. There can be a bit of a turnover in staff. I think a lot of the waitstaff is made up of the college crowd.

The selection is pretty good. The regular lineup is a nice mix of lighter lagers, a brown ale, and a red ale. There's always a solid pale ale or IPA on tap and cask (the recipe varies from time to time). The rotating taps generally have a seasonal flair. Everything on tap can also be taken home in a growler.

The food is pretty solid from appetizers to dessert. Good burgers, sandwiches, pizza, and plenty of comfort foods (think heaping helpings of meatloaf and mashed potatoes).

Everything is pretty reasonably priced. By purchasing a mug club membership you're even better off with discounts.

GRPunk, Feb 07, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of todisht
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%

This place closed down a month or two ago. The name and brewing equipment were recently purchased by the owner of Hopcat and several other Grand Rapids bars. He's planning on reopening downtown in the old Founders Brewing Company space in the Brassworks building. They are also going to add a Kansas style BBQ restaurant. I'm excited to see how this pans out. Could be great to have another quality brewery downtown. Having my office in the same building could be devastating to my wallet and my waistline, however.

todisht, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of beerwolf77
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%

Stopped in here with sweem to give it the old sniff test.

Pretty much cookie cutter brew pub/restaurant look and feel. You would barely even know they brew beer if you didn't look hard enough. Bright and clean.

Handful of house beers on tap. I settled on a milk stout. Served at decent temperature in a standard pint. Bartender was friendly.

We didn't eat but there were a few things on the menu that sounded interesting.

Overall nothing really stood out for me. Pretty much a one and done place for me. If I lived in the area it might serve me well but nt as a destination from afar.

beerwolf77, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%

Finally got around to visiting this place officially; always overlooked it when Founders was so close as well.

The bar area was a comfy looking place. With the restaurant part of the place on the other side, it was definitely quiet and easy going for a friday night, but I had no complaints since other places were jammed packed, so this was a nice change of pace. Not a whole lot on tap, but I did enjoy their Espresso stout. Food looked intriguing, but as I had already eaten, I did not partake.

Overall, a decent place to grab a beer when the mood hits if you are nearby, but I can see in terms of their selection why I have overlooked here in the past.

sweemzander, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of TheBear11D
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%

The atmosphere is typical of a brew pub which I happen to enjoy.

The servers I have had with each visit have been good, but nothing that was overly impressive. I appreciate that they have all been kind.

Grand Rapids Brewing Co. brews their own beers which are actually quite enjoyable. They do not have many of them available, but they are worth trying.

The food was notable! I absolutely love good pub food, but I have been to plenty of pubs that have mediocre food and this is not one of them. I have had a few different dishes here and each and every time I have been completely stuffed and very satisfied.

They have excellent specials for birthdays so if you are celebrating your birthday soon this is a good place to be.

TheBear11D, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of aerobiz
3.1/5  rDev -8%

Stopped in one afternoon with the family. Definitely a family-friendly restaurant. I would liken it to a Ruby Tuesday/TGIF.

Food selection was decent and prices were reasonable. Service was fine.

Now the food...it tasted okay, but nothing great. Here is what really bothered me - my wife ordered a sandwich and asked them to leave off the onions. The waitress said she couldn't do that because "they come prepackaged and are microwaved in the package. I can't take off the stuff. You will have to pick it off".


I looked for a hidden camera, wondering if we were being Punked.

With so many other choices in the area, I won't waste my time here again.

aerobiz, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of beerguru15
3.56/5  rDev +5.6%

Stumbled on this brewery by accident while passing through,saw the sign and thought why not as it was a new one to try.

I stopped in around lunch time and there were a few people present, not much though. The brewery kind of had a typical restaurant feel with various objects on the wall, but was inviting.

Since I was passing through I only had one of the beers, which was an American Hefeweizen, it wasn't bad and seemed pretty generic of the other ones I've tried. Basically the beer was good, but nothing that made me go "wow" I'll have to try a few others to get a better example of what the brewery has to offer

The service was pretty good, the bartender was very attentive and polite. When questioned about the different styles she didn't really have any recommendations nor helpful in that category. The couple next to me ordered food and I noticed that it was delivered on a good timely fashion.

The selection was average. They had your typical light, amber, ipa, brown ale and a stout I believe, with the Hefe being a "seasonal beer" Nothing that really screamed out making them different than any other brewery. But in a ways that's perfect for non-craft beer drinkers and novices.

I ended up not trying the food, Judging by the menu though they had a good selection, ranging from salads, soups, sandwiches, burgers and more of the dinner type entrees.

the value was a little pricey I believe...the food seemed to be normal but some were a little more than usual, when presented the bill I found out that a pint is $4 which was a little much for "average beer"

Overall not a bad place to go and would be enjoyable to go to with friends and just for lunch. Grand Rapids Brewing is actually located next to one of GR's malls so was a nice surprise to see. I would return here, mainly to see what else is offered at a different season and to check out the food.

beerguru15, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of mgbickel
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%

This is another place that was not on my radar but I noticed it while driving along 28th and decided to pop in for a quick taste...

I was there on a weekday, around 2pm. I think I was the only person in the entire establishment. The setting is rustic/classic brew pub. Lots of natural wood, bright, opened...sports bar-esque. The bar area has tables and a short, straight bar against one wall. The brewing area is toward the back of the room.

I talked to the brewer for a while as I sampled their Oatmeal Stout. He, along with the hostess and waitress I spoke with were very friendly and courteous. The brewer knew his stuff and spoke highly of other MI breweries.

They seemed to have a rotating selection, but it seems to encompass all styles from light to dark.

Not a bad place at all...sort of a family restaurant meets a sports bar and grill. Probably worth checking out.

mgbickel, May 19, 2010
Photo of jt31914
2.48/5  rDev -26.4%

The food was quite good; I got all you can eat ribs and they were great, but the beer was terrible! It was all far too mild and seemed to be meant for people accustomed to only drinking coors light or dirty bath water. This place reminded me a lot of the Rock Bottom brewing chain, but with worse beer and better food. The atmosphere was okay, it is kind of cozy with a bit of a rustic feel, but it's nothing special. The Grand Rapids Brewing Company is good just as a restaurant, but the beer sucks.

jt31914, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of guitarfacepete
2.7/5  rDev -19.9%

Atmosphere: I wandered in here after a brief visit to the Hideout... I wish I had stayed at the Hideout. The GRBC was empty and looked like a Ruby Tuesday's bar.

Quality: The pale ale tasted like light brown water. The dark ale tasted like slightly browner water. The seasonal was a brown ale... I had a taster. It tasted a lot like the pale, only a little more brown. This is not to say the beers tasted malty, hoppy, roasted, or good. They just tasted brown.

Service: The bartender was attentive and conversational. The service was easily the highlight of the visit.

Selection: Pils, Red, Pale, Dark, seasonal (Brown). There were a couple of guest bottles, but they weren't particularly exciting. I have a feeling this place makes it's living off the hop-fearing lunch crowd.

Food: I had the herbed rotisserie chicken. It was okay. I was actually impressed that the broccoli wasn't soaked in butter. The bartender brought me a loaf of bread with some tasty herb butter... but I did have to wonder why they bothered with herb butter when they can't get their beer right.

value: for the money, I'd rather get a pizza and a six pack of Founders and sit alone in my hotel room.

guitarfacepete, Feb 17, 2010
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Grand Rapids Brewing Co in Grand Rapids, MI
80 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.