Founders Brewing Company

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Founders Brewing CompanyFounders Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

235 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49503
United States

(616) 776-1195 | map

Mahou San Miguel has a 30% ownership stake since 2014.

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, and Real Dart Board.

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Ratings: 1,122 |  Reviews: 326
Reviews by MSU_hophead:
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4.63/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

This place was solid even before the renovations but with all the changes is truly a world class beer hall. The new outdoor "beer garden" area is gigantic with multiple huge gas bonfires and plenty of outdoor gas heaters situated above the outdoor tables. I've been out here in November and it's still been pleasant although they do close down the outside bar around October. Some (but not all) of the outdoor area is covered so it could still be enjoyed in moderately inclement weather. There is also a convenient outdoor smoking area to the side of the patio.

Moving to the a pool player you can't beat the free! pool in the back. The two bars inside keep the lines reasonable even when it's busy. I really like the new two bar setup; if you're there for a show or enjoy being in the center of the activity the main area is a great spot to be. The second, new smaller bar located around the corner is great for a more intimate sit down or for catching the game on one of their big flat screens. They even let you fill up a growler and keep it in a fridge in their tap room.

The food is extremely good too. I've had the backwoods bastard sandwich which has pulled pork with Dirty Bastard infused BBQ sauce. I've also had most of their apps and they have all been solid. The bartenders are always knowledgable and have never hesitated to give me decent size samples of even their class 3 offerings.

Founders gets top marks for their amazing outdoor area, large and modern indoor space as well as their great food, beer and knowledgeable staff.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of walkabout
4.34/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of cjgiant
4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Fairly large place with inside and outside seating, a couple of bars, and a live music stage, Busy place with a bar that can back up but a good number of servers going by the tables and taking orders. They had a tap list of about 30 beers, including their big beers, core lineup, and some brewery only exclusives. Had a fun and relaxing time enjoying a few beers there.

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Photo of WillWillows
4.14/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of A_Rad
4.06/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of dboivin
4.54/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Service was a bit slow BUT, was not sitting at the bar, and it was busy as ever. So the speed of service is understandable. The beer selection is huge, and delicious. One of my favorite breweries

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Photo of beersampler6
4.51/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Lazhal
4.41/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

FCFS seating is downright awful. You guys have to fix this Founders. FCFS works well for outside, but not inside.

During the CBS release, I came to pick up my bottles and try Tank Bender. Sure enough TB was on the board. I asked the bar tender for a TB sampler and she says sorry its not on. To her credit, she might have been talking about her bar and not the bar across the room.

I figured it might be out, so I said I'll have a CBS instead. She comes back with a full glass of CBS. Before even taking a sip I told her I only wanted a sampler, and somehow managed to over explain how I had asked for a TB sampler, and thought she understood I'll take a CBS sampler in its place.

Her co-worked overheard and said, "they have TB on tap right over there, I'll go get you one." He came back will a full sized TB instead of the sampler...At that point I thought I better cut my losses, say thank you, and be glad I actually got to try TB.

Despite the mix up and the awful seating I'll be back. Their beer is too good to pass up.

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Photo of CesarLopes
5/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Berknerj
4.21/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of rab53
3.74/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 1.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Lahey
4.64/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

They kept up with a decent sized crowd, had plenty of offerings including some taproom only brews. There was a roomy area to hang out and drink indoors and out. There was a second smaller bar near the store and plenty of staff on hand. We had a french bread pizza, pretty tasty. The store had plenty of to go beer and souvenirs, from stickers to tap handles and signs. Pretty neat place. Not sure if I'd travel that far just to go there again, but I'm certainly glad I tried it. I'd revisit if in the area already.

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Photo of Hallbrauhaus
4.39/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Dactrius
4.39/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Theycallmedadddy
4.83/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Centennial ipa. This I believe is one of the tastiest ipas I’ve had! Such a tasty ipa. Definitely feels like a 8%alc beer :)

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Photo of DotDrinks
3.79/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of vincechan
4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Photo of Oconomowocian
4.19/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Visited in the fall, parking situation was kind of a pain. The outdoor area out front was awesome, love the fire pits real nice on a chilly day. Taproom was really hopping, good draft selection and I'm always impressed with their quality. Easy growler fills and had some decent togo options. Solid place.

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Photo of Shanepatton
3.74/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Photo of ElleMills
4.85/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of Coho11
4.66/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Fthesstem
4/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I grew up drinking yuengling and this beer is 100 times better. Good hang with friends outside and drink true of beer. Easy drinking, tasty and cheap. Well done founders

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Photo of JeffSK
4.54/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.99/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Rolled into Grand Rapids on the Saturday before Easter, just before 2. I figured we'd stop at Founders first since we had an hour before check-in and no one had had lunch yet. I thought that being a cold, rainy weekend and being a little after typical lunch time it'd be slow. Wrong. Every table was full, including a few outside on the porch under the infrared heaters. (Founders' building is a gorgeous rust brick-and cement building, with metal accents such as a fire pit on the porch area). It's a seat yourself situation, so you kind of have to be aggressive in finding a table.
Once seated, you'll find you don't necessarily have a dedicated server, multiple servers seem to cover an area of the pub. So we had one server take drink orders and bring them back, another took a food order, and another bussed. It seemed to work, and everyone was friendly and efficient. Deli was excellent, great Cuban sandwich, with options for French bread pizza and salads and appetizers. While there's no kid's menu, there should be no problem finding something they'd like. Tons of taps, 28 going when we were there including the current KBS and past 2 years, Doom, DKML, and 12 pub-only brews.
I'd definitely visit again, but try to make sure I hit a slower time. I'd hate to see what the seating looks like during a really busy time.

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Photo of Tbarnes1414
5/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
Brewery rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 130,428 ratings