Founders Brewing Company

Founders Brewing CompanyFounders Brewing Company
Founders Brewing CompanyFounders Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(616) 776-1195 | map

Notes: Mahou San Miguel has a 30% ownership stake since 2014. Mahou San Miguel increased it's ownership to 90% by purchasing an additional 60% of Founders Brewing in August 2019.

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 by TooManyGlasses:
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4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25
by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

Return visit from Edmonton, Alberta - here in March 2018 and again now Nov 2019 (clearly impressed as 3 visits last time and dinner and beer here twice this year).
Massive facility - loud and hopping on Saturday PM, busy but not as hectic on Monday PM. Nice options for seating - bar, individual tables, communal tables - the communal tables are great - get to meet some really nice people from all over.
Service is great - numerous staff checking on you regularly!
The selection is probably second to none and the quality of the beer is incredible - how can it not be from Red’s Rye IPA to Breakfast Stout and options of vintages and versions of CBS and KBS, seasonals - Harvest Ale etc. Phenomenal.
The food is fairly standard pub fare sandwiches etc but really good quality.
This is a bucket list visit (my bucket twice now, and will go back!). Worth the journey.
Note also the store is packed with treasures and great beer to go.
And the tour we did last visit also great.

Nov 24, 2019
More User Ratings:
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4.28/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75
by John_M from Oregon

Like Bell's in Kalamazoo, visting Founders in Grand Rapids had been a big want on my list of places to visit. Unlike my Bell's experience, I was very impressed with the pub/cafe at Founder's.

The Founder's facility is good size, with a modernistic decor vibe to it. There are a few TVs throughout the restaurant and bar area (we perched ourselves at the bar during our visit), but otherwise the vibe here is pretty sterile. Even so, Founder's seemed like a comforable enough place to hang out with a beer or three during our Monday afternoon visit. In terms of the beer selection here, I was pretty impressed. They had sometihng like 37 beers on tap, organized into 3 price categories (the more expensive, limited release and BA beers being the more expensive on the draft list). They're pretty flexible here in terms of serving size; you can order a pint, 10 ounce glasse or sample size pour of pretty much everything (growler fills as well). The wife and I ordered 9 sample size pours while at the bar, and then bar tender brought by one of their agave flavored gose style sours (which was excellent). My wife, who generally abhors all beer, liked the blushing padre so much that she ordered a 10 ounce pour of it. That being said, pretty much everything we tried was excellent, which consisted of IPA's, a BA coffee brown, hazelnut KBS, FBS on nitro and BA nemesis.

In terms of service, it was OK. I thought our bartender was a bit slow (he apologized, noting that they were unusually busy for a Monday), but he was otherwise friendly, funny and quite knowledgable. In terms of food, I got an order of hot wings and my wife got the blushing monk salad. The wings were nothing special (though the homemade blue cheese dressing was outstanding), but the salad was pretty terrific. After our visit we stopped by the company store and picked up a 6 pack of the x-mas version of the blushing padre for a $20 walk out price.

In the end, we had a very good time at Founders and even my wife indicated that she would have no problem going back any time we're in the area (which says a lot about this place, given that she generally does not like beer or beer bars). If you're a fan of Founders beer, this is a must visit at some point in your life I would say.

May 27, 2022
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3.82/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25
by Pivopijak from Washington

A big building with a sizable gift shop that ushers one into and out of the tasting room. Standard semi-woody interior. This is brewery well known for some stalwart beers but one finds out the average beer here is average indeed. Out of the four beers tasted, 4 Giants imperial IPA was quite good.

Oct 29, 2021
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4.95/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
by Stooven from Illinois

One of my favorite breweries in the US. (The Heineken experience is still my favorite overall, perhaps because I was 22 at the time). Great selection, one-offs, decent store, one time when food was late they comped a meal. Parking can be a hassle, but unless you're from out of town you shouldn't be driving anyway!

Feb 11, 2021
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2.4/5  rDev -47%
vibe: 1.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 1.75 | selection: 2.75 | food: 2.75
by DecaturCarl from Illinois

Don't bother trying to get in the taproom if you are not young and hip. Signed in to the wait-list app and got a reasonable wait time. Waited 45 minutes more than the initial wait time and still kept getting updates of my wait time being increased. My number in line seemed to be moving in the right direction but the time that I would be seated kept getting pushed further in the future. Then I realized I never saw anyone entering or exiting that looked older than 25. They want old fat guys to stay at home and drink Founders beer not show up at the trendy tap room.

Sep 13, 2020
4.2 by slasich from Pennsylvania on May 16, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75
by bob22andy from Ohio

This is one of my favorite breweries in the country. It is what you hope a brewery would be. Great selection of beers and all that I have had are incredible quality. This place can get real pack and hard to find a seat at times. The servers tend to be a bit on the relaxed side so get yourself a beer before you sit down and expect to spend some time there. Yet every server I talked to seems to have excellent knowledge of beer in general and even more of what is on tap there. Food is solid for a bar or brewery.

May 13, 2020
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4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25
by jaz58 from Canada (ON)

Cool brewery with a great indoor restaurant/bar. Lots of room, live music most nights, very good food menu, awesome beers on tap and bottled. Excellent outdoor patio too.

Feb 15, 2020
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4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75
by Chris-547 from Michigan

Very cool brewery, everyone working was very friendly, the beer selection was fantastic, and many of the menu items had the beer implemented into the sauces or marinades, which was great. The all around vibes were nice, and it was definitely worth the trip, and I'll be back for sure.

Jan 08, 2020
4.1 by Seal4676 from Michigan on Jan 04, 2020
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4.53/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5
by Blogjackets from Ohio

Good place to visit as you never know what will be on tap. When I visited we had some Lizard of Koz despite it hadn’t been for sale for a year or two. Service was outstanding with talkative staff members helping anyone. Food is just favor, but we just tried several appetizers. Need to try sandwiches during next visit.

Dec 16, 2019
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4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75
by VoxRationis from New York

I had the better part of a day looking for something to do in Eastern Michigan, so decided to drive from Brighton and visit the Founders Brewing Company. What an extraordinarily fun place! Basically it is a beer-oriented theme park. A broad selection of Founders brews. Multiple serving areas and table service. A pool table and other bar games. Indoor and outdoor seating arrangement (the latter had a fire pit). Excellent food and service. Bonhomie (my wife and I chatted and joked with two long distance truckers much of the time we were there). A separate, dedicated sales area for souvenirs and pre-package beers (that allows for purchase of single bottles). Did I say the food was excellent? A long drive, but it is surely worth it.

Oct 05, 2019
3.74 by rmarquardt17 from Michigan on Aug 29, 2019
3.58 by RachMuss from Michigan on Jul 29, 2019
4.81 by Rubezahl from Pennsylvania on Jul 09, 2019
5 by Samnem from Georgia on May 22, 2019
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4.36/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
by DoctorZombies from Florida

Great pub grub, and very good service for as busy as the place was the afternoon we went. Lots of Founders beers/styles to choose from and we enjoyed sitting outside. Would gladly go back for the beer and food.

May 10, 2019
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4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75
by wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

Nice open food-courty area plus a large patio. Food was excellent. I had the best Reuben of my life her, and of course founders makes excellent beer, with many options available. Service was very attentive. Three different employees attended to us and they all made frequent stops haha

May 04, 2019
4.1 by Richard-Scott from Georgia on Mar 24, 2019
4.1 by thegink from New York on Feb 18, 2019
4.21 by Burgy from Minnesota on Dec 29, 2018
4.16 by ProNR from Florida on Dec 28, 2018
4 by wolffish61 from Ohio on Nov 21, 2018
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4.84/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25
by flhTK from Michigan

This is possibly the best tap room we have visited, and we pretty much seldom pass one without stopping. Great selection of really good beers with a very knowledgeable staff and decent eats.

Nov 11, 2018
4.53 by LiquidEgo from Ohio on Oct 29, 2018
4.34 by walkabout from Michigan on Sep 20, 2018
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4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75
by cjgiant from District of Columbia

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.

Sep 11, 2018
4.14 by WillWillows from Ohio on Sep 07, 2018
4.06 by A_Rad from Wisconsin on Aug 29, 2018
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4.54/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5
by dboivin from Michigan

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

Aug 29, 2018
4.53 by beersampler6 from Michigan on Aug 08, 2018
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4.41/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
by Lazhal from Michigan

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.

Aug 04, 2018
5 by CesarLopes from Brazil on Jul 29, 2018
4.21 by Berknerj from Illinois on Jul 21, 2018
3.74 by rab53 from Washington on Jul 15, 2018
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4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
by Lahey from Michigan

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.

Jun 30, 2018
4.39 by Hallbrauhaus from Mississippi on Jun 29, 2018
4.39 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on May 27, 2018
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4.83/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75
by Theycallmedadddy from Michigan

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 :)

May 24, 2018
3.79 by DotDrinks from Illinois on May 19, 2018
Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
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