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
foundersbrewing.com

Notes: 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.
BEER STATS
Average:
4.25
Beers:
129
Reviews:
36,031
Ratings:
149,574
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.53
Reviews:
335
Ratings:
1,143
pDev:
10.15%
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Reviews by TooManyGlasses:
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TooManyGlasses from Canada

4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

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 Reviews:
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slasich from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

May 16, 2020
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bob22andy from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

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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NachoSteve from California

2.8/5  rDev -38.2%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4

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Apr 21, 2020
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jaz58 from Canada

4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

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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Chris-547 from Michigan

4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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
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Seal4676 from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Jan 04, 2020
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Blogjackets from Ohio

4.53/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

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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VoxRationis from New York

4.69/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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
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rmarquardt17 from Michigan

3.74/5  rDev -17.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4 | food: 2.25

Aug 29, 2019
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RachMuss from Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -21%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Jul 29, 2019
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Rubezahl from Pennsylvania

4.81/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Jul 09, 2019
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Samnem from Georgia

5/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

May 22, 2019
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.36/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

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
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Richard-Scott from Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Mar 24, 2019
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thegink from New York

4.1/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Feb 18, 2019
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Burgy from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Dec 29, 2018
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ProNR from New York

4.16/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Dec 28, 2018
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wolffish61 from Ohio

4/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Nov 21, 2018
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flhTK from Michigan

4.84/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

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
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LiquidEgo from Ohio

4.53/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Oct 29, 2018
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walkabout from Michigan

4.34/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Sep 20, 2018
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Sep 11, 2018
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WillWillows from Ohio

4.14/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Sep 07, 2018
Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
Brewery rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 149574 ratings