Founders Brewing Company

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3.97/5
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PLACE INFO

Type: 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, Real Dart Board, and Shuffleboard.

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BEER STATS
Beers:
111
Reviews:
33,093
Ratings:
139,349
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.54/5
Reviews:
322
Ratings:
1,110
pDev:
10.13%
 
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Reviews by Yetiman420:
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3.6/5  rDev -20.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

During a terrible snow and cold freeze of early February 2007, I did a white-knuckler western Michigan loop consisting of the top-rated brewpubs in Western Michigan. The trip began in the southwest corner at the Livery in Benton Harbor, up to New Holland in Holland, over to The Hideout, Founders, and BOB in Grand Rapids. Individual reviews are below and my rankings from a total experience are New Holland, The Hideout, The Livery, Founders, and BOB.

My perspective is based on visits to almost 200 brewpubs across North America. I’m an avid homebrewer and craft-beer drinker but no means an expert on the contest judging of beers. I know good beer when I taste it.

Founders is a place I've been itchin to get to ever since I wasn't able to make it here during a visit to Kalamazoo. I'm a big fan of their Centennial IPA and have had the pleasure of speaking with the owner/head brewer at a Founder's tasting in Cincinnati.

I had very high expectations leading up to the visit. Everything went well until I opened the door and steped into their pub. On the outside, it's in an attractive, historic area of Grand Rapids that appears to be growing. When I stepped inside, I was dissapointed to see it was decorated to the minimum. This is very subjective and I do like the run-down beaten feel (loved it at The Hideout), but I was expecting something a little more from their space. Especially when the outside gave so much promise for something equally impressive inside. There were nice viewing areas for the brewing equipment. Other than that, it was pretty dumpy. As an advocate of clean air, I was dissapointed that 90% of the people were smoking. Everything from cigars to hand-rolled tobacco. It's hard to enjoy the aroma and flavor of good beer when you can barely breathe. Other brewpubs in Michigan have special areas for smoking which would have been nice here.

They had all their bottled beers on tap. I had the Black Rye, Red Rye, and two stouts. One stout had hazlenut which was pretty good, the other was middle of the road. I had a 13% tripple IPA which was good if not a bit sweet.

The only food they have are peanuts or pretzil rods with hard cheese to dip them in.

I'd love to have another shot at Founders and I'm sure I'd think better of it. Prior to the trip, I put them in a category of micro regionals with New Holland and Arcadia. My perception has certainly changed since the visit.

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More User Reviews:
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

Photo of Foxman27
3.99/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Cool brewery, very large. Even considering the size of the place it was packed, even though it was a Tuesday night. Good food, and a good range of available Founders beers.

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

Photo of CvilleCraftMan
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The food is always amazing and the beer isn't bad either. Can be hard to find a seat when it gets busy.

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Photo of 89BeerMe
4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

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

Photo of rmklaw711
4.89/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

best scotch ale I've had so far.....Belhaven being the second

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

Photo of Eman17
4.28/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of Jim67
4.33/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Great place. Get there early to find a spot to park. Don't miss the store.

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Photo of JLMX
4.7/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Chackman151
4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Nat1975
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
Brewery rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 139,349 ratings