Founders Brewing Company

BEER AVG
3.97/5
Founders Brewing CompanyFounders Brewing Company
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:
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:
105
Ratings:
134,913
Reviews:
32,297
PLACE STATS
Score:
98
Ratings:
1,069
Reviews:
313
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
4.55%
 
 
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Ratings: 1,069 |  Reviews: 313
Reviews by adamette:
Photo of adamette
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Based on a visit there 10 17 09 with some notes but also additional recollections. This and New Holland were the top two reasons for making a Michigan beer trip which means that long ago when I saw where Founders was located I got the idea of visiting here. I was very much looking forward to visiting here for months. Located near the thriving city of Grand Rapids, the modern brewpub of Founders greets the visitor. There is a lengthy main hall with a winding, serpentine bar with about 100 tables and the brewery facility at the far end. Very spacious, modern.

Atmosphere Very college, organic, hippie appearance but also with significant modernity since it is very open with visible brewing equipment through windows all of the way to the left as you enter. On the right is the long bar (it probably seats 30?) and seating for another 250 (?) makes up the bulk of the main area of the brewpub. I can recall rows of tables with loose chairs on either side. There is an "order window very near the entrance on the right before you get to the bar and, of course, this is where you order food, get a beeper and then return to get your food. Interesting system since there are no "waiters" or "waitresses." 4.0

Quality Very high since everything is presented in proper glassware and great pride and care is taken to present the beer accurately. 4.5

Service Very good indeed. I mentioned to the bartender during an afternoon that I am basically making a tour of beer places in Michigan and he was welcoming and interested in where else I had visited. Before I left he gave me about half of a pint of what turned out to be a mixture of 3 different beers, including two different vintages of Dirty Bastard. That was generous an unexpected and welcomed. 4.5

Selection Well if you love craft beer then the selection is simply great. I tried a few new beers I had not heard of before that night, Founders Hole Mole, Founders Hand of Doom, Founders Newaygo County Cherry, and all of their standard line up including FBS, a pleasure to try on tap from the source. 4.5

Food Pretty good. I ordered a turkey sandwich and it came in a basket with chips and a pickle as I recall. It was good and fresh. 3.5

Value Just fine but I was honestly not looking at the prices.

Notes: A great Beer Advocate place.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of GregKobeArntz24
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of HopHEAD1522
4.75/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

An epic temple to beer, with a great range of taps, and a nice menu full of delicious food options. All the standard options from Founders are around, but the real pleasure is to explore options not easily available elsewhere. All sorts of beer styles are on exhibit, and many have slightly tweaked elements that are the brewery's hallmark. That some of these brewing techniques have become standard issue of American breweries is a testament to Founders' reach. Definitely worth the visit.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.01/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of MJPG
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

My second favorite brewery.

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Photo of Brianz81
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 1.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Having to wait/find a seat is a bit much. Sure, they have great beer and good food, but wow..... Good luck trying to get a spot for more than two. You eventually feel so bad about yourself and have worn yourself out looking for a spot, that you order from the counter, and eat on the steps. Not the best place for a family or group. The staff is good, once you're in a spot.

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Photo of ljc973
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

There's not one bad thing I could say about this place; huge, open space with an awesome beer garden, great food and (obviously) beer, with some special offerings on tap. Service was great, and the shop had Blis maple syrup in stock, which is killer. Definitely recommend.

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Photo of heddar33
4.4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Michiganman2325
4.94/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.76/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of ZEB89
4.53/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of cowboytroy32
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Photo of meghan_erikson
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 2

I'm not usually a huge fan of Porter style beer, but this one was so delicious!
Dark black pour with great brown head. Nose of coffee and chocolate. Flavor is big on roasted malt and nice bite of spice at the end. Great balance and not too much of any one flavor. Nice texture that leads to another sip.

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Photo of parnelli_86
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of stoffystouts
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of NicholasL
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Greenstone
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of AnneMarie
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I really enjoyed the All day IPA. It grew on me more as I started to drink it. It was the perfect amount of hop and it was not too bitter.

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Photo of Dabucadog
4.4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Ok, outside vibe is off the chain. The place can be a little too big and so Hop Cat is better is you need the cozy craft beer thingy, but this place delivers in spades across the spectrum.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Went thwle Friday before the big KBS event and it was packed. Found a chair at the bar which I shared with my wife. The beer was amazing, headlined by the BA Crumudgeon. Plenty of carryout with cheap prices. Growler fills for many. Tons of different beer. Very cool vibe with an amazing porch out front. A wonderful visit. Had an awesome ruben sandwich.

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Photo of drbenderdo
4.79/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of hfKenealy
4.75/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
3.97 out of 5 based on 134,913 ratings.
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