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:
151
Reviews:
35,496
Ratings:
148,046
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.54
Reviews:
331
Ratings:
1,137
pDev:
9.91%
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Reviews by bigleague:
Photo of bigleague
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of TooManyGlasses
4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.69/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of rmarquardt17
3.74/5  rDev -17.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4 | food: 2.25

Photo of RachMuss
3.58/5  rDev -21.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Rubezahl
4.81/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.36/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
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

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Photo of Richard-Scott
4.1/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of thegink
4.1/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Burgy
4.21/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of ProNR
4.16/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of wolffish61
4/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of flhTK
4.84/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of LiquidEgo
4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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
4.53/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | 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

Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
Brewery rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 148046 ratings