Founders Brewing Company

BEER AVG
4/5
Founders Brewing CompanyFounders Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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:
102
Reviews:
31,403
Ratings:
131,742
PLACE STATS
Score:
97
Reviews:
307
Ratings:
1,046
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
4.55%
 
 
Taps:
18
Bottles/Cans:
7
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 307 | Ratings: 1,046
Reviews by mgbickel:
Photo of mgbickel
4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I arrived in the city limits of Grand Rapids and drove directly to Founders...hotel room be damned...I've been looking forward to this visit for quite some time!

The outside of the building is well advertised. The parking is a little strange, but I went around the corner and found a spot along the side street. There is a huge front porch/deck lining the front of the building (a little chilly during my visit, so empty save for the smoking crowd).

If an Irish Pub and a Western Saloon had a baby, this is what it would look like.

You enter the brew pub to a large single room, huge, open with lots of wooden tables and a giant bar lining the back wall. There is a stage area off to the left and a small retail area at the right end of the bar (also a window leading to the kitchen I think). The left rear corner of the room has windows that give you a view of the brewery...the shiny tanks that produce the wonderful beer! The floor seemed to be wooden planks...covered in peanut shells.

Above the bar hangs a giant chalkboard that lists the current taps (with prices and ABV). I think there were 7 bartenders working that night (Tuesday, around 730 pm). The gentlemen who waited on me just started bartending, but was awesome. You could tell he loved beer and was knowledgeable.

There is no way you can stop in Grand Rapids without making Founders one of your primary destinations. The place is almost iconic and lives up to its lofty reputation.

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Photo of kreg02
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of PhillyBoy23
4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of CPAles
4.4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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

Some of the best food I've ever eaten with a lot of beers to choose.

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Photo of RAFH
3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

I loved going to Founders for my birthday in 2016 with my Dad and step Mom. The restaurant/bar was big and the bartenders were nice.....especially when I told them it was my birthday, because one of the bartenders gave me a birthday gift with a dozen+ Founders items. I loved all of it. The store was nice. I got a KBS glass and keg handle. Their menu was focused primarily on sandwiches. All sandwiches were solid, but no other specialty pizzas or any other "fun" foods. Parking was expensive at the meters in front, but Founders would voucher your parking if you went to the lot a block and a half away.

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Photo of kbarnes9
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of fern22
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of TheFritoBandito
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of Tjb14
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Swannee
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Photo of porters4life
5/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of stadmo1
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.25

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of wrentmore
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Spreetaper
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of DougC123
4.31/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Was in Grand Rapids for business. Stopped by Founders on a sunny fall afternoon with a couple of co-workers and sat in the patio bar. Great atmosphere, lots of activity. As it got colder they lit the heaters and fire pits. In addition to the whole lineup they had some taproom only offerings which were really good.
The sandwiches were excellent, although the "go pick it up yourself at the window" was an interesting take on food service. The servers were attentive and there was always someone checking on us. I'd go back a lot if I lived in the area.

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4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of VaTechPhilly
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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4.4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

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3.97/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of chuckgietzen
4.18/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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

Photo of Scotty_Karate
3.89/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3 | food: 3.75

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Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
4 out of 5 based on 131,742 ratings.
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