Founders Brewing Company

Founders Brewing CompanyFounders Brewing Company
BA SCORE
88.2%
Liked Their Beers
3.96 w/ 137,388 ratings
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:
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:
109
Reviews:
32,930
Ratings:
137,388
Liked:
121,129
Average:
3.96/5
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
95.9%
Reviews:
316
Ratings:
1,076
Liked:
1,032
Avg:
4.55/5
pDev:
10.11%
 
 
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Ratings: 1,076 |  Reviews: 316
Reviews by neckbracesub:
Photo of neckbracesub
4.18/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited on a cold winter weekend in February 2013.

The atmosphere is terrific, with a long, winding wood-trimmed bar that feels classy all the way. Informative chalk boards clearly give you all you need to know about their current beer selection. The only negative I could say about the building is that there just isn't enough seating, especially for a brewery like Founders, who has consistently gained in popularity since their inception over 15 years ago.

We visited both on a Friday evening and a Saturday lunch time, both of which were times that saw the place insanely packed to the gills with people looking to enjoy their tasty beer and sandwiches. With that being said, the service is a tad on the lackluster side, as they don't have a designated host/hostess to take names and give wait times/direct people to where they need to go. They get unbelievably busy - which I can imagine happens on almost a daily basis - so I think they should reconsider the whole "every person for themselves" method for seating.

The selection of beers is very good, not surprising considering this is straight from the source. I was a little disappointed to see that I just missed out on enjoying some of their Imperial Stout. I would've thought they would have plenty to re-tap, but I was wrong.

The sandwiches are very, very good here. I have to admit that I was a bit surprised at just how much focus they put on quality food, but they certainly do. I had the Curmudgeon and would highly recommend it.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of QianBokSubai
4.18/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Good selection of beer, including rock-solid mainstays and esoteric limited releases. Probably the largest capacity brewery in Grand Rapids. Great atmosphere and a good food menu, as well.

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Photo of cmurphy7
3.29/5  rDev -27.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 2.75

no holds barred when it comes to finding a seat/table on a weekend. Seriously, I thought mid-westerners were supposed to be nice. I guess that does not apply when it comes to their average tasting micro breweries. I will past on this visit next time around.

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

Another one of those "you've just gotta go" places. A showed up right on their 11am Saturday time. A small crowd had already gathered, waiting to get inside. The brewery is much bigger than I thought and they have plenty of room inside and out. One big main bar, one smaller bar to the side, next to the gift shop. If you are at one bar and want something from the other, the server will go get it. That's a nice extra step. The best part about Founders is all the tap-room only specials. I wish all the bigger breweries with decent distribution did that. You know all about KBS and CBS, but you never know what awesome brew they've got on tap at the brewery. Parking is pretty good and free on Saturdays around the brewery. Cheap bar snacks and plenty of awesome beer.

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Photo of sjones5045
4.68/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Danmullens1
4.45/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of thebits
4.23/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of firkingroovin
4.56/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Great room, Great service, Great food and Great beer. Crowd is friendly and the selection is wonderful.

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Photo of GregKobeArntz24
4.54/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of HopHEAD1522
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.45/5  rDev -2.2%
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 -5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.01/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of MJPG
5/5  rDev +9.9%
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 -14.7%
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 +9.9%
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 -3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Michiganman2325
4.94/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.76/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.44/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of ZEB89
4.53/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of cowboytroy32
4.8/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Photo of meghan_erikson
4.63/5  rDev +1.8%
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 +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of stoffystouts
5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
Brewery rating: 88.2% out of 100 with 137,388 ratings
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