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:
104
Reviews:
31,537
Ratings:
132,239
PLACE STATS
Score:
97
Reviews:
309
Ratings:
1,051
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
4.55%
 
 
Taps:
18
Bottles/Cans:
7
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 309 | Ratings: 1,051
Reviews by slowbie:
Photo of slowbie
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This review is based on many visits over the past year.

If you're coming after 6, this place is going to be pretty busy and loud. Not my favorite atmosphere, but I can't blame people for wanting to go to Founders. It also doesn't help that the majority of my visits have been on Monday nights for the $2 pint specials. However, the few times I went on other nights it was also pretty busy and loud, and one time there was a band so loud I could barely talk to the person next to me, even though we sat as far away as we could. This rating gets bumped up if the band wasn't so loud.

If you're going to Founders, you probably know that the beer is top notch so I don't have a lot to say about quality other than the fact that is fantastic.

The bartenders and staff are very knowledgeable about the beer they're serving and everyone is pretty polite. However, if you're going for dinner or at night, it's a self service place where you generally have to place your food order at the kitchen, pick it up when it's done, and get your own beers from the bar. It's not too much work for me to do on my own, but it is enough to make the service less than exceptional in my mind. There are some roving staff picking up glasses and taking drink orders, but I probably use them less than half the time because they're so busy picking up glasses.

Founders has a good selection of beers available and always has a few unique pub only things. If you go a lot you'll find that the pub only offerings do repeat, but there is always some variety going on too. It's easier to get beers like KBS and Devil Dancer at the pub than in stores, but it's also at least twice as expensive.

The food is good, but it's all deli sandwiches. I've had some great ones and I've had some I wasn't crazy about, so choose carefully. There's also some sandwiches that are named after beers they make.

Monday night $2 pint night is a great value, and even the regular beer prices are good, and the sandwiches are pretty reasonably priced for the most part as well.

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More User Reviews:
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

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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Photo of kevindp9
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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Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
4 out of 5 based on 132,239 ratings.
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