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Founders Brewing Company

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3.95/5
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131,906 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:
105
Reviews:
31,386
Ratings:
131,906
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.54/5
Reviews:
317
Ratings:
1,088
pDev:
10.13%
 
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Ratings: 1,088 |  Reviews: 317
Photo of nortmand
4.94/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Stopped in here enroute to New Holland.
Very cozy tap room feel with free popcorn and a friendly barkeep. Cool decor with some old hop plants hanging. Beer was excellent and there were several varieties that I had never seen. Different size choices for beer with prices clearly marked and very reasonable. Several local regulars were there, talking about beers that they release at special times and other interesting things that have happened. Great, friendly place to stop on your way through Grand Rapids.

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Photo of canti1pd
4.92/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BackwoodsBWags
4.92/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Grand-Raggedy
4.92/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of DrJGR629
4.91/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of arthuro11
4.9/5  rDev +7.9%

I went here being a fan of Founders for sure (Breakfast Stout is among my all time favs, and been lucky enough to score some KBS via a good friend) and had no expectations of the tap room except the aforementioned friend said if we're going to make a beer trip, it should be Founders or Bell's (both about 45 minutes from where we were).

All that said, I felt instantly comfortable when I walked in. Spacious welcoming room, with another taproom to the right, and great seating outside. Unfortunately we only had time for a couple, but one of them was Devil Dancer, on tap, absolutely no complaints there.

Only got an appetizer but it was great. There were servers who were happy to help us at the bar and also when we were seated, which I was surprised a bit about considering how busy the place was. When we initally came in, we walked right in, when we left the place was packed fairly early on a Saturday night.

Got some great schwag at the gift shop, and some great beers to take home (or more accurately partially finish later that night around the campfire).

Complaints? Not really, looking forward to the next visit even though it may be several years off. If you are in the same area code, or even peninsula, worth a visit for any beer fan.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.9/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This is without question one of the best craft breweries in the country. Every beer is just top notch and not only worth tasting but worth drinking.

KBS is a stout by which others are judged, and that's just the beginning. Other barrel aged stouts are exceptional, with the "draft only" Black Biscuit being one of the best beers in the country...period!

The staff is beyond knowledgable and could not be more friendly or accomodating. The selection of beers available is extensive and includes the rare and hard to get and the more extreme.

This is a brewery that really cares about its partrons and does all in its power to generate good will, good beer, future customers and provide the best product possible. This place is so good it's almost "an event" to go and drink and eat.

Great place!

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Photo of GOGRANDE
4.9/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Founders was amazing We went for my 23rd b-day right after DDL...Total local vibe in there. Staff was great. Gotta love the crazy hippie beards! Holy crap.

Bar manager introduced us to the local beer store owner at the other end of the bar. "Sicilano's bottle shop". He was so stoked we were up all the way from FL he bought us a round of KBS 09. Yum. :)

The place looks great with all the wood finish. Simple beer menu up in chalk. They do mainly drafts, and you can get bottles to-go. My favorite section of the menu is the really big stuff on the right side. We pretty much stuck to that. Had to soak up Founders finest. :)

Overall this is a must hit beer stop for any beer geek that loves huge black as night american micro brews. We had 2 sippers while we were there. Barrel aged Imperial Stout and the KBS 09. Hell of a b-day...I wish everyday could be that amazing...

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Photo of Brandonparrent
4.9/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I am a little bias but this is top 5 in the US. I travel just for beer, and for what they do with combinations and ingredients is genius. I am so lucky to be in the same state to be able to enjoy.

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Photo of Libre
4.9/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of TomCat11
4.89/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Chuckrutter
4.89/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of mluchies
4.89/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Hands down the best brewery in the country. The BEST beer in Beer City USA.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
4.89/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Maciejone
4.89/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of MudDrinker
4.88/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

The interior is well put together - large, well-spaced bar extending across the entire dining room. The dining room/main hall is widely spaced with a high ceiling to give a laid-back, relaxed atmosphere no matter how crowded it gets. The front of the building is entirely a patio to control overflow, or for those crisp fall days and warm summer nights.

Bartenders are all friendly and open to questions, service is fast and reliable.

Food is delicious and proportions huge on the verge of ridiculous (vegetarian-friendly, one or two vegan-friendly options).

Of course, the beer is amazing. They have tiers based on rarity, seasonality, etc. When I went in it was a Saturday during lunch, all the "higher" tiered beers (seasonals and peculiar taphouse-exclusives) were all gone. Still, FBS (Breakfast Stout) and Dirty Bastard was on tap. Came away with a growler of Harvest Ale.
When they fill your growler, expect at most an inch of air at the top of it.

Bottom-line: If I lived in Grand Rapids, I would be in this place at least once a week.

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Photo of Winston3737
4.88/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of SHDoyle
4.88/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I had high expectations for Founders and it didn't fail me. I was there on a Saturday and the place was packed from about noon until I left around five. Seemed to be a mix of not just out-of-towners (like me) but locals too. Servers and bartenders were attentive and on top of it as soon as your glass was empty. Food was above average for a brewery and the menu was surprisingly large.

I took the brewery tour as well, which I would highly recommend. Tour guides were very knowledgeable with lots of info about Founders history and operations that you probably won't get anywhere else. Moreover, the $30 tour included a five-beer tasting, another pint at the Taproom and a souvenir pint glass; tough to beat all that!

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Photo of cbruggeman
4.88/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of phisigben
4.88/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

The atmosphere was awesome I wish this place was in Indianapolis. Service was awesome we sat at the bar and was served immediately.

The only reason I didn't give this place all 5's is because on the website they said that Canadian Breakfast Stout was going to be on tap, and it wasn't. But in all reality I had an amazing time.

My girlfriend and myself went for lunch I had a Devil Dancer (12oz) and the Devil Dancer sandwich, she had water (my DD) and a BLT we split the crab dip (amazing) then instead of the CBS I had the Kaiser Curmudgeon (6oz) (amazing). After getting a 4 pack of Devil Dancer the bill came out to $60 it was a little on the expensive side but after looking back on what we ate/drank it was worth it I would love to go back again (When they have CBS on tap)

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Photo of Chricunn
4.86/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of elNopalero
4.86/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I’d rave more about Founders if only I could visit more often! Seriously cool place to drink some amazing brews. Came here for only the second time over the holidays. Arrived early enough to get a seat at the bar. In addition to their year-round line up they keep some specialties and one-offs on draught, always a welcome sign. Didn’t order food, just peanuts—which, I learned, you are to toss on the floor. If you go be sure to visit the merch shop and pick up some bottles. And live music on the weekends. Can’t go wrong.

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Photo of FoundersConnection
4.86/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Bethaz83
4.86/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of eifster82
4.85/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

I've been to Russian River, Toppling Goliath, 3Floyds, Cigar City and a few others... This one, Founders, takes the top spot. Beautiful facility, nice and large brewpub, good food, big selection of food and beer (they had KBS and CBS on draft when visited). There is no negative. I will be making plans to come back here again shortly.

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Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
Brewery rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 131,906 ratings
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