Founders Brewing Company

Founders Brewing CompanyFounders Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

235 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49503
United States

(616) 776-1195 | map

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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Photo of Knapp85
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Took a 3 hour road trip from my Friends place in Indiana to check out the home of the Mighty KBS and Nemesis brews. We got there and needed to find a side street to park on because the lot they had was kind of small and filled up already. The look of the place seemed like it might have been an old loading dock of some kind. There were several retractable windows/doors that opened up so people could sit either inside or outside. The place was full so my friend and I sat outside. We ordered a few beers at the bar trying the Apricot Swarm, the Dirty Darkness and the Syrup Noche. All the beers we had were great. The sandwich my friend ordered was also great according to him. The place had a very friendly environment going on there. The employees were knowledgeable and helpful on suggestions about food and beer. I would have loved to hang out longer here, I easily could have with all the stuff they had to try there but due to time frame I was in we had to pack it in early. I look forward to possibly going back there though. It was a great place.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.59/5  rDev -18.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Stopped in here during my whirlwind tour of GR. The place was packed to the gills while I was there. I will give as fair a shake as possible.

Rather large dark open space with plenty of seating and standing room. Nice large stage to the left of the bar. No bands were playing on this occasion. Pretty much typical of any brew pub.

The tap list was decent but nothing special. They only had one beer on tap I had never had or seen outside the brewery. Of course I ordered that. Took a hefty 5 minutes to waive down a server to order.

Basically I'm getting to the point now where every brew pub feels the same. Nothing really stands out anymore. I would love to come back here when it's warm outside and enjoy the patio. Maybe on a week night so it's not as crowded too.

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

After much anticipation, we finally arrived at the new Founders Tap House (attached to the new brewing facility) that just opened last November. As we walk up, I immediately like it. Nice wide front with an outside seating area (which was only being used by smokers at this time because of how cold it was) and plenty of parking available in the front and on the sides. The inside is spacious as well, with high ceilings and plenty of natural light from the windows. At the far end is a stage (they offer live music a couple of times a week, including this night) and behind that gives a windowed view into the brew house. There are lots of tables to sit at scattered throughout for seating (complete with the Founders logo emblazoned on the seat backs) but it's the large 25 seat mahogany S shaped bar that takes center stage. It retains a classic yet contemporary look (complete with TVs to watch the ball games) and I absolutely loved the stain glassed Founders logo behind it. The overall feel is just tremendous and I would expect nothing else from such a classy brewery.

We lucked into an open table (which wasn't bad seeing how it was almost 7:30 pm on a Saturday night) and checked out the tap list. There were 4 staples on (Pale Ale, IPA, Red's Rye, and Dirty Bastard), 4 exclusives (Solid Gold Ale, Porter, Vanilla Porter, and Oatmeal Stout), and then 2 seasonals (the Imperial Stout and Rubaeus). We all tried different ones with my personal favorite being the highly ranked Imperial Stout, of which I ended up having two. Naturally, everything was great and up to the high standards of Founder's beers.

I like the way they do their food service here. You order and pay for it yourself at a separate window (what I now call "Pizza Port" style) and then they buzz you when it's ready. The menu itself is a tad limited (they basically offer sandwiches, pizzas, and munchies) but the quality was top notch. I had the Rubin's Rueben, which was excellent, as was the fresh guacamole and chips that we all split for an appetizer. Our service was limited to drink service but our guy did a pretty commendable job. Although he messed up one of drink orders, he let us keep the wrong one for free, and then did a great job getting our group a bunch of merch even though the place was jammed packed by this point. I don't know what else I can say about this place. It was probably our most anticipated visit during our recent trek through Michigan and it totally delivered. A laid back and fun atmosphere coupled with some great food and do I really need to even mention the beer? This is a must hit on any Michigan beer tour.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

The day I went there there was some St. Patrick's day celebration nearby, so the crowd naturally went to Founders to get their beer. The huge place was packed both inside and outside, but it was able to accommodate everyone! KBS on tap is AWESOME!

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Photo of Deuane
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Founders, Founders, Founders! Having been to the old place a couple of times I was so looking forward to my first visit to the new and improved facility. We visited twice...once on a VERY busy Black Friday night and then the following day at night and day visits. Good thing for the Saturday visit saving the ass of Friday's cluster!

New bar which is very long. Big, open room much like before with the "trademark" chalk boards above the bar displaying the offerings. Big garage doors to open things up in season or keep out the cold Michigan winter. Nice touch with the enclosed and heated smoking chamber...nice for the smokers and nice for the non-smokers!

Service was hectic on Friday with three different people kinda taking care of us...we really didn't wait for long between drinks but our check took FOREVER! Saturday was much better with personalized service and lots of chatting with the staff.

14 beers on tap and the Friday night firkin. A few pub exclusive brews on tap to include the divine Espresso Nitro Porter!

A well thought out and fresh selection of deli sandwiches with quality to go withs. We had two very nice sandwiches with a chips and guacamole side to die for. The guac was plentiful, homemade and garlicy!

All in all the new Founders is better than the old and easily one of the premier beer places not only in Michigan but in the US. A must see and do place when in GR.

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Photo of chinchill
3.72/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Visited in early August, 2013: in the midst of their expansion woes. With that in mind:

Trying to ignore the construction mess, I can see the brewpub was and will be an attractive location for beer enthuiasts. A rather limited number of beers on tap, with only a few that aren't widely available. Their latest higher volume, limited release, Mango Magnifico, was on tap (and recommended), as was a single hop Mosaic and maybe 2 other taproom only beers. For a brewery with as much legacy and variety as Founders I expected more. For comparison, probably at least twice as many beers available at Bell's Eccentric Cafe (which I would more strongly recommend). And beers to go? ... only about 4-5 choices: fewer than any of the local beer stores I visited that week.

So, I was disappointed but will need to return, if possible, after the expansion is complete.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Can't believe I have never gave Founder's a rating...Been here a dozen times over the last 8 years or so...

Founder's is the quintessential destination brewery. They do everything here. They have cheap, good eats. They have a great stage, and bring in world class (and lots of local) music. They have an always rotating and interesting tap list with things that are only available at the brew pub. A fantastic swag shop, and a state of the art tap room, with an awesome outdoor seating area, with a ton of room for just about anything. Founder's does it right.

I don't need to say much more, it's all been said. Worth the trip from anywhere in the world, and it won't disappoint.

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Photo of AlexM
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Dang - this place is HUGE! Hit it on a Wednesday night around 5:30pm and it was packed. Managed to find a seat at the bar. Friendly workers even though they were super busy. The ordering workflow is a bit funky (beer and food orders are separate areas/lines) but whatever. Food was damn good - the bacon potatoe salad was delish! Obviously Founders is a must visit if you are in the area. CHEERS!

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Nice industrial type feel to the place. Low key and relaxed. The brew house is housed behind some big windows. I could make out the bottling line going in the back.

Like their bottled products all the quality is good. The beers were certainly fresh and served at the proper temps. Service was quick and friendly and wasnt harried. More then happy to stand and talk to us and answer any questions.

Selection was great. Some of my favorites wern't there but there was plenty to make up for that fact. A few draft only choices as well.

They only serve sandwiches 11am to 2 pm. I had a half sandwich as I wasnt hungry. My friends and I all agreed they were good.

All in all a great place. I have wanted to get here for ages and it was well worth it. I will be back.

Note-talking to the bartender she said they will fill any growler from another brewey. Saw a guy get a Roque one filled so I had to ask. She said they sell beer not growlers so it doesnt bother them. I like that.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.86/5  rDev +10.5%
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 DarkerTheBetter
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I stopped by here after Bell’s on my summer beer tour. The building is something like the “brass works building” which is a large brick structure. The entrance is on west side of the building near the south entrance. IF you find that, shift fire to your right, and there you’ll be. I got there a half hour before opening time. I pled my case to the dude working there in the morning with his beautiful dog and I got let in.

The place seems like a very friendly dive with a very warn feeling that suggests pretty wild weekends. Seems that it’s a music venue too, so that could pack the crowd in. There are mostly little wooden tables spaced about with the main bar in the back right corner and a smaller one in the left.

On tap were 13 founders beers. Wow. Can’t ask for much more especially when two of them were the Breakfast Stout and the Kentucky Breakfast. Damn. This made me a happy man. 13 beers seemed a lot for a small pub. The dude, which turned out to be one of the junior brewers said that this was very atypical. None the less, I was pleased.

Service was fine. There really wasn’t anyone there, so I can’t comment on much. The girl there seemed really on top of things with all things considered.

I liked the simplicity of this joint. I’d like to stop by on a Friday night to see what kind of clientèle it attracts. I should also note that I left this day with a growler of Devil Dancer, three t-shirts and a pint glass.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I stopped in for lunch on the way home from visiting my grandfather. This was my second foray on Founders. I got there about 11:30am on Friday. It was not real busy just the way I like it. I parked in the tiny lot out front. There is metered parking on the street. Founders is a large open bar. There is a stage to the left and the store is to the right.

I bellied up to the bar and had a Empire Strikes Bitter and a Devil Dancer. The menu consists of deli sandwiches and french bread pizzas. A lot of the sandwiches are named after their beers. I'm assuming that is to suggest a beer that pairs well. For Example I ordered a Curmudgeon sandwich, which probably pairs well with Curmudgeon.

The service was a LOT better on this visit. My first visit I had to scream and wave to get service. This time the wait staff was very attentive. The sandwich was adequate. It is a large sandwich so I took half of it home for another meal. I ordered kettle chips thinking that they were homemade. I got a single serving size bag of potato chips.

As far as the beer goes, there was not a whole lot that you can't get in bottles. I had the ESB. There was an oatmeal stout, and that was about it. The food is not exceptional, and most of the beers can be easily obtained in bottles.

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Photo of joe1510
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Stopped by Founders the night before they moved from the Brassworks building. Got there pretty early, maybe 4:00-4:30 and the place was already busy. All tables were full and all barstools were full. Everyone I talked to was in a great mood and very friendly. This place lends itself well with the comfortable at ease atmosphere.

The quality of the beer was great although there were only 4 taps going when I stopped by. It looked like a few selections were just erased from the chalkboard. I believe after a barrel was kicked they just erased it instead of putting something new on since they were closing up the following day. IPA, Red's Rye, Dirty Bastard, and Breakfast Stout was on tap though and I thoroughly enjoyed my Breakfast Stout.

The service was very good, especially when the place was so busy and there was only one bartender working most of the time (a few waitresses). Recieved great service and was even able to buy a growler of Breakfast Stout. I was surprised, didn't think it would be offered for growler sales. Also picked up a nice Breakfast Stout pint glass. The prices were very reasonable along with the package sales from the cooler. I believe the growler, fill, glass, and 4-pack of Harvest Ale came to $31. The pints of Breakfast Stout were $5.

I'm anxious to stop at the new Founders when it opens but I will also miss this one. The atmosphere was comfortable and I had a great time. Everyone was there for good beer which is something else nice to see.

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Photo of gopens44
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

First off, let me say this above all - the staff breaks their friggin' backs to take care of clientele. Period. A lot of high end restaurants could learn a thing or two about service from this staff. Food was very good and fit the beer lineup very well. Speaking of, the lineup is always well balanced and it's Founder's beer, so you know the quality is there. No beef about the prices, and a good time all around. For what it's worth, this place is flush with hipster atmosphere. Doesn't play well with this metalhead, but beer society isn't a place to activate divisionary, so party on hipsters, hippies, bangers and whatever else. Come here and enjoy beer regardless of who you are.

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

Stopped in here for the KBS release party.
A 15 minute walk from the Days Inn.

The place was packed but I was able to get a single seat at the bar next to the "beer express line".

Cavernous brewpub with what looked like roll-up garage doors spanning the front. Outdoor seating as well. Tons of tables and a very long bar with many people that day. Draught beers clearly marked on the chaulkboard with prices and sizes of the pour. Great. Artwork from the labels on the opposite wall. Cool.

The service was good considering the masses in attendance. Many working the bar area and being where I was, I was never out of earshot for long of any one particular barkeep.
It did look like that there was no table service though. I didn't see any waitstaff going over to the tables except for an occasional visit from a buddy.

Beer selection was terrific. I had a nitro KBS, Brown Mountain Maple, and a FULL PINT of Double Trouble. I am so sick of bars serving up the hoppy beers in 10oz tulip glasses for $8, and Founders delivered here big time.
They also had the Canadian Breakfast stout as well as a barrel aged Red and many others.

Food is limited to sandwiches which are ordered from a window. There is a chaulkboard next to the window with am extremely lenghty disclaimer about the long prep time of the sandwiches. It really doesn't say why it takes so long, but just that be prepared or go elsewhere. Funny but kind of off-putting.
I had the Louis Ruben which rocked. I was starving and it was tasty albiet expensive ($8.00). It came with no chips or fries, but the pickle was very good.

I was dissapointed that I had missed out on bottles of KBS. Apparently they had sold out before noon. Wow.

I'd love to come back. Kuhnhenn should come take notes on this place.

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Photo of cratez
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Came here for the 9th Annual Harvest Party with nicktbm and our better halves in October 2011.

Atmosphere: big open air taproom, chalkboard draught list hovers over a massive bar, plenty of seating inside and on the patio, pool table and jukebox are a nice touch, live music and young crowd provided an awesome party vibe, never seen so many college girls drinking craft beer in one place. A beer geek's utopia.

Service: fast efficient bartenders are quick with the drink orders and capable of suggesting beers based on specific tastes. Kitchen puts out food in decent time.

Selection: had a Harvest Ale, Berserker 37, Pale Ale, and Honey Harvest on tap and a bottle of Breakfast Stout to go. Couldn't understand why I wasn't allowed to drink the bottle in the bar (according to the server), but the draught beers were delicious so I didn't really mind.

Food: split a veggie French bread pizza with the lady and munched down a loaded bratwurst sausage as well. Both dishes tasted great and the prices are dirt cheap.

Overall: I would probably go to Founders on a daily basis if I lived in the area. Between the world-beating beers, fun and approachable atmosphere, friendly patrons, and tasty, affordable food, this brewery embodies North American craft beer culture. No need to ponder whether or not you should visit. Just come and you won't regret it.

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Photo of drtth
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Reviewed from notes taken on a visit about a year ago.

Really liked this place. Lots of open space. Glass separates the dining hall from the brewing equipment so its possible to both eat and watch.

The quality of the beers is high and the service was good. Food was not exceptional but good nevertheless.

The selection of beers was very good when looking to have something from Founders.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Sweemzander and I went in to Founders for their Black Party which more than explains the massive crowd we fought while we were there. The service also took a small hit but the location itself was awesome. My first time to possibly my favorite brewery, we walked up the side of the building passed a massive grain silo (or so it looked like) and a long outdoor raised patio along the front of the building. I didn't notice until my second walk in after getting my jacket that hops were growing in wooden bushels embedded in the asphalt just below the outdoor patio. Once inside (which took a while after climbing the steps), the taproom was a long rectangle with large glass garage doors, that could open in the summer, along one side and a long bar on the opposite side. From what I remember, there was a pool table or two to the right of the entrance and down a small hall were the bathrooms. Most everything was dark wood paneling. Posters of label art were framed and hung along the stretch of wall above the garage doors and some apparel like Founders cycling shirts for $75 hung above the bar.

To the far left of the entrance was a tall glass wall. Behind that glass wall was where, presumably, all the magic happened. I tried getting a good look through but the band's stage equipment was set up. This is one of the parts I'm disappointed I didn't see much of with the place as packed as it was.

The beer was fantastic and the quality was outstanding, not a single issue with the many beers we tried. The price was great too! $5 for an 8 oz pour into a snifter, $6 for the nitro-tap KBS, $7 for a 12 oz high-gravity beer. And I believe the class one beers were $4.50 a 12 oz pour. I wanted to try the food, specifically the Backwoods Bastard soaked brats, but by the time I got around to getting my ass up from the table our group claimed, they were all gone. Not that I blame them. I waited far too long. Instead I opted for another beer.

The service was great save for a bit of a hiccup, and not because of how busy it was since they did a great job despite the heavy flowing traffic of thirsty founders-goers. The reason, and I'm not basing my rating all on this experience, but one of the bartenders got an attitude with Sweem because after pouring and setting down two glasses of different black beer, Sweem asked, "which is which" to which the bartender replied snidely, "are you serious?!" Other than that the service was all pleasant and honestly, with how much of a mad house it was there, I can't really hold it against him that much.

The selection was fantastic as well. For obvious reasons most of the beer offered was Founders dark beers, but it was kept varied enough in style with others available that one who didn't like black beer could still enjoy something else. Why they'd come to Black Party however, is beyond me.

Founders still remains one of my favorite breweries of all time and this experience, as crazy as it was, elevated them higher on the list. I hope to make it back on a slow night, possibly a Monday or Tuesday, if I ever get the chance. I'd love to take in the atmosphere to a greater extent as well as enjoy some of their deli offerings.

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Photo of frazbri
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I like the new digs even better than the old. It's a bigger, better version of Founders. Founders is fantastic.

old review follows. I was at Founders about 10:30 on a Friday night. I almost expected this place to be smaller. It is small, but it had an open feel due mostly to its high ceilings. When I looked at the jukebox, I knew this was my kind of place. Frank Zappa, the Pixies, Tom Waits; I had to throw a couple of bucks in that.

Now to the important stuff, beer. Twelve beers on the board. I started with the Chocolate Rye Porter and it was delicious. I then tried the Oatmeal Stout, it wasn't as good as the CR Porter. Then ended with a tasty glass of Dirty Bastard. I was hoping to try the Devil Dancer, but I missed out. I guess that is one drawback when you rotate so many beers.

I didn't quiz the waitress on her beer knowledge. It was a Friday night, and she had quite a few patrons to serve. The waitress was friendly and served us quickly. No food is served, except for popcorn and peanuts.

This is a showcase for a fine brewer. If you are anywhere near Grand Rapids, stop here for a beer. This was the highlight of my weekend in Michigan.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Nice place in a renovated old buidling right on the river in downtown Grand Rapids. Not quite a neighborhood pub feeling but close. Lots of 4-6 person tables spread out across the floor. Pool table and 1 or 2 dart boards greet you as you walk in. Bar is in the back right corner with a cooler full of 6-packs and singles to go. Bar is relatively small and always seems to be full. Selection constantly changes and usually they 10-12 beers on draught. Brewing facility is in back of the bar and you can see the conditioning tanks. Have never been there when anyone can provide a guided tour but I think it would be worth it. If business or pleasure brings you to Grand Rapids, well worth seeking out Founders for several beers. Only issue is that they don't serve food. They do provide free popcorn.

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Photo of 98green
3.9/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

Loud and busy at 6:30 on a Friday. Was able to get a seat at the downstairs bar easily. Nice variety of taps, unfortunately it was out of season for KBS or CBS.

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Photo of morimech
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I had no idea what to expect when I went into Founders. Certainly not the huge warehouse with a bar in it. The weather was nice so they had the doors to the outside open as well creating even more space. There could of been a hundred people in there and it still looked empty. There is one TV right in the center of the bar. Beer selections are written on the chalk boards. Disappointingly there was only one brewery only selection. I know the rest of the beer is very good, but I wanted something more special besides a 4% ABV pale ale. Menu consists of sandwiches and pizzas. The sandwich I did get was good if not a little uninspired. Service was prompt and also a little cold. You can tell these people see a lot of customers in a day.

Overall this was not a comfortable place to enjoy beer. Too big and commercial. Even have a giftshop on one end of the building. I hope Surly does not follow this model when they build their destination brewpub.

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Photo of Phatz
4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Driving down the street the navigation system say "destination ahead on the right" then "you have arrived" The building to our right is an absolutely *monstrous* five story building the runs the length of an entire block. The name on the building says Brass Works Building. The light came on, it never occurred to me that Founder Brewing Company was located in an old Brass Foundry. Seems obvious now. My first thought was "this is the biggest 'Micro' Brewery I have ever seen!" Entering the building I realized Founders is only one of the tenants in the amazing building. The building is gorgeous the floors, the art, the high ceilings, the woodwork and the door ways, and this is all wondering the halls before Founders even opened the door on Sunday at 3pm. When we walked in the Founders door the floors were simple the ceiling high and unfinished with a warehouse feel but nice. They had 10 beers on tap and not a single one less than exceptional.
Imagine Kentucky Breakfast Stout on tap at the brewery. Oh my God! and they served all beer in the appropriate glassware.
Tap List:
Centennial IPA
Black Rye
Pale Ale
Oatmeal Stout on nitro
The Imperial Stout
Bourbon Maple Porter **beyond EXCEPTIONAL**
Devil Dancer DIPA
Kentucky Breakfast Stout *need I say more*
Backwoods Bastard
They had rubbed out Rubaeus and Red Rye off the chalk board, before we got there. They have capacity for 12 drafts.

There was a pool table, jukebox, and carryout cooler with no KBS in it but otherwise perfect. Sever was very helpful. No food available on Sundays but they do have menus of local restaurants that will deliver to Founders. You can sit there at the bar and have delivery brought to you. Now that is something new! We just brought some of our munchies in the car. This place is worth the trip. Find a way to get there one day. Early on a Sunday it is nice and quite, but we weren’t the only people waiting for them to unlock the door. Clearly, the place gets a lot of traffic.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I made my way up to the pub for the Kentucky Breakfast Stout release with some of my buddies. The place is absolutely gorgeous with lots of natural lighting and glass walls to see into the brewery. The no smoking is great as well. The beers seemed to be served at proper temperatures and were about standard prices. The only food we got was some kind of warm beer cheese platter that was very enjoyable. I wasn't blown away with the tap list, but it was impressive. Off the top of my head they had: Kentucky Breakfast Stout, Imperial Stout, Oatmeal Stout, Frangelic Stout, Rubaeus, Centennial IPA, Pale Ale,and Dirty Bastard. The service was spectacular. The entire wait staff was very polite, attentive, and in good humor. It is so refreshing to see people in the service industry that don't seem annoyed. Overall, it was a very worthwhile trip and it's breweries and trips like this that make me sad that I am leaving the state.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.53/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Huge brewpub location with a stage, wide sprawling bar, tons of tables, connected gift shop/second bar/pool table area, massive outdoor seating. Killer selection of in house brews, great sandwich/snack menu. Must visit.

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