Founders Brewing Company

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3.96/5
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128,947 Ratings
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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:
99
Reviews:
30,497
Ratings:
128,947
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.54/5
Reviews:
317
Ratings:
1,097
pDev:
10.13%
 
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Photo of Gaisgeil
4.22/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Situated inside an old factory/warehouse this place can be easy to miss if you don't know what you're looking for. Let's not even get started on all the detours in Grand Rapids right now that don't help the situation much, but I digress. The pub has a real cool feel to it, high multipaned windows let in plenty of light in the early autumn afternoon we stopped by. Large interior windows allow one to peer into the inner working of the brewery. Exposed ceilings and old hardwood floors, nice ambiance. The beer selection was pretty good with 8-10 beers ready to go. Everything I had was very well made, as one might expect really. Service was fast, friendly and knowledgable. It was pretty dead early in the day, but I figure that was a good thing, had plenty of time to sit, sip and smile. I didn't try the food, but it looked like they had a decent deli sandwich menu. Prices were spot on for the quality I think.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.44/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

One really nice place. I was out in the area and had to stop and try some of the offerings on tap. So myself and fellow BA sopor met up at Founders, and sampled some of the wares. First off, the atmosphere is nice... high ceilings, a great view of the brewing facilities, and a huge board posting whats on tap. Nice. I was lucky enough to meet David Engbers, vice president of founders while I was there. He came right up and introduced himself and his wife, and was very cordial. Not everyday, do you get to meet the VP of a great and innovative micro brewery, and not all people in the Beer industry are so kind to BA's. In anycase, we chatted for about 10 minutes, and I got back to the beers. Many offerings, from light, seasonal brews, to heavy, warming stouts and ales. Something for everyone. The food is limited to peanuts and crackers and the such, but a wad of places deliver, so the food issue is easily addressed. Value? For what you get, the value is really quite good. Some of the best beer i've had on tap, at reasonable prices. I will be back again.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.28/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Walking in I was suprised about how big this place was. Probably could hold more than 100 people with ease. Huge tables line the place with a large wood bar.

My group all got different sandwhiches. All of which were huge and very good.

Their pricing was found to be quite reasonable, on food and brews. Menu was pretty cool, all the food items had some sort of name twist with the beers.

Had no issues with service. A great place to stop in eat and drink. Just wish it was a little closer to home.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.03/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.8/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of Muss42
4.18/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Penguins66
4.64/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Founders is an annual pilgrimage for my wife and I. Unlike some other popular breweries (I'm looking at you, 3 Floyds and Dark Horse), Founders has made significant investments in recent years to expand the size of their flagship tap room. And they need it. Business is brisk from the time they open until the time they close, any day of the week. If I have one criticism, it's that their lone parking lot is way too small, and thus parking is always a challenge, even on weekdays.

Aside from that, and assuming you can find a seat inside or on the extensive patio outside, you're in for a treat. Usually there are at least 20 beers on tap, including some that are exclusive to the tap room. The quality speaks for itself. Prices, in our opinion, are very reasonable. For service you basically order from whoever walks by your table. That takes a little getting used to, but we found it to be quite efficient. Founders also has a decent food menu if you feel like eating.

Founders is proof that expanding and maintaining a high level of quality don't have to be mutually exclusive. We love them as a business, a destination...and of course, a brewery.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of RolandBlunts
3.48/5  rDev -23.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2

Photo of nflmvp
4.2/5  rDev -7.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Enjoyed the opportunity to sample the fares at the brewery this weekend (4/29/06).

The place is a decent size and simply decorated. The beers are as fresh as you'd expect and each one of the varieties I tried were as good or better than I'd expected.

I was disappointed that they had none of the Breakfast Stout or Kentucky Breakfast Stout on tap. The Blushing Monk, on the other hand, was a very pleasant surprise.

Service was not much better than average, even before the crowd began to grow, later in the evening.

All things considered, I enjoyed the place quite a bit and look forward to returning if I get the chance to visit the area again.

Updated review to include subsequent experiences in '07, '08 and '09.

The new pub looks awesome. While it looks nothing like the old place, they've done an excellent job of keeping the same type of atmosphere....and I LOVE the garage doors that open the place up when the weather cooperates.

I've only eaten here once but I have to admit, I really enjoyed my sandwich so I've updated the ratings to indicate that.

I had to keep the value at "a bit pricey" simply because I hate the idea of paying $8 cover charge for a band I don't want to see, at 11:30 at night. All I wanted to do is sample some of their beers and being FORCED to pay $8 for the privilege of sampling three beers, is a bit much....especially when I have to scream over the band, which is ALWAYS way too loud for conversation.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of jonesjere
4.24/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Mista_Carta
3.95/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of NateDyk47
4.41/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Pretty nice place. They always have a lot of good beers on tap, and the line to get beer is organized and moves pretty fast, even when it's crowded. My only complaint is that it's ALWAYS really busy, and near impossible to get a table during prime drinking hours since it's seat-yourself.

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Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
Brewery rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 128,947 ratings