Founders Brewing Company

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3.97/5
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139,484 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:
110
Reviews:
33,124
Ratings:
139,484
PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.54/5
Reviews:
322
Ratings:
1,110
pDev:
10.13%
 
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Ratings: 1,110 |  Reviews: 322
Photo of olacub
4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

What a pleasant surprise. My future sister-in-law is from GR, and she's been talking up Founders for months now....so we all made the trek to scenic Grand Rapids a few weeks ago. Founders is located in an old warehouse of some sort just a little ways North of downtown (along the river).

Inside, it's a very casual atmosphere punctuated by the old hardwood floors and metal tables. They had about 10 or so beers on tap, and I tried four. First, the Breakfast Stout was as good as advertised - lots of chocolate, creamy, spicy, roasty, delicious. Next, Red's Rye was a nice change of pace - surprisingly hoppy but also with some toasted biscuit notes. Third, I tried the Scotch Ale - sufficiently malty. Last, I had a pint of their Imperial Brown - wow. Rich, malty, bordering on tasting the alcohol, a big delicious beer.

The server was sweet and attentive, but they don't serve food there beyond pretzels and cheese (they did have a menu for a local deli that delivers, however). The bottom line: Founders is a top-tier brewery that I think is starting to bust out of Bell's shadow in Western Michigan.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.26/5  rDev -28.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5

Went to Founder's today with some buddies of mine. Got there I would say around 4:45 p.m. and there were around 30 people altogether. We sat down at a table and were asked for our beer order. We asked for a menu to eat along with our order and:
1) Never got our menu after we said something about it again.
2) Didn't get the right beer and had to ask again for the right beer.

After we finally all got the right beers we didn't see our server again. We watched her go around to the other tables around us but not ours. Even with empty glasses we finally said forget about sitting down at the table and moved to the bar. Had to ask a couple of times for a menu up at the bar but at least we got the correct beers. After we asked once to place an order and were pretty much ignored they then told us we had to go elsewhere to order. we finshed up our beers and just left the place. Maybe this was just an off day for the employees but I won't really go out of my way to come back. The atmosphere seemed to be a good one but the service killed everything good about the experiance.

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Photo of king75
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of bwood06
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Great place to eat, have a drink, and have a get together with friends. Awesome beer selection with various price ranges. Founder's actually serves some of their beers in glasses other than pint glasses which is a nice break from the norm.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

SlĂ inte!

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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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Photo of Jordy777
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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

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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Photo of GRFounder
5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of jwenzel019
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Readysethgo989
4.8/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of DbbC
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of JIMTRK16
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of PopnLoads
5/5  rDev +10.1%

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5/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of vermilcj
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of Foxman27
3.99/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Cool brewery, very large. Even considering the size of the place it was packed, even though it was a Tuesday night. Good food, and a good range of available Founders beers.

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Photo of wtkphoto
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%

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

Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
Brewery rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 139,484 ratings