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:
101
Ratings:
133,658
Reviews:
31,957
PLACE STATS
Score:
98
Ratings:
1,063
Reviews:
311
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
4.55%
 
 
Taps:
18
Bottles/Cans:
7
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Ratings: 1,063 |  Reviews: 311
Photo of jvgoor3786
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Wonderful, large taproom with a cool vibe. The sandwiches are enough to make you come back. There is always unique beers on tap. The staff was friendly and helpful. If I still lived in Grand Rapids I would go here weekly.

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Photo of wtkphoto
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of RolandBlunts
3.48/5  rDev -20.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2

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 nflmvp
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Photo of toolbrew
4/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went there at the end of lunch - 1:30pm. Kinda quiet which was nice. Lots os space on the inside. An open warehouse feel. Could see the brewing equipment through large glass windows. It was a beautiful day so the 'garage doors' to the patio were open.

The beer and the food I had were both great.

The people behind the bar were very attentive. It was a slow time of the day so I'm sure things are different when it's busy.

A good variety of beers on tap. I forget what all was there. Two nitro taps running and some carry out bottles. They have growlers to go too.

I had the rebuen - regular, not turkey. To drink I had the bourbon barrel aged porter on nitro. Both were delicious and the sandwich was rather large.

Overall I thought it was a cool place.

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Photo of coz
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of esktime
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of robgage
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of jonesjere
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of NateDyk47
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of ms333
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Buck_Jones
4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of CPAles
4.4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Mitchster
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Located downtown GR in an old building in an industrial part of town, with a small sign that can't be seen from a distance. Large ceilings with the requisite open metal ventilation and no fans. (This place does get packed with smoke when busy). Mostly brown decor with chalk boards of their taps. 15 taps when I was here, about 6 of them seasonal and the rest regulars. No food here other than peanuts and get-it-yourself popcorn. The beer is truly exceptional. Nate and Jeremy make some amazing stuff....I have been impressed with everything they bottle and was blown away by the brews on tap....the Chocolate Rye Porter, Centennial IPA, Devil Dancer IPA3, Oatmeal stout, and Cherry Java Stout were all amazing brews that I could drink all night long. They have a real cask engine that was not being used the day I was there. 2 nitro taps. Service is decent, and samples are free. No samplers persay, so I stuck to the 10 oz shorties.

Nate and Jeremy are exceptional hosts. They brought out some special brews for the Western Michigan BA gathering and it's evident that they have a deep-seated passion for beer. Highly, highly recommended!

I plan on spending more time here. Definitely a highlight of the Michigan Beer Scene.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Love this place but it comes just a little shy in some areas of really being a knock out place. The inside bartenders are great and very quick to fill orders, however, outside the staff is pretty slow to clean tables, get beers, and get checks. The food is ok, ordered through a window and given a beeper to come pick it up. The line up of beers is pretty good especially when they have some of their special beers on tap. Good times but if they were a little more restaurant like they really would have a great spot in my opinion.

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Photo of Vdubb86
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Found this place after enjoying some of my Sunday in Grand Rapids with my girlfriend. It appears to be in the middle of nowhere relatively since the only thing around is a greyhound station across the street. Though Grand Rapids appeared to be rather empty on a Sunday anyway. The brewery doesn't really have all that much parking, and people flooded into this place when it opened at 3pm. It speaks to the popularity of the place if at 3pm on a Sunday it starts to be really full. I can imagine that this place would be really cool in the summer when they open the garage door style doors to make the whole place open air. I bet with live music going this very hippie seeming place would be kick ass to be at. This was a very spacious place that looked rather recycled (not meaning that I've seen it before, but that stuff in the room was made out of recycled materials). It was a really nice establishment. The server was really cool and fun the only weird thing is that when we were ready to leave we had to get the growler we payed for out of the cooler, which was full of other growlers and sixers, it was rather trusting of them. They had some things that only they made that you couldn't find in many different places on tap. I enjoyed my trip there, and would come back if the chance arose.

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Photo of Mista_Carta
3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of Glenn_Cole_BTBC
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Easily one of my favorite breweries I've ever been to. Amazing food selection. Amazing beer selection with a lot of beers unique to the brewpub like Gold Dust Woman and a Nitro Pale Ale. Great, quick, friendly service. Definitely a must on any craft beer lovers bucket list!

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Photo of WesM63
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of barnzy78
4.11/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

A friend of mine and I finally made it over to Michigan to visit Founders Brewing Co. Leading up to the visit, customer service was great and we managed to score some tickets for a scheduled tour and tasting ($30), which turned out to be awesome. The tour and tasting was limited to 14 people, which seemed to be the perfect amount of people in order to hear everything our great tour guide, Luke, had to show and tell us along with allowing for conversation to be opened up during the tasting. The smaller group also gave it a VIP-ish vibe which was a bonus.

As for the place itself, we got there shortly after they opened and were greeted quickly by a server. There was plenty of room at both the bar and the multiple seating areas - but filled up very quickly by mid-afternoon. The beer list was exceptional featuring both year-round and limited release beers. The chips and guacamole we ordered was average.

Service was great, but got a little confusing when different servers rotated past our table asking if we needed anything - there must have been 5 or 6 different servers. Which was fine until the time we needed to get over to our tour. Nobody seemed to want to let us pay our tab. We asked 3 different servers and time kept ticking. We ended up being late for our tour because we kept waiting for our tab and we were also given the wrong meeting place for the tour by one of the servers. We were just hoping for a bit better communication by the servers and a quicker check-out.

All in all, we still had a great time, and those complaints could very well be isolated incidents. Before we left we checked out the store & bought some beer and a few knick-knacks. I really wanted to get the flat-billed brewery hat but I thought $28 was too expensive so I passed on it. I would definitely go back again.

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Photo of DbbC
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of DavidRandall
4.4/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I have been to Founder's three times. When I am in Grand Rapids for an event, most recently a Grand Rapids Griffins hockey game, I stop here for the food and beer. Since I can get the Centennial IPA, All Day IPA, Breakfast Stout and occasionally a few others in the local store, I get something different. This visit it was the Imperial Stout. A very good stout that poured dark, almost black.

The food has always been good and this time we got a beer cheese dip to share and I had a ham sandwich they were featuring. Sorry, I do not recall the name. All four of us liked the sound of it but I was the only one to order it. What scared everyone else away was that it had potato chips on the sandwich, yes on the sandwich. We thought they would be stale/soggy but the were kettle chips and they held up well with a good crisp crunch in every bite of the good sandwich.

The place is large just having expanded. A very large open dining room and a smaller area to the right as you walk in that has high top tables and a pool table and an additional bar. There is also a covered patio outside with heaters in the roof to make it very comfortable to sit out on a picnic table as we did last year. Watching snow floating down having a great sandwich and beer was very relaxing. A beer garden was another addition with the expansion.

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Photo of carlmoberg
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
4 out of 5 based on 133,658 ratings.
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