Grand Rapids Brewing Company

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BEER AVG
3.71/5
Grand Rapids Brewing CompanyGrand Rapids Brewing Company
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1 Ionia Ave SW
Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49503-4194
United States

(616) 458-7000 | map
www.grbrewingcompany.com

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Added by hopcatgr on 11-02-2012

BEER STATS
Beers:
31
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
248
PLACE STATS
Score:
86
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
111
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
6.83%
 
 
Taps:
12
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 111
Reviews by centurian62:
Photo of centurian62
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3

I was a huge fan of the former GRBC (until Schelde's sold it) so I was excited to head to the new GRBC. I have gone twice so far. The first time was shortly after they opened and I am truly hoping they are doing a better job managing the place than they were then. I went with a group of buddies on a Saturday night. Upon arriving we put our name in to get a table and were told it was about an hour wait. We then stood at the standing bar and had a drink. Unfortunately, they had one of my favorite beers on tap from a different brewery so I didn't try the GRBC beer. That being said, we stood for an hour waiting for a table while there must have been 30 open seats at tables that were marked "reserved." During that hour, we never saw anyone get seated and those spots were never filled. I've managed restaurants and that was unacceptable.

The second time I went was on a Sunday afternoon. We had a very large group and had a much better time. This time I tried the GRBC beer (which is all certified organic) and I wasn't overly impressed or overly dissapointed. It was OK. I tried the Lyon Stout and I would give it an average rating.

It should be known that if you want a private table, you probably won't get one here as it is long tables and you share your space. Its' a bit wierd and I would prefer to go elsewhere based on that fact alone.

All in all I would give GRBC an average rating. The service was good but everything else is pretty average.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of spike8382
1.73/5  rDev -52.7%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | food: 2

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of jessewilliamson
4.46/5  rDev +21.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Bethaz83
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of a_beckman25
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of BeerOps
3.66/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of petersonmatt22
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of craft_shannie
4.1/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Photo of NateDyk47
2.4/5  rDev -34.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.25 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Nothing special about this place. All the beer is average (at best), decent amount of beers on tap, food is good but overpriced.

The service is VERY bad. I've been here a few times and the wait staff as well as bartenders are terrible. The most recent time, I ordered beer at the bar... after receiving it, I tried for 10 minutes to give the bartender my card to pay for the beers. There were only 3 other people near the bar, and he was more interested in talking to his friends than getting my payment. Thanks for the free beers, I guess.

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Photo of SMH_NWI
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

Photo of Billydoughnuts
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of MichaelCoyne
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

nothing really has the "wow factor", but everything is made well. only complaint is its super dark inside

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Photo of BudznSudz13
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

Photo of capt93
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of BigTuna1066
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Photo of buschbeer
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Daydream816
4/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of jasonpeckins32
1.95/5  rDev -46.7%
vibe: 1.25 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 2.25

Let's be totally honest here.... If you're coming to Grand Rapids for craft beer, you probably are not coming here. And usually for good enough reason. Grand Rapids has LOTS of great beer, and this isn't one of the establishments serving it.

The beer is mediocre (giving them the benefit of the doubt here).

Their service is less than mediocre, in both knowledge and friendliness.

The food is "good", but a little overpriced and may I say, a little douchey?

The owner of this establishment is a wonderful guy. However, there is no category to rate an owner, just categories to rate what your experience at an establishment is like. I am 100% certain that this place does well, or even stays in business, PURELY because of their location. They've got a prime piece of real estate, with lots of foot traffic and visitors stumbling by.... but not much a customer would like once inside.

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Photo of jmiah22
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of mwaltz99
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of 98green
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Stopped by for happy hour half priced pints on a Thursday. Nice space, decent size bar, 15 beers on tap, most for $5 a pint. Menu is somewhat upscale pub fare.

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Photo of jakelang
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Photo of dmorgan310
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of Eziel
4.31/5  rDev +17.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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Grand Rapids Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
3.71 out of 5 based on 248 ratings.
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