Founders Brewing Company

235 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids, Michigan United States 49503
brewery (Founders)  4.85/5.0 218 reviews
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Beers At Founders Brewing Company

NameABVEntered
Founders Sleeper Cell10.7%7/22/2016
Founders MF Lager5.4%7/22/2016
Founders CTRL ALT Delete3.3%7/16/2016
Founders Seis Estrellas8.6%7/15/2016
Founders Sumatra Mountain Brown9%7/15/2016
Founders Barrel Aged ReDANKulous12.5%7/15/2016
Founders PC Pils5.6%7/15/2016
Founders Fest Wheat6.7%7/1/2016
Founders Misty Mountain Hop Brown Ale7.7%6/27/2016
Founders Nemesis 200912%6/11/2016
Founders Gose4.6%6/8/2016
Founders Mosaic Promise5.5%6/7/2016
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)11.2%6/4/2016
Founders Solid Gold Extra Pale Ale4.2%5/29/2016
Founders Backstage Series # 7: Mango Magnifico con Calor10%4/25/2016
Founders Witchcraft Baltic Porter6.4%4/25/2016
Founders Nitro KBS (2016)12.1%4/16/2016
Founders Big Ula Ula9.4%4/16/2016
Founders Freestyle Stout6.5%4/16/2016
Founders Black IPA6.6%4/16/2016
Founders Smaug IPA7.8%4/16/2016
Founders Palm Reader5.4%4/16/2016
Founders KBS Blast9.6%4/16/2016
Founders Dark Penance Imperial Black IPA8.9%4/16/2016
Founders BA Grand Rapids Stout10.4%4/16/2016
Founders Lizard of KOZnilla9.4%4/16/2016
Founders Pale Ale5.4%4/16/2016
Founders Backwoods Bastard11.6%4/8/2016
Founders Backstage Series #11: Big Lushious7.8%4/8/2016
Founders Backstage Series #14: Project Pam10.8%3/8/2016
Founders Spectra Trifecta5.9%3/6/2016
Founders Workingmanís Rye Stout6%2/27/2016
Founders Gailís Pale Ale8%2/27/2016
Founders All Day IPA4.7%2/19/2016
Founders Sherry Barrel-Aged Summer Sizzler12%2/13/2016
Founders Cherry Kolsch of Doom6.1%2/13/2016
Founders Pale Joe5.3%2/13/2016
Founders Spike Cutlass12%2/13/2016
Founders BoylíRmaykíR7.9%2/13/2016
Founders Backstage Series # 8: Sweet Repute12.6%2/13/2016
Founders BA Summer Sizzler11%2/13/2016
Founders KBS Cran Blast11.2%2/13/2016
Founders BA Cran11.6%2/13/2016
Founders BA Honey Stuff10.5%2/13/2016
Founders Azacca IPA7%2/5/2016
Founders Backstage Series # 2: CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)10.6%1/28/2016
Founders RŁbśus5.7%1/17/2016
Founders Backstage Series #13: reDANKulous Imperial Red IPA9.5%1/3/2016
Founders Imperial Stout10.5%11/9/2015
Founders Zuper Hophead5.6%10/30/2015
Founders Rye Death10.8%10/21/2015
Founders Angelic Revenge8.4%8/22/2015
Founders German Confusion6.6%8/22/2015
Founders Untombed Ale4.5%8/13/2015
Founders Philogynist (Fermenta Collaboration)5.5%8/13/2015
Founders Ales For ALS IPA6.7%8/13/2015
Founders Lucid Unity5%8/13/2015
Founders Nitro Oatmeal Stout4.5%8/6/2015
Founders BliS Blast All Day IPA4.2%8/1/2015
Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale8.5%7/10/2015


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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Ferris  (1092) Burnaby, British Columbia | January 6, 2015
A huge complex with multiple bars. Big inside and outside area, serve yourself. No tasters but it is cheap, so that helps. Service was good at the bar. Didnít eat, didnít even see a menu. Lots of different beers on, and they even tell you what are brewpub only. Very crowded, and I think those crowds are always there.
70
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
DiarmaidBHK  (796) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | December 31, 2015
Itís a big place with a comfortable biergarden type of feel. Unfortunately the service wasnít very attentive and there were so many people there that it felt very touristy and was uncomfortable to move. Iíd only visit again very early in the day before the huge crowds show up.
90
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
NachlamSie  (707) Denver, Colorado | May 20, 2012
The inside is a wide open space with loads of tables, a long bar and a window at wich to order food. The beer selection is solid of course, but I wouldíve liked more rarities. Canít complain I guess. Service was really friendly and attentive. Thereís a cool merch store but I was here too late to shop there.
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
Drake  (671) Free Union, Virginia | July 22, 2010| Updated July 28, 2010
The first stop of my Ratebeer Summer Gathering Experience, and oh, what a nice way to start. This place was packed and even though I generally donít like large crowds, I did like the ambience here. The crowd was chill, even though the space was huge it still felt cozy enough. The tour provided by one of the co-owners was awesome... very informative. The beers were top notch. I didnít try the food. Parking was OK. Prices were good. The bartenders were happy to provide samples, and the prices for full pours arenít bad. Top notch beer stop. Highly recommended.
58
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere  (664) Montreal, Quebec | September 25, 2008
I frankly donít understand the praise this place received. Perhaps I was not the luckiest, but the 2-3 beers that were on and not widely distributed in bottles were not particularly interesting. While many of their regulars are indeed interesting, the ugliness of the area, spacious, noisy like a big modern cafeteria atmosphere and certainly not aimed at having a lot of character. The prices are very good though, but Iíd rather drink Founders in a beer bar I enjoy being in. Neglectable service as you need to go to the counter and they donít seem to really be interested in a conversation with you when you do.
76
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
Sammy  (645) Toronto, Ontario | August 6, 2009
With Founders and Hopcat in walking distance, Grand Rapids is solidly on the map as a go-to place. Beautiful place, with light everywhere, a good temperature, a friendly gang to serve, and of course outstanding beer. I had, and had to have, four aged barrelled beers on tap. Need another reason to visit? Also, had a chance to try a fifth barrelled beer not on tap. Not overwhelming in the bottle department, I found harder to get bottles in some of the stores.
86
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
KyotoLefty  (642) Kyoto, Japan | July 28, 2010
Great vibe, nice porch outside, amazing beers. when itís not too screaming busy, the servers are cool with giving lots of samples. Beers are amazing--maybe the best portfolio of beers in one place I had ever found.
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
rosenbergh  (639) Tampere, Finland | October 2, 2013
Very nice brewpub. One of the nicest brewpubs of the big breweries Iíve visited in the US. Good selection of beers. Good food. OK service. Parking was bit of a problem but thereís no problem money canít solve... Gift shop was a disappointment.
76
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
BVery  (609) Plymouth, Minnesota | October 19, 2010
Awesome place - one of the desinations on a mini summer beer tour. Big open bar/seating area, lots of awesome Founders beers on tap, outside seating. Itís a beer joint for beer drinkers.
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
PRBeer  (553) Parsippany, New Jersey | June 28, 2016
At the end of the day...any craftbeer tour of Michigan begins and ends with Founders and Bellís...that doesnít mean they are the best Michigan has to offer (although they might be)...and either and both have likely held that title...its just that there are so many great up and comers (love Greenbush and Dark Horse)...but given their history...and their amazing venues and large amount of beers...they both deserve a lot of kudos. My first trip to Founders was hardly a disappointment...quite on the contrary it met all of my expectations. We visited this past Saturday...and found the venue to be impressive...loved the beers of course...and their were many...but Iíd had many of them over the years given Founders size and breath of distribution. There was a "really" good live band (reasonable $5 cover charge) and the several rooms...and outdoor spaces made Founders a cool place to hang out at. I liked that the age mix was a broad spectrum. At the end of the day Iím starting to like the smaller and more eclectic craftbeer venues (Michiganís Greenbush would be an excellent example...see my review)...but Founders does the big craftbrewery thing very well. Definitely a must visit while in Grand Rapids.

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