Founders Brewing Company | Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Founders Brewing Company
World Class based on 203 ratings
Type: Brewery (see listing)

235 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids, Michigan United States 49503 [ print map ]
616 776 1195 | facebook

Hours: Taproom:M-Sa11a-2a Su12p-12a Deli:M-F11a-11p, Su12p-11p

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Founders Brewing Company

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Beer Available At Founders Brewing Company (arranged by most recent)
Founders Pale Ale 87, Founders Dark Penance Imperial Black IPA 97, Founders Mosaic Promise 97, Founders Session Stout , Founders Night of the Living Red , Founders Nitro Oatmeal Stout 95, Founders Backstage Series #10: Dissenter Imperial IPL 98, Founders Double Trouble IPA 100, Founders Backstage Series # 9: Smoked Porter 99, Founders Redís Rye IPA 99, Founders Curmudgeon Old Ale 99, Founders Porter 100, Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale 98, Founders Lucid Unity , Founders Headless Harvest IPA , Founders Supremo Mountain Brown , Founders Ales For ALS IPA , Founders BA Spite Hungarian Wax , Founders Doublethink IPA , Founders Devil Dancer Triple IPA 99
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203 reviews for Founders Brewing Company
 Ambiance  82%
 Service  79%
 Selection  84%
 Food  77%
 Value  82%
 Overall  86%
 Rating  97%
Rating Distribution

  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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
NachlamSie  (600) 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy  (553) 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee  (508) Toronto, ON, Ontario | July 28, 2010
Oh yeah - now thatís what Iím talking about. A large crowded spot with loads of locals drinking good beer. The location of our kickoff for RBSG 2010 and it was well-worthy of the honour. The owners took us on a rare tour of the back of the brewhouse and basically chatted non-stop about the history and the future of the brewery. They put on some special stuff for us - including the CBS, Livonia, and Kaiser Curmudgeon - which was much appreciated. Itís worth mentioning the sandwiches here too - had a pastrami that was as good as anything Iíve had in NYC - as blasphemous as that statement might be. Even cooler are the prices - 3 dollar pints of regular stuff and 5 bucks for 12 oz of the rare stuff. Iíd be here all the time if I lived in the area.
KyotoLefty  (484) 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.
Drake  (478) 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
rosenbergh  (457) 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.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
BVery  (447) Burnsville, 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.
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 3/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
jrallen34  (438) Chicago, Illinois | January 24, 2013
Finally made it up to Grand Rapids to check out this spot...Decor was a bit disappointing to me, a big spacious cold room that I didnít care for. Not a fan of the lack of seating, and what seating that was there was communal...draft list was decent, tons of regulars, 8 brewery beers including a great kolsch, nothing super special but everything was solid as to be expected from Founders... Iíd come to tick if I lived closed but unless a special release wouldnít go out of my way
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp  (423) Montreal, Quebec | July 4, 2008
Big pub with plenty of room. The large bar itself is spacy and very inviting. I really liked the atmosphere there, kind of hard to put into words, right from the moment I walked in this pub I had a different feeling that just about all other pubs Iíve ever visited. Crowd is rather young (mostly early twenties) but not the drunken college kind. Cool eclectic crowd. The place is probably doing well because on a Sunday night it was almost packed. So I would suggest to avoid the Friday/Saturday night cause that must be annoyingly packed. Food menu is reasonably priced interesting sandwiches. Probably not the right place if youíre looking for a full cooked meal. Only 10 taps when I was there with 7 of them being their regular bottled beers. Iíll never complain about drinking a Redís Rye or a Centennial on tap although these are also available in other pubs.

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