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 98, Founders Mosaic Promise 98, 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 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 17/20
greco  (14) Zeeland, Michigan | May 23, 2009
Iíve been wanting to go to the new place for a while now and it is nice. Very long bar and restaurant area with a nice view of the brewing facilities. They have widescreens to show local sports and have some outdoor seating as well. I only noticed their own beers on tap which isnít a bad thing since they brew some fine stuff. On a friday night we had to wait a while for the waitress to come to our table and then it took her a little while to come back but otherwise she was pleasant. We did not eat on here on this occasion. I enjoyed their KBS stout in a snifter that was at the proper temperature. Very tasty brew. One of the guys from the brewery area was kind enough to give us a quick tour even though it was late at night and I think he wanted to go home. Great facilities! I live in the area and plan to go back soon. It is walking distance from Hopcat (also highly rated) so for a nice night of better beer, I suggest visit both.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
Beer3irty  (3) Michigan | May 16, 2009
Great place to come and hang out and get great value on great beers. In warm weather the patio is great to be on and there is smoking outside for those that do. Tends to get a little loud in the afternoon and after work gets out. Plenty of live music if thatís your thing. If you come to Grand Rapids and donít visit Founders youíve missed out. Prost! Beer:30
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
marchcow  (36) Coralville, Iowa | April 13, 2009
Visited this brewery several times during a stay in Grand Rapids. I really enjoyed the brewpub at this place. Came on a Friday and Saturday night and the place was pretty much packed - maybe 200 people or so. A large room, approximately 35í x 120í. German style beer hall with high ceilings and a long bar. Noisy and full of beer lovers, lots of staff so you didnít have to wait long. Had about 14 beers on tap, many unusual ones that are not bottled. Had an appetizer which was good. This is apparently a new location, according to my friend. I liked everything about it and the prices were pretty fair too. Compared to the usual places available to have a beer I felt this was outstanding. I wish we had something comparable in Iowa.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
Blaze312  (10) Ann Arbor, Michigan | March 30, 2009| Updated June 15, 2009
I love this place. Very large and open, but yet tons of places to sit. The food was great, beat only by the KBS. The beer here is amazing. Do not miss this place if you are in the grand rapids area. The parking is probably the worst about this place. However there is free parking on the street, so its better then being required to pay for parking. I recommend the KBS. Updated: 6/15/09. I had to come back to this rating and give them a few extra points on Service and Ambiance. Great atmosphere. I canít wait to be in Grand Rapids again soon.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Quicker  (2) Grand Rapids, Michigan | March 17, 2009
Great atmosphere, GREAT BEER!!!! Plenty of room, large bar and seating area. Good sandwiches and the beer selection is updated regularly.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
coyotehunter  (11) , Michigan | March 1, 2009| Updated June 15, 2009
Real nice. Parking sucks if you get there on a busy day. Service is good. Good selection of beers on tap. Nice open atmosphere...Kind of train-station-like. Revisited on 6/13/09 with more time on my hands. Like it quite a bit. Lots of staff to help..which is a plus. Fairly knowledgeable as well.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 4/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 19/20
WakeandBake  (4) Greenville, Michigan | January 10, 2009
Made the trip to Founders back in October. What can you say. An awesome wide open taproom,with a cool view of the beer making goodies and all. Lots of wood and glass.The beer is first class,I love almost all of Founders brews,had 6 or 7 samples a couple of pints and a growler to go. The food was very good,deli style.Service was spotty,could have been better,but Iíll let it go and try again next time.Prices seemed pretty reasonable. I love Founders beer and would love to work there,not even for money,just beer.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 6/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
timsilvia32  (37) from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina | December 24, 2008| Updated March 25, 2009
Large building in an old warehouse. Much better than their old facility, which was in kind of a pretentious apartment/condo building. Open atmosphere, but the wood throughout the building makes it warm enough. Inviting for the hippie freaks, which most good brewpubs are. Nearly all their regular beers are on tap, plus a couple extras. Wish they had some more bottles for purchase. It appears people traveling from afar are dissappointed their is no reward for their travel. Personally I like the fact I do not have to live near them to get their brews, unlike ALL the other breweries that compete with Founders top offerings.(Three Floydds, etc.) Bells is about the only other good brewery you can also widely get their offerings without having to wait in a line wrapped around their dumpy little building and parking lot. So in the end, if you are looking for some place that you are special to have found, this is not it. If you want a place to get some fine craft beers, listen to some music, this pla
  AMBIANCE 2/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 4/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 12/20
gearbike  (12) West Bloomfield, Michigan | October 6, 2008
The designers created a great building but not the best architecture for a brew pub. However, they have a solid selection of their fabulous beers so the atmosphere canít be that bad. Friendly service and more than willing to provide samples. Typical type bar food could be a lot better.
  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.

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