Founders Brewing Company | Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Founders Brewing Company
World Class based on 200 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

Mayor: bwa5879 (12) | Taps: 16-18 |

Founders Brewing Company

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Beer Available At Founders Brewing Company (arranged by most recent)
Founders Backstage Series #10: Dissenter Imperial IPL 98, Founders Backstage Series # 9: Smoked Porter 99, Founders Redís Rye IPA 99, Founders Double Trouble IPA 100, 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, Founders Nitro Oatmeal Stout 95, Founders Fest Wheat 88, Founders Chocolate Raspberry Stout , Founders Centennial IPA 99, Founders Frangelic Stout 97, Founders All Day IPA 96
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200 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 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.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 15/20
MoDog  (23) Griffith, Indiana | July 2, 2008
Huge commercial wherehouse feel. 16oz beers were $2 when I was in on Monday evening! The taplist was a bit thin on my visit. I believe they had 7 beers on tap. The service was quick for the size of the crowd. The food was really good. A worthwhile stop.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
jeffwilliams11  (6) hooterville, Michigan | May 16, 2008
not as awesome as the old location, but still cool. wait staff is very quick and knowledgable. food is always tasty, a nice selection of sandwiches and such. beer is amazing, usually 8 or 10 on tap at a time. nice place to see a show, although is can get a little loud and difficult to hear.
sneagrams3  (20) St. Louis, Missouri | May 15, 2008
Visited 4/27/08. Late Sunday afternoon. This place is great. New facility, great area. Spacious and inviting. Pleanty of room inside with convertible widows to allow access to the patio. No sampler per say, but 1/2 pints are available. 10 beers on tap at the time of visit, including Imperial Stout and Rubaeus. 4 or so they donít bottle. Service as great and the server was quite knowledgable. Didnít get any food here, but itís a walk up window with, what looks like quite an interesting menu. If you are anywhere close to Grand Rapids, this is an essential stop!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
kieleszd  (8) Grand Rapids , Michigan | May 9, 2008
Has a true brewer ambiance. Best ever sandwiches for lunch. Build your own sandwich with real ingredients. The barley stuffed candles are a nice touch. They usually have 5 regulars on tap, 2 seasonal, and an occasional rare special. Its the heart of GR.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 10/10   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 20/20
bigtaster  (48) Grand Rapids, Michigan | April 23, 2008| Updated August 1, 2014
Nice chill atmosphere with focus on good beer. The staff is relaxed and helpful. Did not have any food but I love all their beer. Good prices for the quality, great brewery.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 17/20
Rogueone  (21) I F&ckiní hate those guys from, Ohio | April 17, 2008
I have been to both locations, and was hesitant to hear that Founders was moving as I wasnít sure if the ambiance would be changed for the worse. I was pleasantly surprised, as the new location has the same rustic warehouse-y feel as the old location without feeling corporate. Basically, the expansion served just as it was meant to, to keep the brewpub atmosphere while adding on some more room to offer food, more seating, and a more adequate stage area. Their beer is fantastic, and usually well-stocked. I ordered the hummus, my friend ordered one of their HUGE sandwiches. Both servings were enough for 2 people and tasted above average. The food selection is by far the best of any brewpub Iíve been to insofar as sandwiches go. The staff is cool and casual and I have not had a bad experience yet! Also within stumbling distance of a Greyhound bus station.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 18/20
AllAboutStout  (30) Cincinnati, Ohio | April 10, 2008
Made my first trip to Founders for the Ky Breakfast release party.BR This should be the model for most brewpubs to follow. Great atmosphere, open and comfy. It doesnít hurt that itís ran by some of the best people in the biz, Dave, Mark et al. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment I spent there and wish I had a place like this near my home.BR Good food and outstanding service. The only drawback to the new pub is the parking. When busy, youíll be finding a side street to park on.
TPaliga  (3) Munster, Indiana | April 8, 2008
Nice plave to have a beer. Stopped in on a monday afternoon. Beer selection on a chalkboard with no descriptions. If you donít know whatís what, it is a bit hard to order. The servers are busy and canít really explain anything (or donít want to) Great beer, mediocre service. Didnít eat, but the horseradish cheese dip for pretzels was tasty.
GeneralGao  (222) Iowa City, Iowa | February 10, 2008| Updated February 22, 2008
Visited on a Friday night. I like the new location downtown. Large open floor plan with a football-field long bar. Their beer is good, of course, but they didnít have much that I hadnít tried. They also sell bottled beer to go out of a small cooler, but it wasnít well stocked. They serve food, but I didnít eat. Iíll go again next time I make it to Grand Rapids.

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