Founders Brewing Company | Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Founders Brewing Company
World Class based on 188 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 Oatmeal Stout 95, Founders BA Spite Hungarian Wax , Founders Barrel Aged Reds Rye 99, Founders Redís Rye IPA 99, Founders Frangelic Stout 97, Founders Melon on Melon , Founders Backwoods Bastard 100, Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout) 100, Founders Das Radikal IPA , Founders All Day IPA 96, Founders Mackinaw Fudge Donkey Stout 96, Founders RŁbśus 94, Founders Panther Cub , Founders Centennial IPA 99, Founders Breakfast Stout 100, Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale 98, Founders Porter 100, Founders BA Spite Serrano 67, Founders Backstage Series #8: Sweet Repute 98, Founders Imperial Stout 100
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188 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 6/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 3/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
jrallen34  (377) 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 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99  (376) Cincinnati, Ohio | May 22, 2005
Second time I have stopped here. Older building next to the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids. Very clean with small bar and multiple tables. Draft and bottle selection is very good of brews beers and I have found new brews on tap on both visits. Service good and staff very freindly. Deli menu from 11 to 2 weekdays and delivery menus from locals aftrer lunch. Must stop location in this part of Michigan.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor  (335) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | June 27, 2010
Stopped by here on a Tuesday afternoon and it was fairly busy, although this is a huge place so there is plenty of room. We sat outside on the patio which was nice and pleasant. The staff was friendly and attentive. There are many taps, although most are bottled offerings with maybe 4-5 tap only selections (including CBS!). Although I didnít get any food, they do have an extensive sandwich menu (and the sandwiches looked pretty tasty!). All in all, a nice place to visit. I found the tap-only beer to be hit-or-miss so that was a little disappointing, but if you are here for good beer you are sure to find something.
Terminus  (318) Las Cruces, New Mexico | July 5, 2006
warehouse type atmosphere with brewery behind the glass. Bartender was very friendly giving me a ton of free samples of the beers that they dont bottle. the assistant brewer was there doing some tank transfers so he gave me a short tour of the place. not that big of a brewery and really not flashy. however, sanitation is definatly a priority here. devil dancer, imp stout, oatmeal stout, porter, rubeaus, and scalawags old ale were on tap this day. Nice place and i really dig downtown Grand Rapids (upbeat for a downtown in the midwest).
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
nbutler11  (316) Phoenix, Arizona | July 27, 2008| Updated March 28, 2012
Gorgeous looking bar and large space for noshing on their deliís sandwiches. Every time I go back, this place gets better. They never have many bottles, but thereís always something great on tap.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
j12601  (285) Poughkeepsie, New York | September 22, 2010
Stop number two once in Grand Rapids during RBSG. Immense open space with a nice flow throughout the crowds that gathered here Thursday night. Apparently itís like this just about every night. One of the owners was saying they go through about 12 kegs a night at the bar. Thatís amazing, especially for a place thatís only serving their own beer. Speaks to the quality of what they do, and the support and devotion they have locally. While they were crowded, I never really felt the service lacking. Sure there were times when it was a couple people deep at the bar and it took a few minutes to get a drink, but that happens anywhere that itís a few people deep, and it usually lasts a lot longer. I loved the way the floor staff didnít seem to have sections, and just all flowed through the entirety of the seating, helping anyone. A lot of places, I find you get ignored by someone whoís not assigned to you. Everyone was assigned to everyone, and everyone seemed really happy to be working there. The sandwiches were excellent. Really, really good stuff. The beers were also really well done. Sure, as in every place that serves numerous styles, youíll find something you personally donít care for. But from what Iíve found the more Founders things I have, their beers are all well done, and lacking big flaws. So if you donít like it, itís just a style thing more than likely, and not that the beerís not done well. Thatís impressive. We got to take a tour of the brewery as well, which apparently doesnít happen very often (RBSG organizers pulled some big strings it seems). Immaculate facility, brewing essentially around the clock, and just gorgeous. Been through a number of breweries, this was one of the nicest Iíve ever seen. Another worthy stop in GR.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
esjaygee  (262) Oak Creek, Wisconsin | October 29, 2010
Last time I came here it was KBS release day and I could hardly find a place to stand. This time, it was the day after Harvest fest and still fairly busy. I guess if I had Founders in my hometown Iíd be there a lot. Excellent selection of taps between their year-round, seasonal and one-off offerings. Small, yet passable food menu means you can grab a sandwich while you have a brew. A handful of TVs behind the bar so you can catch the game or scores is always nice. They had a band playing that night so the atmosphere was festive. Along with Hopcat, downtown Grand Rapids is a must stop for beer if anywhere near the area.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
deyholla  (262) Oklahoma City, Oklahoma | April 27, 2012
Great opens space with a nice ambiance. They always seem to have a few special taps on. Service is good and I really enjoy the sandwiches! Prices are more than fair.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
SrSilligoose  (248) pouring bus, New Brunswick | May 23, 2009
Some outdoor seating. big place. KBS, KBS nitro, CBS, bourbon Imperial stout, among others on draft. fun time
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine  (233) Cincinnati, Ohio | July 9, 2012
Founders is fantastic! The service was great, the selection is solid, and itís a fun spot. We havenít eaten there yet, but the menu looks good. A GREAT brewpub!

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