Founders Brewing Company | Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Founders Brewing Company
World Class based on 205 ratings
Type: Brewery (see listing)

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

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


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Beer Available At Founders Brewing Company (arranged by most recent)
Founders WatergranatePomemelon , Founders Solid Gold Extra Pale Ale 28, Founders Fab Collab , Founders Cheef IPA , Founders Backstage Series #11: Big Lushious 99, Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale 98, Founders Nitro Oatmeal Stout 95, Founders Dark Penance Imperial Black IPA 98, Founders Grand Rapids Stout 89, Founders Backstage Series #10: Dissenter Imperial IPL 98, Founders Breakfast Stout 100, Founders Backwoods Bastard 100, Founders All Day IPA 96, Founders Pale Ale 87, Founders Mosaic Promise 98, Founders Session Stout , Founders Night of the Living Red , Founders Double Trouble IPA 100, Founders Backstage Series # 9: Smoked Porter 99, Founders Redís Rye IPA 99
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205 reviews for Founders Brewing Company
 Ambiance  82%
 Service  79%
 Selection  84%
 Food  77%
 Value  82%
 Overall  86%
 Rating  97%
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80
  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.
82
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
adnielsen  (422) Fort Collins, Colorado | November 29, 2011
Must see on a Michigan beer tour. We showed up here on a Thursday night and it was fairly full. Besides a few pepper beers, they didnít really have anything all that exciting to taste. I was a little disappointed but Iíll be back.
74
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor  (345) 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.
80
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus  (333) 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).
88
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
deyholla  (323) Minneapolis, Minnesota | 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.
90
  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.
84
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 17/20
swoopjones  (310) Buffalo, New York | May 11, 2014
huge place, great beer, great food, great service. Lots of beer that does not make its way to NYS. a must visit
78
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
Nate  (289) Indiana, Pennsylvania | August 5, 2014
Had dinner with colleagues on a Tuesday night - busy but not crazy. Nice selection of taps, good food to be had.. Friendly and attentive service. Nice place to have dinner and a few pints - would recommend.
88
  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.
86
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 17/20
JulienHuxley  (280) Hilversum, Netherlands | July 12, 2011
Visited on a monday, July 11th 2011. The ambiance is nice, good brewery feel in a large, well spaced out environment. The service was incredibly quick, and remained pretty fast throughout the night even though the place really filled up around 10 PM. There was a good selection of standard taps and seasonals (devil dancer and blushing monk). We didnít have any food. Value was through the roof on a monday, you could get a pint of the standard offerings for a mere 2.25$. Even without the special, their beers are very well priced. A recommended stop.

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