Founders Brewing Company

4.85/5.0 216 reviews
brewery (Founders)
235 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids, Michigan United States 49503

616 776 1195
  foundersbrewing.com
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Beers At Founders Brewing Company

NameABVEntered
Founders Backstage Series # 7: Mango Magnifico con Calor10%4/25/2016
Founders Witchcraft Baltic Porter6.4%4/25/2016
Founders Nitro KBS (2016)12.1%4/16/2016
Founders Big Ula Ula9.4%4/16/2016
Founders Freestyle Stout6.5%4/16/2016
Founders Black IPA6.6%4/16/2016
Founders Smaug IPA7.8%4/16/2016
Founders Palm Reader5.4%4/16/2016
Founders KBS Blast9.6%4/16/2016
Founders Dark Penance Imperial Black IPA8.9%4/16/2016
Founders BA Grand Rapids Stout10.4%4/16/2016
Founders Lizard of KOZnilla9.4%4/16/2016
Founders Pale Ale5.4%4/16/2016
Founders Backwoods Bastard11.6%4/8/2016
Founders Backstage Series #11: Big Lushious7.8%4/8/2016
Founders Backstage Series #14: Project Pam10.8%3/8/2016
Founders Spectra Trifecta5.9%3/6/2016
Founders Workingmanís Rye Stout6%2/27/2016
Founders Solid Gold Extra Pale Ale4.2%2/27/2016
Founders Gailís Pale Ale8%2/27/2016
Founders All Day IPA4.7%2/19/2016
Founders Sherry Barrel-Aged Summer Sizzler12%2/13/2016
Founders Cherry Kolsch of Doom6.1%2/13/2016
Founders Pale Joe5.3%2/13/2016
Founders Sleeper Cell10.7%2/13/2016
Founders Spike Cutlass12%2/13/2016
Founders BoylíRmaykíR7.9%2/13/2016
Founders Backstage Series # 8: Sweet Repute12.6%2/13/2016
Founders BA Summer Sizzler11%2/13/2016
Founders KBS Cran Blast11.2%2/13/2016
Founders BA Cran11.6%2/13/2016
Founders BA Honey Stuff10.5%2/13/2016
Founders Azacca IPA7%2/5/2016
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)11.2%1/28/2016
Founders Backstage Series # 2: CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)10.6%1/28/2016
Founders RŁbśus5.7%1/17/2016
Founders Backstage Series #13: reDANKulous Imperial Red IPA9.5%1/3/2016
Founders PC Pils5.6%12/23/2015
Founders Sumatra Mountain Brown9.2%11/28/2015
Founders Imperial Stout10.5%11/9/2015
Founders Mosaic Promise5.5%11/5/2015
Founders Zuper Hophead5.6%10/30/2015
Founders Rye Death10.8%10/21/2015
Founders Angelic Revenge8.4%8/22/2015
Founders German Confusion6.6%8/22/2015
Founders Untombed Ale4.5%8/13/2015
Founders Philogynist (Fermenta Collaboration)5.5%8/13/2015
Founders Ales For ALS IPA6.7%8/13/2015
Founders Lucid Unity5%8/13/2015
Founders Nitro Oatmeal Stout4.5%8/6/2015
Founders BliS Blast All Day IPA4.2%8/1/2015
Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale8.5%7/10/2015
Stone Ruination IPA 2.08.5%6/25/2015
Founders Attack on Rye9.9%6/6/2015
Founders Velvet Revolution5.8%6/6/2015
Founders Breakfast Stout8.3%5/28/2015
Founders Porter in Da Moonlight6.6%5/9/2015
Founders Bierstadt Kolsch5.9%5/9/2015
Founders Sherry Cask Imperial Black IPA 9.5%5/9/2015
Founders Das Radikal IPA8%5/9/2015
Founders Curmudgeon Old Ale9.8%4/6/2015
Founders Backstage Series # 1: Blushing Monk9.2%4/5/2015


86
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
fiveacestx  (164) Texas | March 28, 2016
No trip to Grand Rapids is complete without a trip to Founders. This place was absolutely hopping on a Friday night at 8:00. People were just streaming in. They have a pretty large parking lot and the price of parking is comped if you take your ticket in. We had two kids with us so we had to be out by 9:00. Not a problem - I understand. Food would have been nice but the line was too long. I enjoyed having KBS on tap and a few others that are not available anywhere other than this location. I will definitely visit again if I come back to Grand Rapids.
86
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 20/20
sawbuck  (12) Round Lake, Illinois | February 27, 2016| Updated February 28, 2016
Huge....nice patio....was surprised the selection was not a little more deep, but some decent one off offerings. Food was solid. Will be back.
86
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
andyhwcinc  (43) Chicago, Illinois | February 20, 2016
Iíve been to this brewpub multiple times, most recently while playing in Grand Rapids with my band. This most recent time we went right before closing and were able to get a nice table with great service for a quick beer. Obviously itís Founders-specific beers on tap, but they have some nice brewery-only releases which Iím a fan of. Definitely would recommend this place to anyone visiting the area.
70
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
DiarmaidBHK  (785) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | December 31, 2015
Itís a big place with a comfortable biergarden type of feel. Unfortunately the service wasnít very attentive and there were so many people there that it felt very touristy and was uncomfortable to move. Iíd only visit again very early in the day before the huge crowds show up.
90
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
rulas3  (54) Madrid, Spain | December 13, 2015
96
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
mrjaxson  (46) .08 Junction, Wisconsin | July 30, 2015
You know you are approaching something wonderful when you see a beautiful woman walking up to a brewery at noon on a Sunday with an empty growler in each hand. This was my first impression of Founders and my impressions got only better. This is the most awesome brewery Iíve visited (so far). It has a great selection of current brews including four only available at the pub, waitstaff that focuses exclusively on beer, a very nice sandwich selection (standing in line to order a sandwich is one of the very few drawbacks of the experience), performance stage that uses the brewing kettles as the backdrop, a huge beer hall with garage doors that open to a patio for expanded seating, a very diverse crowd that included couples, families and a very hungover bachelor party (the groom-to-be kept pushing away the beers put in front of him), a fairly priced gift shop with cold bottled beer and sale items, and a separate space that can rented for private events. If Ron Burgundy was to visit, heíd have to say this brewery, and not himself, is kind of a big deal.
78
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
gregwilsonstl  (20) St. Louis, Missouri | June 24, 2015
Really cool building, clearly a lot of money has been put into it. We sat outside, which had an awesome ambiance to it. Didnt try food. Service wasnít very attentive. Cool place. Update: I went back a few days later on this trip. Food was outstanding.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
coachd  (53) Missouri | March 17, 2015
I went here on KBS release day. Huge place, full of Founderís memorabilia, kind of like a Founderís museum. Hard to find parking. Service does not come to you and when you go to the bar, theyíre a little indifferent. Only Founderís beers, but they serve a lot of them, including several extremely hard to find ones. Several different sizes of drafts available. They donít rake you over the coals with prices the way they could, especially with highly sought after beers like KBS and Backwoods Bastard. Store was a little disappointing; I wanted a better take-home beer selection. Overall an enjoyable experience, plus you have to go here if youíre GR - in my opinion one of the meccas of craft beer.
86
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
SpongeRuiner  (16) Michigan | February 1, 2015
Went for 2015 Cellar Raid. Went on day 6 right when they opened so it wasnít crazy busy but did progressively get pretty tight. A great spot with rough parking. A huge facility with a full store connected. Full of glasses, clothing, chilled beer, and other random merchandise. Really nice inside. A nice woody rustic look. Great size inside with a big bar. I went for the crazy taps so Iím not sure the day to day list. A good sized food menu. I would like to try more but my soup and couple appetizers were pretty good. I donít really agree with their seat yourself method during an event. Either you stand in the middle waiting for someone to get up and race other people to get a table. Or you do what I did and go outside. A really really nice patio area. When itís 10 degrees outside its a little inconvenient. My CBS pours couldnít warm up like I wanted. Pretty fair prices and friendly and often visited waitstaff. A great place. Iíd like to go on another day despite my 3 hour trip.
74
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Ferris  (973) Burnaby, British Columbia | January 6, 2015
A huge complex with multiple bars. Big inside and outside area, serve yourself. No tasters but it is cheap, so that helps. Service was good at the bar. Didnít eat, didnít even see a menu. Lots of different beers on, and they even tell you what are brewpub only. Very crowded, and I think those crowds are always there.

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