Founders Brewing Company

235 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids, Michigan United States 49503
brewery (Founders)  4.85/5.0 225 reviews
Taproom:M-Sa11a-2a Su12p-12a Deli:M-F11a-11p, Su12p-11p

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Beers At Founders Brewing Company

NameABVEntered
Founders Frootwood8%10/18/2017
Founders Barrel Aged Sumatra Mountain Brown9.6%10/14/2017
Founders / Mahou Cerveza Especial5.5%10/14/2017
Founders The Chronic5.2%10/14/2017
Founders MI Copper Red6.2%10/14/2017
Founders Trigo6.1%10/14/2017
Founders Tank Bender0%10/14/2017
Founders DKML14.2%10/13/2017
Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale8.5%10/5/2017
Founders BA Imperial Lime Gose10.1%9/3/2017
Founders BranDankulous11.7%8/8/2017
Founders Capricious Fun8.4%7/29/2017
Founders 10K IPA9.1%7/29/2017
Founders Bale Finder6.7%7/29/2017
Founders Palm Reader5.4%7/26/2017
Founders PC Pils5.5%7/22/2017
Founders Porter6.5%7/15/2017
Founders Backstage Series # 6: Doom Imperial IPA12.4%7/3/2017
Founders 4 Giants DIPA9.3%6/22/2017
Founders Backstage Series # 2: CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)10.6%6/17/2017
Founders Rübæus5.7%6/14/2017
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)11.2%6/5/2017
Founders Mosaic Promise5.5%5/19/2017
Founders Red's Rye IPA6.6%5/13/2017
Founders Backwoods Bastard11.6%5/13/2017
Founders Comet IPA6.7%4/12/2017
Founders Baltic Porter5.9%4/12/2017
Founders Fuzzy Sweater IPA6.5%4/7/2017
Founders Barrel Aged Curmudgeon13%4/7/2017
Founders Grease Monkey IPA9.6%3/25/2017
Founders Steiner XPA5.8%3/25/2017
Founders Boyl'Rmayk'R7.9%3/25/2017
Founders Creme Of The Rock Milk Stout4.8%3/12/2017
Founders Lemondrop IPA6.6%3/12/2017
Founders Lumberjack Mountain Brown7.7%3/12/2017
Founders All Day IPA4.7%3/10/2017
Founders Red Hot Cinnamon IPA8%2/19/2017
Founders Watermelon Gose4.6%2/19/2017
Founders Azacca IPA7%2/15/2017
Founders Nitro Oatmeal Stout4.5%2/15/2017
Founders Lizard of Koz10.5%2/15/2017
Founders Breakfast Stout8.3%1/15/2017
Founders Imperial Stout10.5%12/21/2016
Founders Centennial IPA7.2%12/8/2016
Founders Backstage Series #13: reDANKulous Imperial Red IPA9.5%10/29/2016
Founders Backstage Series #13: reDANKulous Imperial Red IPA - Barrel Aged12.5%10/15/2016
Founders CTRL ALT Delete3.3%10/15/2016
Founders Sleeper Cell10.7%10/15/2016
Founders Beer City IPA6%10/15/2016
Founders Gose4.6%10/15/2016


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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
wrx72  (10) Kent, Ohio | October 23, 2011
I have always had good experiences when visiting Founder’s brewing. The tap selection is usually excellent and I especially like the beer hall type atmosphere they project. The food is good at Founder’s considering that it is basically a carry-out window next to the bar. I would not travel to Grand Rapids without at least stopping off a Founder’s for a pint or two.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
Porterback  (5) | November 19, 2010
Far and away the best place to drink beer in Michigan. The beer is top notch, the food is outstanding, and the overall atmosphere is unmatched. As a GR native we are lucky to have a place like this in our backyard.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
jeffmw  (14) | July 17, 2009
Perhaps this was because we got the "special treatment" but I can’t imagine a brewery experience that would be better. We arranged ahead of time on our beer tour and Founder Dave Engbers gave us a personal tour of the brewery and then sat with us for a good hour or so after with us, drinking and talking the buisness. It was very generous of him and very, very cool. The beer was spectacular. Everything we had was even better on tap than it has been in the bottle when I’ve had it before. Unfortunately they had run out of the Canadian Breakfast a few days before, but the Kentucky Breakfast was superb. The Maple Brown was one of the best beers I’ve ever had - no joke. It was definitely the highlight of our 3-day trip.
100
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
bigtaster  (97) Grand Rapids, Michigan | April 23, 2008| Updated January 28, 2015
Nice chill atmosphere with focus on good beer. The staff is relaxed and helpful. Food is fantastic and always something new on tap. Good prices for the quality, great brewery.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
Jamesthebrit  (22) Atlanta, Georgia | February 23, 2014
Ambiance is great. Wooden cozy feel with some nice artwork and some nice views of the brewing equipment with it not being too in your face. Service is great. You can go to the bar or someone will come around and help you out. Plus two bars, plus, and thank you Jesus for this one: they have a dedicated space at the bar for walk ups. Why don’t other places do this?!?!? Wish they have a waiting system for tables rather than first come first serve... gets a little intense some times. Selection is amazing both for beer and food. A great mix of prices, styles, and one-offs for the beer. The food menu is mostly sandwiches but there are many different kinds. See above for details on food. The food is amazingly tastey. The only problem is the bread is sometimes too toasty so it cuts your mouth... first world problems. Value is great for beer and food. The beers go by the tier system with tier 1 and 2 being priced perfectly at a little less than you would find them outside the brewery. Tier 3 seems a little overpriced.... ok like way overpriced. Overall this is the place by which all others are judged. Why did I have to start with such an amazing place... now everything else seems lame. I would go out of my way to travel here if I didn’t have family in Grand Rapids. Go during the summer so you can also check out the beach. Or maybe during Art Prize... I miss Grand Rapids.... :(
98
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
Mark_Eck  (4) , | May 17, 2014
This place has a huge selection of great beer. It also has great service and good food. It’s always a must when I visit home.
98
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
BrewtalHonesty  (5) Portland, Oregon | September 28, 2013
Newly renovated and amazing! This is the benchmark to measure up to, both the beer and the building.
98
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
timc100  (5) Park Ridge, Illinois | January 31, 2013
Big tables bench-stlye, amazing deli meat sandwiches, and (at the time) all the backwoods bastard you could dream of. Great day, great experience. Looking forward to returning.
98
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
freehafe  (3) Jenison, Michigan | March 8, 2012
Live in the area, and have been going to Founders for years. Very chill ambiance, open area with lots of seating and tables. Service is good, always very helpful and knowledgeable, food is solid, and the beer is excellent. Always a large selection, tap list changes frequently (but is available online), and the prices are reasonable. Place can be very busy at sometimes, but it is well worth the trip.
98
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
beerslut1977  (1) | December 4, 2009
Their beer is epic. No exaggeration. Awesome selection and just excellent beer from the double trouble IPA to Breakfast stout. Try them all you will not be disappointed. The bar staff is very knowledgeable their beers very well. Great sandwiches and bar food too. Just an all around excellent place to hang out.

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