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 BA Imperial Lime Gose10.1%9/3/2017
Founders BranDankulous11.7%8/8/2017
Founders Capricious Fun8.4%7/29/2017
Founders DKML14.2%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 Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale8.5%7/18/2017
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 Frootwood8%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
Founders Backstage Series # 1: Blushing Monk9.2%9/2/2016


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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Hengest  (5) Troy, Michigan | June 6, 2010
I visited at the end of April 2010. My first impression was of a loud barn sized room open at one side with a rail for smokers. Michigan has enacted a smoking ban since then so that may have changed. By myself, I found a nice single table in the corner just by the windows overlooking the brewkettles and managed to order after a few minutes. Starting with a pint of their quite respectable porter and a sandwich (the "Castro", superb), I progressed to a pint of oatmeal stout (silky and satisfying) and finished with a snifter of Old Curmudgeon. The staff were rotating, asking if I needed anything at regular intervals, polite and prompt. This place is worth a visit!
96
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
dukefan  (76) Dallas, Texas | May 14, 2010
Founders rocks! There are so many brewpubs you wander into hoping to find their renowned beers - and they are never on tap. In visiting on River Run weekend, I found Double Trouble, Kentucky Breakfast Stout, Szrp of Doom and Death all on tap, along with many other great choices. Service is great too - packed to the rafters after the race, an unscheduled bus tour came in. The place was now swamped. But the staff there covers all tables and areas - and never missed a beat. And after being ruthlessly gouged by Goose Island and Piece in Chicago, it was great to be able to drink beer at reasonable prices for the "good stuff".
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
WiFlatlander  (2) Wisconsin | May 2, 2010
Large open space. How to rate service. Frequently asked if aa beer or water or soda was desired, but did have to order and pick-up food from the window, in our case way across the bar. But that having been said, if lived in Grand Rapids, would frequent frequently.
94
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
shawnr33  (10) Detroit, Michigan | April 30, 2010
Founders makes some of my favorite beers and I finally got to stop in for a visit. We went on a Monday night which was packed. $2-3 pints on all their drafts will do that. For how busy it was the service was amazing. As long as you know what your getting next you will always have something to drink in front of you. The only food we got was the beer cheese dip which was delicious.
82
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
BeerBaron617  (25) Royal Oak, Michigan | April 25, 2010| Updated April 28, 2010
I visited Grand Rapids to see my friends band play, so we decided to go have a few pints here before the show. I had been to Founders Fest last year, but they had the inside closed, so we checked it out. The beer, as always, was incredible. We tried the KBS, and Canadian variant, as well as hand of doom ,and double trouble. It was nothing short of epic. The bartenders were a bit swamped, as it was a busy night, but overall service was good. We even went back after the concert for one last pint before bed. I had a great time in GR, and will definitely be returning. Cheers!
96
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
TheWife  (25) Tampa, Florida | April 11, 2010
Thoroughly enjoyed Founders - loved the beer selection, prices ($3-$6) and service (very attentive). For food, the sandwiches were huge and very delicious, inexpensive appetizers to share ($2-$3 for both the large shelled peanuts and pretzels with cheese dip). Enjoyed the Froot Kissile (that’s how they spell fruit there) and many samples. Definitely a must to visit and as a bonus is only 1/2 mile from HopCat.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
kevinestes  (10) Kentucky | March 3, 2010
Good place with all of their exceptional beers at your disposal.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
Jwasciuk  (16) Lowell, Michigan | February 17, 2010
Good food, but $7 for a samich is a bit much. Good beer, smoke free is nice, summer nights they open the doors to the patio. Played here in a band so getting a band discount made it much more reasonable.
92
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
JaBier  (101) Capital City, Ohio | February 6, 2010
Seventh stop (third of day 2) of the Michigan trip on 1/30/10. Large bar/cafeteria environment with the brewery clearly visible through a door and glass panes. Didn’t get any food, but the beers were fantastic. Stuff they don’t bottle that they had on this day included Frangelic Stout (holy crap, was it good!), Oatmeal Stout, Slappy Sappy Bastard and Black Biscuit. Service was witty and friendly (all of them). Visiting a brewer I have so much respect for and having the place meet my lofty expectations, pretty close to a religious experience. Between this place and HopCat, I think GR is my new favorite beer city.
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.
88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
mattmc1973  (13) Sterling Heights, Michigan | December 4, 2009
Visited here in August 2009. Bartender was knowledgeable and friendly, service was good, sandwich was amazing, and I sampled some awesome beers, including 4 barrel aged ones. Mmmmm. Can’t wait to go back!

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