timsilvia32 (37) from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina | December 24, 2008| Updated March 25, 2009
Large building in an old warehouse. Much better than their old facility, which was in kind of a pretentious apartment/condo building. Open atmosphere, but the wood throughout the building makes it warm enough. Inviting for the hippie freaks, which most good brewpubs are. Nearly all their regular beers are on tap, plus a couple extras. Wish they had some more bottles for purchase. It appears people traveling from afar are dissappointed their is no reward for their travel. Personally I like the fact I do not have to live near them to get their brews, unlike ALL the other breweries that compete with Founders top offerings.(Three Floydds, etc.) Bells is about the only other good brewery you can also widely get their offerings without having to wait in a line wrapped around their dumpy little building and parking lot. So in the end, if you are looking for some place that you are special to have found, this is not it. If you want a place to get some fine craft beers, listen to some music, this pla
The designers created a great building but not the best architecture for a brew pub. However, they have a solid selection of their fabulous beers so the atmosphere can’t be that bad. Friendly service and more than willing to provide samples. Typical type bar food could be a lot better.
I frankly don’t understand the praise this place received. Perhaps I was not the luckiest, but the 2-3 beers that were on and not widely distributed in bottles were not particularly interesting. While many of their regulars are indeed interesting, the ugliness of the area, spacious, noisy like a big modern cafeteria atmosphere and certainly not aimed at having a lot of character. The prices are very good though, but I’d rather drink Founders in a beer bar I enjoy being in. Neglectable service as you need to go to the counter and they don’t seem to really be interested in a conversation with you when you do.
everettvh (1) Hamilton, Ontario | September 3, 2008| Updated September 4, 2008
A great, roomy brew pub that offers a simple space for gathering with friends, listening to good new music and enjoying some world class beer.
Enormous bar as soon as you walk in. Very open with generally plain seating. No fancy decor or table arrangements...just a place to drink beer. Had an older crowd when I went on a Friday evening and it was much quieter than the Hopcat that I’d just come from. For such a big place though, I expected to see more variety - but I guess there’s an argument for doing a few things really well as opposed to doing several things average. The porter I wanted to try was fresh out so I opted for the bourbon porter. Served in a brandy snifter, this drink had some kick. It was syrupy and the smell of the bourbon was ever present. I’m not a fan of high alcohol beers so getting a half pint down was a bit of a challenge. Tasted something like Kahlua and cough syrup but in a good way. I’m sure there are others out there that would love it I just found it a little heavy for my buds. My buddy had the red ale and spoke very highly of it - easily the best beer he had out of six other places on our brewery tour of the area.
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 I’ve 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 you’re looking for a full cooked meal. Only 10 taps when I was there with 7 of them being their regular bottled beers. I’ll never complain about drinking a Red’s Rye or a Centennial on tap although these are also available in other pubs.
Huge commercial wherehouse feel. 16oz beers were $2 when I was in on Monday evening! The taplist was a bit thin on my visit. I believe they had 7 beers on tap. The service was quick for the size of the crowd. The food was really good. A worthwhile stop.
not as awesome as the old location, but still cool. wait staff is very quick and knowledgable. food is always tasty, a nice selection of sandwiches and such. beer is amazing, usually 8 or 10 on tap at a time. nice place to see a show, although is can get a little loud and difficult to hear.
Visited 4/27/08. Late Sunday afternoon. This place is great. New facility, great area. Spacious and inviting. Pleanty of room inside with convertible widows to allow access to the patio. No sampler per say, but 1/2 pints are available. 10 beers on tap at the time of visit, including Imperial Stout and Rubaeus. 4 or so they don’t bottle. Service as great and the server was quite knowledgable. Didn’t get any food here, but it’s a walk up window with, what looks like quite an interesting menu. If you are anywhere close to Grand Rapids, this is an essential stop!
Has a true brewer ambiance. Best ever sandwiches for lunch. Build your own sandwich with real ingredients. The barley stuffed candles are a nice touch. They usually have 5 regulars on tap, 2 seasonal, and an occasional rare special. Its the heart of GR.