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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stopped in here on a Thursday afternoon for lunch. Parking lot behind the building seemed sufficient. We were seated pretty quickly and ordered our food and had it quickly as well, but after that, the service pretty much stopped. I had an empty beer glass for about 20 minutes before anybody noticed, and that was only because I asked for another beer. Thatís way too long. I think they needed a few more waiters. The sandwich I ordered was quite good and very filling. The coleslaw was good as well as the potato salad. The store was pretty cool and pricing was fair for everything purchased.
Iíve been here a number of times, and I just love it. The smaller spaces inside make it a little tough and crowded when itís cold out, but in the summer, the biergarten is awesome. The selection of taps is always great, and thereís usually something on tap that I havenít had before. The food is incredible. All of their sandwiches are great that Iíve had so far, and the price is good, as it should be for the source of the delicious beers.
Stop #4. Arrived and there was some sort of really terrible hippie live music drum circle thing going on. $5 cover to get in which made things worse. Decent selection of beers but not a whole lot that wasnít available in bottles. Nice patio however. Iíd like to try it without the music.