Founders Brewing Company

235 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids, Michigan United States 49503
brewery (Founders)  4.85/5.0 224 reviews
Taproom:M-Sa11a-2a Su12p-12a Deli:M-F11a-11p, Su12p-11p

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Beers At Founders Brewing Company

NameABVEntered
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 Palm Reader5.4%5/13/2017
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
Founders Spectra Trifecta5.9%8/18/2016
Founders Solid Gold Extra Pale Ale4.2%8/10/2016
Founders Frangelic Stout4.2%8/10/2016
Founders Ales For ALS IPA6.7%8/10/2016
Founders Backstage Series # 7: Mango Magnifico con Calor10%8/10/2016
Founders MF Lager5.4%7/22/2016
Founders Seis Estrellas8.6%7/15/2016
Founders Sumatra Mountain Brown9%7/15/2016
Founders Fest Wheat6.7%7/1/2016


86
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 20/20
sawbuck  (14) 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  (47) Chicago, Illinois | February 20, 2016
I’ve 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 it’s Founders-specific beers on tap, but they have some nice brewery-only releases which I’m 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  (862) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | December 31, 2015
It’s a big place with a comfortable biergarden type of feel. Unfortunately the service wasn’t very attentive and there were so many people there that it felt very touristy and was uncomfortable to move. I’d 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  (62) .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 I’ve 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, he’d 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  (32) 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 wasn’t 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  (110) Missouri | March 17, 2015
I went here on KBS release day. Huge place, full of Founder’s memorabilia, kind of like a Founder’s museum. Hard to find parking. Service does not come to you and when you go to the bar, they’re a little indifferent. Only Founder’s beers, but they serve a lot of them, including several extremely hard to find ones. Several different sizes of drafts available. They don’t 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 you’re 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 wasn’t 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 I’m 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 don’t 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 it’s 10 degrees outside its a little inconvenient. My CBS pours couldn’t warm up like I wanted. Pretty fair prices and friendly and often visited waitstaff. A great place. I’d 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  (1414) 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. Didn’t eat, didn’t 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.
72
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
JStax  (515) Devola/Marietta, Ohio | January 1, 2015
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. That’s 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.
92
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 19/20
koleminer20  (23) Ann Arbor, Michigan | December 10, 2014
I’ve been here a number of times, and I just love it. The smaller spaces inside make it a little tough and crowded when it’s cold out, but in the summer, the biergarten is awesome. The selection of taps is always great, and there’s usually something on tap that I haven’t had before. The food is incredible. All of their sandwiches are great that I’ve had so far, and the price is good, as it should be for the source of the delicious beers.

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