No trip to Grand Rapids is complete without a trip to Founders. This place was absolutely hopping on a Friday night at 8:00. People were just streaming in. They have a pretty large parking lot and the price of parking is comped if you take your ticket in. We had two kids with us so we had to be out by 9:00. Not a problem - I understand. Food would have been nice but the line was too long. I enjoyed having KBS on tap and a few others that are not available anywhere other than this location. I will definitely visit again if I come back to Grand Rapids.
sawbuck (15) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.