Founders Brewing Company

235 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids, Michigan United States 49503
brewery (Founders)  4.85/5.0 220 reviews
Taproom:M-Sa11a-2a Su12p-12a Deli:M-F11a-11p, Su12p-11p

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Beers At Founders Brewing Company

NameABVEntered
Founders RŁbśus5.7%12/3/2016
Founders Mosaic Promise5.5%11/6/2016
Founders Backwoods Bastard11.6%10/29/2016
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 Breakfast Stout8.3%9/17/2016
Founders Backstage Series # 1: Blushing Monk9.2%9/2/2016
Founders Spectra Trifecta5.9%8/18/2016
Founders Porter6.5%8/10/2016
Founders Solid Gold Extra Pale Ale4.2%8/10/2016
Founders Frangelic Stout4.2%8/10/2016
Founders Nitro Oatmeal Stout4.5%8/10/2016
Founders Ales For ALS IPA6.7%8/10/2016
Founders PC Pils5.5%8/10/2016
Founders Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale8.5%8/10/2016
Founders Backstage Series # 7: Mango Magnifico con Calor10%8/10/2016
Founders Azacca IPA7%8/10/2016
Founders All Day IPA4.7%8/1/2016
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
Founders Misty Mountain Hop Brown Ale7.7%6/27/2016
Founders Nemesis 200912%6/11/2016
Founders KBS (Kentucky Breakfast Stout)11.2%6/4/2016
Founders Witchcraft Baltic Porter6.4%4/25/2016
Founders Nitro KBS (2016)12.1%4/16/2016
Founders Big Ula Ula9.4%4/16/2016
Founders Freestyle Stout6.5%4/16/2016
Founders Black IPA6.6%4/16/2016
Founders Smaug IPA7.8%4/16/2016
Founders Palm Reader5.4%4/16/2016
Founders KBS Blast9.6%4/16/2016
Founders Dark Penance Imperial Black IPA8.9%4/16/2016
Founders BA Grand Rapids Stout10.4%4/16/2016
Founders Lizard of KOZnilla9.4%4/16/2016
Founders Pale Ale5.4%4/16/2016
Founders Backstage Series #11: Big Lushious7.8%4/8/2016
Founders Backstage Series #14: Project Pam10.8%3/8/2016
Founders Workingmanís Rye Stout6%2/27/2016
Founders Gailís Pale Ale8%2/27/2016
Founders Sherry Barrel-Aged Summer Sizzler12%2/13/2016
Founders Cherry Kolsch of Doom6.1%2/13/2016
Founders Pale Joe5.4%2/13/2016
Founders Spike Cutlass12%2/13/2016
Founders BoylíRmaykíR7.9%2/13/2016
Founders Backstage Series # 8: Sweet Repute12.6%2/13/2016
Founders BA Summer Sizzler11%2/13/2016
Founders KBS Cran Blast11.2%2/13/2016
Founders BA Cran11.6%2/13/2016
Founders BA Honey Stuff10.5%2/13/2016
Founders Backstage Series # 2: CBS (Canadian Breakfast Stout)10.6%1/28/2016


88
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
PRBeer  (617) Parsippany, New Jersey | June 28, 2016
At the end of the day...any craftbeer tour of Michigan begins and ends with Founders and Bellís...that doesnít mean they are the best Michigan has to offer (although they might be)...and either and both have likely held that title...its just that there are so many great up and comers (love Greenbush and Dark Horse)...but given their history...and their amazing venues and large amount of beers...they both deserve a lot of kudos. My first trip to Founders was hardly a disappointment...quite on the contrary it met all of my expectations. We visited this past Saturday...and found the venue to be impressive...loved the beers of course...and their were many...but Iíd had many of them over the years given Founders size and breath of distribution. There was a "really" good live band (reasonable $5 cover charge) and the several rooms...and outdoor spaces made Founders a cool place to hang out at. I liked that the age mix was a broad spectrum. At the end of the day Iím starting to like the smaller and more eclectic craftbeer venues (Michiganís Greenbush would be an excellent example...see my review)...but Founders does the big craftbrewery thing very well. Definitely a must visit while in Grand Rapids.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99  (581) Cincinnati, Ohio | May 22, 2005
Second time I have stopped here. Older building next to the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids. Very clean with small bar and multiple tables. Draft and bottle selection is very good of brews beers and I have found new brews on tap on both visits. Service good and staff very freindly. Deli menu from 11 to 2 weekdays and delivery menus from locals aftrer lunch. Must stop location in this part of Michigan.
88
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
deyholla  (571) Minneapolis, Minnesota | April 27, 2012
Great opens space with a nice ambiance. They always seem to have a few special taps on. Service is good and I really enjoy the sandwiches! Prices are more than fair.
74
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 3/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
chibuck  (546) Chicago, Illinois | January 24, 2013
Finally made it up to Grand Rapids to check out this spot...Decor was a bit disappointing to me, a big spacious cold room that I didnít care for. Not a fan of the lack of seating, and what seating that was there was communal...draft list was decent, tons of regulars, 8 brewery beers including a great kolsch, nothing super special but everything was solid as to be expected from Founders... Iíd come to tick if I lived closed but unless a special release wouldnít go out of my way
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee  (533) Toronto, ON, Ontario | July 28, 2010
Oh yeah - now thatís what Iím talking about. A large crowded spot with loads of locals drinking good beer. The location of our kickoff for RBSG 2010 and it was well-worthy of the honour. The owners took us on a rare tour of the back of the brewhouse and basically chatted non-stop about the history and the future of the brewery. They put on some special stuff for us - including the CBS, Livonia, and Kaiser Curmudgeon - which was much appreciated. Itís worth mentioning the sandwiches here too - had a pastrami that was as good as anything Iíve had in NYC - as blasphemous as that statement might be. Even cooler are the prices - 3 dollar pints of regular stuff and 5 bucks for 12 oz of the rare stuff. Iíd be here all the time if I lived in the area.
72
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
JStax  (456) 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. 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.
80
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp  (423) Montreal, Quebec | July 4, 2008
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 Iíve 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 youíre looking for a full cooked meal. Only 10 taps when I was there with 7 of them being their regular bottled beers. Iíll never complain about drinking a Redís Rye or a Centennial on tap although these are also available in other pubs.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
adnielsen  (420) Fort Collins, Colorado | November 29, 2011
Must see on a Michigan beer tour. We showed up here on a Thursday night and it was fairly full. Besides a few pepper beers, they didnít really have anything all that exciting to taste. I was a little disappointed but Iíll be back.
86
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
JulienHuxley  (405) Trois-RiviŤres, Quebec | July 12, 2011
Visited on a monday, July 11th 2011. The ambiance is nice, good brewery feel in a large, well spaced out environment. The service was incredibly quick, and remained pretty fast throughout the night even though the place really filled up around 10 PM. There was a good selection of standard taps and seasonals (devil dancer and blushing monk). We didnít have any food. Value was through the roof on a monday, you could get a pint of the standard offerings for a mere 2.25$. Even without the special, their beers are very well priced. A recommended stop.
74
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor  (367) Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | June 27, 2010
Stopped by here on a Tuesday afternoon and it was fairly busy, although this is a huge place so there is plenty of room. We sat outside on the patio which was nice and pleasant. The staff was friendly and attentive. There are many taps, although most are bottled offerings with maybe 4-5 tap only selections (including CBS!). Although I didnít get any food, they do have an extensive sandwich menu (and the sandwiches looked pretty tasty!). All in all, a nice place to visit. I found the tap-only beer to be hit-or-miss so that was a little disappointing, but if you are here for good beer you are sure to find something.
80
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
Terminus  (367) St. Louis, Missouri | July 5, 2006
warehouse type atmosphere with brewery behind the glass. Bartender was very friendly giving me a ton of free samples of the beers that they dont bottle. the assistant brewer was there doing some tank transfers so he gave me a short tour of the place. not that big of a brewery and really not flashy. however, sanitation is definatly a priority here. devil dancer, imp stout, oatmeal stout, porter, rubeaus, and scalawags old ale were on tap this day. Nice place and i really dig downtown Grand Rapids (upbeat for a downtown in the midwest).

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