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.
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 didn’t 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... I’d come to tick if I lived closed but unless a special release wouldn’t go out of my way
Stop number two once in Grand Rapids during RBSG. Immense open space with a nice flow throughout the crowds that gathered here Thursday night. Apparently it’s like this just about every night. One of the owners was saying they go through about 12 kegs a night at the bar. That’s amazing, especially for a place that’s only serving their own beer. Speaks to the quality of what they do, and the support and devotion they have locally. While they were crowded, I never really felt the service lacking. Sure there were times when it was a couple people deep at the bar and it took a few minutes to get a drink, but that happens anywhere that it’s a few people deep, and it usually lasts a lot longer. I loved the way the floor staff didn’t seem to have sections, and just all flowed through the entirety of the seating, helping anyone. A lot of places, I find you get ignored by someone who’s not assigned to you. Everyone was assigned to everyone, and everyone seemed really happy to be working there. The sandwiches were excellent. Really, really good stuff. The beers were also really well done. Sure, as in every place that serves numerous styles, you’ll find something you personally don’t care for. But from what I’ve found the more Founders things I have, their beers are all well done, and lacking big flaws. So if you don’t like it, it’s just a style thing more than likely, and not that the beer’s not done well. That’s impressive. We got to take a tour of the brewery as well, which apparently doesn’t happen very often (RBSG organizers pulled some big strings it seems). Immaculate facility, brewing essentially around the clock, and just gorgeous. Been through a number of breweries, this was one of the nicest I’ve ever seen. Another worthy stop in GR.
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.
Oh yeah - now that’s what I’m 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. It’s worth mentioning the sandwiches here too - had a pastrami that was as good as anything I’ve 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. I’d be here all the time if I lived in 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.
cubs (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 didn’t really have anything all that exciting to taste. I was a little disappointed but I’ll be back.
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 didn’t 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.
Lived up to and exceeded expectations. I can’t believe how cheap this place is for a world class brewpub! I guess I’m used to the inflated Toronto and New York prices. Selection great for a brewpub - loads of variety here, with about 20 taps including one offs and mainstays. Live music was great on a Thursday, and the food looked good though I didn’t partake. They serve sample trays and half pints, and the service was great for me. Both servers I dealt with were friendly and helpful. One of the brewers even helped me jump start my car the next morning! Not sure if I’ll even be in Grand Rapids again, but I’ll definitely go back to Founders if I am.