Founders Brewing Company

235 Grandville Ave SW
Grand Rapids, Michigan United States 49503
brewery (Founders)  4.85/5.0 225 reviews
Taproom:M-Sa11a-2a Su12p-12a Deli:M-F11a-11p, Su12p-11p

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Beers At Founders Brewing Company

NameABVEntered
Founders BranDankulous11.7%8/8/2017
Founders Capricious Fun8.4%7/29/2017
Founders DKML14.2%7/29/2017
Founders 10K IPA9.1%7/29/2017
Founders Bale Finder6.7%7/29/2017
Founders Palm Reader5.4%7/26/2017
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 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


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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
BVery  (659) Plymouth, Minnesota | October 19, 2010
Awesome place - one of the desinations on a mini summer beer tour. Big open bar/seating area, lots of awesome Founders beers on tap, outside seating. It’s a beer joint for beer drinkers.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 9/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
deyholla  (646) 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.
82
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 5/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99  (625) 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.
74
  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 3/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
chibuck  (583) 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 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
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
j12601  (560) Poughkeepsie, New York | September 22, 2010
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 5/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
JStax  (546) 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.
84
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee  (536) Toronto, ON, Ontario | July 28, 2010
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.
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 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
JulienHuxley  (411) Sherbrooke, 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 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
solidfunk  (384) Washington D.C., Washington DC | January 20, 2013
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.

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