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Founders Brewing Company
Active Beers: 79
Beer Ratings: 64,107
Beer Avg: 3.97
Taps: 18 / Bottles: 7
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
235 Grandville Ave SW
phone: (616) 776-1195
Monday - Saturday: 11am - 2am
Sunday: 12pm - 12am
Non-smoking Indoors, huge front porch for smoking. (heated winter room coming!)
Much larger room, with huge 25-seat custom mahogany bar.
Expanded Deli Menu and Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 11am-11pm
Live Music Thursdays and Saturdays featuring Stage, House PA and Sound
Pool Table, Real Dart Board, and Shuffleboard.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$
I have been in to get take home bottles, buy stuff at the store and recently had lunch. Went in the day after Thanksgiving to do some shopping, then had a couple of the class 3 beers and a bowl of chili. Both were excellent. It was quite busy but I got served promptly and my server even went to the other bar to get the beer I wanted because it was not at the bar I was sitting at.
The people that sat down next to me did have a bit of a wait to get noticed, I was surprised it took a bit long. It was getting busier though.
Talking with the different bartenders was fun. They definitely knew their stuff on beer and I learned a few new things. I enjoyed my visit, great stop for lunch.
12-05-2013 01:21:50 |
More by DMarlinJ
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75 | $$
Beer hall atmosphere - you either love it or hate it. It was clean, wasn't too loud and no one seems obnoxious despite there being a game on. Would be better if it was more like a traditional german beer hall and a little less like a sports bar. Staff seemed pretty good overall but our waitress was slow at best - perhaps a little overworked. Good news is I liked everything I had. Food was pretty decent. Beer was great.
12-02-2013 21:23:46 |
More by teledeluxe
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Straight up Beer Hall at its best. Super long bar, stage for performances. With the backdrop of the brewing tanks. Food is okay if you need to eat there, it's a quick service kitchen, sandwiches and stuff. You go for the beer, obviously, which is obviously top notch.
11-27-2013 16:01:25 |
More by TheGingerbreadMan
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75 | $$
I love this place! Big room with plenty of room for the live entertainment. Great sandwiches and delicious beer. Huge bar with lots of elbow room. so many Founders beers on tap the flight was 15-20 beers, can't remember exactly. Some only available there. Awesome!!
10-26-2013 16:36:18 |
More by arkansastroy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
On a weekend trip to Grand Rapids how could you not make a trip to Founder's. The lady and I went on a Saturday night at around 9PM durring a week of Art Prize and the place was jumping, but we didn't have to wait at all to get in. There was a modest cover at the door since a few bands were playing that night, but as luck would have a friend of mine was drumming in one of the bands.
We first made a stop in the store to pick up a few items (Some Harvest Ale, a snifter and a bottle bottle opener) then stepped over to grab a few beers. Of the 3 times going to the bar the most I had to wait was about 2 mins (nice) and got some amazingly fresh drinks (Breakfast Stout, Mango Manifico, All Day IPA) at a very reasonable price.
The layout was great with the rolling garage doors and patio, even when the bands were playing you could hold a conversation without it being too loud. Overall great time, but we didn't end up grabbing any food, but there's always next time!
10-07-2013 18:17:50 |
More by guityler83
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Was on Beer Safari in Northern IN and Michigan few years ago, and had the good fortune of hitting FFF, Bell's, Dark Horse and Jolly Pumpkin. Each had much to rave about. Best surprise was dark Horse...gteat biker bar with world class beer and super people.
But I find myself looking back and wishing I could get back to Founders, which really took top spot on that trip.
Went in alone and was almost immediately invited to sit with a fun crowd, We sampled beers pretty much across the Founders offerings. Great IPAs and a sublime Imperial Stout on tap. Pretty much thought I had enough, and ready to go when the word got out they had just tapped a keg of CBS. Needless to say the night took a turn that kept me at Founders for a few more hours and in Grand Rapids not my intended destination @ MSU in East Lansing. Oh well.
I've loved the Founders brews for years, but I learned you really need to get there and get them fresh on tap with a table full of pilgrims..be they locals or out of towners. It's just a great brew pub...and maybe they'll tap another special keg when you show up.
10-04-2013 03:45:57 |
More by BillRoth
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$
Every visit reminds me of why Founders is among my top favorite breweries. The beer is consistently delicious, from one style to the next. Fourteen taps cover a range of styles, with tap-only and experimental rotations being common (meaning every visit will allow one to find something new). The previously wide-open and inviting tap room has been dramatically upgraded with a beautiful porch area/beer garden. Our last visit found us having lunch, and all four adults were delighted with the food (salads and sandwiches). Service is prompt and accurate. Growler fills are reasonable, especially for the high quality beer that Founders is known for. Don't miss this spot on a trip through Grand Rapids.
10-03-2013 10:19:51 |
More by BrewtalHonesty
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I have been going to Founders since they were in their "startup" on Monroe in downtown GR. After those humble beginnings, they moved to a much larger facility on Grandville ave in downtown GR. After seeing their brand absolutely explode over the past several years they recently dumped several million into completely revamping the Brew Pub and they hit a home run with a complete overhaul on the drinking experience.
This place is a "destination" and I pinch myself to think it is in my own back yard. It features several garage style over head doors that were all open while I was their because it was a beautiful day. The recent renovations added two huge fire pits and several overhead heating lamps that make it nice to sit outside on even cold days and have a brew. From world class beer, to damn good deli sandwiches, to an open space where people are just their to have beer and socialize with friends, this place is truly one of a kind. I love that there aren't many TV's (maybe 1 that I saw) because that isn't what this place is about. Its about being with friends, family, or just other beer lovers to to simply that - enjoy beer.
09-28-2013 13:33:59 |
More by andrewjraab
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Founders is one of my favorite breweries, and I got the chance to visit here for both 2013 KBS Day and for 2013 Founders Fest.
The Atmosphere is great. It's a large, almost warehouse type feel on the side with big wooden tables and plenty of seating. There's also seating outside on a balcony area as well, and that's where we sat to drink our KBS.
The Quality is perfect. Many of their beers are world-class, and that's about all you can ask for.
The Service was fantastic. The waitstaff was extremely prompt with all orders despite being insanely crowded, and they were all helpful and would take time to answer questions as long as you didn't try to strike up a full conversation with them.
The Selection here is fantastic. They always have a good handful of Class 1 beers which include some draft-only offerings, they normally have at least 2 Class 2 beers, and they often have a Class 3 beer on tap as well. The food menu also looked good, but I haven't ordered anything from here yet.
The Food looked really good, but I haven't tried it yet.
Overall both experiences with Founders have been pretty much perfect. They run their events extremely well, and I look forward to visiting here again.
09-24-2013 15:44:10 |
More by smartassboiler
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
Founders is a great place to grab a bite to eat and drink some awesome beer. They always have brewpub-only beers on tap. The food is good quality and reasonably priced. The staff is great and the outdoor patio is perfect when the weather is nice. They have a lot of live bands play there, and the last New Year's event I went to (2013) was a great time!
09-16-2013 20:38:06 |
More by ari32
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