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Founders Brewing Company
Active Beers: 79
Beer Ratings: 64,608
Beer Avg: 3.97
Taps: 18 / Bottles: 7
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
235 Grandville Ave SW
phone: (616) 776-1195
Monday - Saturday: 11am - 2am
Sunday: 12pm - 12am
Non-smoking Indoors, huge front porch for smoking. (heated winter room coming!)
Much larger room, with huge 25-seat custom mahogany bar.
Expanded Deli Menu and Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 11am-11pm
Live Music Thursdays and Saturdays featuring Stage, House PA and Sound
Pool Table, Real Dart Board, and Shuffleboard.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 249 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
I had no idea what to expect when I went into Founders. Certainly not the huge warehouse with a bar in it. The weather was nice so they had the doors to the outside open as well creating even more space. There could of been a hundred people in there and it still looked empty. There is one TV right in the center of the bar. Beer selections are written on the chalk boards. Disappointingly there was only one brewery only selection. I know the rest of the beer is very good, but I wanted something more special besides a 4% ABV pale ale. Menu consists of sandwiches and pizzas. The sandwich I did get was good if not a little uninspired. Service was prompt and also a little cold. You can tell these people see a lot of customers in a day.
Overall this was not a comfortable place to enjoy beer. Too big and commercial. Even have a giftshop on one end of the building. I hope Surly does not follow this model when they build their destination brewpub.
10-08-2011 16:32:37 |
More by morimech
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I was at the old place back in August and this is from notes:
I love Founders' beers. Their bar however, was a bit crazy. We inadvertently went on a night with a band and the room was ear-shatteringly loud and filled with more smoke than a chain smoker's car. The beers however, are awesome. I got a lot of great beers on tap and actually discovered a deeper appreciation for the Kentucky Breakfast Stout after having it on tap. All the bar staff were helpful and fast which was impressive because it was wicked busy. I'm definitely going to have to check out the new place.
12-13-2007 18:32:16 |
More by drseamus
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | $$
was super excited to visit for the first time & bring home some KBS. visited tap room early thursday afternoon, 3/28. expansive & open space with a long beautiful bar, w. plenty of tables & outdoor seating. still, it was still a chore to find some open seats. no class 3 beers, only one class 2 (curmudgeon), with mostly standard class 1 beers. sampled diamond mt brown, empire strikes bitter, exp 7272, and dirty bastard. service was good considering the amount of ppl there. given the crowd, didn't order food from the window - and just settled on pretzels & the centennial IPA mustard. (its super good).
yes, founders does beer extremely well & we enjoyed our beers & shared a few laughs while visiting, but in terms of the tap room itself, i was a bit disappointed. i prefer a more intimate and personal experience. but, it was KBS release - and i left w. my KBS so how disappointed can i be, right?
04-04-2013 02:25:32 |
More by craft_shannie
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped here for lunch on a brewery road trip ending with Dark Lord Day
First off, I got a parking spot right in front of the place, so I was happy about that. Across the street was "Pay to Park" type places so I was a bit weary at first.
The place is not overly fancy, which I love. It looks like a quality place to sit, hang out, and enjoy some great beer. I sat at the bar and ordered an Oatmeal Stout, which was great.
I had the Dirty Bastard Sandwich, and it was freakin awesome. One of the best sandwiches I've had in a while. While I'm not sure if all of their sandwiches are the same, mine was huge, I couldn't even finish it.
The service was Ok, since I was in no rush, I really didn't care about the quality of service. If I needed anything, I received it in a respectable amount of time. I ended up having the Backwards Bastard before I left, but nothing else. Which leads me to my only gripe about the place. There were only three session beers on tap, all the rest were high gravity brews. While thats awesome if I wasn't driving, I was very limited to what I could drink.
I also picked up a four pack of the Kentucky Breakfast Stout and a four pack of the Devil Dancer which really made my day.
05-01-2007 18:48:39 |
More by leftmindedrighty
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
The old place was crowded, smoky, and loud when a band was playing. I have yet to be to the new place, and hopefully it is better than the old. I have heard great things about the new facility, so here goes.
The sandwiches are great for being what they are, sandwiches. However, I wish they served them later in the day and not just during lunch.
As for the beer I have no problems what so ever with any of them. Devil Dancer is by far my favorite, followed very closely with the Black Rye and Kentucky Breakfast.
12-12-2007 01:45:20 |
More by jjshutty
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
As a big fan of their beers and their former location, I am a bit sad to say that I am not impressed by their new location. They still have the peanut shells on the ground, personal steins on the wall and great beer but the the new location is huge, loud and lacking the character that drew me to their old location. The noise is probably my largest problem with the place. The noise echoing off the walls makes is near impossible to have a conversation with your friend who is bellied up to the bar with you. The service is really great and it is not difficult to get one of their many delicious beer. While the beer and service is great, I think I'll go elsewhere until they find a way to dampen the noise.
03-16-2008 18:37:41 |
More by PabstBlue
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I stopped in for lunch on the way home from visiting my grandfather. This was my second foray on Founders. I got there about 11:30am on Friday. It was not real busy just the way I like it. I parked in the tiny lot out front. There is metered parking on the street. Founders is a large open bar. There is a stage to the left and the store is to the right.
I bellied up to the bar and had a Empire Strikes Bitter and a Devil Dancer. The menu consists of deli sandwiches and french bread pizzas. A lot of the sandwiches are named after their beers. I'm assuming that is to suggest a beer that pairs well. For Example I ordered a Curmudgeon sandwich, which probably pairs well with Curmudgeon.
The service was a LOT better on this visit. My first visit I had to scream and wave to get service. This time the wait staff was very attentive. The sandwich was adequate. It is a large sandwich so I took half of it home for another meal. I ordered kettle chips thinking that they were homemade. I got a single serving size bag of potato chips.
As far as the beer goes, there was not a whole lot that you can't get in bottles. I had the ESB. There was an oatmeal stout, and that was about it. The food is not exceptional, and most of the beers can be easily obtained in bottles.
06-10-2012 13:49:36 |
More by buschbeer
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Visited on 17-Jul-09 as part of the Michigan tour.
Atmosphere: The tasting room is wide open with a slew of tables, both inside and outside. A long bar greets you on entrance, with the kithcen at right.
Quality: The waitstaff ignored my repeated cajoles for a KBS growler. Other than that, the whole order your own food thing is strange and costs them service points on principle. Glassware did come to us with lipstick marks from a previous drinker.
Service: Drinks were from a server but not food. WTF? This sits in the precarious middle ground.
Selection: 8 or so regular beers on tap with Maple Mountain Brown, KBS, BA Red's Rye and BA Imperial Stout were special additions. A very nice line-up.
Food: My Godfather was delicious and the other finger food that we got were passable. I'd visit again just for the stout beers.
07-20-2009 04:02:15 |
More by akorsak
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
A: A nice size complex with plenty of parking. Great full size patio outside adjoined to brewpub. When you get inside it has the feel of a large German drinking house, a lot of open area, noisy, and plenty of drinking going on. The only pitfall of this place is that it can get really crowded and hard to find even a place to comfortably sit and drink. You may have to wait for others to leave before you can find a good place to sit.
S: The place was packed, but the service never faltered. There are several servers walking around at all times to get you another beer. A friendly and knowledgeable staff that are excited about their job.
SE: A good, but not great selection. They have the keystone styles, but not enough of the special stuff. I asked if they had any unique brews and was told, "yes, but only for mug members" or something like that. Yeah, f me I only went out of my way to come here....Regardless, you will find something you like and have a chance to try a variety of styles.
F: I had the pulled pork sandwich named the Backwoods Bastard. A gigantic sandwich with good quality. A little too buttered up for my liking, but it is what it is. Still a good quality meal and value.
05-17-2012 01:35:45 |
More by cagocubs
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5
Nice place in a renovated old buidling right on the river in downtown Grand Rapids. Not quite a neighborhood pub feeling but close. Lots of 4-6 person tables spread out across the floor. Pool table and 1 or 2 dart boards greet you as you walk in. Bar is in the back right corner with a cooler full of 6-packs and singles to go. Bar is relatively small and always seems to be full. Selection constantly changes and usually they 10-12 beers on draught. Brewing facility is in back of the bar and you can see the conditioning tanks. Have never been there when anyone can provide a guided tour but I think it would be worth it. If business or pleasure brings you to Grand Rapids, well worth seeking out Founders for several beers. Only issue is that they don't serve food. They do provide free popcorn.
12-19-2003 04:03:16 |
More by CRJMellor
Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
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