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Founders Brewing Company
Active Beers: 78
Beer Ratings: 63,906
Beer Avg: 3.97
Taps: 18 / Bottles: 7
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
235 Grandville Ave SW
phone: (616) 776-1195
Monday - Saturday: 11am - 2am
Sunday: 12pm - 12am
Non-smoking Indoors, huge front porch for smoking. (heated winter room coming!)
Much larger room, with huge 25-seat custom mahogany bar.
Expanded Deli Menu and Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 11am-11pm
Live Music Thursdays and Saturdays featuring Stage, House PA and Sound
Pool Table, Real Dart Board, and Shuffleboard.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 247 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Ate lunch here and had a sampler of beers.
Nice atmosphere, I like the industrial feel to the building and tables. Service was fine, it seems like they do a waiter-by-committee arraignment as we had several different people serve use drinks, food, check on us, etc.
Beer selection was good - I think they had 13 beers on tap - the regulars and then the seasonal or limited beer - which was Devil Dancer. Beer was great as always from them.
Food is limited to deli sandwiches, but they do a great job. Very tasty and huge.
06-12-2012 22:44:39 |
More by jmdrpi
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
I like the new digs even better than the old. It's a bigger, better version of Founders. Founders is fantastic.
old review follows. I was at Founders about 10:30 on a Friday night. I almost expected this place to be smaller. It is small, but it had an open feel due mostly to its high ceilings. When I looked at the jukebox, I knew this was my kind of place. Frank Zappa, the Pixies, Tom Waits; I had to throw a couple of bucks in that.
Now to the important stuff, beer. Twelve beers on the board. I started with the Chocolate Rye Porter and it was delicious. I then tried the Oatmeal Stout, it wasn't as good as the CR Porter. Then ended with a tasty glass of Dirty Bastard. I was hoping to try the Devil Dancer, but I missed out. I guess that is one drawback when you rotate so many beers.
I didn't quiz the waitress on her beer knowledge. It was a Friday night, and she had quite a few patrons to serve. The waitress was friendly and served us quickly. No food is served, except for popcorn and peanuts.
This is a showcase for a fine brewer. If you are anywhere near Grand Rapids, stop here for a beer. This was the highlight of my weekend in Michigan.
02-24-2008 23:21:16 |
More by frazbri
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Large building in an old warehouse. Much better than their old facility, which was in kind of a pretentious apartment/condo building. Open atmosphere, but the wood throughout the building makes it warm enough. Inviting for the hippie freaks, which most good brewpubs are. Nearly all their regular beers are on tap, plus a couple extras. Wish they had some more bottles for purchase. It appears people traveling from afar are dissappointed their is no reward for their travel. Personally I like the fact I do not have to live near them to get their brews, unlike ALL the other breweries that compete with Founders top offerings.(Three Floydds, etc.) Bells is about the only other good brewery you can also widely get their offerings without having to wait in a line wrapped around their dumpy little building and parking lot. So in the end, if you are looking for some place that you are special to have found, this is not it. If you want a place to get some fine craft beers, listen to some music, this place is what you're looking for.
Visit 5/5/09. Founders is probably the best dark(porter, stout) brewer around. There may be others that have 1 or 2 better than any given Founders, but Founders stable of stouts and porters might be able to be matched, but not beaten.
01-16-2009 01:31:06 |
More by Bung
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Driving down the street the navigation system say "destination ahead on the right" then "you have arrived" The building to our right is an absolutely *monstrous* five story building the runs the length of an entire block. The name on the building says Brass Works Building. The light came on, it never occurred to me that Founder Brewing Company was located in an old Brass Foundry. Seems obvious now. My first thought was "this is the biggest 'Micro' Brewery I have ever seen!" Entering the building I realized Founders is only one of the tenants in the amazing building. The building is gorgeous the floors, the art, the high ceilings, the woodwork and the door ways, and this is all wondering the halls before Founders even opened the door on Sunday at 3pm. When we walked in the Founders door the floors were simple the ceiling high and unfinished with a warehouse feel but nice. They had 10 beers on tap and not a single one less than exceptional.
Imagine Kentucky Breakfast Stout on tap at the brewery. Oh my God! and they served all beer in the appropriate glassware.
Oatmeal Stout on nitro
The Imperial Stout
Bourbon Maple Porter **beyond EXCEPTIONAL**
Devil Dancer DIPA
Kentucky Breakfast Stout *need I say more*
They had rubbed out Rubaeus and Red Rye off the chalk board, before we got there. They have capacity for 12 drafts.
There was a pool table, jukebox, and carryout cooler with no KBS in it but otherwise perfect. Sever was very helpful. No food available on Sundays but they do have menus of local restaurants that will deliver to Founders. You can sit there at the bar and have delivery brought to you. Now that is something new! We just brought some of our munchies in the car. This place is worth the trip. Find a way to get there one day. Early on a Sunday it is nice and quite, but we werent the only people waiting for them to unlock the door. Clearly, the place gets a lot of traffic.
Hope this is helpful.
05-02-2007 04:32:24 |
More by Phatz
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
After much anticipation, we finally arrived at the new Founders Tap House (attached to the new brewing facility) that just opened last November. As we walk up, I immediately like it. Nice wide front with an outside seating area (which was only being used by smokers at this time because of how cold it was) and plenty of parking available in the front and on the sides. The inside is spacious as well, with high ceilings and plenty of natural light from the windows. At the far end is a stage (they offer live music a couple of times a week, including this night) and behind that gives a windowed view into the brew house. There are lots of tables to sit at scattered throughout for seating (complete with the Founders logo emblazoned on the seat backs) but it's the large 25 seat mahogany S shaped bar that takes center stage. It retains a classic yet contemporary look (complete with TVs to watch the ball games) and I absolutely loved the stain glassed Founders logo behind it. The overall feel is just tremendous and I would expect nothing else from such a classy brewery.
We lucked into an open table (which wasn't bad seeing how it was almost 7:30 pm on a Saturday night) and checked out the tap list. There were 4 staples on (Pale Ale, IPA, Red's Rye, and Dirty Bastard), 4 exclusives (Solid Gold Ale, Porter, Vanilla Porter, and Oatmeal Stout), and then 2 seasonals (the Imperial Stout and Rubaeus). We all tried different ones with my personal favorite being the highly ranked Imperial Stout, of which I ended up having two. Naturally, everything was great and up to the high standards of Founder's beers.
I like the way they do their food service here. You order and pay for it yourself at a separate window (what I now call "Pizza Port" style) and then they buzz you when it's ready. The menu itself is a tad limited (they basically offer sandwiches, pizzas, and munchies) but the quality was top notch. I had the Rubin's Rueben, which was excellent, as was the fresh guacamole and chips that we all split for an appetizer. Our service was limited to drink service but our guy did a pretty commendable job. Although he messed up one of drink orders, he let us keep the wrong one for free, and then did a great job getting our group a bunch of merch even though the place was jammed packed by this point. I don't know what else I can say about this place. It was probably our most anticipated visit during our recent trek through Michigan and it totally delivered. A laid back and fun atmosphere coupled with some great food and do I really need to even mention the beer? This is a must hit on any Michigan beer tour.
05-01-2008 13:34:49 |
More by Kegatron
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped by Founders the night before they moved from the Brassworks building. Got there pretty early, maybe 4:00-4:30 and the place was already busy. All tables were full and all barstools were full. Everyone I talked to was in a great mood and very friendly. This place lends itself well with the comfortable at ease atmosphere.
The quality of the beer was great although there were only 4 taps going when I stopped by. It looked like a few selections were just erased from the chalkboard. I believe after a barrel was kicked they just erased it instead of putting something new on since they were closing up the following day. IPA, Red's Rye, Dirty Bastard, and Breakfast Stout was on tap though and I thoroughly enjoyed my Breakfast Stout.
The service was very good, especially when the place was so busy and there was only one bartender working most of the time (a few waitresses). Recieved great service and was even able to buy a growler of Breakfast Stout. I was surprised, didn't think it would be offered for growler sales. Also picked up a nice Breakfast Stout pint glass. The prices were very reasonable along with the package sales from the cooler. I believe the growler, fill, glass, and 4-pack of Harvest Ale came to $31. The pints of Breakfast Stout were $5.
I'm anxious to stop at the new Founders when it opens but I will also miss this one. The atmosphere was comfortable and I had a great time. Everyone was there for good beer which is something else nice to see.
11-13-2007 22:47:56 |
More by joe1510
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited Founders on a recent road trip with the girlfriend.
The first thing that struck me was how big the place was. Like a giant auditorium for beer geeks with a bar that spans almost the entire length of it. Ample seating and buzzing with activity even during the middle of the day. Really a beer lover's dream.
Beer is served at the right temperature in the proper glassware with a coaster. Can't complain. Extra points for the way the place is decorated and the quality of the beers themselves.
Service was above average. Even though it was packed when we got there, there were a ton of bartenders around and we always got served quickly and courteously.
The selection was great. About 6 year-round brews, 4-5 seasonals, and 2-3 "special" beers on tap as well as a nitro-tap. Given the quality of everything that Founders makes, an above average score is deserved here.
Really the highlight of the trip for me. Their Cashew Mountain Brown and Mister E Froot were completely amazing and the place was much larger, well serviced, and impressive than I expected. A real can't miss destination if you're in Michigan.
Pints ranged from $3.25-$5.00 for their special offerings. Bud Lights in my area start at $4.00. Need I say more? I steal in my opinion.
08-01-2011 12:47:55 |
More by SpeedwayJim
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
At last, and after going way out of my way to get there, I arrived at Founders. A very noisy, barn-like atmosphere with lots of chatter and music on the house system. The brewing tanks are at one end of the building and may be viewed through clear glass. A large, long bar that seats about 30 hugs one side of the brick and steel building. It has a very barny, industrial feel to it, but somehow, it makes sense. It's like an American version of an old German beer hall. Young twenty-something guys and girls behind the bar. Got the bad news KBS wasn't available but made up for it with several spectacular Canadian Breakfast Stouts. Old Curmugeon, Double Trouble DIPA and several others were also on tap. The OC and CBS were both served in 9 oz or 12 oz pilsner glasses. Yakked with two locals and bought 'em each a CBS (at $7.50 per mind you). Also enjoyed a chicken sandwich with bacon and some dip and nachos. Double Trouble, OC, and a few others were the only items available for purchase. A perfect facility to house one of the best breweries in America.
04-04-2009 11:52:32 |
More by jim102864
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
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $
I’d rave more about Founders if only I could visit more often! Seriously cool place to drink some amazing brews. Came here for only the second time over the holidays. Arrived early enough to get a seat at the bar. In addition to their year-round line up they keep some specialties and one-offs on draught, always a welcome sign. Didn’t order food, just peanuts—which, I learned, you are to toss on the floor. If you go be sure to visit the merch shop and pick up some bottles. And live music on the weekends. Can’t go wrong.
01-09-2012 22:18:25 |
More by elNopalero
Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
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