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Founders Brewing Company
Active Beers: 79
Beer Ratings: 64,626
Beer Avg: 3.97
Taps: 18 / Bottles: 7
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
235 Grandville Ave SW
phone: (616) 776-1195
Monday - Saturday: 11am - 2am
Sunday: 12pm - 12am
Non-smoking Indoors, huge front porch for smoking. (heated winter room coming!)
Much larger room, with huge 25-seat custom mahogany bar.
Expanded Deli Menu and Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 11am-11pm
Live Music Thursdays and Saturdays featuring Stage, House PA and Sound
Pool Table, Real Dart Board, and Shuffleboard.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 249 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is just a great place to have a beer!
I really like Founders beers and a trip to the brewery in Grand Rapids was well worth the 3 hour ride . I enjoyed the very large bar and had excellent experience with the waitstaff. The atmosphere reflects their beer perfectly, a very relaxed and unpretentious environment with a refined and very high quality product. I am jealous of the "mug club" members here, because I am sure that they get taken care of by Founders. I would love to visit again tomorrow!
09-06-2012 05:40:20 |
More by C2H5
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
Visited founders for the first time on KBS release party. More crowded then normal per the occasion the atmosphere was awesome. Even later in the night when more of the local people were there the atmoshpere was grand. The quality was not even a question i meen come on its founders. Serivce was ok could have been better but they were swamped so understandable. Selection was amazing as it always is. Food is one of the best pub food i have ever ate. If you go to founders go on an empty stomach you will not be dissapointed by the food here. Overall AMAZING place.
05-04-2011 16:28:52 |
More by nasty31
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Great beer and great food. Very spacious with comfortable indoor and outdoor seating. The tap list generally includes a good selection of seasonal and specialty beers, though these offerings are a bit slim as of the date of this review. The sandwiches, many of which are designed to pair well with the beers that they are named after, make Founders a good option for lunch or dinner. Monday nights are cheap pint nights- $2.25 for class 1 pints (Red's Rye, Dirty Bastard, etc.) and $3.00 for class 2 pints (Breakfast Stout, Harvest Ale, etc.). Current regular prices for these beers are $3.75 and $5.50 a pint, respectively. Very highly recommended. A must visit for any beer lover in Grand Rapids.
10-08-2011 01:50:19 |
More by dnh2
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went out to Founders in Grand Rapids a few days ago and had an excellent overall experience. We stopped in around 5ish to grab a couple beers, some food, and check out the jazz band that was playing that evening. The atmosphere inside is laid back with a good amount of tables with waiter/waitress service and a large bar. The whole place seemed like one big room, I'm sure it can get rowdy later at night. The beers were great, I tasted the nitro-tapped oatmeal stout, the breakfast stout, an all-day ipa, and a porter. All were well above average, with the oatmeal and breakfast stouts being particularly outstanding. The selection of beers was excellent, and growlers were available of almost every beer. Bottles were also available as well as a large array of merch in a separate room.
Every item I saw on the deli menu looked pretty good and after some deliberation I chose the Backwoods Bastard pulled pork sandwich. It came out pretty quickly and was extremely delicious. The service was very attentive and helpful with questions I had both about the beers and other establishments in the surrounding area. Overall I had a great experience and would recommend this brewery to anyone who loves good beer and solid sandwiches. Can't imagine a much better spot to spend a snowy Michigan night.
01-04-2012 02:20:33 |
More by tyamhydrogen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Great selection of classics, hard-to-find unique brews, and one-off experiments that made for an enjoyable destination experience. The newer building with numerous windows and clean restaurant feel made the atmosphere a little less "dank" than I prefer my bars, but I wasn't really there for the ambiance. I was there the for beer and I was not disappointed. All of the servers were very friendly, knowledgeable, and eager to refill our glasses when they were a little too close to empty. Reasonable pricing for great beer. Definitely a must-visit for any beer lover who finds themselves in the mitten.
11-07-2012 14:12:23 |
More by tat2matt
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
This place just seems to get busier and busier everytime I visit. It's nearly impossible to get a table during the weekend, and the weekdays are harder to come by as well. This place is definitely getting a lot of positive press in the Grand Rapids area, and deservingly so. I just hope the owners and staff don't let all of this publicity get to their heads and sacrifice service, food, and most importantly the quality and integrity of the ingredients of the beer. I was told that they are tripling their batch of KBS for next year based on the demand this year. That is great, but like I said, I hope they don't cut corners and sacrifice the quality for quantity.
Anyway, this place is still clearly a must visit and the selection of beer is wonderful for a variety of interests.
11-26-2012 21:07:00 |
More by avalonct
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Founders Tap House has everything a craft beer lover could ever ask for. Some of the highest quality of craft beer on tap in the country. Founders offers a relaxed local feel with exceptionable service; you can tell that all of their staff enjoys what they do and who they do it for. I highly suggest visiting Founders anytime you're in Grand Rapids Michigan its a must go destination for any craft beer enthusiast!!
03-12-2013 14:56:48 |
More by MichiganHammer
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$
I started going to Founders in the late '90s when they were still up on Market Street NE and we could crush the peanuts on the floor and play pool and drink some craft beer that tasted better than the beer/water that us recent college grads were accustomed to.
Thankfully, their recipes improved over the years and outpaced even our ability to be the self-proclaimed experts we wanted to be.
We thoroughly enjoy the "new" location with the large deck, the live music, the great food, and most of all, the amazing beer. While the brewers get creative, they seem to pace themselves well to make sure they produce quality over quantity. Do I like everything they put out? No - but that's personal taste - not a matter of quality beer.
One of the only problems I have with Founders is finding a seat. While that is annoying, especially in the winter when the deck isn't available, it is also a quality I appreciate. Keeping it "small" is appreciated!
Their sandwiches and appetizers are well worth the trip as well. Their portions are good size (enough for left overs) and not greasy.
The only other problem I have is finding parking. It is definitely a challenge on a busy night and with recent expansion - it's become an even bigger issue. Hopefully with winter snow melt, we'll be able to find another spot or two soon.
Overall, Founders has created a great tap room, and most of all creates some of the absolute best beer around.
03-15-2013 01:24:22 |
More by mrs_bretina
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I went to Founders Brewing Company a week or so after Foundersfest and was lucky enough to get some of the remaining special brews from the event. Founders is one of my favorite breweries and the visit didnt dissapoint.
The server was there within 2 minutes to take our drink order, which is always a plus.
My wife and i ordered a Devil Dancer TIPA on tap, and followed it up with a Barrel Aged Honey Stuff served in a snifter. Both were excellent brews. The food was amazing, beer cheese dip was second to none.
All in all i had a great experience and look forward to KBS day in March.
07-16-2013 03:53:54 |
More by carmike813
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
Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
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