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Founders Brewing Company
Active Beers: 78
Beer Ratings: 63,640
Beer Avg: 3.96
Taps: 18 / Bottles: 7
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
235 Grandville Ave SW
phone: (616) 776-1195
Monday - Saturday: 11am - 2am
Sunday: 12pm - 12am
Non-smoking Indoors, huge front porch for smoking. (heated winter room coming!)
Much larger room, with huge 25-seat custom mahogany bar.
Expanded Deli Menu and Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 11am-11pm
Live Music Thursdays and Saturdays featuring Stage, House PA and Sound
Pool Table, Real Dart Board, and Shuffleboard.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 247 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I'd like to come back here on a quieter afternoon.My wife and I showed up at 9pm on a Thursday night to find what was apparantly a smoker's night. I can handle a bit of smoke, but out of about 20 tables, 18 of them were filled with smokers. Not only that, but reps from Reynolds Tobacco were there handing out free packs of Camels! The ventillation system could not keep up with all the cigarettes, and it made for a less than pleasant beer-drinking experience.
Staff was pretty friendly and helpful. They even have menus from local pizza joints and will help you order-in a pizza while you're there.
But the beer's what we're there for. All the Founders flavours are on tap, as well as some limited offerings only available here. Some really big beers, too. So watch your intake. Be aware that there is no shortage of police patrolling the streets of downtown Grand Rapids, so be smart when you leave the place.
All in all, it wasn't my favorite location of my beer tour through Michigan, but I'd like to visit earlier on in the day to give it another shot.
08-20-2006 14:07:24 |
More by DaveFL1976
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I arrived in the city limits of Grand Rapids and drove directly to Founders...hotel room be damned...I've been looking forward to this visit for quite some time!
The outside of the building is well advertised. The parking is a little strange, but I went around the corner and found a spot along the side street. There is a huge front porch/deck lining the front of the building (a little chilly during my visit, so empty save for the smoking crowd).
If an Irish Pub and a Western Saloon had a baby, this is what it would look like.
You enter the brew pub to a large single room, huge, open with lots of wooden tables and a giant bar lining the back wall. There is a stage area off to the left and a small retail area at the right end of the bar (also a window leading to the kitchen I think). The left rear corner of the room has windows that give you a view of the brewery...the shiny tanks that produce the wonderful beer! The floor seemed to be wooden planks...covered in peanut shells.
Above the bar hangs a giant chalkboard that lists the current taps (with prices and ABV). I think there were 7 bartenders working that night (Tuesday, around 730 pm). The gentlemen who waited on me just started bartending, but was awesome. You could tell he loved beer and was knowledgeable.
There is no way you can stop in Grand Rapids without making Founders one of your primary destinations. The place is almost iconic and lives up to its lofty reputation.
05-21-2010 13:22:51 |
More by mgbickel
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
This turned out to be a late night visit following a West Michigan WhiteCaps game. Located right downtown in Grand Rapids. It's a rather small place with wooden tables and peanut shells on the floor. A lot of locals were hanging out and people going in and out to purchase beer from the refrigerator located in the bar area. They have a very friendly staff who wait on you and a good, lively atmosphere. I had tried a bottle of Centennial IPA and pale ale earlier in the week and was curious to know how the draft IPA tasted. The bottom line is it was excellent. I decided to purchase a six-pack there since I was not sure I would find anymore as I headed east toward Detroit. I was diligent enough to save a few bottles for the trip back to California and used one of the bottles for a Michigan IPA blind taste test with friends that included the following Michigan IPA's: Founders Centennial, Bell's Two-Hearted, New Holland's Mad Hatter, Arcadia's IPA, and Michigan Brewery's High Seas. New Holland's Mad Hatter came out on top, followed by Founders, then Bell's, followed by Arcadia and then Michigan.
01-02-2004 23:22:53 |
More by ChappyCubsFan
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Well I stopped in this place on my last trip to Southwestern Michigan. Not the easiest place to find due to the old crazy layout of the downtown area. It is in a brick building that has been refurbished for businesses. The place was small, but fairly open and well lit. The bar was fairly small and alas, the cask tap was just for decoration. A fairly decent amount of beers were available, including some not available in bottles. The bottles were also for sale to go in a cooler. It didn't appear that the place had growlers. The style of the place was a combination of modern steel and old wood. The service was very helpful and mindful of both the bar crowd and the tables. A great place to check out.
11-06-2004 16:48:17 |
More by Wildman
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped in during my trip to Indiana.
The building itself is beautiful. Really easy on the eyes with a nice bar and seating area. It seems as though they use a team approach in the seating area. We had at least three people checking on us. We never had to want for anything. The staff were well educated and quick to serve. We had pretzels, peanuts, and sandwiches. The first two you can't really mess up, but the cheese for the pretzel rods were addictive. You throw the peanut shells on the floor which was a bonus.
The sandwiches are great, made to order and pretty customizable. The beer list was great with lots of nice special barrel aged brews. Prices were great. Great place, great service, good food, and awesome beer. What more can you ask for. This is THE SPOT to hit in lower Michigan.
04-11-2010 20:30:27 |
More by tpd975
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a tasting room of a working brewery. Located in a large factory, this first floor brewery is a treat. A small bar with 10 or so stools and numerous metal top tables give you a place to sit. The beers on tap on last visit numbered 12 and Founders makes great beer. The food menu was mostly sandwiches and they looked good on a busy Monday, but I had just got done with Breakfast. Large doors/windows showed the bottling line, which was in use, and the fermentation tanks. This is not a prim and polished place but if you want great beer at the source, get here.
07-19-2005 23:37:24 |
More by jimbotrost
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
This is without question one of the best craft breweries in the country. Every beer is just top notch and not only worth tasting but worth drinking.
KBS is a stout by which others are judged, and that's just the beginning. Other barrel aged stouts are exceptional, with the "draft only" Black Biscuit being one of the best beers in the country...period!
The staff is beyond knowledgable and could not be more friendly or accomodating. The selection of beers available is extensive and includes the rare and hard to get and the more extreme.
This is a brewery that really cares about its partrons and does all in its power to generate good will, good beer, future customers and provide the best product possible. This place is so good it's almost "an event" to go and drink and eat.
04-20-2010 05:35:51 |
More by GRG1313
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped by around 2pm so they were not busy. In my opinion the best time is during off hours like this. The large open indoor area becomes rather noisy when the crowds increase. I really like the way the porch area flows with the interior. You are outside yet feel close to the bar with the big garage doors open in the warmer months. The food is above average and they have a nice selection to choose from. The feel is very laid back and not rushed. If this place was closer, I would be there every day. A must stop when in Michigan not just the area.
08-11-2011 00:04:31 |
More by jale
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
The atmosphere in here on a busy saturday night was great. Casual and very friendly. Since no food is offered I saw pizza boxes on a couple of tables. Very kind of them to allow that, I even saw someone sharing a bottle from Allagash. Dinged the score a bit for all the smoke. The beer was, of course, phenomonal as was the friendly staff. Only five beers on tap this day, so that was a bit of a letdown. One of the five was Breakfast Stout so that helped. I'd love to have this in my neighborhood. If you get the chance stop by.
11-13-2007 15:33:19 |
More by DIM
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I made my way up to the pub for the Kentucky Breakfast Stout release with some of my buddies. The place is absolutely gorgeous with lots of natural lighting and glass walls to see into the brewery. The no smoking is great as well. The beers seemed to be served at proper temperatures and were about standard prices. The only food we got was some kind of warm beer cheese platter that was very enjoyable. I wasn't blown away with the tap list, but it was impressive. Off the top of my head they had: Kentucky Breakfast Stout, Imperial Stout, Oatmeal Stout, Frangelic Stout, Rubaeus, Centennial IPA, Pale Ale,and Dirty Bastard. The service was spectacular. The entire wait staff was very polite, attentive, and in good humor. It is so refreshing to see people in the service industry that don't seem annoyed. Overall, it was a very worthwhile trip and it's breweries and trips like this that make me sad that I am leaving the state.
03-17-2008 02:22:13 |
More by david131
Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, MI
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