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Grand Rapids Brewing Co
Active Beers: 14
Beer Ratings: 54
Beer Avg: 3.51
Taps: 8 / Bottles: 20
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
3689 28th St
phone: (616) 285-5970
// CLOSED //
Located directly in front of Centerpointe Mall (the former Eastbrook Mall) on 28th St.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 29
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
October 4, 2008
Stopped in here with the family for lunch. They have a special lunch menue $5.99 lunch includes a soda,the food was Very good. I had the beer sampler and the 6th all the beers were so/so nothing special pretty average,took home a growler of the Octoberfest,not bad, Our waitress was Super nice,knowledgable,and did an awesome job ! The place was clean and quiet with some soft old time music playing in the background. All in all we had fun and left full ,we'll be back.Would be much better if they were more serious about the beer.
12-31-2008 15:25:11 |
More by WakeandBake
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I went here on a Sunday at about 2 in the afternoon. The brewer was always very friendly at the MBG Fests and said they'd have bottles on hand. So I called about the seasonals a few days earlier and was told a Tripel and Lambic were on, sounds great.
I didn't sit at the bar because of smoking so I had to deal with screaming kids instead. It's taking a hit on atmosphere for that alone. It had a Red Robin-esque vibe about the place.
The waitress was very friendly and a bit on the slow side, but they were a bit busy.
They had about 5 regular taps and 2 or 3 seasonals. I ordered the Raspberry Lambic which was a bit cloying, but I've had worse.
I ordered a burger which was probably the best thing about the place.
They didn't have bottles because the brewer quit and the new guy is settling in.
05-14-2008 04:41:45 |
More by TheBlackMallard
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I stopped into GRB last Thursday with some co-workers. It was around 6:30 PM and we sat in the bar area. The bar was very smoky and I was really turned off. It's so weird being in a state where smoking is still legal inside. It makes you really appreciate smoke-free atmospheres. I would have rated the atmosphere lower but they don't deserve it - I'm the non-smoker going into a smoky bar so it's my fault.
My co-workers and I only stayed for one beer. I was surprised to see a raspberry lambic on the menu and had to give it a try. As I waited for it it occurred to me I may be in for an upset. The place didn't seem like the type of brewery that would be aging lambics for years at a time. Sure enough I got the beer and was pretty uninspired. The acidity was very sharp and it was cloyingly sweet. In my inexperienced-brewer-mind this beer needed a few years on it to mellow and dry out to be drinkable - unless they used lactic acid in the beer rather than inoculating.
My co-workers got a brown ale of some sort and the silver foam. Neither were too impressed. I tried the brown ale and it was super light body, almost watery. Probably low end of the style, which is fine. And there was a little confusion about the silver foam's style.
Anyway it just didn't strike me as a place I'd ever want to go back to but if someone wanted to visit I'd go with them again to sample the rest of the beer and food.
For food we had an appetizer sampler which was really good. Then we settled up and left, leaving some lambic behind that I just couldn't finish.
If in the grand rapids area, make sure to hit Founders and HopCat before forming an opinion of the beer scene here.
05-07-2008 15:11:42 |
More by snafui
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The atmosphere is good. The decor is very beer inspired and comfortable. The bar area can get a little smokey.
The head brewer is often in and makes the rounds of the restaurant and seems to be genuinely interested in your comments. The bartenders generally know their stuff and are more than happy to give you a sample. Servers also tend to be knowledgeable of both the food and beer. There can be a bit of a turnover in staff. I think a lot of the waitstaff is made up of the college crowd.
The selection is pretty good. The regular lineup is a nice mix of lighter lagers, a brown ale, and a red ale. There's always a solid pale ale or IPA on tap and cask (the recipe varies from time to time). The rotating taps generally have a seasonal flair. Everything on tap can also be taken home in a growler.
The food is pretty solid from appetizers to dessert. Good burgers, sandwiches, pizza, and plenty of comfort foods (think heaping helpings of meatloaf and mashed potatoes).
Everything is pretty reasonably priced. By purchasing a mug club membership you're even better off with discounts.
02-07-2008 15:40:32 |
More by GRPunk
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I was in Grand Rapids for a stopover and was pleasantly surprised to find this restaurant just down the street from the hotel. I visited at about 7:00 on a Sunday night. There were a couple of families there (one with small kids, the other with high school/college age kids) and a couple groups of 20 somethings. Overall, it was busier than I would have expected on a Sunday night.
The restaurant was very clean and quite large. The service was excellent. The waitress I had was very attentive. She knew a little about the beers on tap and was able to briefly explain the beers, which was quite interesting.
Overall, though, the restaurant had a chain feel to it. They did have a lot of beer memorabilia decorating the place, however, it almost appeared to me to be a little page from the Applebee's decor. But then again, it isn't the look but the product within, right?
I had a burger. It was quite good and I enjoyed their fries, but wasn't anything unique. There beers were good, but not impressive. I don't know if I'd make a special trip to Grand Rapids for this place, but if I lived closer, it would be a regular stop.
07-01-2007 23:06:29 |
More by livin4jc
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 1 | $$
Another stop after DLD '07.
Stopped here to get a decent meal with a beer. Sat down and it reminded me of a chain restaurant. I ordered the Rye Cru and it was actually really good. For dinner I had the Gyro...big mistake. The meat on the gyro is frozen pre-sliced and not so tasty. Also ordered the mussels for an app and that was also a huge mistake. All the food here seems like it's pre-frozen from GFS. Not a big fan. Friend I was with got a flight with the Pooh Beer, Dunkel, Rye Cru and two others I cant remember. All of which were pretty good from what I remember. ( I dont remember any bad beer to be more precise ) I do not recommend this place if you plan to eat, but if you want to tip a pint or two, its worth a try.
05-04-2007 04:51:38 |
More by rsyberg01
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
My wife and I took her sister and brother-in-law here around the holidays for dinner and some beer tasting as they live in the Grand Rapids area. It has a cozy and relaxed feel to the place. The beer is fairly average in my opinion, with the pale ale being the best choice, I think. The food was very good; many of the menu selections were great for pairing with their house beers.
Overall, I think it's a great restaurant with good beer brewed on the premises. I wouldn't make a stop just for the brew though.
01-01-2007 13:38:00 |
More by scoobybrew
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Whenever the wife and I make it to Grand Rapids, I'm usually here, waiting for her to finish shopping in the mall that shares a parking lot.
Beers were somewhat better than the average brewpub. Nothing spectacular, but balanced and fairly flavorful. The scotch ale was noteworthy, though.
I'm usually there early on Saturday and sit at the bar, so I've gotten excellent service, don't know what its like busy, though.
Very wide selection of beers, you can tell that they're trying to push the boundaries of standard brewpub fare.
Food was pretty typical chain restaurant fare, but it was solid and reasonably priced.
Overall, worth stopping in for a meal before making your way to Founder's, also fairly close to B&B liquors, the incoming Old Chicago and Penzey's spice, so the general area has some merit, although traffic is usually quite heavy and it ain't exactly the prettiest part of town.
11-22-2006 20:27:58 |
More by nortmand
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Very nice place, with a German brewing sort of theme. The quality of the beer and food was rather good, as well as their service. The wait staff was very friendly, although I had to coax beer information from the bartender. The selection of beer is usually five different beers, in my case Silver Foam, Abbey Road IPA, River City Red, Lumberman's Dark and Oatmeal Stout. I purchased the sampler and tried all of the above, but I found that the sampler was more expensive and offered less variety than other brewpubs. I ordered a cheddar ale soup that has in it their Silver Foam ale. It was pretty tasty, slightly spicy and very hearty. My girlfriend ordered a white chicken chili that she also gave high marks to. We were given free complementary whole grain loaf of bread with a homemade (I assume) garlic butter. It was very good, and free which is always good. Overall, I would have to say that I really enjoyed my stop at this brewpub and will definitely make a point to stop back again in the future.
11-21-2006 03:58:13 |
More by gmfessen
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
This was an immense place, located along a major shopping center and easily accessed via the # 28 (eastbound) bus. It was easily identifiable by the two grain silos on the west end of the building, which were part of a little courtyard area.
On the way in, I passed through a vestibule and across a carpet featuring their logo and into a huge entryway. There was a cabinet with logo items for sale to the right and beyond that were the washrooms. There was an immense dining area, which was accessible by making a left oblique. To the hard left was a waiting area with benches and to the direct left was the entryway to the bar area. As I headed to the bar (naturally), the German influence was obvious, with a long, snaking bar with an immense wood and glass back bar, flanked by two wooded barrels that were used to run their tap lines through. Above the center of the bar were a couple of blackboards, one for Beer On Tap and the other for a sammich and beer special after 1600 hours. Above the right side of the bar was a white board detailing Beers on Tap, Beer to Go, and Get Some Sliders. To the left of the bar were a bunch of high tables and chairs and along the wall were booth seating. Seated at the bar, the copper-jacketed brewhouse and four fermenters were on view, behind glass, off to the right. There were lots of empty growlers on display ringing the space. I found myself wondering if this was a midwestern phenomenon. If so, I liked it and have hijacked the concept for use at LNCBC. Also, they had a good bit of Breweriana on display, mostly advertising reproductions, including one for Weisbrod & Hess in Philadelphia, which is now the home of Yards B.C. I struck up a casual conversation with a fellow at the bar when he commented on my patch jacket, which was nice, since company had been at a premium in Ann Arbor.
I cannot say as how I was truly blown away by their beers. I sampled the Silver Foam (light pilsener); Abbey Road IPA; River City Red; Lumberman Dark; Clockwork Orange; and the Scotch Ale. I finally settled on the cask-conditioned Pale Ale. However, the Scotch Ale was interesting, with notes of vanilla and a hot mouthfeel.
09-06-2006 08:43:48 |
More by woodychandler
Grand Rapids Brewing Co in Grand Rapids, MI
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