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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
3689 28th St
phone: (616) 285-5970
// CLOSED //
Located directly in front of Centerpointe Mall (the former Eastbrook Mall) on 28th St.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 29
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
This was actually right next to the hotel I stayed in. I'd say it used to be a Max and Ermas or Chilis before as it looks like a chain restraunt.
The service was pretty slow and our waitress didn't really know much about the beer. The menu however had some interesting things but was a tad overpriced. Overall the food was very good.
I think I would have liked the atmosphere more if I hadn't visited Bell's, Founders, New Holland, The Hideout, Dark Horse, and a few other places that really stood above this place.
Beers were average and nothing out of the ordinary in the selection when I was there. They do have a rotating cask which was pretty good. Worth a try.
07-09-2006 17:51:38 |
More by mcallister
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Nic looking place with lots of wood and brick decoration. Brewery with copper Tuns visible inbetween the bar and restaurant areas. Dark greens and reds dominate the color scheme. Beer prices are good, kegs are available, and the beer is served at cellar temp! Here's the rundown on the beer sampler I had:
-Centennial Silver Foam - nice pale lager with strong cereal malt citrus tones and grassy hops
-Pale Ale - this beer changes, this time around the bar-tender described it as a British Style IPA. Light cereal malt, grassy hops. Overhopped Bitter. Pretty good, I took a growler home.
-River City Red - Light amber cereal malts balanced grassy hops, some german style malt sweetness?
-Lumberman's Dark - Light, but roasted dark malt with hints of chocolate.
-Coffee Cream Stout - Seasonal, very sweet and creamy but a moderately light body, hints of coffee.
Server was not super knowledgable on the beer, but the Bartender knew his stuff. Make sure to ask about the beer, because except for the Silver Foam, River City, and Lumberjack's, everything else changes! There is a "Pale Ale Tap" which will cover tha gambit from an English Bitter, to an American IPA. The seasonal tap also always changes.
Overall the beer was good, but not great, and definitely not exceptional. There was a also a Lambic that I believe was on gravity-pull/cask, that I didn't try.
FOOD! YUMMY! I had a Hangar's Steak which had been marinated in Porter, sliced into chunks and served with garlic mashed potatoes. Also had a bowl of Porter & Onion soup, which was similar to French Onion and was very good! Even the bread was good. My sister-in-law was not overly impressed with her veggie-burger, but she did finish it. OVerall nice menu selection, upscale American food with lots of beer-flavored dishes. Not cheap, a dinner could be 12-25 dollars, but you get what you pay for here!
Atmosphere is family friendly, yet fun enough to have a good time with the boys. No smoking in the whole place? (not confirmed) Decorated with lots of old brewing and Grand Rapids related pictures and paraphenalia.
Definitely a good place to go for a nice (not fancy) dinner with some brewery fresh beer.
01-08-2006 14:47:12 |
More by sopor
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Nice atmosphere, after an initial short coming of having to find a hostess ourselves, service was decent thereafter. Sat in the dining area, and had the beer sampler. On tap that night was the Clockwork Orange Belgian Wit, Centennial Silver Foam, Boylen's Bitter Extreme, River City Red, and the Lumberjack Dark (I think). Very good, though I could have certainly done without the Centennail Silver Foam (tasted very generic). Food was very good. I ordered a steak/potato pancake dinner, which was very tasty, and my wife had the chicken, which she also enjoyed. Fairly pricey, but the food was good. Again, didn't have a chance to stop in the bar, but the dining area was decent, we were in the middle, and didn't really notice any of the things bolted onto the walls, as the previous reviewers. Decent, might recommend it once, probably won't be back, but would stop by once in a while if I were local.
07-10-2005 02:02:13 |
More by Kane
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
Nice atmosphere, there is a bar featuring all of their beers separate from the dinning area. They have their regular beers and always have the seasonals too. There is also a full service bar with the spirits and macros too. The people were all very nice and helpfull. They were all knowledgeable about the food and the beer. They pair food together with their beers on the menu. The food is quite nice I have had several items from the menu and most of it was to my liking. Nice place to go for dinner or just to sit in the bar and watch the game. Their beers are nice for the most part, however they can be a bit inconsistant. The stout always tastes different when I go there, sometimes better sometimes worse.
12-05-2004 14:35:52 |
More by trumick
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 1.5
This was my first visit to the pub located off of one of the busier shopping districts in Michigan. It's in a good location and it's a nice looking restaurant with hops growing on trellices near the patio. The inside was equally attractive, and it seems spacious and sprawling. We sat in the restaurant side, which once we sat down, seemed like any chain restaurant.
From the minute we walked in, however, it seemed the quality of the service would leave a little something to be desired as the hostess stared at us mutely, instead of greeting us. Our waitress was better, but just average.
Worst than the service was the food. Average, at best, bar food, served at gourmet NYC bistro prices. My wife and I each had a burger (w/ chips, fries were extra), and salad, and I had ONE beer, for just over $30. You read that correctly $30. The salad was good, the burger was just okay.
I gave a 3 for quality and selection because the beer was of a good quality and the beer selection was good, but the quality of the experience was poor as was the overall food selection. I've visited other restaurants in this chain and have been happy I was just disappointed with GRBC.
10-05-2004 19:42:01 |
More by redmosquito
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
I've been here several times while visiting family in the area. The atmosphere is brewpub 101 - dark bar area, open, wood and breweriana-filled dining area.
The food is pretty average brewpub fare, with a lot of things coming out too greasy or too heavily breaded for my tastes. I've not had anything that would merit a special recommendation, but I've certainly not sampled all that there is.
Service has been rather forgetful each time I've been there with pleas for more beer or water, and forgotten food items common.
The beer selection is decent with several standard selections, a rotating pale ale, and a seasonal tap. One nice touch is that the pale ale selection is also available on cask. Unless they're out. Which they've been every time but my last visit. A few of the beers I've sampled have been flawed, with most decent, and a couple quite good. The quality is unpredictable though. On my last visit, I had their London Calling Pale Ale on tap, and it showed signs of damage with a some hot cardboard flavor and aroma. I then had the same beer on cask (I'm a cask junkie, OK?), and it was a lovely Best Bitter. Go figure.
All in all, an average brewpub. Don't go with high expectations and you probably won't be disappointed, and may have a pleasant surprise or two.
08-17-2004 15:51:16 |
More by Realale
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 2 | food: 3
We stopped in here for a beer and an appetizer when we were in Grand Rapids. We walked to it from our hotel across the street, so it is very conveniently located. I had a River Red ale. It was an excellent beer full of complex malty, hoppy, yeasty flavors. My husband tried the pale ale. He found it to be just a bit too hoppy.
The bartender was the assistent brewer, and as we were there late at night we chatted a ton about beer and brewing and their methods. Apparently very little of their system is mechanized so the brewers have to do a lot of manual hard labor. Their batch size is fairly small, but they do a lot of variable seasonals. So, look for some interesting holiday lambics.
We tried the pretzel appetizer, not authentic but delicious nonetheless.
The only major downside was the lack of lagers. They also didn't have the cask beer anymore, they had just run out. Other than that, it was an excellent experience.
06-22-2004 17:37:58 |
More by Reneejane
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
You can find this located in front of the formerly known Eastbrook Mall off of 28th street. This place is more of a restaurant than brewery IMO. The food was excellent but the beer aspect was quite dissapointing. Not many choices, and the ones that were available were beginner style beers (light, pale ale, etc.) Nothing extroadinary here and the beers were pretty average for the most part. Another thing was that my server knew nothing about beer and she seemed annoyed when I asked her questions (about the beer and the food). I'll go here again, but only because I am hungry.
04-14-2004 14:24:20 |
More by granger10
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3
Average middle class interior with wanna-be quasi interesting nostalgia that we see in every other brewpub on the planet. Average wait staff...my waitress was cute but was slow to wait on me and really didn't pay much attention to how empty my glass was. The smell of wort in the air is pleasant. The food smells decent, and the menu has some good stuff to eat, but I didn't try anything. Red and rust themed with crated wood lights. Overall this is pretty boring, and their beers are average at best.
11-13-2003 02:10:34 |
More by Mitchster
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Grand Rapids Brewing Co in Grand Rapids, MI
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