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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
3689 28th St
phone: (616) 285-5970
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Located directly in front of Centerpointe Mall (the former Eastbrook Mall) on 28th St.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 29
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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 | $$$
Very nice place, with a German brewing sort of theme. The quality of the beer and food was rather good, as well as their service. The wait staff was very friendly, although I had to coax beer information from the bartender. The selection of beer is usually five different beers, in my case Silver Foam, Abbey Road IPA, River City Red, Lumberman's Dark and Oatmeal Stout. I purchased the sampler and tried all of the above, but I found that the sampler was more expensive and offered less variety than other brewpubs. I ordered a cheddar ale soup that has in it their Silver Foam ale. It was pretty tasty, slightly spicy and very hearty. My girlfriend ordered a white chicken chili that she also gave high marks to. We were given free complementary whole grain loaf of bread with a homemade (I assume) garlic butter. It was very good, and free which is always good. Overall, I would have to say that I really enjoyed my stop at this brewpub and will definitely make a point to stop back again in the future.
11-21-2006 03:58:13 |
More by gmfessen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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 | $$
I was in Grand Rapids for a stopover and was pleasantly surprised to find this restaurant just down the street from the hotel. I visited at about 7:00 on a Sunday night. There were a couple of families there (one with small kids, the other with high school/college age kids) and a couple groups of 20 somethings. Overall, it was busier than I would have expected on a Sunday night.
The restaurant was very clean and quite large. The service was excellent. The waitress I had was very attentive. She knew a little about the beers on tap and was able to briefly explain the beers, which was quite interesting.
Overall, though, the restaurant had a chain feel to it. They did have a lot of beer memorabilia decorating the place, however, it almost appeared to me to be a little page from the Applebee's decor. But then again, it isn't the look but the product within, right?
I had a burger. It was quite good and I enjoyed their fries, but wasn't anything unique. There beers were good, but not impressive. I don't know if I'd make a special trip to Grand Rapids for this place, but if I lived closer, it would be a regular stop.
07-01-2007 23:06:29 |
More by livin4jc
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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: 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: 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: 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
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$
The atmosphere is typical of a brew pub which I happen to enjoy.
The servers I have had with each visit have been good, but nothing that was overly impressive. I appreciate that they have all been kind.
Grand Rapids Brewing Co. brews their own beers which are actually quite enjoyable. They do not have many of them available, but they are worth trying.
The food was notable! I absolutely love good pub food, but I have been to plenty of pubs that have mediocre food and this is not one of them. I have had a few different dishes here and each and every time I have been completely stuffed and very satisfied.
They have excellent specials for birthdays so if you are celebrating your birthday soon this is a good place to be.
01-11-2011 03:29:45 |
More by TheBear11D
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
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