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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
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
3689 28th St
phone: (616) 285-5970
// CLOSED //
Located directly in front of Centerpointe Mall (the former Eastbrook Mall) on 28th St.
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 29
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 1.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
The food was quite good; I got all you can eat ribs and they were great, but the beer was terrible! It was all far too mild and seemed to be meant for people accustomed to only drinking coors light or dirty bath water. This place reminded me a lot of the Rock Bottom brewing chain, but with worse beer and better food. The atmosphere was okay, it is kind of cozy with a bit of a rustic feel, but it's nothing special. The Grand Rapids Brewing Company is good just as a restaurant, but the beer sucks.
04-14-2010 01:11:07 |
More by jt31914
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: 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
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5 | $$$
With a name such as Grand Rapids Brewing Company, you are thinking this place should be pretty great. After all, this is the home of Founders.
This place is honestly a disappointment enough to keep me away. The beer is average at best. I envision a Bud Light drinker coming here when they want a sipper, while a beer enthusiast may come here when they want to know what a low end beer tastes like.
The food was nothing special at prices higher than what you are getting. Service was average, nothing memorable.
10-02-2009 17:31:24 |
More by TCgoalie
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 3 | $$$
Atmosphere: I wandered in here after a brief visit to the Hideout... I wish I had stayed at the Hideout. The GRBC was empty and looked like a Ruby Tuesday's bar.
Quality: The pale ale tasted like light brown water. The dark ale tasted like slightly browner water. The seasonal was a brown ale... I had a taster. It tasted a lot like the pale, only a little more brown. This is not to say the beers tasted malty, hoppy, roasted, or good. They just tasted brown.
Service: The bartender was attentive and conversational. The service was easily the highlight of the visit.
Selection: Pils, Red, Pale, Dark, seasonal (Brown). There were a couple of guest bottles, but they weren't particularly exciting. I have a feeling this place makes it's living off the hop-fearing lunch crowd.
Food: I had the herbed rotisserie chicken. It was okay. I was actually impressed that the broccoli wasn't soaked in butter. The bartender brought me a loaf of bread with some tasty herb butter... but I did have to wonder why they bothered with herb butter when they can't get their beer right.
value: for the money, I'd rather get a pizza and a six pack of Founders and sit alone in my hotel room.
02-17-2010 03:35:48 |
More by guitarfacepete
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
You can find this located in front of the formerly known Eastbrook Mall off of 28th street. This place is more of a restaurant than brewery IMO. The food was excellent but the beer aspect was quite dissapointing. Not many choices, and the ones that were available were beginner style beers (light, pale ale, etc.) Nothing extroadinary here and the beers were pretty average for the most part. Another thing was that my server knew nothing about beer and she seemed annoyed when I asked her questions (about the beer and the food). I'll go here again, but only because I am hungry.
04-14-2004 14:24:20 |
More by granger10
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 1 | $$
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: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
This place closed down a month or two ago. The name and brewing equipment were recently purchased by the owner of Hopcat and several other Grand Rapids bars. He's planning on reopening downtown in the old Founders Brewing Company space in the Brassworks building. They are also going to add a Kansas style BBQ restaurant. I'm excited to see how this pans out. Could be great to have another quality brewery downtown. Having my office in the same building could be devastating to my wallet and my waistline, however.
09-19-2011 14:27:46 |
More by todisht
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
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: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 1 | $$
Stopped in one afternoon with the family. Definitely a family-friendly restaurant. I would liken it to a Ruby Tuesday/TGIF.
Food selection was decent and prices were reasonable. Service was fine.
Now the food...it tasted okay, but nothing great. Here is what really bothered me - my wife ordered a sandwich and asked them to leave off the onions. The waitress said she couldn't do that because "they come prepackaged and are microwaved in the package. I can't take off the stuff. You will have to pick it off".
I looked for a hidden camera, wondering if we were being Punked.
With so many other choices in the area, I won't waste my time here again.
08-27-2010 15:25:55 |
More by aerobiz
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