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Founders Brewing Co.

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235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
+1 616-776-1195
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11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Sun 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Overlooking the brewing facilities, our Taproom allows customers a look...
Overlooking the brewing facilities, our Taproom allows customers a look into where the beer magic happens. It’s a great testing ground for us, and on any particular day you will find numerous products on draft available only at Founders. The unique offering of specialty beers, the laid back atmosphere, and thrice-weekly live music has helped to make our Taproom a staple in the Grand Rapids community and a destination for travelers.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Love this place, but it's BUSY!

Grand Rapids is a craft beer mecca, and Founders is one of the top locations. I am not a huge beer aficionado, but I enjoy a cold one now and then. I really love their sandwiches, but if you are hoping to get into Founders for a seat, be sure to come early. And be prepared to search as they... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Jenna H
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Grand Rapids is a craft beer mecca, and Founders is one of the top locations. I am not a huge beer aficionado, but I enjoy a cold one now and then. I really love their sandwiches, but if you are hoping to get into Founders for a seat, be sure to come early. And be prepared to search as they... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you are a beer lover you must go here. It is plain and simple: it is a beer hall for those who love to taste and experience a good variety of well crafted beer. Depending on when and what time you go it could be very crowded and full of fun loving beer drinkers. I have seen families there... More 

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Thank 630bedman
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food (apps) were good...but the choices and range of brews on tap were what earned Founders 5 stars. Good stuff.

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Thank Dowdy D
Macomb, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My Fiancé and I were really excited to try Founders since we heard so many awesome things about it! I'm going to try and give them the benefit of the doubt because we did go on a Friday afternoon but it was so packed it was absurd. They don't do any form of seating, you just have to seat yourself.... More 

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Thank Taylor M
Morris, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow! We visited this brewpub for lunch twice during our visit to Grand Rapids. The beer and food are both terrific! I had the All Day IPA, Red's Rye IPA and the Breakfast Stout, and would recommend all. They are all distinctive, true to form and well executed, lacking the funky flavors sometimes encountered in microbrews. The sandwiches and chili... More 

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Thank Cypripedium
Cedar Springs, Michigan
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47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My daughter took me to Founders for my birthday for lunch. I have been here several times before and always enjoy the open airy atmosphere - it was cool and threatening rain so we took a table inside this time (but they have a nice outdoor dining and bar area when the weather is nice). To start out ordered my... More 

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Thank Tim W
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Perhaps my expectations were out of line based on how tasty their beer is. We stopped in to have lunch, and it was good, but not terrific. I was honestly annoyed that their $12 sandwiches did not come with chips, but rather were $2 for a bag, and I really hate complaining about prices because I know food in general... More 

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Thank Cathy R
Chris D, Manager at Founders Brewing Co., responded to this review

Hi Cathy, Thanks for coming by to visit our taproom. Sorry to hear you felt we didn't measure to other breweries around town. I did just want to clarify that on our menu we do only have one sandwich that is over 10 dollars. When adding chips to your sandwich we only ask for a dollar more. We will be... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Founders has a great rep, and the atmosphere is great, but as a slight beer snob it didn't quite measure up. Food was good but not as fantastic as other renowned Midwestern breweries, and the beer was good but not great. The nitro beers were meh.

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Rockford, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopping by to have a beer brew. Our Third visit yesterday. The Saturday 3pm visit was very busy... Some seating available outside by the fire pits while sipping on your favorites. My tulip was filled with the "blushing MONK" =9.2% alcohol and my hubby had the 16oz "Dirty Bastxxd" . The site store is a great place to buy a... More 

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Thank colleen s
Detroit, Michigan
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50 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everyone knows Founders because of their great beers, and their Grand Rapids bar is no exception to the quality you expect. You can try many of their classics, of course, but you can also sample many of the beers that are never bottled. In addition to multiple seating areas, there is a huge, newly-renovated biergarten with heaters, fireplaces, community tables,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Kent County  >  Grand Rapids
  • Phone Number: +1 616-776-1195

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 12
  • Cuisine: American, Pub

Description

Overlooking the brewing facilities, our Taproom allows customers a look into where the beer magic happens. It’s a great testing ground for us, and on any particular day you will find numerous products on draft available only at Founders. The unique offering of specialty beers, the laid back atmosphere, and thrice-weekly live music has helped to make our Taproom a staple in the Grand Rapids community and a destination for travelers.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 am

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