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Founders Brewing Co.

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Founders Brewing Co.
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235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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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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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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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Visitor rating
  • 177
    Excellent
  • 101
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great beer - lousy experience

As a MI transplant living in ATL, I really enjoy visiting some of my home state breweries when I visit. Founders is a place I both love and hate. I love the beers and I don’t think anyone disagrees they do an excellent job, but this is also the problem. It is like the whole place is run by... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 23, 2014
Ryan B
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Atlanta, Georgia
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
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315 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Atlanta, Georgia
Top Contributor
112 reviews 112 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

As a MI transplant living in ATL, I really enjoy visiting some of my home state breweries when I visit. Founders is a place I both love and hate. I love the beers and I don’t think anyone disagrees they do an excellent job, but this is also the problem. It is like the whole place is run by brewers... More 

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Founder's clearly creates the kind of beer that makes a splash because it is terrific. Any beer lover visiting Grand Rapids should make this their first stop. Of course, their beer is so good that the large taproom is always crowded and always loud. This bustle, chatter, and endless laughter is an indication of a simple pleasure: being with and... More 

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Morley, Michigan
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100 reviews 100 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

When I say horrible seating, I don't mean there isn't enough... There are many tables and chairs, but on a friday or saturday in downtown GR there is always a wait and they DO NOT have a hostess. It's a first come - first seated, walk around and hover at tables, run when you see something being cleared, spend the... More 

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Francesca J, Manager at Founders Brewing Co., responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our taproom! Ever since our humble beginnings in the Brassworks building, we have made a concerted effort to maintain a casual atmosphere that promotes mingling, sharing tables, the ability to roam around, and getting to know someone you otherwise may never talk to which, we feel, contributes to a greater sense of... More 

Traverse City, Michigan
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59 reviews 59 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

After living in Michigan for a few years, I have come to really enjoy the beer from Founders and was excited to visit the brewery during my first trip to Grand Rapids. We didn't have time to eat, but the food looked great and I hope to return for a meal in the future. The atmosphere is great and we... More 

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Grand Haven, Michigan
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16 reviews 16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Friday night my wife and I meeting a couple for drinks and some food. Our experience with parking was a minor challenge, ending up on the far end of what appeared to be an overflow lot, longish walk in single digit weather. From the outside the building is impressive and interesting, huge vats through the windows. I like the layout... More 

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Grand Rapids
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11 reviews 11 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Love love love this place... have been here for dinner and lunch. Love the outdoor seating and fire pits. We have sat outside on cold nights, but were very comfortable sitting by the fire. Great place for beer (of course!), and great sandwiches. Things to note: seat yourself, and walk up to window near the bar to order your food.... More 

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West Bloomfield, Michigan
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

The place had more than other brewing conpanies. It had a good choice of appetizers and the sandwiches were out of this world. Obviously it had a great selection of beer on tap and in the bottle I would highly recommend this place if you're looking for a fun place to eat in an atmosphere that is associated with top... More 

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Francesca J, Manager at Founders Brewing Co., responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our taproom! It is wonderful to hear such positive feedback and I am so happy you enjoyed your visit. Please come see us again soon! More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Good food. Bar fare of sandwiches and appetizers, substantial and delicious. The beer is the big story though. I wasn't much of a beer drinker before, but I am having fun trying all kinds of craft beer now. I had Red's Rye & Crumudgeon and a sample of All Day IPA. Each was excellent and they sell individual bottles, so... More 

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Bend, Oregon, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Sandwich with pulled pork and ham was great! I had the roast beef and it was a little dry. On a cold night, there is a scramble for tables closest to the heat.

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Francesca J, Manager at Founders Brewing Co., responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to review our taproom! I will make sure to pass along your feedback about the roast beef to our deli manager. Thanks again and we hope to see you soon! More 

Chesterfield, Michigan
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Came in on a Fri night, super crowded. Place was way bigger than I expected. We were lucky to find a couple leaving and took their seats at the bar. The beer was very good, and so was the cheese dip. Reasonably priced. Parking was a bit of a challenge, so be prepared to drive around the neighboring blocks to... 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 5 - 10

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Large groups

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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?