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Founders Brewing Co.

235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 776-1195
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Ranked #14 of 788 restaurants in Grand Rapids
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $10
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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.
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87% Recommend
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English first
Weehawken, New Jersey
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284 reviews 284 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

My local friend told me that this is one of the hottest places in town and I can see why. Only pros list needed here. Pros: 1. First and foremost, the beers are excellent. They are expanding fast and I am seeing their brews in Jersey now. This summer I became a fan of their Rubeus. 2. The building is... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Went on a Saturday about noon. Nice bar area but sat outside. Great patio area. Very good beer choices and not bad prices. Wife had the 5 sampler all were very good. Food menu was good. There were 6 of us and everything looked and tasted very good. Service was good for being at lunch time. Wanted to do tour... More

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East Lansing, Michigan
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33 reviews 33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I'd walk across broken glass in bare feet for a Kentucky Bourbon Stout, which Founders rolls out in limited quantities once a year. Founders is one of the nation's best craft brewers. They have a range of top, top beers. Drop in the tap room, and you can confirm that yourself. The room itself is large, hip and fun. A... More

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Madison, WI
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46 reviews 46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Wow. Great beer. It took me about 20 minutes to whittle the massive list of delicious-looking sandwiches down to the one I would order. My wife and I split 2 and both were excellent. I would come back here any day.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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37 reviews 37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

First visit of the evening was founders, was pretty busy ,service was excellent when you consider we walked in with 40 people. Tried a couple of their craft beers which I really enjoyed. Our group had a great time at a great venue.

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Detroit, Michigan
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131 reviews 131 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

A trip to Founders is an absolute must for anyone who enjoys craft beer. It should be no surprise to anyone familiar with Founders that the beer at the tap room is fantastic. On the menu are several of Founders standard offerings, including, Red's Rye, Dirty B@stard, Centennial IPA, and Curmudgeon Old Ale, just to name a few. Also on... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Went on the brewery tour given by one of the founders of Founders. Had a great time asking questions. The restaurant has several beers that are currently being made including some that are only available on-site. If you want to sample, go with the 5 ounce sample glasses. Beers are priced in groups rather than individually.

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North Muskegon, Michigan
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Stopped for some beer samples and a sandwich. Very impressed by the size(700+ capacity) and the "seat your self". Tables were spread out enough for that "no cramped" feeling. Parking is a bit of a challenge though. :) Had the "Grandwich" July special and it was one heck of a sandwich. Beers were so-so with Dirty B. being the best... More

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Port Huron, Michigan
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75 reviews 75 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We started our bar hopping weekend in Grand Rapids at Founders Brewing Company. It was so fun and we were by far the oldest people in the bar. We were a group of forty-somethings and we were surrounded by twenty-somethings but we still had a great time. The bar has indoor space with a stage for music, a long bar... More

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Livonia, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This place was not at all what I expected. The restaurant spans a hug area with different seating styles including covered porch, exposed outdoor, high-tops, and family-style tables. We didn't realize that you ordered like a deli and that kids needed to be out by 9. Nevertheless, we enjoyed every bit of it. Adults and kids both enjoyed their meals... More

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