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Founders Brewing Co.

235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(616) 776-1195
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Ranked #15 of 782 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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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

My husband and I visited on the fifth of July. My husband had the devil dancer and I drank a Rubeus. Outstanding. So much beer variety. It was great to sit outside and enjoy the wonderful weather. We didn't eat here, but we have in the past. The food is good, but you have to go up to order it,... More

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Oslo, Norway
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147 reviews 147 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Nice place, decent food, good beer (lots of IPA) and good atmosphere.  But the place is very large. For a more "personal"/charming night out I would go to Brewery Vivant. 

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Freehold, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Went here before fireworks with 4 adults and a 2 year old. The servers were very friendly and even helped us find a table in the crowded seat yourself restaurant. We sat outside and the atmosphere was really very nice. The beers were great. We shared 4 different appetizers; cheesy garlic bread, crab dip, cheese dip and guacamole. The guacamole... More

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Rockford, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

My wife and I visited here over the 4th of July for dinner. We sat outside, it was very comfortable and an enjoyable spot to crowd watch. The menu includes a nice selection of sandwiches. I tried the Reds Rye, both the beer and the sandwich, and enjoyed both. My wife had the three cheese item and she enjoyed that... More

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Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Loved the outdoor seating and pool table. Enjoyed the pool table and it's nice to have more than one bar when busy. Was bummed that we arrived too late to try the food.

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South Lyon, Michigan
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164 reviews 164 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

My wife and I stopped in here for an afternoon drink. I was surprised by how busy it was. We managed to find a table outside near a heater. The lines at the bar were short and the beer was reasonably priced. There were a lot of beer selections and the two I had were good. I did not try... More

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Elkhorn, Wisconsin
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Founders is a great place for socializing in downtown Grand Rapids. Very good food and easy to get to.

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Clarkston, Michigan
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The four of us went there for dinner. We sat in the restaurant, ordered drinks and sandwiches, and we were so impressed that we all went back the following evening. The first night everyone's meal was outstanding. The service was top notch and we were really blown away by the quality, and taste of the food. The second night, unknowingly,... More

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Naples, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Grand Rapids is a cool city. It is an excellent place to try different kinds of beer. Nice atmosphere. They have very good service. Regarding the food, I just saw practically offering sandwiches. Very important to keep this in mind. I recommend this site.

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to review our taproom! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you again soon! More

Belleville, Michigan
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We had a party of 6 and each of us had 1 meal a piece and sampled each others dish. The portions were very large. The wait staff brings a menu to the table and you go to a window to order. You are then handed a pager to let you know when the food is ready. The wait staff... More

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