B.O.B.'s Brewery

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B.O.B.'s Brewery
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B.O.B.’s Brewery (est. 1997) is the first microbrewery to open in downtown Grand Rapids. For over 20 years, the brewery's philosophy has remained grounded in its core values: quality ingredients, time-honored brewing techniques, small-batch beers, and nuanced flavor profiles. A high school science teacher turned brewmaster, "Brewer John" Svoboda could be called the Walter White of the West Michigan brewing scene. John has a passion for traditional German beer styles and a talent for creating unique one-offs. The scale of B.O.B.’s Brewery allows John the opportunity to take some risks. With risk comes reward in the form of outstanding beer like Peanut Butter Porter, Tiramisu Stout, & Hoptics Gosé. Fittingly, the brewery resides in the cellar of The B.O.B.–and like a good stout–the space is eclectic, comfortable and a touch dark. The folks at B.O.B.'s Brewery don't have to worry about serving beer to the entire world. Their focus remains on serving one beer at a time… Yours.
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3.5
55 reviews
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MidwestKathM
Detroit, MI536 contributions
Aug 2020
Recently in Grand Rapids for a weekend getaway, we were looking for a safe outdoor restaurant with some live music. The B.O.B.'s Beer Garden fit the bill. When we arrived, we were asked to provide our name and phone # (so they reach us in case of a COVID outbreak). Masks and social distancing required and tables set far apart. We sat at one end of a picnic table with several feet between us and the other party at the table. Menus are accessible via QR codes using your smart phone. A full compliment of BOB's craft beers available to meet any taste! Limited menu during these times, but everything we ordered hit the spot. Our waitperson was helpful. And there was music! Great atmosphere and so nice to be outside downtown on a beautiful night!
Written August 22, 2020
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Stardust travels
Grand Rapids, MI9 contributions
May 2019
was my sisters birthday so wanted a fun spot enjoyed everything about it service could have been a bit faster but we will be back
Written June 13, 2019
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Hello! We are happy that you mostly enjoyed your visit with us, we are sorry that our service speed wasn't what it usually is, although we are happy to see that you will be returning to see us. We appreciate that you spent your sisters birthday with us, and we hope that your next visit with us will be even better than your last! We do have three different restaurants you can choose from, and on the weekends we have multiple sites that have music and dancing. Our basement brewery is full of different games that you can play as well. Hope to see you again soon!
Written June 17, 2019
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timmsullivan56
Norwich, CT125 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Stopped for a pint. Large multi level facility
Brewery in basement. Great selection with a super delicious Gose The whole place was really hopping lots of people of all ages. A great time
Written May 5, 2019
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Thank you for your awesome review! We are happy to see you enjoyed your evening with us!
Written June 10, 2019
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FREPLUG
Macomb, MI543 contributions
Dec 2018 • Friends
In the heart of a lot to do the places should have some form of draw. This place lacks any draw what so ever. The drinks are a watered down. Cost is average to higher on bar prices. So no draw there. I did not eat but there are a few restaurants there in the complex and they seem to range from average price to higher price. It was a good spot to people watch but I am sure there are better with better drinks! Plenty of breweries around to choose from and I am not sure I would come back here.
Written January 8, 2019
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We are sorry to hear that your experience with us at The BOB was average - a word we strive to be above! We appreciate the feedback and would like to hear more about your visit. Please email our manager Felicia at fflores@gilmorec.com to tell us how we can improve. Thank you.
Written January 14, 2019
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Boris2552
Cape Coral, FL276 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
The beer and cider were great and so was the food. There was the three of us and we were full. Our son had been there 2 nights before and he had so much fun there, well we are the older ones but we still had fun. This place is 3 restaurants in one.
Lots of excitement and any age group can have fun.
Written December 15, 2018
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Thank you for the very kind review, Boris! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your beers and dinner with us. Now that you've tried some of our winter beers, we highly recommend planning a spring trip to the Brewery to try out some of our spring/summer beers. However, we hope to see you in the Brewery again before spring! :)
Written December 17, 2018
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califcasl
1,105 contributions
Nov 2017 • Friends
This place didn't do much for me. The B.O.B. is a huge mess of a place that passes for a socializing center in this provincial town. I was not impressed with the beers on offer either.
Written October 1, 2018
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Hi there, we're sorry you didn't have the greatest experience with us! Feel free to reach out to our GM Felicia @fflores@gilmorec.com to tell us how we can improve for your next visit. Thank you!
Written October 19, 2018
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Mom1112
Vassar, MI36 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
Many floors including a comedy club on top, dancing on another floor and great microbrew beers to taste. Popular spot!
Written August 27, 2018
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Thanks for the kind words! We hope you join us again soon!
Written August 31, 2018
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Jane C
32 contributions
Jun 2018 • Friends
We can here in country night and since I love country I was happy. Such a fun place with several different areas and different places to eat and drink. We had a great time.
Written July 21, 2018
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Thank you for the excellent review, Jane! We're glad you enjoyed country night. We hope you join us again soon!
Written July 23, 2018
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TCMI
Saginaw, MI62 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
B.O.B.'s is a large warehouse with bars, restaurants, and a comedy club. We went with some friends to see the comedy show. Funny stuff. For $10, you are admitted into this small "club" for the show.

The show was great. Giving it 3 stars, because they tell you at the door there is a 2 drink minimum. What? Maybe I don't want 2 drinks. What they don't say is whether it is alcohol or non-alcoholic drinks and I didn't think to ask at the time.

Really wanted something decent to eat, but their menu is very limited. Ended up with chips and salsa for $7.50. Don't know about you, but I find that a bit too steep just for a snack a 5 year old could put together.

Go for the show, but eat before and ask about that drink policy
Written June 23, 2018
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Hi there, thank you for the review! We're glad you enjoyed the comedy show and hope you come back to see some of the awesome comedians we have lined up for the summer. Two-drink minimum policies are pretty standard among most comedy clubs across the country, and non-alcoholic drinks do count towards your two-drink minimum. Our great restaurants - Gilly's Smokehouse, Bobarino's Pizzeria, and Judson's Steakhouse - would be happy to serve you your pre- and/or post-show food and drinks if you're not interested in the Dr. Grins offerings. Thanks again for the review, and we hope to see you again very soon!
Written June 29, 2018
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CalisDad
Grand Rapids, MI25 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
We were downtown for a concert and stopped for dinner without reservations. They only had space at the bar so we were reluctant but were happy we did. The service was very friendly, very quick and responsive. The food was excellent and we enjoyed ourselves with a glass of wine, a couple of craft beers (good selection) and an overall very pleasing experience.
Written June 10, 2018
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Thank you for the very kind review! We're glad you were able to get the pre-show service you were looking for, and we hope you visit us again soon!
Written June 11, 2018
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B.O.B.'s Brewery is open:
  • Thu - Thu 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Fri - Sat 5:00 PM - 2:00 AM