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Founders Brewing Co.


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2019 Winner

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These sandwiches are handcrafted, just like our beer. Each one is made to order and during busy times, can take a while to prepare. If you're in a huge hurry, or running short on time or patience, you might want to try a local fast food joint. Otherwise, enjoy a beer, and we'll let you know when your food is ready! All sandwiches locally-made el matador tortilla chips come toasted hot unless ordered cold and are served with a pickle spear
Half Sandwich 7.75
Red's Rye
Roast beef, capicola, muenster cheese, red peppers, tomatoes & chipotle mayo on polish rye. Just spicy enough for ol' red!
Half Sandwich 7.25
Louis A. Cornelius
Corned beef, roasted chicken, cheddar & cream cheese, sauerkraut & 1,000 island dressing on polish rye. A local legend!
Half Sandwich 6.25
Brassworks Blt
Thick-cut bacon, lettuce, tomatoes & mayo on san fran sourdough. This classic got its name from our original home in the brassworks building
Half Sandwich 8.25
Devil Dancer
Roasted chicken, muenster & pepper jack, jalapeño, chipotle & banana peppers, red onions & chipotle mayo on a french roll. Do you dare to dance with the devil?
Half Sandwich 6.75
Dirty Bastard
You don't have to be one to order it! Pastrami, swiss, lettuce, red onions & horseradish sauce on polish rye. Ain't for the wee lads!
Pepperoni, capicola, mozzarella, baby spinach, tomatoes, green olives, mayo & italian dressing on a tomato basil foccacia roll. You got a problem with that? No half sandwich available
Half Sandwich 6.75
Fresh mozzarella, tomatoes & fresh basil piled on toasted ciabatta bread with garlic-infused olive oil. This one is also vegetarian friendly...capisce? Served with a sidecar of balsamic vinaigrette
Half Sandwich 7.75
Blushing Monk
Cranberry chicken salad, provolone & smoked gouda, lettuce, tomatoes & red onions on a french roll. Quietly delicious, enlighteningly flavorful
Half Sandwich 6.75
Mug Clubber
You don't have to be a member to enjoy this chicken club with sliced roasted chicken, thick-cut bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, sliced pickles & mayo on san fran sourdough
Half Sandwich 6.75
Dirty bastard pulled pork topped with sliced smoked ham, swiss cheese, sliced pickles & yellow mustard stacked on toasted ciabatta. Not as famous as the old dictator, but probably tastes better!
Ditch the bread and order one of our salads (full-size only). All of the same toppings as their sandwich counterparts, but served on a bed of greens
Tree Hugger
Lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, baby spinach, red peppers, black olives, avocado, carrots, hummus & centennial ipa honey mustard. No patchouli!
Charise's Reuben
Roasted sliced turkey, dill havarti cheese, baby spinach, tomatoes, red onions, avocado, tangy coleslaw & 1,000 island dressing. She's no ruby claire
Fresh mozzarella, tomatoes & fresh basil. This one is also vegetarian friendly...capisce? Served with balsamic vinaigrette
Blushing Monk
Cranberry chicken salad, provolone & smoked gouda, lettuce, tomatoes & red onions. Quietly delicious, enlighteningly flavorful
Bed of greens topped with dried cranberries, candied almonds, bleu cheese crumbles, red onions & balsamic vinaigrette. Go ahead, highfive a friend
All of our "munchies" are generous portions and can easily be shared. You could even get a few different dishes and pass them around the table. That's what we like to do!
Antipasto Platter
A generous spread of sliced, cured meats and seasonal cheeses served with our homemade accoutrements & seasoned crostinis. Plenty to share indeed
Hummus & Tapenade
Homemade hummus and olive tapenade served with seasoned pita chips
Cheesy Garlic Bread
Toasted french bread slices drizzled in garlic-infused olive oil and topped with melted mozzarella and provolone cheese. Served with homemade marinara sauce
Baked Crab Dip
Chunks of real crab claw meat mixed with pepper jack and parmesan cheese, a touch of seasoning & a dash of sriracha chili sauce for a kick. Baked and served with toasted crostinis and locally-made el matador tortilla chips
Beer Cheese Dip
Our popular homemade beer cheese dip features smoked gouda, cream cheese, chopped fresh garlic, red peppers, spinach and a blend of centennial ipa & pale ale. Baked hot and served with seasoned crostinis and locally-made el matador tortilla chips
Our very own house recipe tomato bruschetta, made fresh daily and garnished with parmesan cheese. Served with seasoned crostinis
Large 8.25
Small 5.25
Chips & Guacamole
Homemade guacamole with avocados, tomatoes, onions, peppers, cilantro, lime, garlic & a hint of cumin. Served with locally-made el matador tortilla chips
Large 6.25
Small 3.25
Chips & Salsa
A medium heat, homemade fresh salsa. Served with locally-made el matador tortilla chips
Meats: pepperoni, thick-cut bacon, smoked ham. veggies: red onions, red peppers, green peppers, green olives, black olives, tomatoes, spinach, jalapeño peppers, portabella mushrooms
One Topping
Two Toppings
Three Toppings
Four Toppings
Bread Bowl 9.75
Crock 5.75
Dirty Bastard Bratwurst Chili
Our own homemade one-of-a-kind, moderately spicy red chili. Available by the crock or in a spent grain bread bowl
Bread Bowl 9.75
Crock 5.75
The Soup
Ask about today's soup special. Available by the crock or in a spent grain bread bowl
Kettle Style Potato Chips
Single serving bag of chips
Tortilla Chips
Locally-made el matador tortilla chips
Redskin Potato Salad
With bacon
Italian Pasta Salad
Vegetarian friendly
Sweet & Tangy Coleslaw
Vegetarian/vegan friendly
Broccoli Salad
Vegetarian/vegan friendly
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.
$8 - $13
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
American, Bar, Pub
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

To be fair, it was raining, and raining, all weekend. There were several competitive youth sports events going on, and it all came together at Founders. The beer is wonderful but it was so crowded because half of the seating was in the very wet...More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a great place to unwind and enjoy a good Cold brew and a good sandwich 🥪 unwind time. Relaxing atmosphere and great food 🥘 I had the steak sandwich lots of carbs but easily worked off the next day.

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What an amazing experience. My partner has been many times before. I never have been. Amazing meal, patio and beers. And this is from a non beer drinker. We got the crab dip to start. Delicious. He got the philly sandwich which is huge. And...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank JussieDee
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What can I say. Founders is the godfather of microbrews in Michigan (though I'm not sure if it's still considered one), so when in Grand Rapids, it's a 'must do', so we did it. Didn't have any food, just sampled beer. It was a great...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank SpartyJack
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had lunch here and the food was very good. The waitress gave us a number of beers to sample as well. We ordered the Pretzel with Warm Beer Cheese Dip as an appetizer that was very good and for lunch we ordered the Rubin’s...More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Large Bustling beer garden with pretty good food and atmosphere. Seems to be a destination for MANY Grand Rapidians.

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As a craft beer fan this stop had to be made an I’m so glad I made it... A little loud on weekend but always nice to be in brew heaven, Then to learn they got wings which were okay but the overall visit was...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Murker1
Reviewed May 1, 2019

Wonderful place! They do not take reservations so if you have a large group get there as soon as they open!

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank marlercjw
Reviewed April 28, 2019 via mobile

Love going here and it's always a good time. I recommend going a bit earlier on weekends because it gets pretty packed later on weekends.

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank wallerballer14
Reviewed April 27, 2019 via mobile

Loud and busy place. Although food was good I believe the beer is the main reason anyone should come here. Seat yourself .

Date of visit: April 2019
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June 10, 2018|
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Response from DJ D | Property representative |
Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed on our patio, since the dogs must first pass through the interior of the building. Service dogs are the exception.
August 25, 2017|
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Response from Chris D | Property representative |
We sure do.
November 17, 2016|
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Response from Jim M | Reviewed this property |
my wife is not a beer drinker so they have colas and such. she enjoyed the atmosphere with us.
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