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Founders Brewing Co.

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235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4037
+1 616-776-1195
11:00 - 02:00
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Sun 12:00 - 00:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Grabbed a Backwards Bast..d (one can't use profanity in TripAdvisor reviews! But its the real name!) and pretzel - best ever. Beer has tons of flavor, malty, oaky, caramel. Better than sipping fine port or cognac. Never disappointed in this combo; looking forward to more!

Thank GetKraft
Detroit, MI
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I did a weekend brewery tour, with our first day being spent in Kalamazoo. Day 2 we spent in Grand Rapids. We are long time fans of Founders beer, and had heard many great things about the brewery and tour, but I was still a little apprehensive when I booked in advance at $25 per person. I... More 

Thank Dionyza1
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the best times to visit Founders is for lunch. Less crowded and less of a wait for food or drinks. Always check to see what specials are available, since each day has a soup special and a sandwich special.

Thank David K
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a great place to hang out, snack, and the beer is good according to my husband who enjoys. It is downtown, so parking is not always the greatest, but still worth the visit.

Thank DLynnC2015
Grawn, Michigan
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Founders has the best olive tapenade ever! Whenever we are in GR, we make it a point to stop for it. The other food is good too, but the tapenade with pita chips rocks!

Thank Michelle G
Sterling Heights, Michigan
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was A - M - A - Z - I - N - G! When we arrived, the line was around the corner. Once they opened the doors, the seating process was smooth and relatively short. There were heating elements everywhere so you never felt overwhelmed by the brisk February cold. Although packed, the service was great. Everyone... More 

Thank Virginia H
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've been here a handful of times and wanted to give it a chance, but each time I hated it more than the last. The atmosphere, the staff, the food and the beer, all of it is mediocre and pretentious. My last, ever, visit was with a group of girlfriends who, for some reason, liked this place so we decided... More 

Thank Sara K
Chris D, Manager at Founders Brewing Co., responded to this review

Hi Sara, I'm sorry to hear about your most recent experience at our taproom. We utilize our door staff in order to provide a safe and enjoyable time for all of our guests. It is never our intent to insult anyone who comes up to our doors to visit. From time-to-time there is occasionally someone who wants to visit that... More 

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulous beer and great sandwiches. The service was excellent and the atmosphere was what we were looking for.

Thank Blaut1442
Mackinaw City
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What was and now is, are two different things. They have expanded and only for the better. The restaurant, which at a point, was marginal is now rather good for a fair price. The beer speaks for itself . In that I am from Colorado, which has the most and best microbreweries in the country, I am quickly becoming a... More 

Thank John W
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Take the tour! The largest craft brewery in a city block. The company is a monster. The employees are real! Dirty Bast@rd and Lizard of Koz for the Stout/Porter Crowd. Great Mac and Cheese. I had the BBQ chicken flatbread "pizza".

Thank tedthefed2

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$12
American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, 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
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Cheap Eats, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4037
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Kent County  >  Grand Rapids
  • Phone Number: +1 616-776-1195
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?