Founders Brewing Co.

Founders Brewing Co.

Heartside-Downtown Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids
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    Ranked #4 for breweries in Grand Rapids
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    This brewery is famous for their IPAs. It's one of the most popular in the city!
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    Dave B.
    "Try their Panther Cub, Ruebaus, and breakfast stout."(13 Tips)
    Donald B.
    "I love the Red's Rye, but the Devil Dancer triple IPA is awesome."(9 Tips)
    Mike H.
    "Backwoods BBQ sandwich is killer"(8 Tips)
    Anupam C.
    "Rubaeus is out of the world"(7 Tips)
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  • Cole T.heart icon on user image
    Cole TNovember 12, 2017
    Truly a sight to see. The bar area is massive, the beer is incredible and the food is solid! Outdoor patio is lined with tables and also heat lamps for the cold months. Experimental beers on tap here.
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    Ryan WaggonerSeptember 12, 2017
    Hands down the best patio in GR. Incredible variety and selection of beer, including some only available here. Food is great too, the beer cheese dip is one of my favorites.
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    DannJanuary 4, 2017
    Try the backwoods bastard, the ale aged in oak bourbon barrels, if they are available when you are at Founders. Great alternative to the KBS!
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    Mary M MottaFebruary 27, 2015
    While I don't drink beer, it's fun to hang out here with my friends who do. Perfect for lunch - grab one of their many awesome sandwiches. Try the grilled cheese - choice of cheeses with cream cheese!
  • John H.heart icon on user image
    John HankusApril 14, 2015
    Amazing beer at great prices. This place is huge but is always packed. Love and stout made by founders. Their wheat beer and cherry beer is tasty too. Only 3 dollar pints on Monday nights.
  • Sonia V.
    Sonia ViningJune 14, 2015
    Don't be freaked out by the size of the place; just find a seat, walk up and order a sandwich or munchies (the cheese steak was great!), get a pint from the bar, settle in and enjoy!
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    CavaFatima SatchellMarch 20, 2015
    The menu is wonderful, great named sandwiches,I ordered root beer and he had a dark stout,we listened to "Big Sherb", on a Thursday night, they were absolutely sublime.Grabbed a cd.Love this place!!!
  • Todd S.heart icon on user image
    Todd StewartDecember 4, 2014
    Best brewery patio in Grand Rapids and is not to be missed. There are plenty of heaters and fire places to keep you warm even on the coldest days. Oh and the beer is always great.
  • Thomas D.heart icon on user image
    Thomas DuebnerSeptember 13, 2015
    Nick from the kitchen and Jason from the bar were extremely gracious and helpful in correcting an issue. Aside from the superior beer and excellent food, their service has also now proven 10/10.
  • Jake S.heart icon on user image
    Jake SmithJuly 23, 2013
    Order both pretzels and peanuts to snack on while enjoying the brews. For pretzels, try the Centennial IPA Honey Mustard. With the peanuts, use one of the two baskets are provided for your shells.
  • Paul C.heart icon on user image
    Paul CunninghamJuly 7, 2019
    Great brewery. Huge space. Lots of taphouse exclusive beers to try alongside the well known favorites. Good food. Nice outdoor space as well. A must visit when in GR
  • Jessy K.
    Jessy KingAugust 30, 2014
    amazing bar, amazing people. once you start a tab you can be anywhere in the bar and add to it. exceptional food and service. beers available here that are not sold anywhere else.
  • Dave V.heart icon on user image
    Dave VApril 20, 2022
    Been here 100+ times
    Used to be my fav in GR. Now mostly barrel aged, high abv beers. The days of new, interesting Pales and IPAs seem to be gone. Only thing left for my growler is Reds. Enjoyed the years we had however.
  • Dick T.heart icon on user image
    Dick TravelingSeptember 16, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Okay folks, Founders has taken the tap room, beer garden & menu to a whole new level with their latest updates. Holy wow! Get in here and see the three (!) tap areas and everything else! Do it!
  • Brent G.heart icon on user image
    Brent GatewoodSeptember 15, 2017
    I really enjoyed Founders. Great beer selection. Some, only here, beers and great staff/service. Food good as well. Get here!
  • Nicole R.heart icon on user image
    Nicole RovigSeptember 2, 2017
    IPA All Day is a must. The backwoods bastard was good. Devil the Dancer was just fire; couldn't taste anything in the sandwich. @nicolerovig
  • Scotland G.heart icon on user image
    Scotland GourleyApril 27, 2015
    bartenders are so friendly and really help you sample and find a beer you like!
  • Andrew C.heart icon on user image
    Andrew ClarkAugust 13, 2013
    This is an amazing place. The Devil Dancer is among the best sandwiches I've ever had. Watch out, you might need some water to put the fire in your mouth out... Or lots of beer.
  • David
    DavidNovember 28, 2015
    The beer and the food is good. It's seat yourself and I've been here twice where three parties that were behind us ran ahead to get seats. It's like musical chairs.
  • Rob K.
    Rob KOctober 1, 2012
    Friendly bartenders who know their beer and a few free samples to boot. Would be great if they had just a few more on tap, but they do brew some great beers. Must have the Breakfast Stout.
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    MikeSeptember 14, 2015
    Thoroughly unimpressed with their food. I had the buffalo chicken sandwich, which was literally lunch meat and hot sauce on bread. Their beer are mostly over-hopped takes on pale ales.
  • Jen C.heart icon on user image
    Jen CunninghamJuly 11, 2017
    It's Founders! What's not to love? There's a lot of space on the patio and open seating, which is nice.
  • P D.heart icon on user image
    P DSeptember 4, 2016
    I felt adventurous so I tried a rasberry beer and it was a pleasantly surprising mix of fruity and hoppy! The guac was super fresh deliciousness too!
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    shan smithJuly 20, 2018
    Obviously the beer is great, food is rather delicious (some breweries struggle w that), but service was mehhh. Bartenders and staff in Detroit are WAY more personable no matter how slow or busy it is.
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    Thurgood CoatsSeptember 28, 2015
    Awesome atmosphere! Put an order in at the front for food and then wait for a waiter at a table to get some of the greatest beer around.
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    Ashley SmitkoMay 4, 2015
    Bruschetta is hands down the best I've ever had!! Huge serving size, either eat as a meal or share! Great price too!!
  • Beth W.heart icon on user image
    Beth WongJune 17, 2016
    Great sandwiches and beer on tap that you can't get elsewhere. Try the Nitro Rubeaus!
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    chris collinsNovember 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Round up some friends and head on over the Founder's for some amazing craft beers. The low ABV and citrusy hops of their All Day IPA is a strong choice if you plan on drinking for a while.
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    Andy WestmorelandMarch 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The Devil Dancer is full of spicy goodness, but not for the delicate palate. Be warned: if you're not comfortable with vindaloo strength this sandwich will eat you for breakfast! Best eaten with beer
    PAMELA CARRNovember 26, 2018
    Founders Tap Room in Grand Rapids is NOT family friendly, or able to handle large groups. In a recent visit, the wait staff told us to move tables together for 11 people, but Manager kicked us out.
  • Raymond B.heart icon on user image
    Raymond BaileyAugust 25, 2015
    Really fun place. Order your food at the station up front and sit where you want. No alcohol. Just beer...but good beer!
  • Chris C.heart icon on user image
    Chris ClarkinDecember 24, 2015
    The tour's excellent; the guys are all passionate and knowledgable. And the taproom is the perfect way to round it off.
  • Thomas C.heart icon on user image
    Thomas CarpenterNovember 26, 2014
    Great beer, food and atmosphere. If you are in MI, stop in for a flight or a pint. You owe it to yourself.
  • the Lala
    the LalaNovember 13, 2015
    Founders Brewing Co. is entirely open to the outdoors. Recently renovated and totally revamped, there’s an enormous deck that pales in comparison to the amount of people standing on it. Read more
  • Bobby K.heart icon on user image
    Bobby KennedyJune 7, 2015
    Lovely outdoor seating when the weather is nice. Their menu of sandwiches is diverse and delicious. Plus beer.
  • A R.heart icon on user image
    A RJuly 21, 2015
    Build your own sampler option is a great way to work your way through their extensive menu. No limit to how many samples you include.
  • John W.heart icon on user image
    John WheelerNovember 23, 2015
    Take the tour. No seriously, do it. The cheaper tour is a great one and the guide rocks. Free beer too.
  • Kelly K.heart icon on user image
    Kelly KermodeMarch 15, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    "In Spite of the Club" might be my new fav sandwich. So spicy hot, so addictively good. Ask your server for recommendations!!
  • Benjamin R.
    Benjamin RobertDecember 2, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    1st and 3rd Sundays of each month for the best jazz around free!! 5-7pm. Bartenders and servers get 1.50 off pints if the jazz isn't enough incentive.
  • Benjamin D.
    Benjamin DoyleMarch 25, 2015
    tons of outdoor seating. open fire pits in winter. excellent beer!
  • Dick T.heart icon on user image
    Dick TravelingDecember 14, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    If it is busy in the late afternoon, don't be afraid to ask to sit with the individuals camped out at 4 and 6-top tables with their computers. We can all be friends at Founders.
  • KC W.heart icon on user image
    KC WeaverDecember 17, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    If ya know, then ya know. Grand Rapids staple. Beer speaks for itself. Food is solid sandwich fare. Grab a pint and relax
  • Monica M.heart icon on user image
    Monica M.December 30, 2016
    Beautiful facility with tasty beers. They offer live music often.
  • Stefano R.heart icon on user image
    Stefano RelliJune 13, 2018
    Beer! The sandwiches selection is good. Be patient and enjoy your beer while the food is prepared!
  • Dave B.heart icon on user image
    Dave BeckerichApril 1, 2014
    If you like beer, you owe it to yourself to stop. Try their Panther Cub, Ruebaus, and breakfast stout. Great beers abound here.
  • Chandra I.heart icon on user image
    Chandra IyerMay 20, 2019
    Great beer, nice location. Did the tour of the brewery which was pretty cool.
  • Bob D.heart icon on user image
    Bob DeGraffNovember 4, 2022
    Beautiful brewery and outdoor patio. Great service. We had a couple of top-notch beer flights.
  • Mike C.heart icon on user image
    Mike CyganAugust 9, 2014
    Outdoor patio is fantastic, half sandwiches are plenty for one person
  • Chris V.heart icon on user image
    Chris VegaMarch 22, 2018
    Great food and attentive service. Only downside is the wide open seating policy.
  • Thomas D.heart icon on user image
    Thomas DuebnerMarch 1, 2015
    This place is awesome in every way. Go the first Sunday of each month for some great Jazz to go with it.
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