Founders Brewing Co.

Founders Brewing Co.

Brewery$$$$
Heartside-Downtown Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids
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    Ranked #3 for breweries in Grand Rapids
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    This brewery is famous for their dark beers. 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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  • James W.
    James WolfSeptember 11, 2011
    If you love intense hops, order a Devil Dancer!! Amazing beer, cool atmosphere and the sandwiches are top notch. A must-stop in Grand Rapids
  • 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!!
  • Andy R.heart icon on user image
    Andy RitterOctober 31, 2015
    A must stop for craft beer. I always get a few growlers when I visit grand rapids
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Adam L.heart icon on user image
    Adam LorentzenJuly 24, 2016
    Good atmosphere, great beers and the gift show has a lot of awesome, well-designed stuff!
  • Leslie B.
    Leslie BrambleApril 7, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Laid back atmosphere. People from all walks of life. Everybody is welcome. Staff is awesome, food is awesome, beer is fantastic!
  • Mike C.heart icon on user image
    Mike CyganAugust 9, 2014
    Outdoor patio is fantastic, half sandwiches are plenty for one person
  • James D.
    James DowneyAugust 8, 2014
    A bit chaotic sometimes, but a fun atmosphere. Food was solid, and you can't beat the beer selection. Love a fresh Dirty Bastard.
  • Earl B.heart icon on user image
    Earl Belcher JrJune 7, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great brewery, great beer. Late night and brewery only beers. Great prices.
  • Mark E.heart icon on user image
    Mark EmmaJuly 22, 2019
    Large brewery with great beer. Deli style sandwiches are very good.
  • Katie D.
    Katie DangerfaceNovember 3, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Best beer in Grand Rapids, hands down. Get a Centennial IPA! Say hi to Joey Basch too!
  • Vincent C.heart icon on user image
    Vincent CruzDecember 27, 2014
    One of the better breweries in Michigan. Worth the trip....outside patio is fantastic!
  • Kelly S.heart icon on user image
    Kelly SchneiderJuly 11, 2016
    Killer patio. Delicious food and great beer. Beer cheese dip 👍🏼
  • Sam M.
    Sam MertinsNovember 22, 2014
    The expansion makes the place worth the visit, especially the warm patio in the winter.
  • Nate B.heart icon on user image
    Nate BolDecember 16, 2015
    Project Pam (black IPA hopped up n aged in maple syrup barrels). Luv Backwoods too!
  • Chris D.
    Chris DelgerMarch 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Of course the beer is amazing...but you have got to try the sandwiches as well. The Godfather is the most delicious Italian meat treat ever.
  • Gregg P.heart icon on user image
    Gregg PullanoJuly 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    RUBAEUS. Get it while it lasts. And order the Tree Hugger sandwich to go with it. Very solid combo.
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    KemberFebruary 14, 2018
    great food & awesome beer!
  • Dick T.heart icon on user image
    Dick TravelingNovember 16, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Founders rarely needs an introduction. You are in the tap room at Ground Zero. Chat up your server. Enjoy the serious mainstays, and the tap-room only specialties.
  • Leah N.
    Leah NOctober 13, 2012
    Great sandwiches to pair with your beer, try the curmudgeon for a twist on the classic turkey
  • USA TODAY
    USA TODAYAugust 11, 2013
    Try the Founders Porter. Easily one of the best porters made in the world. Read more
  • Dan M.heart icon on user image
    Dan McMillanSeptember 26, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The beer, the food, the outdoor bar...it's all great!
  • Richard W.heart icon on user image
    Richard WaltersDecember 31, 2013
    Wonderful sandwiches, beer available nowhere else.
  • Geoff F.heart icon on user image
    Geoff FletcherApril 9, 2016
    My wife who doesn't drink beer really liked the Blushing Monk. Good beer moderately priced😁
  • Whitney B.heart icon on user image
    Whitney BrainardDecember 17, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Make sure you hit up this place when the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra plays. Great music and great beer.
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    PDeeMarch 4, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    The pizza bread is to die for. Heck, almost everything on their menu is amazing.
  • Michael M.heart icon on user image
    Michael McIntoshJune 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing beer, but I sure miss the days when this place wasn't so busy, freaking mob...
  • Justin L.heart icon on user image
    Justin LockeJanuary 29, 2015
    Amazing food, beer, and building. Top place in GR for beer
  • Dean C.heart icon on user image
    Dean CulverOctober 6, 2018
    They have some of the best barrel aged beers anywhere!!
  • Angie B.
    Angie BennettOctober 5, 2013
    Awesome food, amazing beer, superior atmosphere! Impossible to not enjoy yourself here.
  • Matthew M.heart icon on user image
    Matthew MandevilleNovember 14, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Obviously the beer is amazing but try the beer cheese dip too!
  • Dick T.heart icon on user image
    Dick TravelingFebruary 22, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Please! If you eat peanuts at the bar, throw the shells on the floor. It's too hard to clean them off the bar. Or, eat them whole for fiber!
  • Lindsey Z.heart icon on user image
    Lindsey ZarrasJanuary 4, 2015
    Bruchetta, beer and cheese dip are both awesome. Lived the honey wheat
  • Bill M.heart icon on user image
    Bill MooseSeptember 30, 2016
    Great beer, and the sandwiches were awesome too
  • Jimmy S.
    Jimmy SApril 16, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Great beers and sandwiches. Huge mug club. And great entertainment. Need I say more?
  • paul t.heart icon on user image
    paul tAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    They always have limited and experimental beers on tap- be adventurous.
  • Matthew M.heart icon on user image
    Matthew M.September 2, 2015
    Wow. Incredible to try some beers that aren't distributed elsewhere.
  • Mark S.heart icon on user image
    Mark StamerMarch 31, 2013
    The only way you can go wrong is by not entering this brewery. Oh and yes KBS backs up the hype, just buy it of you don't understand.
  • Thomas C.heart icon on user image
    Thomas ChapchapNovember 25, 2016
    Beer sections, food and their prices are excelent.
  • Joe C.
    Joe ClarkAugust 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Honey Wheat is on Tap! Get it! If you are here out of this season I recommend the Porter.
  • Manuel C.heart icon on user image
    Manuel CortesMarch 11, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great beer and atmosphere. Good for large groups
  • Billy C.heart icon on user image
    Billy ClarkMay 30, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The beer selection is awesome. Good food too.
  • Tharon R.heart icon on user image
    Tharon RodriguezAugust 26, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    Everything! I was going to give it 100 stars, but 4sq limits us to 4 :(
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    ForrestJuly 16, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    The sandwiches here are among the best ever assembled. Try them all!
  • Dick T.heart icon on user image
    Dick TravelingAugust 23, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Listen to the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra every 1st & 3rd Sundays from 5:30 to 7:30. Go early to get a seat.
  • Pamela B.
    Pamela BuckleyMay 20, 2016
    Go here, and never leave! It's the greatest place on earth!
  • Tina F.
    Tina FrankenbergerApril 21, 2013
    If u like micro brew, u must go try Grand Rapids Brewing Co, organic and in my opinion much better, not that there is any bad about this (other than being over crowd & over priced)
  • Melissa D.
    Melissa DredgeDecember 13, 2011
    If youre a girl who hasa hard time finding a beer you like go for the porter. It has a chocolatey coffee taste. :)
  • Katie G.heart icon on user image
    Katie GMarch 9, 2013
    Walter Melon beer: very interesting and tasty :-)
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