Founders Brewing Co.

Founders Brewing Co.

Brewery$$$$
Heartside-Downtown Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids
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  • Dave B.
    "Try their Panther Cub, Ruebaus, and breakfast stout."(14 Tips)
    Donald B.
    "I love the Red's Rye, but the Devil Dancer triple IPA is awesome."(9 Tips)
    John D.
    "Rübæus is AMAZING!"(8 Tips)
    Mike H.
    "Backwoods BBQ sandwich is killer"(6 Tips)
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  • Mary M.
    Mary 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!
  • 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!
  • Jake S.
    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.
  • John H.
    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.
  • Todd S.
    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.
  • CavaFatima S.
    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!!!
  • Thomas D.
    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.
  • Dïck
    DïckSeptember 16, 2013
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Andrew C.
    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.
  • Andy W.
    Andy WestmorelandMarch 19, 2010
    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
  • Matt G.
    Matt GaiserSeptember 19, 2012
    Charise's Ruben, Mug Clubber, or the Blushing Monk are up at the top of my list of favorite sandwiches for sure. One of those and a pint of Solid Gold makes for a great lunch.
  • Dïck
    DïckDecember 14, 2011
    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.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DiGilioSeptember 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.
  • 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
  • Thurgood C.
    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.
  • Ashley S.
    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!!
  • Thomas C.
    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.
  • Beth W.
    Beth WongJune 17
    Great sandwiches and beer on tap that you can't get elsewhere. Try the Nitro Rubeaus!
  • Benjamin R.
    Benjamin RobertDecember 2, 2012
    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.
  • 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.
  • chris c.
    chris collinsNovember 28, 2014
    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.
  • 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
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RouhierJuly 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.
  • Raymond B.
    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.
    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.
  • Kelly K.
    Kelly KermodeMarch 15, 2014
    "In Spite of the Club" might be my new fav sandwich. So spicy hot, so addictively good. Ask your server for recommendations!!
  • John W.
    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.
  • Dave B.
    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.
  • KC W.
    KC WeaverDecember 17, 2014
    If ya know, then ya know. Grand Rapids staple. Beer speaks for itself. Food is solid sandwich fare. Grab a pint and relax
  • Bobby K.
    Bobby KennedyJune 7, 2015
    Lovely outdoor seating when the weather is nice. Their menu of sandwiches is diverse and delicious. Plus beer.
  • Dïck
    DïckNovember 16, 2011
    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.
  • Benjamin D.
    Benjamin DoyleMarch 25, 2015
    tons of outdoor seating. open fire pits in winter. excellent beer!
  • Leslie B.
    Leslie BrambleApril 7, 2012
    Laid back atmosphere. People from all walks of life. Everybody is welcome. Staff is awesome, food is awesome, beer is fantastic!
  • Mike C.
    Mike CyganAugust 9, 2014
    Outdoor patio is fantastic, half sandwiches are plenty for one person
  • Thomas D.
    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.
  • 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.
  • Chris D.
    Chris DelgerMarch 8, 2011
    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.
  • Alex G.
    Alex GeorgeAugust 29, 2011
    Too many great beers to choose from? Try a mix - Red's Rye + IPA or Dirty Oats (Dirty Bastard + Oatmeal Stout) or maybe even the Porter with a thin layer of Oatmeal Stout topper.
  • Rob K.
    Rob KirkbrideSeptember 8, 2010
    Screw working at a coffee shop. Hit Founders for a later afternoon meeting or work session. Good free wifi. The beer is damn good too.
  • Guru P.
    Guru PinglayNovember 17, 2010
    Come here on on Tuesdays for Open Mic Night. Great talent, excellent beer, delicious food, and good fun all around!
  • Dïck
    DïckAugust 23, 2011
    Listen to the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra every 1st & 3rd Sundays from 5:30 to 7:30. Go early to get a seat.
  • Gregg P.
    Gregg PullanoJuly 16, 2013
    RUBAEUS. Get it while it lasts. And order the Tree Hugger sandwich to go with it. Very solid combo.
  • Sonia V.
    Sonia ViningJune 14, 2015
    The classics: Centennial, Porter, Dirty Bastard, Oatmeal Stout. But do yourself a favor: at least try something that's only available on tap here.
  • Adam L.
    Good atmosphere, great beers and the gift show has a lot of awesome, well-designed stuff!
  • Jonathan B.
    Jonathan BridgesMarch 7, 2013
    Came here for the first time alone while just passing through. Great beer. Great food. And my server Amy was awesome. Definitely recommend it.
  • Nate B.
    Nate BolDecember 16, 2015
    Project Pam (black IPA hopped up n aged in maple syrup barrels). Luv Backwoods too!
  • Vincent C.
    Vincent CruzDecember 27, 2014
    One of the better breweries in Michigan. Worth the trip....outside patio is fantastic!
  • 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. :)
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