We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Founders Brewing Co.

235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4037
+1 616-776-1195
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good29%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“sandwiches” (188 reviews)
“beer cheese dip” (33 reviews)
“sampler” (13 reviews)
Open Now
All hours
American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
235 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4037
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (1,170)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 1,156 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago

When friends come in from out of town we love to give them a taste of Quintessential Grand Rapids and that always includes a trip to beer city. Founders it the place to go for that experience. Now granted I am not a huge beer...More

Thank Kurt F
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is a perfect place to stop and eat before going to a show at The Intersection which is just right across the street. Their beer is good and if go you must try the beer cheese dip!

Thank michellemannn
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our first time visiting the brewery, was surprised by the service because when you first arrive you are recommended to line up and get your own beer and line up to order food. I thought that was a bit odd being a paying...More

Thank Jay H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Perfect for lunch, dinner or a beer. Love the energy inside and the outdoor patio is great even in the winter (they have heaters). There are 2 bars, 1 smaller one with rare or smaller batch beers and the larger one that spans the whole...More

Thank Shelliu
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in here for first time visit on a Friday early afternoon and the place was crazy busy. No available parking and once inside no tables & lines of 20 people at every bar and 15-20 minute wait to get a beverage and 30+...More

1  Thank Tom H
Melissa R, General Manager at Founders Brewing Co., responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hey Tom, thank you for visiting our Taproom!! Sounds like you visited during CBS weekend and managed to beat the crowds for some sandwiched and beers!! Thank you for visiting, hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had our wedding and reception in the Centennial Room upstairs, and we could not be more happy with the venue and the service. Everything ran really smoothly and the lady from Founder's was so helpful. It's actually reasonably priced to rent the room, too....More

Thank Nate D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A couple of my favorite beers are brewed here. Went for a wedding and they had a party here after the wedding and reception. Didn’t realize until we got there what a large selection they had. Great place for family and the food was very...More

Thank TheRealMartin
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Sam Jones was such a great server. Very attentive and had a hilarious sense of humor. Request him if you can! There are also so many types of beers. Whether you enjoy hops or not there is something for you. I tried a couple sour...More

Thank Alexandrea S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've been looking forward to visiting Founders for months, since our last time in Grand Rapids in May. We finally ventured back to GR to go shopping and eat dinner at Founders. We did find seating inside the restaurant and ordered two sandwiches from our...More

Thank Angie A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There is so much capacity here. They have a huge inside seating area. And they have a ton of outside seating as well. It looked like the outdoor seating is closed for the season but they do have lots of heat lamps out there for...More

Thank Mark K
Nearby Restaurants
Bistro Bella Vita
485 reviews
.40 km away
Fish Lads
77 reviews
.44 km away
Wheelhouse Kitchen & Cocktails
69 reviews
.33 km away
Nearby Attractions
Side Bar
6 reviews
.76 km away
Grand Rapids Public Museum
542 reviews
.85 km away
Van Andel Arena
359 reviews
.50 km away
Grand Rapids Art Museum
220 reviews
.76 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
26 August 2017|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from Chris D | Property representative |
We sure do.
18 November 2016|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from JTM97 | Reviewed this property |
my wife is not a beer drinker so they have colas and such. she enjoyed the atmosphere with us.
Jerry B
1 October 2016|
AnswerShow all 8 answers
Response from Chris D | Property representative |
Hi Jerry, Unfortunately the tour doesn't come with food. What I can tell you is that the tour and tasting are 2 separate sessoins. There isn't any beer consumption while on the tour. That is reserved for the tasting... More
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$13
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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
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
  • E-mail
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.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing