Founders Brewing Company Opened: 1997
Barrels per year: 74,000 Barrels (as of 2012)
Founders Brewing Company, originally Canal Street Brewing Co., is a craft brewery located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The company was named after a Grand Rapids area where in the 1800’s several breweries were located on Canal Street, now Monroe Avenue. The beer bottle’s labels originally included an old black and white photo of the original Canal Street breweries with the word “Founders” above it. Thus the company became known as Founders Brewing Company.
Since the mid-2000’s, it has become one of the most prominent breweries in Michigan, expanding its market to 25 states and its production capacity to 340,000 barrels per year Founders was the 30th largest brewery by sales volume in 2012. The brewery expects to produce 130,000 bbl of beer in 2013.
As of 2013, two of its beers, Kentucky Breakfast Stout (KBS) and Canadian Breakfast Stout (CBS), were ranked among BeerAdvocate’s top 10 beers, with CBS ranked as the 4th best beer in the world by user reviews. Ratebeer.com listed Founders as the overall 3rd best brewery in the world in its 2013 poll; Founders was 2nd place in 2011 and 2012. In April 2010, Founders won four medals at the World Beer Cup in Chicago, Illinois, and the brewery went on to win two more medals at Denver’s Great American Beer Festival in September. The brewery also won one award at the 2012 World Beer Cup in San Diego.
Free WiFi available in taproom!
Sunday: Service Industry Night
$1.50 off beers (with proof—e.g., a pay stub), free live entertainment 3 Sundays per month
Monday: Cheap Pint Night
7pm – close, $2.50 class 1 pints, $3.50 class 2 pints (check What’s on Tap)
Tuesday: Open Mic Night
Starts at 9pm and $8 pitchers of Pale Ale after 8pm
Wednesday: Mug Club Night
$2 off beers for Mug Club Members, firkin tapping at 5pm
Thursday and Saturday: Live Music! Thursday shows are FREE!
Saturday: Firkin tapping at 3pm
Limited tours of production facility on Saturdays at 11:15am and 12:30pm. Cost $10
More tour info
235 Grandville Ave. SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Offices: (616) 776-2182
Taproom: (616) 776-1195
Email: info [at] foundersbrewing [dot] com
Monday thru Saturday: 11am to 2am Sunday: 12pm to 12am
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