Grand Rapids, MI

Est. 1997

Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers both had steady jobs when they decided to chase their dreams and open a brewery–which meant writing a business plan, quitting their jobs, and taking out giant loans. They figured if you’re going to live life, you ought to live it hard, without regrets.

After some initial challenges, due to making well balanced but unremarkable beers, we were on the verge of bankruptcy. It was at this point that the original Founders team decided to brew the kind of beer that got them excited about brewing in the first place: complex, in-your-face ales, with huge aromatics, bigger body, and tons of flavor.

The Founders Family, a group of passionate beer enthusiasts, has grown around this simple philosophy: “We don’t brew beer for the masses. Instead, our beers are crafted for a chosen few, a small cadre of renegades and rebels who enjoy a beer that pushes the limits of what is commonly accepted as taste. In short, we make beer for people like us.”

We at Founders Brewing Co. have been lucky to evolve into one of the highest recognized breweries in the United States. We have been ranked in the top breweries in the world by for the last five years, and we have several beers listed in the top one hundred beers of the world on We’ve won six World Beer Cup medals, four European Beer Star medals and three Great American Beer Festival medals—thirteen medals total across eight different beers.

We are proud to be doing what we’re doing. We give credit to our staff for continuously working to reinvent what beer can be and thanks to our many customers for whom we work to provide world-class beers.


Available in

Adams, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Lackawanna,
Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill,
Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming, York counties

Beer NameBeer StyleABV%Available SizesRelease Dates
All Day IPASessional IPA4.712oz NR, 12oz. Cans, 19.2oz. Cans, 1/4BBL, 1/2BBL
Solid GoldPremium Lager4.412oz. Cans, 1/4BBL, 1/2BBL
Centennial IPAAmerican IPA7.212oz NR, 12oz. Cans, 1/4BBL, 1/2BBL
PorterAmerican Porter6.512oz NR, 1/4BBL, 1/2BBL
Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale5.412oz NR, 1/4BBL, 1/2BBL
Breakfast StoutAmerican Double/Imperial Stout8.312oz NR, 1/4BBL, 1/2BBL
Dirty BastardScotch Style Ale8.512oz NR, 1/4BBL, 1/2BBL
Backwoods BastardBA Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy11.212oz NR, 1/4BBL, 1/2BBL
Red's RyeIPA6.61/4BBL, 1/2BBL
RübæusFruit Ale5.712oz. Cans, 1/4BBL, 1/2BBL
Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout4.51/2BBL
RubaeusFruit Ale5.71/4BBL, 1/2BBL
Azacca IPAAmerican IPA712oz NR, 15pk 12oz. Cans, 1/4BBL, 1/2BBLJanuary-March
PC PilsAmerican Pale Lager5.512oz NR, 15pk 12oz. Cans, 1/4BBL, 1/2BBLApril - August
Mosaic PromiseAmerican Pale Ale5.512oz NR, 15pk 12oz. Cans, 1/4BBL, 1/2BBLSeptember - December
Imperial StoutRussian Imperial Stout10.512oz NR, 1/4BBL, 1/2BBLJanuary-February
Double TroubleImperial IPA9.412oz NR, 1/4BBL, 1/2BBLJune
Sumatra Mountain BrownAmerican Brown Ale912oz NR, 1/4BBL, 1/2BBLJanuary
Green ZebraGose4.612oz Cans, 1/4BBL, 1/2BBLMay
Harvest AleFresh-Hopped IPA7.612oz NR, 1/4BBL, 1/2BBLOctober
KBSBA Double/Imperial Stout11.812oz NR, 750ml NR, 1/4BBLApril
DankwoodBA Imperial Red IPA12.212oz NR, 750ml NR, 1/4BBLMay
Barrel RunnerMosaic Hopped Ale Aged in Rum Barrels11.112oz NR, 750ml NR, 1/4BBLAugust
TBA----12oz NR, 750ml NR, 1/4BBLSeptember
TBA----12oz NR, 750ml NR, 1/4BBLNobember