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, 15pk 12oz. Cans, 19.2oz. Cans, 1/4BBL, 1/2BBL
Dirty BastardScotch Ale/Wee Heavy8.512oz NR, 2/12pk 12oz. 1/4BBL, 1/2BBL
Centennial IPAAmerican IPA7.212oz NR, 15pk 12oz. Cans, 1/4BBL, 1/2BBL
Reds Rye IPARye IPA6.61/4BBL, 1/2BBL
PorterAmerican Porter6.512oz NR, 1/4BBL, 1/2BBL
Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale5.412oz NR, 1/4BBL, 1/2BBL
RübæusFruit Ale5.712oz NR, 9pk 12oz. Cans, 1/4BBL, 1/2BBL
Variety24/12oz NR
Pale AleAmerican Pale Ale5.41/2BBL
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
CurmudgeonOld Ale9.812oz NR, 1/4BBL, 1/2BBLMarch - April
Sumatra Mountain BrownAmerican Brown Ale912oz NR, 1/4BBL, 1/2BBLMay - June
ReDANKulousImperial Red IPA9.512oz NR, 1/4BBL, 1/2BBLJuly - September
Breakfast StoutAmerican Double/Imperial Stout8.312oz NR, 1/4BBL, 1/2BBLOctober - January
Green ZebraGose4.624/12oz Cans, 1/4BBL, 1/2BBLSeptember
Harvest AleFresh-Hopped IPA7.612oz NR, 1/4BBL, 1/2BBLOctober
FrootwoodMaple BA Cherry Ale812oz NR, 12/22oz. NR, 1/4BBLFebruary
KBSBA Double/Imperial Stout11.812oz NR, 12/22oz. NR, 1/4BBLApril
DoomBA Imperial IPA12.412oz NR, 12/22oz. NR, 1/4BBLJune
DKMLBA Malt Liquor 14.212oz NR, 12/22oz. NR, 1/4BBLAugust
Backwoods BastardBA Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy11.212oz NR, 12/22oz. NR, 1/4BBLNovember
CBSMaple BA Double/Imperial Stout10.6TBDDecember