Founders Brewing presents taste of beer garden and education center


Founders Brewing is one of the many players in the Grand Rapids beer community — or BeerCity, U.S.A. Photo by Adam Bird

Editor's note: Renderings of Founders' second-phase expansion are below.

Founders Brewing Co. has released renderings of what its current expansion phase will look like when it's completed.

Outdoor expansion and second floor

The second phase of Founders’ $26-million expansion will create an expansive beer garden in the front, where, until recently, several parking spots were found. The project broke ground on April 1.

The 3,975-square-foot area will include a variety of seating, an outdoor bar and a fireplace.

The project also includes a second-floor space for an educational facility and an expanded kitchen and company store.

Founders' phase-two expansion is slated for completion this fall.

Increased brewing capacity

The brewery is finishing up the first phase of the expansion, which will help bring its annual production of beer up to 340,000 barrels.

Together, the multi-phase project will add about 50 jobs at Founders Brewing.

Founders Brewing beer garden
A rendering of Founders Brewing’s beer garden. Image via
Founders Brewing beer garden aerial view
A rendering of the view of Founders Brewing’s beer garden from the deck of the new second floor education center. Image via
Founders Brewing education center
A rendering of Founders Brewing’s second floor education center and rental space. Image via

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