Founders Brewing Co.

DESTINATION:

Founders Brewing Co. (click for website) is considered the flagship brewery of Grand Rapids, and is one of the largest and fastest growing craft breweries in the country! It occupies a full city block in downtown Grand Rapids and is a hotspot for live music and great food.

Street address: 235 Grandville Avenue SW, Grand Rapids MI 49503 (click for Google Maps link)

DISTANCE

~.5 miles (one way)

ROUTE PROFILE

Flat. Riding on roadways in bike lanes nearly the whole way.

DIRECTIONS

Unlock your bike from the rack, get your helmet on. You'll be riding in the road (in marked bike lanes) for this route, so review your hand signals and turn on those lights!

Head inland/east away from the river to Campau Avenue. Turn right/south on Campau, and follow that to the first intersection, with Monroe Avenue. Turn right on Monroe, and ride in the bike lane past Fulton Street. At this point Monroe Ave. turns into Market Ave.

Head south on Market Ave. just one block, to Weston Street on the left. Turn left/east on Weston, then almost immediately right/south onto Grandville Avenue.

Continue south on Grandville Avenue past the highway underpass. Founders Brewing is ahead on your right... you can't miss it!

Lock your bike up on the rack and enjoy a beer. Note: There is no discount for White Pine riders at Founder's... yet. Tell the bartenders to get on that. 

NOTE: If you go a little bit overboard at Founders - it happens - remember, you have time to spare to sober up! Take your time. Have a sandwich. If you're not comfortable getting back on your bike, don't do it! Remember, buzzed biking is drunk biking, and just as dangerous as drunk driving! There's a giant bus station right across the street, with buses - Route 9, 11, or the Silver Line (90) - that can take you back to very close by the hotel.  The bus costs $1.75 and you can put the bike right on the front of the bus for no extra charge.

Check out the bus system and routes at this page: https://www.ridetherapid.org/howtoride/bicycles-on-the-rapid. Keep in mind that, while both routes run past midnight on weeknights, the schedule is a little more limited on weekends. Tell the driver you want to get off at Monroe and Louis (it's a short ride), walk your bike carefully across Monroe and back to the JW Marriott hotel.