Back in 1997 Mike Stevens and Dave Engbers quit their jobs to open Founders Brewing Co. They figured if you’re going to live life, you ought to live it hard, without regrets. And after some initial challenges and the threat of bankruptcy, Mike and Dave 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.
Now celebrating their 20th anniversary in Grand Rapids, MI, the Founders Brewing Co. released a special "Twenty Years, Zero Regrets" campaign featuring select beers and merchandise to commemorate this milestone.
Ranked among the top breweries in the world at by ratebeer.com for the last five years and listed in the top 100 beers of the world on beeradvocate.com, Founders Brewing Co. has evolved into one of the highest recognized breweries in the United States. They've also 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!
The Founders Family has grown around a 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.”