On January 1, 1893, six local breweries joined forces and opened Grand Rapids Brewing Co. 

Over the next two decades, they built a monumental brewery at the corner of Michigan Street and Ionia Avenue, what is now the site of a state office building. Capitalizing on the location’s ample supply of fresh spring water and a refreshingly drinkable flagship beer, Silver Foam, GRBC became one of Midwest’s largest and best-known breweries.

In 1920, Prohibition brought that success story to a crashing halt. When the bans on alcohol production and sales were lifted, GRBC merged with several other breweries and eventually left town.

In 2012, Mark Sellers, founder of BarFly Ventures and owner of three other area bars, brought GRBC to downtown Grand Rapids, just 6 blocks from its original location. Today’s GRBC opened on December 5, 2012, 79 years to the day after the repeal of Prohibition. 

We hope that you are as excited to experience Grand Rapids Brewing Co., as we are to provide this experience for you.


Our award-winning beers, unique environment and homemade food make GRBC a distinctive destination for happy hour, a dinner date or your special event.


(616) 458-7000


1 Ionia Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Mon-Thurs 11a–12a
Fri 11a–2a
Sat 10a–2a
Sun 10a–12a


Not just a 14-letter word

Sustainability is at the heart of what we do as a company. We built our brewpub to reflect that value. Reclaimed materials were used for our floors, tables and walls and we employed local artisans to create our furnishings and artwork. We also employ an extensive recycling and composting program, helping us divert more than 90% of GRBC’s waste from landfills and incinerators. Learn more when you click here.

Download our parent company BarFly Ventures' 2016-17 Sustainability Report in high-resolution PDF.