Base Camp is not just a name Kevin DeVries cooked up. He knows the context for why Base Camps are so vitally crucial for risk-takers to stay alive on a mountain expedition. He’s given us a glimpse of that from a spiritual perspective now and has done an OUTSTANDING job bringing men with life-giving stories together in a setting that could soon be the standard for men’s ministry across the country.

– Kevin Miles



Join us the SECOND SUNDAY NIGHT of every monthAug 13: Jason Redoutey, Sept 10: Daniel Boon, Oct 8: Randy & Riese Bierlein, Nov 12: Keldon Scott, Dec 10, 2017: Neal Armstong, for BASE CAMP @ FOUNDERS Brewing Co. in their private Centennial Room in downtown Grand Rapids, MI. BASE CAMP is beer (cash bar), brotherhood, light appetizers, and STORY HOUR with Storytellers who’ve discovered their Authentic Life. 

Registration for the 5:00 or 7:00PM Session begins one month prior to each event. One Year Anniversary BASE CAMP (March 2018) and BARN BASE CAMP (Summer 2018) info coming soon.

BASE CAMP is a SELL OUT event. 

We Meet Men @ The Well That Makes Men Well. 

We Brew What Men Thirst – AN AUTHENTIC LIFE.

We Are A Revolutionary Movement That Resurrects Men. 


Session 1:

5:00 – 5:30pm: Arrive, Eat & Drink

5:30 – 6:30pm: Story Hour

6:30 – 7:30pm: Hang Out

Session 2:

6:30 – 7:30pm: Arrive, Eat & Drink

7:30 – 8:30pm: Story Hour

8:30 – 9:00pm: Hang Out


At BASE CAMP we feast and fight for each other as a Band of Brothers in foreign fields, tell unforgettable stories in golden halls before a blazing fire as Warrior Poets of old, walk with limps and new names as Wounded Healers and live like Artist Adventurers who learn by doing life together. Sin and shame die when stories are told in a safe place – a place called BASE CAMP. 

Hundreds of men from a 100 mile radius experienced BASE CAMP @ Founders this past spring since our first monthly gathering on March 5, 2017. All four Spring 2017 BASE CAMP’S were essentially SOLD OUT, which makes us wonder: 

What brand of beer sells out four men’s ministry events? What type of thirst drives a man to drive a 100 miles? I think we’ve stumbled on the answer together. The brand of beer is a Band of Brothers who thirst for an Authentic Life. BASE CAMP is The Well At World’s End that in the end makes all men well. Together, we are discovering Jesus Christ is the Author of Authentic Manhood; the Living Water all men seek to thirst no more. It appears God is still in the brewing business. His main ingredient is not the white hops of Michigan but the wild hearts of men. He birthed His Son in a barn 2000 years ago so He could birth His sons in a brewery today. We have stumbled into the same dark cave – The Cave of Adullam where all the Lamps of God like King David are lit.  We wandered in as soldiers. We walked out as sons. Men are finding Father @ Founders because:

We Brew What Men Thirst – AUTHENTIC LIFE. 

Our Authentic Life foams with the fury of our original glory. These are the golden sessions, C.S Lewis described in The Four Loves: “He is lucky…to be in such company. Especially when the whole group is together; each bringing out all that is best, wisest, or funniest in all the others. Those are the golden sessions; when…after a hard day’s walk have come to our inn; when our slippers are on, our feet spread out toward the blaze and our drinks are at our elbows; when the whole world, and something beyond the world, opens itself to our minds as we talk; and no one has any claim on or any responsibility for another, but all are freemen and equals as if we had first met an hour ago, while at the same time an Affection mellowed by the years enfolds us. Life — natural life — has no better gift to give. Who could have deserved it?” So pour your drinks, light your pipes and put your feet towards the fire that warms the heart of every man. Perhaps time will fall asleep and we will awake in The Eagle and Child in Oxford, England where C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien and their fellow Inklings gathered for beer, brotherhood and conversation that colonized our dreams and created a new genre of literature that continues to change the lives of so many by so few to this day.

NOTE: Please park in the ticketed gate parking lot between Goodrich/Barlett: When you enter Founders, the Store will be to your right where your parking ticket can be validated at the merchandise counter. The Store elevator will take you up to the Centennial Room. Password: BASE CAMP. The Centennial Room’s outside porch area with picnic tables will be open. Beer and soft drinks are cash bar only. We provide light appetizers so you might want to have dinner before or after each session. We cannot order off the Tap Room menu for special events in the Centennial Room. You will have an opportunity at BASE CAMP to make a cash or online donation to cover operational costs to ensure BASE CAMP continues. Founders Brewing Co. is open until midnight on Sunday nights so your conversations upstairs can continue downstairs however your schedule allows.