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Odd Side Ales

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Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 62
Beer Ratings: 1,929
Beer Avg: 3.77

Taps: 14 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

52 Ratings
Ratings: 52
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.91%
$$ - reasonable


[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

41 Washington Ave
Suite 160
Grand Haven, Michigan, 49417
United States
phone: (616) 935-7326

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Notes:
This brewery is most easily found by parking in the lot on the west side of the building and going into the building's central hallway thru an entrance on the side of the building, or going in thru the N. 1st Street door where the brewery's patio is located. There are only small signs on the doors to identify the brewery.

(Place added by: cerevisiae on 04-15-2010)
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MarcatGSB

Michigan

4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $$

Finally made it out to Odd Side Ales, and I'm glad we did.

It's about a 50 minute drive one way from Grand Rapids, but a nice easy drive anyways. There are a few stops on your way from Grand Rapids if you're interested including Vander Mill cider, and Old Boys Brewing.

I think Odd Side makes some really fantastic beers. Their Pale Ales are some of the best in the state, and some of their other beers are very unique and flavorful.

Cool atmosphere (for my tastes) in the pub. They had some jam music playing, but not loud enough so you couldn't talk, a real warm laid back atmosphere. The had about 15 beers on tap, including their newly released Morningwood and plenty of bottles for sale as well. I obviously grabbed up on a few of those. They had a sour Baltic Porter on tap, called Junk in the Trunk, which sounds like what one of the reviewers was speaking of down the page. Good move by Odd Side to rename it and keep selling it? Hard to say.

We had a bunch of samples, and they were all very good. Ranging from the Koffie Stout to the Helles, all were satisfying. This is definitely a destination brewery, especially now that they have the production facility running and it doesn't sound like there will be a lack of beer moving forward!

12-06-2013 17:06:03 | More by MarcatGSB
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joe1510

Illinois

4.07/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$

Odd Side is a little tough to find. It's located in a building with an interior walkway that sports the business signs. There's a coffee hop, a restaurant, something coming soon, and bathrooms at the end of the hall. There's not a whisper of Odd Side on the outside of the building but it's tucked in between the "coming soon" and coffee shop. The interior is a little dark with a longish bar, a handful of tables and a couple dartboards. The taplist is pretty extensive with between 18-22 beers the few times I've been. No food is served but a stack of menus is available on the windowsill for delivery.

The bartenders have always been great. Talkative and fun, they can chat about more than just beer. Like I said above, the taplist is extensive and will always have something to suit anyones tastes. There's usually a couple barrel aged offerings, funky ingredients, hoppy beers, stouts, porters, wheats, all of which, that I've sampled, have been good to great. Odd Side has started bottling within the last year and actually offers a pretty large assortment that's available at the pub. Citra Pale, Simcoe Sensation, Me So Hoppy to Wheat You, Bean Flicker, Black Citra,and Mayan Mocha were all available in bottles on my last visit. This is a fun place to stop and I'd even call it a destination.

10-19-2013 16:08:27 | More by joe1510
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Mitchster

Michigan

3.44/5  rDev -18.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$

I have really liked the few Oddside ales that I've had in bottles, so on a day off from work, I decided to take a short day trip. The place was pretty hard to find. I went to a real estate place in the same building and asked if they knew where the brewery was. They had no clue, but it was right across the hall. I showed up and the doors were locked, lights off. The hours said they opened at one and it was 1:30. No mention of any closing on the door, on the website, and no message on the phone. Got some grub across the street and came back and they were open at 2p. Evidently they had just changed their hours but didn't change their sign.

There were 3 others and the bartender (Erik) there. They had about 15 beers listed on tap, but about 5 of them were empty. They didn't have it on the menu, but a sampler of (6) 4oz pours was $10. I had the strawberry wheat, watermelon wheat, baltic porter, berry tea wheat, helles , and a darker beer brewed with coffee (but not their mayan mocha). The beers were ,in general, uniformly hoppy for their styles with a medium firm bitterness. The baltic porter was sour (tasted like a lactobacillus infection) and I notified the bartender. He tried it and was apparently taken aback but said it was funky and he kinda liked it. He did swap my sample out for a pineapple IPA. I didn't get the impression that they were going to do anything other than sell it, but as a professional brewer friend of mine has said "If your brewery is selling a sour porter, it's not long before your doors are closed."

I remember being shocked by the growler prices which are ridiculous. I believe it was $15-16 for a 64oz growler of their normal beers or $20 for their stronger brews. These prices don't include the cost of the growler which is another $5. Considering I can buy a 6-pack (72 ounces for $11 after tax and deposit) of 4 of their beers at my local store, the price is quite exorbitant.

09-17-2013 21:17:20 | More by Mitchster
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Frazee

Michigan

3.35/5  rDev -21%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$

I'm a local and enjoy visiting Odd Side Ales now and again...more for the atmosphere and camaraderie with my neighbors than for the beer. The place has a good vibe, open space, nice bar, no TV's, darts, and local musicians play in the evenings. It's a great place to hang out. It's a great addition to the Grand Haven, MI scene.

There are many different kinds of beers with some wild flavor combos, but for the most part there is a homebrew quality to the offerings. Across the board there is a lack of body and mouth feel distinction. This is most notable in the porters and stouts that are missing the weight these categories deserve. Also, there is a sameness to all the taps. Under the often novel flavor combinations the beers all have a similar taste. If you don't set your sites too high for the maturity of the brewing, and if you are interested in trying some interesting flavors, this place is a lot of fun and worth a visit. I hope the brewing gets better as the operation progresses. The beer isn't anywhere as sophisticated as product found at notable West Michigan breweries like Shorts, Founders or Brewery Vivant, so just set your expectations correctly and you'll have a great time.

They don't serve food, but have some bags of snacks to buy. The good news is they are happy to have you bring food in.

09-15-2013 19:37:38 | More by Frazee
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ROBSTARR

Michigan

4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $

Probably my favorite brewery in Michigan !! So glad these guys are starting to put out bottles now, especially the Citra Pale Ale. BEST SUMMER BEER EVER !! Hopefully they do some sort of special release of the Bourbon Mayan Mocha Stout with the Morning Wood black friday release. Love coming here because its just always friendly feeling, theres always a great tap list and if you get to meet Erik the bar manager seems like he just makes the place better. They don't have food but they do have a ton of take out menu's for all the restaurants that are near by (some within walking distance). Overall a brewery worth going out of your way to stop at if you in Michigan or out by the lake shore.

07-28-2013 17:22:25 | More by ROBSTARR
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Tonerelia

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +12%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$

Very good atmosphere phenomenal beer. If you're in Grand Haven and are looking for a place to go this should definitely be on your list! This is a great place to grab a good beer and socialize in a comfortable and reasonably priced atmosphere. Don't miss out on it.

07-26-2013 02:24:30 | More by Tonerelia
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AlMarzo

Michigan

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | $$

Odd Side Ales is an affordable stop in a typically expensive town. I stopped here with a friend during an impromptu brewery trip. The service was very quick, but the place was not very crowded. The beers were well done and had unique qualities to them; I got the "Showstopper Strong Belgian Amber, very rich in flavor with a unique hop character in the middle.
The atmosphere is very nice with class board games including "Guess Who" a 1980's edition, dart boards and couches were also in the room creating a nice casual coffee house / brewpub type feel. I recommend stopping in and seeing what Odd Side Ales has to offer

05-18-2013 07:03:34 | More by AlMarzo
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HarmonMW

Missouri

4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$

Atmosphere: Not much to look at from the outside and somewhat difficult to find. Very easy to miss the "BREWERY" sign in the window. Inside, the place has a large bar on the left hand side, lots of tables on the right side with a couple couches in the right corner. My fiancee and I headed over to the couches and found they had old school games like Guess Who, Battleship, and Sorry. We had a blast playing games that neither one of us had seen since we were under 10 years old. Some other patrons were playing darts, and others were just enjoying the beer and company. Don't remember any TVs, so if they're there, they're not distracting.

Quality: Very good beers on tap. We had a flight of Fat Bottom IPA, Fussy IPA, Herbie Pepper Hop, Ooh Me So Hoppy to Wheat You, Peanut Butter Cup Stout, and Smokin' Hama Mama. Both me and my fiancee were very pleased with all of them. I was crushed that they were actually out of Citra Pale Ale on the draft list, but was redeemed - they were selling bottles at the bar. When we got home and tried the CPA a couple of days later, it was fan-freaking-tastic. Honestly, the CPA is probably my top-rated beer and if they offered nothing else, it'd still be worth driving the 2 hours back to Odd Side for another CPA.

Service: Only one bartender when we were there, but he was friendly and helpful despite being busy.

Selection: Lots of different styles on tap. Probably close to 20 or so total, and that was only because they were out of about 5 more that would have been available.

Food: non-existent. They have some pretzels (cash only) from a local bakery. It was delicious. But no other food available, it's all about the beer here.

Overall: I am leaving the state in two months, and this is the one place that I MUST visit again before leaving. If you go, do NOT miss out on the CPA!

04-30-2013 01:50:21 | More by HarmonMW
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craft_shannie

Indiana

4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$

this place is simply awesome! thanks to BeerAdvocate advice and reviews, we made the 20-25 minute drive from our base in grand rapids during spring break. (yes, others hit the beach for spring break - we bought KBS and hit 9 western MI breweries instead). although i did expect to find some innovative small batch recipes based on what i have read/learned - i was simply blown away at the quality of their brews. the two that we chose to come home w. us: smokin hama mama (a CPA w. papaya and chipotle) and the dry irish stout. and that balance of selection is what is great about this place: innovative recipes & flavor rich quality brews. consistently.

location is a bit tricky to find: the brewery neon is behind a walkway corridor from the west. no food is served. space is comfortable - games & darts are available. staff is friendly. and the beer is simply awesome. one of my favorites.

04-01-2013 01:30:12 | More by craft_shannie
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robhbest

Michigan

4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 1.5 | $$

Dont expect to get any sort of fine dining here. You came to this place for one thing....Beer. That's what they do well. No food, just beer. You can however bring anything you want, homemade, or delivered. Try all the beers, they go well with everything.

03-10-2013 23:11:23 | More by robhbest
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Odd Side Ales in Grand Haven, MI
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