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Odd Side Ales

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Based on:
73 Beers
3,379 Ratings
Place Score: 94
Ratings: 87
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 15%
Taps: 14
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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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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Reviews by Mitchster:
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3.44/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

More User Reviews:
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4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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1/5  rDev -76.2%

Photo of archiebunkerjr
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

I made my first visit to Odd Side Ales on Black Friday 2014 for their Hipster Brunch Stout and Morning Wood Stout release. They opened at 9:00AM. Odd Side's location is in an old refurbished warehouse (I think) on the first floor. They ran their new beer release very efficiently. Patrons were encouraged to bring their own breakfast with them that particular day and I think about half the people did.

I was a little surprised at how small their taproom was although I guess I shouldn't be seeing how they have only been in business since 2010. All of their seating filled rather quickly that morning. They have a variety of seating and tables in their taproom. As we waited for them to open their doors that day, they received a table top Pacman game and one of those table top hockey games in the big plastic bubble. I personally love that hockey game but no one was playing it that day.

Odd Side hit it out of the park that day with the release of Hipster Brunch Stout and Morning Wood Stout. Those were both 20 oz. pours for $6. They had about 15 other beers on their taplist that day including BBA Imperial Mayan Mocha Stout and a peanut butter stout that looked very enticing to me. But Black Friday was all about Hipster and Morning Wood.

Odd Side continues to step up their game in the state of Michigan. Their beers are becoming more and more visible in bottle shops. The biggest hit that I can give Odd Side for my rating is their smaller taproom space. As they continue to grow, I'm sure they will address this issue. I'm guessing their existing space is the right size for them most of the time. But a special event for them like their Black Friday release will challenge the comfort of their patrons. I will definitely go back again.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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5/5  rDev +19%

Been here multiple times with my wife and friends. So the brewpub is nothing that will blow you away, in fact it's quite boring looking. What's great about Odd Side Ales is the beer. These guys are IMO on their way to supplanting Founders and Bells as the best West MI brewery when it comes to quality, world class brews. There ability to use their creativity in a controlled and tasteful way is what is starting to really make them stand out, that and improving on already great brews. Case in point they took a great beer BA Mayan Mocha stout and upped the anti by making an imperial version of it this year.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Iainnnn
5/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Odd Sides is a great brewery in the heart of downtown Grand Haven. While they have expanded their operation off-site, their quality, excellent staff, and reputation has continued to grow. Their beer is about as adventurous as it gets. With names ranging from Jackalope to Bean Flicker, you can always count on something unique and delicious on tap. In addition, they have a mug club that features mugs that you can hand paint yourself! The price is right, the beer is great, the atmosphere is fun, and the wait staff is super friendly and knowledgeable.

Photo of guityler83
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Odd sides was on my radar after my first visit to Grand Rapids in 2013 after having a few of there beers in bottles (Citra Pale Ale, Mocha Stout). By car the commute was about 30 minutes from Grand Rapids proper and had some picturesque scenery along the way. The brewery/tap room is located just of the waterfront of Lake Michigan inside a shopping center. It took a few turns around the block to find it (since I wasn't expecting it to be in a shopping area) but when I finally did there were plenty of seats available on this Friday afternoon.

A: The taproom had a large wood bar the full length of the place on one side with a half wall behind it cutting off the table and chairs area. The decor had kind of a surfy vibe and with few people in the place a very open airy atmosphere.

S: When I sat down, two of the staff members where at the bar next to me (drinking) and chatting while the bar tender poured a flight of beers for another patron. I chatted with them a bit and decided to do a flight also (5 4oz pours if I recall correctly.). The beers came quickly and in a newly created stave/glass holder.

S: When I was there they had over a dozen (possibly 18?) different beers available. Anything from the main stays (CPA, Bean Flicker) to some wacky stuff in barrels and a lager. The hoppy beers where fresh with no signs of off flavors and the barrel aged stouts where chocolatly with a hefty oak presence. My only qualm was those two flavors seem to define all of their beers. IE have a citra pale ale and have a mocha stout and you have a good sense of all of their beers. Maybe its a house yeast character (not sure) and not saying its bad, because I did enjoy it, but I like more variety in flavor profiles.

V/O: In all, Odd Sides was well priced and a cool little spot. I didn't get to see the actual brewing equipment which I typically like to do. But if you want to take a short drive outside of Grand Rapids and be close to the shores of Lake Michigan with some nice beers and a cool atmosphere, go check it out.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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Odd Side Ales in Grand Haven, MI
94 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.