Odd Side Ales
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Reviews by Mitchster:
3.44/5 rDev -18.3%
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
More User Reviews:
5/5 rDev +18.8%
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.
07-18-2014 20:06:53 | More by Iainnnn
Odd Side Ales in Grand Haven, MI
93 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.