Odd Side Ales
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Reviews by Yetiman420:
4.34/5 rDev +2.8%
Stop #335 on my world brewery/brewpub tour.
Visited around noon on a Friday in early March.
Sat at the bar. It was me, the bar manager Eric, and the brewer/owner Chris (I think that was his name) who was busy doing all sorts of things.
I did get to chat up Chris. He has a one barrel hot side system and I think he ferments either 3 or 6 barrels for each batch. This makes for long brew day(s). Said running a small brewery like this is "a lot of work."
Really liked the building as it's sort of a co-op with a variety of shops occupying the other stalls/rooms. Odd Side has a generous-sized room with a small outdoor porch (which is the quickest way to enter). You can see the fermentation tanks. I couldn't get a "full brewery" tour as Chris said it was just too crowded and no room.
Lots of beers on tap and I did samplers of all
Porter with cherry chocolate coffee vanilla and something else
Tang Poon Porter slight sour porter (because walnuts went bad)
Nitro stout with slight fruitiness
Lemon Meringue (I think this was a hefe)
Chocolate Koffie stout
Simcoe session IPA
Irish Red Ale
Citra Pale Ale (excellent!)
The IPA's were all great. The more complex beers (porter) were a bit muddy and maybe too much. Still drinkable but nothing remarkable.
I got a Giro from a small shop a block away and brought it in. Free wifi so I got to get some work done.
Well worth it if your in the area. Michigan is getting to the point where there's almost too many solid brewpubs to visit. Would like to come back in the summer when there's more going on.
03-09-2012 21:51:51 | More by Yetiman420
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