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Odd Side Ales

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Place Score: 93
Ratings: 95
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: n/a
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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Place added by: cerevisiae on 04-15-2010

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.
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Reviews by Yetiman420:
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4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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
Nut Brown
Simcoe session IPA
Irish Red Ale
Citra Pale Ale (excellent!)
Mint stout

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.

More User Reviews:
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3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Shon4star
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 2

Good place to grab some brew for sure and maybe fill a growler or 2. Food selection quite lacking. Just popcorn and chips.

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4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Tarabeth
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 1.5

Photo of jeffreyfred79
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Photo of Emily2388
5/5  rDev +18.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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4.21/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

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3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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1/5  rDev -76.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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 -10.9%

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Odd Side Ales in Grand Haven, MI
93 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.