Odd Side Ales

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BEER AVG
3.73/5
Based on:
85 Beers
4,624 Ratings
Place Score: 93
Ratings: 103
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.19
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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Notes:
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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Ratings: 103 | Reviews: 41
Reviews by jt31914:
Photo of jt31914
3.51/5  rDev -16.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Went here with a couple buddies from Grand Haven just hoping to try something different. The place is pretty nice, it has a sort of lounge feel to it and the service was very good. Are bartender seemed to know the beer fairly well and was very social. The selection was solid, there were about 10 different beers on tap when we went; however, the quality of the beer itself was subpar. The best beer on tap was by far the Peanut Butter cup stout, which I would probably give a B+ on BA at best. The other beers we had (IE orange stout, brown ale, citra pale, etc) were all fairly watered-down and had almost a home brewish taste to them. None of the beer was outright bad, but it was nothing I couldn't wip out on my own, and certainly not worth the $8 i paid for 6 1 1/2 oz sample pours. Not a bad place, but I don't feel the need to return.

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Photo of grdault
3.36/5  rDev -19.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Visited 3/20
Guys at the bar could enjoy themselves a little bit. : (
They didn't seem to enjoy working.

Photo of Shon4star
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of archiebunkerjr
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

Photo of EricTKole
5/5  rDev +19.3%

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.

Photo of Iainnnn
5/5  rDev +19.3%
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 -6.7%
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.

Photo of everclear0411
1/5  rDev -76.1%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | food: 1

Erik, the bar manager and "friend of the owner" is everything wrong the the beer community. Neither I nor any of my family will EVER go back.

His response to members or our group not liking a beer they purchased was to ask "well then why did you order it?" Then when we rebuffed that insult, he decided to toss us from the bar without replacing our drinks. Literally, he took them out of our hands.

I won't be back without a handwritten letter of apology from both Erik and the owner. Judging from Erik's smug, childish behavior, I'll never spend a dollar there again.

Photo of troygreer
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This is the 4th time in a 3 year span that I have visited Odd Side and with each visit the beer has gotten more adventurous, more interesting and better in quality.

The ambiance of being built in an old piano factory lends itself to a great vibe that is chill without pretentiousness.

There is always a great amount of variety on tap ranging from a chocolate stout to a wine barreled dubble. The variety allows beer lovers of all types to stop in and enjoy something new or something safe.

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

Photo of joe1510
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of Mitchster
3.44/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Photo of ROBSTARR
4.78/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of Tonerelia
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of AlMarzo
4.19/5  rDev 0%
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

Photo of HarmonMW
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

Photo of craft_shannie
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | 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.

Photo of robhbest
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of HeFed
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Visited with the wife for the first time today. Took a little searching to find the door but inside it's cozy and relaxed. Took a couple stools at the bar. Bartender was a little too easy-going, maybe, but friendly enough. Spent about an hour sampling beers and chilling out. Trivia on Tuesday nights sounds fun, but they started a euchre tournament tonight. Sorry to have missed out on that! Will be back, hopefully soon. We hear the Peanut Butter Cup Stout goes fast and it's on again in a couple days. Really bummed I missed out on the Watermelon Wheat too, but still love the experimentation with other flavors/styles.

Photo of Ed_Bollix
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Coffee shop feel in this quirky little brewery/cafe. We found a table while others around us played board games in this non working class environment. This really works in this upscale sea side resort town. The outside temp was 102F when we arrived on the 4th of July.

There were only 8 or 10 beers available but this is a little place but the selection was great. There were unique refreshing brews as well as the standards available. My girlfriend selected a Berry Tea Wheat as her pint after the flight and I had a Berline Weisse that was a sour with some sort of syrup added. I typically don't go for this sort of thing but the brewer was there and made a suggestion and i couldn't have been happier.

I would consider this a must stop on your western Michigan tour even if just for a pint and some people watching. The location is a little odd in sort of a coop building sort of thing but your smart phone will get you there.

Photo of Yetiman420
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
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)
IPA
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by this place for the third time over our time in Michigan over Christmas. My folks are quite lucky to have this as their local pub. The atmosphere is quite nice with large wooden tables, a variety of games for people to play, dartboards, and a nice collection of mug club mugs behind the bar.

Good beers on tap with a fantastic variety. Even though this was my third time there, there were 10+ beers on tap that I hadn't had before. This seems to be how they regularly operate. Bartenders are helpful with questions, though service can get a tad bit slow when the place is crowded.

Overall, great experience and a very fun place to hang out. Note that food isn't available, but they are fine with you ordering in or bringing your own.

Photo of Roeters
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The taproom is inside of an old factory building, with a lot of large would beams. There are a mix of high and low top tables and a couple of couches in the corner along with a good sized bar, I would guess about 15 stools. All of the beer sampled where good, there were a few that were great, a hoppy wheat, a session
IPA and a few sours. Service was walk up at the bar, the employees knew about the beers and did a good job with the amount of people in the place. They had a good mix of beers on tap, 2 sours, a Belgian, and a few ales I think thee were about 10 beers on total. I only wish I would have made the trip earlier.

Photo of jale
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Came here for the BBA stout(Morning Wood) release at 9am. Located in the downtown area and close to the water. This looks like a great area to spend time during the warm summer months. 9 in the morning and people were bringing in griddles to cook pancakes and such. Rather large crowd for a sat. morning. Has a very charming local feel and seems this is a place where you can just come in and relax for a while with a good beer. They have a good number of taps for a small pub. No food is available so make sure you eat first. Staff seemed up to speed on craft beer and able to answer all my questions. The beers were above average. This is a place I will come back to in the warm months to spend more time.

Photo of Jammies
4.74/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Saw this place on BA, and was in the area for a weekend, and definitely made sure I stopped by. Located in the heart of downtown Grand Haven and attached to some small (tacky, in my opinion) shops, this place is a gem.

Interior is very friendly. Almost all wooden interior with couches, tables, board games, darts, and an inviting bar. Huge selection of homemade brews. Enjoyed a flight + a few tasters since I did not have a lot of time to spend there. One server, may have been a bit overwhelmed by the size of the crowd, but he held his own. Not too expensive and delicious beers.

I would definitely like to go back for the night life and spend some more time enjoying the beers. I took two growlers home with me.

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Odd Side Ales in Grand Haven, MI
93 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.