Odd Side Ales

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Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

41 Washington Ave
Suite 160
Grand Haven, Michigan, 49417
United States

(616) 935-7326 | map
oddsideales.com

Notes: 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.
BEER STATS
Average:
4
Beers:
225
Reviews:
2,174
Ratings:
11,402
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.23
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
157
pDev:
13%
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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 157
Photo of Ghenry303
4.93/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Love this place. Amazing beers, great atmosphere, more like a fun beer hall where everyone sits together. Just be friendly and you will love it. Met my wife there!

They are expanding to take up the most of the first floor. Oh by the way, it’s not in a strip mall like a previous reviewer stated. It’s a historical factory converted to retail and condos. Cool place!

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Photo of Lazhal
4.4/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Stopped here enough times now to hopefully do a review justice.

Transparent tap list, including sizes, prices, and even to go beers. Incredibly affordable all around. Even the sampler is less expensive than I typically see (at least in the Detroit area).

No servers and tables are FCFS AFAIK.

The biggest plus, is they have one or more rare-er beers on tap often. This is a huge plus to any out of town visitor. You never know what you are going to run into while visiting. This is one place I'd like to be a mug club member just because of their willingness to put out their highly sought after stuff anytime of year.

If you happen to come here for a bottle release know that their prices (~$5 for a 12oz bottle) are some of the best special release prices you'll pay for a quality BA stout.

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Photo of Lahey
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

My wife and I sat at the bar and received good service from the bartender. He poured us flights, sold us t shirts and stickers and filled a crowler of a limited beer that I don't normally see on the street.

The prices were reasonable, t shirts started at 10 bucks (that stood out to me) the crowler was very reasonably priced considering the style/rarity of beer. They had some bombers for sale, but not anything that caught my eye.

The ambiance wasn't anything amazing, but the crowd there had a hiking/vacationing/biking kind of vibe to it at the moment. Pretty chill.

They didn't have their own food, but they had a menu for the place next door. We had two good sandwiches and paid the delivery person upon delivery, easy peasy.

Overall a good experience. They have enough taps that everyone should be able to find something to their liking. I hope to return one day if afforded the opportunity. (Bonus, they're close to pigeon hill in a neighboring town)

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Photo of Beerme27
5/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Hands down one of my favorite breweries in Michigan. The selection is unreal and the change up is great. I always enjoy a trip to Grand Haven just to visit! Beerjito still remains my favorite!

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Photo of JasonR1975
3.66/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.25

In a strip mall, felt more like a coffee shop than brewery, beer is very good to excellent, service is good at the bar, not much in terms of tableside service and the restrooms are community down the hall - not in the taproom. Excellent and varied taplist - no food, but can order in from a variety of places. Wish the vibe was better, but the quality and tap selection make a worthwhile stop.

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Photo of gopens44
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Really fun place, great atmosphere and terrific service. Kind of hard to find the first time but we'll worth the seek. I didn't count taps but I'd ballpark it at about 20 or so? Good mix of selections as well.

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Photo of Rickybutler
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

Best thing about Grand Haven! This is the one place my wife and I must go when we visit family. Love the chill Lebowski feel in this historic building.

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Photo of frothythesnowman
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 1

Odd Sides always has a substantial list of beers on tap, great variety and some amazing brews! It gets packed on Friday and Saturday nights when they have entrainment, but otherwise the vibe is friendly with knowledge and helpful bar
staff. There are no staff waiting tables and food choices are basically bagged popcorn and chips, but we often stop at the bakery on the next block and pick up a couple of their excellent soft pretzels to take to Odd Sides.

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Photo of bassfishingguy
4.57/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

I've been in here quite a few times with my Wife (typically when we're in Grand Haven checking out Lake Michigan). The staff seems to know their beer well, and they work hard to keep the waiting to a minimum. Every time we've been there, I've seen at least 2-3+ BA beers available, in addition to another 15 or so other options (quite a few different styles as well). While I have had a few of their beers that missed the mark (for me), the majority are very enjoyable.

The atmosphere in the pub is just awesome. Even on busy days (like releases), most of the customers are very laid back and friendly. The ONLY downside (if there is one), is that they don't serve food.

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Photo of MichaelCoyne
4.06/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Awesome place, wish the brewery wasn't grouped with other stores. The Hipster Brunch is one of my all time favorites. Grand Haven is an awesome beach town

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.57/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Fantastic brewpub. Went for the hipster brunch stout release. Maybe not the best time for a review but felt I had to give some kudos to their awesome staff who put in major work to ensure everyone left happy. Fantastic range of their beers on tap. The brewpub is housed in some kind of old mill which has wonderful appeal. Will go back again.

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Photo of 98green
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Stopped in for a flight at 2PM on a holiday weekend Friday. Pretty busy, but not overwhelming. Solid selection of ~16 drafts available, at least half were beers I had never seen bottled, which is good. They don't have wait staff for the tables, so everyone needs to order at the bar. I wasn't sure if the servers waited on the bar patrons, or if we had to wait in line too. A server did eventually come over to me, but it was a bit chaotic. I wasn't feeling well the day I stopped by, so I didn't enjoy myself as much as I could have. I plan to visit again the next time I'm on that side of the state.

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Photo of archiebunkerjr
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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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Photo of EricTKole
5/5  rDev +18.2%

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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Photo of Iainnnn
5/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Photo of guityler83
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
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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Photo of everclear0411
1/5  rDev -76.4%
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.

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Photo of troygreer
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Mxsluis
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I've had the pleasure of visiting the brewery for over ten years. My first visit impressed me as a good brewery with average to slightly above average beers. At that time they had around ten choices on tap. Fast forward and today it is one of my favorites, and there are some great breweries in Michigan. Beers like Hipster Brunch Stout, Citra, Mayan Mocha Stout, Sinister Vertigo and the barrel aged version of Imperial Aged Mocha Stout. It's what a brewery should do; get better. My hope is they will continue to grow and provide us many more great tasting beers.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
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!

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Photo of joe1510
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.44/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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Photo of ROBSTARR
4.78/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of Tonerelia
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of AlMarzo
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
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

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Odd Side Ales in Grand Haven, MI
Brewery rating: 4 out of 5 with 11402 ratings