Odd Side Ales

BEER AVG
3.83/5
Odd Side AlesOdd Side Ales
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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.

Added by cerevisiae on 04-15-2010

BEER STATS
Beers:
126
Ratings:
8,253
Reviews:
1,341
PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Ratings:
142
Reviews:
47
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
8.37%
 
 
Taps:
14
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Ratings: 142 |  Reviews: 47
Reviews by Mitchster:
Photo of Mitchster
3.44/5  rDev -17.7%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of JDizzle
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Beerdudenumberone
4/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of lemmy187
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Photo of bschmidt_37
4.18/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of JasonR1975
3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
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 kbarnes9
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Tjb14
3.54/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of mcrawford
4/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of gopens44
4.22/5  rDev +1%
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 SpAiReArGsEonNE
4.81/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of chuckgietzen
4.14/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Rickybutler
4.6/5  rDev +10%
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 Sexton
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of ADG2995
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of frothythesnowman
4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
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 Pisshhead
5/5  rDev +19.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of bassfishingguy
4.57/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Billydoughnuts
4.85/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of MichaelCoyne
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
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 DanGeo
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of macshark
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

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Odd Side Ales in Grand Haven, MI
3.83 out of 5 based on 8,253 ratings.
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