Odd Side Ales

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BEER AVG
3.81/5
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
www.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:
104
Reviews:
1,104
Ratings:
7,195
PLACE STATS
Score:
93
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
131
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
8.55%
 
 
Taps:
14
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 131
Reviews by Yetiman420:
Photo of Yetiman420
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)
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.

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More User Reviews:
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 SpAiReArGsEonNE
4.81/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of chuckgietzen
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Rickybutler
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
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 -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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

Photo of frothythesnowman
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
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 +18.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of bassfishingguy
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
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 +15.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of MichaelCoyne
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
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 +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Photo of macshark
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Photo of tommy5
3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

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

Visit them if you have the chance, you will not regret it!

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
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 Zaphog
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of needMIbeerinMD
4.25/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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

Photo of SometimesIfart
4.9/5  rDev +16.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of Masonz223
4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of AdamSteve
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of jmiah22
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Zuidman
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

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Odd Side Ales in Grand Haven, MI
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