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

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.
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guityler83 from Wisconsin

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.

Jul 18, 2014
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Nov 14, 2020
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Sparky44 from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Oct 11, 2020
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Ghenry303 from Michigan

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!

Mar 25, 2019
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eljabak from Michigan

3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 2.25

Mar 07, 2019
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lupercmda from North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Dec 31, 2018
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Sep 05, 2018
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rmarquardt17 from Michigan

2.98/5  rDev -29.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 1.5

Aug 10, 2018
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Lazhal from Michigan

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.

Aug 05, 2018
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Lahey from Michigan

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)

Jun 30, 2018
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Apr 28, 2018
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Muss42 from Michigan

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

Feb 11, 2018
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Beerme27 from Michigan

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!

Sep 24, 2017
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MGoeltz from Tennessee

4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

Aug 04, 2017
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smartassboiler from Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Jul 26, 2017
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Benjolovesbeer from Michigan

4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Jul 25, 2017
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HopHEAD1522 from Michigan

4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Jul 14, 2017
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Phoodcritic from Michigan

4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Jun 06, 2017
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PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Mar 28, 2017
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JDizzle from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Mar 26, 2017
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Beerdudenumberone from Indiana

4/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Mar 10, 2017
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lemmy187 from Missouri

4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Mar 08, 2017
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leprechaunandfatman from Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Jan 29, 2017
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bschmidt_37 from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Jan 28, 2017
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JasonR1975 from Michigan

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.

Dec 14, 2016
Odd Side Ales in Grand Haven, MI
Brewery rating: 4 out of 5 with 11779 ratings