Sunday, March 18, 2012

2 Year Anniversary of Grand Haven's Odd Side Ales

Written by  Dan VanderKooi
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2 Year Anniversary of Grand Haven's Odd Side Ales

This St. Patty's Day marked the 2-Year anniversary of Grand Haven's Odd Side Ales. Located in an old  former piano factory Downtown, the brewery offered $2 mugs and $5 steins all day in celebration. Mug Club memberships have gone on sale anew as well. $50 for a year (or $150 for a lifetime,) provides a custom designable 16 oz. mug with discounts on all pours including growlers.
2 Year Anniversary of Grand Haven's Odd Side AlesOdd Side has a constantly changing rotation of 16 beer taps of various styles. My current favorite is the Mayan Mocha Stout which features Habanero peppers. Apparently, I'm not the only one as this was an early causality of the celebration and was quickly replaced by another tap. Other current tap specialties include the Tom Cruise Nitro Stout (slighly fruity,) as well as the Hodgepodge Porter; bourbon barrel aged with cherry, chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Frequent visits to the brewery are often rewarded with both new and experimental beers as well as the return of old favorites.

Only snacks are offered at the bar. Food may be brought in or delivered from a wide variety of restaurants in the area. Several board games are available for entertainment, as well as a dart boards and a stage for live music. A performance by Muskegon's Michael Boxer Band (AKA FiddleFace,) closed out the night with a blend of acoustic bluegrass and folk. Every week offers plenty to do at Odd Side including (but not limited to,) bands on the weekends, Trivia on Tuesdays, Wednesday night Mug Club, and Euchre on Sundays.

Dan VanderKooi

Dan VanderKooi

Dan VK has been following the Michigan Craft Beer scene since before Oberon has been available in 6-packs. Besides making the rounds at all the local craft breweries and beer bars, Dan also supports the local music scene, reads crime fiction, and enjoys playing volleyball with his wife and friends.