Friday, March 29, 2013

Recap of Odd Side Ales’ 3-Year Anniversary Celebration

Written by  Dan VanderKooi
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Recap of Odd Side Ales’ 3-Year Anniversary Celebration

In 2010, Grand Haven’s first and only brewery, Odd Side Ales, opened in the old downtown piano factory complex. This past St. Patrick’s Day weekend marked their 3-year anniversary, and quite an eventful past year it has been. In recent months, the brewery has seen the selection of brews grow from 16 taps to 22; the days of struggling to keep up with pub demand are now in the past. This has been achieved by moving the production offsite to new facility which also allows for increased distribution outside the pub. In past years, OSA has featured limited run bottles like their famous Morning Wood and Lucid Dream, now a new bottling line is allowing more regular releases including Citra Pale Ale in both the barrel-aged and non barrel-aged varieties.
The anniversary celebration was held on Saturday, March 16th (“St. Patrick’s Day Eve,”) and featured about a dozen and half draft offerings. Regular selections included Ohh, Me So Hoppy to Wheat You, and the Creme Brulé Milk Stout and Premium selections included the Colossal Oversight, a 12% barleywine that’s been aged in both wine and bourbon barrels, a delicious Chocolate Koffie Stout on nitro, and the highly regarded Peanut Butter Cup Stout. All day Odd Side Ales featured $1.00 off regular pints, and bottles of C.P.A. and Bourbon C.P.A. were available to-go at the bar.

Live music started at 9 PM. Headlining was SP3, a local trio featuring rhythmist Scott Pellegrom who offered fresh takes on a wide range of music, originals and covers, featuring both vocal songs and instrumentals, and styles including rock, pop, and jazz. Other venues SP3 has performed include Founders Brewing Co and Muskegon’s Inside the Mitten. I highly recommend checking out this band for their originals as well as their interesting and often improvisational take on popular music. Odd Side Ales’ cozy atmosphere also provides a great and intimate venue for these kind of performances. All in all, the event was a great success in celebrating the past, present, and future of one of Southwest Michigan’s most unique breweries.

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.