Thursday, June 05, 2014

Inside the Odd Side Part 2: French Microphone

Written by  Dan VanderKooi
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The 4th anniversary of Odd Side Ales may have come and went quietly this year, but only because of so much going on behind the scenes. With the production facility in overdrive for 2014, the small pub brewery has shown some signs of the neglect. This has been remedied recently with OSA opening the doors to some local brewers for some experimental small batch beers. Following my “behind the scenes” coverage of the 2013 Morningwood Stout, I was fortunate to get an invite earlier this year to sit in on the brew session for a brand new small batch beer exclusive and was happy to oblige!
The team behind the small batch project I sat in for included Chris Carr and Ryan Wasson who are now both with Muskegon’s Pigeon Hill Brewing Company. Chris Carr has contributed to both Pigeon Hill and Unruly’s Russian Imperial Stouts with great success. Another local brewer who has participated includes Russ Smith whose recipes include the award-winning On the Rocks Scotch Ale and more recently the Beer Hound Brown. Russ has also been assisting with the development of a new Bacon Maple beer which is slated to replace Morningwood for this year’s Black Friday release. A one-off Pineapple IPA aged in a firkin with real pineapple and bacon made a brief appearance at the Odd Side Ale pub following this year’s anniversary.

With the production facility in full force, Odd Side Ales has been significantly increased the number of beers in production for both bottling/kegging and distribution. Jay Ross of Landshark Design & Conquer has been busy keeping up with new label design for the multitude of new beers available which include staples like the Citra Pale Ae and Bean Flicker Coffee Blonde as well as new releases like the upcoming El Dankerino. The batch I sat in on was the pub-only release of French Microphone, a barrel-aged sour pale. Odd Side Ales has also upped the barrel-aged releases including versions of the C.P.A. as well as the Mayan Mocha Stout brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, and habanero peppers. Also available as a limited release in bottles and highly recommended is the Lucid Dreams aged in red wine barrels.

Be sure to give Odd Side Ales a try in 2014 and check out their new website here: http://www.oddsideales.com

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.