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Oddside Ales

feeling, allowing you to sit and enjoy a pint in a relaxed atmosphere while the sun shines in through both sides of the room. “It’s the perfect place between Saugatuck


and Holland. There’s not much of a beer bar here,” said Chris Michner (head brewer/ owner) when asked why he chose the Grand Haven location. The taproom has a cozy feel with tall

round tables have checkerboards laid into them – made out of light and dark malts – and the main bar features an even more stunning inlaid malt design that took over three months to complete. The taproom doubles as an art gallery, featuring work by local artists. All the beers and events are listed in chalk, giving the taproom an even more present tangibility. “We want the taproom to feel more like

a café than a bar,” Michner says. Oddside joined forces with Ceramic

Café – a local Grand Haven pottery store – to offer its Mug Club members a unique opportunity. When you join the club, you get to choose one of four mug designs to take home and decorate yourself. The mugs then get taken back to Ceramic Café where they are fired and placed upon the main wall above the bar for all to see. There are 16 taps waiting for you

upon arrival, with a rather wide variety of experimental and standard beers for you to experience by the pint or by the flight. Pints range from $3.75 for a standard beer and $4- $5 for a premium pint; Oddside also offers growler fills.

Pineapple IPA & Nitro Stout Its biggest-selling beer is Jackalope

Amber Ale, a clean, drinkable amber with a balanced malt profile. Beers on tap dur- ing time of visit included Berliner Weisse, a Great American Beer Festival submitted Pucker Up! Sour Flanders Red, and a very nicely balanced and not overpower- ing Pineapple IPA. Oddside also started distributing kegs in March this year, and the demand has been constant. Keep an eye out

for Jackalope in your local pub, as well as its Mint Stout, Citra Pale Ale and Peanut Butter Cup Stout. Michner says the taps are constantly

changing, from a beer catalog more than 50 strong. With 16 taps and a small brew system, Oddside has room for experimentation. Recently, the brewery has expanded

with the addition of two larger fermentation tanks, allowing the older, smaller tanks to be dedicated to further exploration. n

Oddside Ales is located at 41 Washington Ave #160 in Grand Haven; (616) 935-7326 PHOTOS: ALEXANDER ATKIN

DDSIDE ALES SITS com- fortably inside the old Story & Clark Piano factory, a large plaza right off Washington Street. The taproom has a unique and homely


Short’s Bludgeon Yer Eye PA


HORT’S B REWING COMPANY HAS done everything from a Key Lime Pie Ale to an award-winning

Bloody Mary Beer. The brews, how- ever, aren’t always experimental, and Short’s features quite a few standard brews in its regular releases. This month brings about the release of Bludgeon Yer Eye PA, Short’s take on the rather new style of Black IPA, which has only been around for a couple years. A Black IPA is an India Pale Ale that is black in color but also contributes dark notes – chocolate, roast and soft coffee. Bludgeon pours a very deep

brown with a thick tan head and a big, hoppy nose. The beer comes off balanced with a strong hop presence and a solid malt backbone featuring wonderful dark notes. This beer clocks in at a pleasant 5 percent ABV with more than 100 bitterness units, mak- ing it quite the flavor experience. This is Short’s first year bottling

this seasonal delight, so if you see it at your local store, grab a six pack — it won’t be around for long. n

Short’s is located on 121 N Bridge St. in Bellaire; (231) 533-6622

by Ben Darcie |


The Art of Beer Festival will be taking place in Benton Harbor on Aug. 13 at the Mendel Center. This festival provides a special emphasis on the creation of beer, featuring seminars for home-


brewers, lectures and plenty of professional craft brewers with samples for tasting! For prices and more info, visit

The 3rd Annual Suds on the Shore is taking place at the Ludington City Park from 1-7p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20. Michigan craft beer and wine

tasting with live music all day. For prices and more info visits

Grand Rapids Brewing Company has closed its doors after 118 years.


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