Some of us are lucky enough to live in a world with first world problems. There’s an abundance of delectable craft brew options and we don’t know where to begin. Internet radio stations toggle from Tame Impala, and The Bahamas (my wife and I saw them live at The Metro in March and they were exceptional) to Leon Bridges and beyond. In this competitive but at the same time very friendly landscape that is the independent craft beer scene, the selection exceeds our respective liver’s capacity. Where do we turn in this dark hour to quench our thirst? My friends, look no further than the fine folks from Grand Haven, MI.
Odd Side Ales burst onto the Chicago beer scene approximately two years ago. I remember early on falling in love with their balanced, easy drinking Citra Pale Ale. The aroma and flavor we’ve all adored from Zombie Dust with less of a bite. Heck, I even suggested it be the beverage of choice at a co-worker’s daughter’s wedding.
Over the holiday season my folks happened upon individual 12oz bottles of two of the best beers I’ve ever had. Hazel’s Nuts (bourbon barrel aged coffee, hazelnut imperial stout) made me enjoy an ingredient I’ve detested in every other brew in which it has appeared. And their Sweet Potato Souffle Rye Ale (strong ale with sweet potatoes, cinnamon, nutmeg & lactose aged in rye barrels) was hard to put into words so I’ve referenced my Untappd and Instagram posts: “Intoxicating. Just lovely. A cornucopia of flavors. Like Thanksgiving in a glass. Better than the BCBS I had the other night.”
Needless to say I’ve been very impressed with these guys/gals. In addition to their highly sought after and lesser produced barrel aged brews, keep an eye out for their “Dank” IPA series. Some are categorized as single IPAs, some New England IPAs and others DIPAs. Either way, they’re all tasty, at a fair price and come in six packs!
Cheers to almost local (Midwest) beers!