Yelp Elites take over OOBC

Yelp Elites took over OOBC and it was a blast!

This past Thursday, 12/14/17, we welcomed into the brewery 20+ Yelp Elite to sample our beers, learn a little about our brewing process, and also a little about the history of 716 Pacific Ave.  As we all know, the Yelp Elite are not the softest of critics.  We took a bit of a risk inviting the likes of the Elite folks into the brewery, especially as the first Yelp Elite event ever to happen in Tacoma!  But…  we were pretty confident in the product we serve, our amazing staff, and the Yelpers themselves.  And as far as we can tell all have been satisfied.

The Yelp staff, Mia and C. Hayley, put together greeting, candy bag making, and card making stations while the Odd Squad prepared tables of delectable delights put together by 3uilt.  Meats and cheeses and pickles and light bites to delight all palates!  While all of this was going on the Beertenders prepared a tasting for the Yelp Elite.  They started off with the Notteronsense IPA.  Whilst sipping this nicely balanced IPA they all got a tour of the back of the house and a little lesson on the brewing process by our head brewer, Greer Hubbard.  Followed by the IPA was our flagship Ottermelon Hefeweizen.  More talk about back of the house and then we moved on to a little about the history of the brewery, where we came from and where we are now.  How we like to incorporate tradition with a twist…  just like our Winterface Warmer Warmer, a favorite among the Elites.  We ended with the Comrade Otter’s Imperial Chocolate Stout, which Carolyn (co-manager/social media sensei) touts as the very best cupcake ingredient, EVER.  The patrons were so please with this brew that Greer tapped our very last, sacred 1/6bbl keg to share with the Yelpers.  Oh boy, were they blown away!

While sipping the 5oz pour of a very tasty, heavy brew, Carolyn took them up the mysterious spiral staircase for the grand finale.  A little lesson in the history of this Veteran owned and operated brewery in the heart of downtown Tacoma.  The Army insignia remains on the pillars of the ballroom of what was the African American USO.  The drywall dust that covers the old printing press.  The maps and pictures that used to adorn the walls.  The Yelpers in attendance were so appreciative of this historical tour of our little, precious space on 716 Pacific Avenue and we couldn’t be more proud to share it with them!

So, whether you love or loathe the Yelp community, one thing is for certain…  they are passionate about their interests and sharing that with others in the community.  We were happy with all the positive feedback and were super proud to be the first Yelp Elite location in Tacoma!  Cheers!

‘Tis the Season!

‘Tis the season, folks! The season for gathering of friends and family, gift giving, and dark beers. For all that, we’ve gotcha covered.  Right now we’ve got a sweet merchandise sale happening, as well as some tasty dark beers!
Our t-shirts and tanks have dropped in price and are now only $12! What??? Oh yea! And our trucker hats are now only $18. Gift cards are available in any amount and are a super easy gift for the craft beer lover in your life. Whether you prefer to shop online, or pop into the tasting room to sip on some brews, we’ve got you covered in the gifting and beering departments.
Speaking of beering… Have you been in to taste this year’s Winterface?  It is like Christmas in a glass. Or maybe you’d like the Otter Cob Porter. This dark and tasty brew is an American Style robust porter that’s dark brown in color. It has a roasty flavor with hints of chocolate and coffee. We imagine you’ll want to fill a growler or two and sip on those in front of the fire.
We know all about the hustle and bustle of the season and hope you’ll take some time to stop in, have a beer or two and chat it up with our awesome beertenders.  Or hey, check our Facebook for the most up to date events… like the Ugly Sweater Party with Champagne Sunday on 12/22.  We’ve got the beer, the swag, and all the funs!
See ya around the tasting room!

OOBC is turning 3!!!

Time flies when you’re having fun! Can you believe OOBC is turning 3?!?!? And we’ve got a day full of fun planned for you on 11/24/2017! Who needs Black Friday shopping when you can sip craft brews, shop locally made products, and listen to your favorite Tacoma musicians?!?!

First we’ve got a Glassybaby Roadshow from 1-3pm. We will donate 10% of our sales, and they’ll donate 10% of their sales, to the Pierce County YWCA. Check Facebook for their giving code. You’ll be able to order online and get FREE shipping and 10% will still go to the YWCA! How cool is that???

We’ll also have some special brews for you… Stay tuned for updates on what will be tapped!

Finally, we’ll have Champagne Sunday and Kim Archer bringin’ down the house with their amazing tunes from 9-11pm!

Check Facebook for the latest and greatest!

#KeepItOdd

***REWARD***

It truly saddens us to write this post. But we need your help.  You see, last weekend after Taste of Tacoma securely locked down, someone took our beloved otter canvas. That particular banner was an original piece of art created by our Otter Artist, Amy Constantineau. Her beautiful works are displayed throughout the brewery, including a mural in the mural bathroom, as well as for sale in the Otter Shop. This particular piece was created for us to take to the 2015 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, CO when we weren’t even established for an entire year. We’ve proudly displayed that canvas at many, many festivals since and are truly saddened by its disappearance.  We really aren’t asking much…  just the safe return of our otter art. We will give $100 cash and a $50 gift card to the brewery for its safe and unblemished return. We don’t even care if you return it anonymously. We’d just like this piece of our history returned. Thank you.

Summer Instagram Contest + Live Music Monday Line-Up

Well, hello there!  Where has the time gone?  It seems to have been just yesterday we were telling you all about our newly hatched idea to host music on Monday evenings and now we are into the summer months…  wow!

With the summer months comes lots of outdoor adventures, just what we all love about the great Pacific Northwest (besides the amazing craft beer, that is).  So we’ve thought of a way in which you could take us with you on your adventures, post a picture to of one of our beer vessels Instagram with the tag, #otterspotter and be entered to win a $25 gift card in June, July, and August.  One super lucky winner, with the overall most creative picture, will win a $50 gift card at the end of August.  How fun is that?  All you have to do is take along your favorite growler and show us how you like to #KeepItOdd on your outdoor adventures!  Get our there and get posting and tagging!

Now onto our Music Monday line-up for June and July…  you are all in for a treat.  Ready?  Here goes:

June

6/5 – Champagne Sunday

6/12 – Kristen Marlo

6/19 – Alex Cockle

6/26 – Tim Monaghan

July

7/3 – Paul Handleman (Odd Otter’s very own beertender extraordinaire)

7/10 – Forest Buetel

7/17 – Kurt Lindsay

7/24 – Sister Madame

7/31 – Kristen Marlo

How’s that for some Monday fun?!?!  Music starts at 7pm.  Remember that we are all ages until 8:30pm, so bring the kiddos, grab some food from one of our neighboring restaurants (or bring your own) and enjoy an evening of local music and local craft beer!

We hope to see you soon!

St. Patrick’s Dayhem: Live Music, Green Beer, Pint Club 2017

 

St. Patrick’s Day!  Are you ready?  We’ve got KIM ARCHER, cool shirts, and green beer!  Kim will be rockin’ the house from 8-10pm and we cannot wait!  ANNNNND, it’s our Pint Club 2017 launch!  Cheers to all our new and returning Pint Clubbers!  And, if you decide that you need to join up and get yourself one of our beautiful hand-crafted wooden Pint Club cups, you can do so at any time. 🙂

March Music Madness is coming… and St. Patrick’s Day and Pint Club Launch and an MDA Fundraiser and Paints and Pints! Whew!

March is shaping up to be a busy month here at OOBC!  We’ve got a lot on the calendar and hope you’ll join us…  so, here goes!

You’ve heard of March Madness…  you know, the NCAA basketball stuff?  Well, around here we are introducing a month of Mondays with new musical performers for your listening pleasure!  Partner that with our craft beer, guest ciders, and Otter Hour (that’s happy hour in case you didn’t know) and you’ve got yourself a reason to wake up on Mondays!

So!  Here’s the line up for the OOBC March Music Madness every Monday in March from 7pm-9pm:

3/6 – Tim Monaghan

3/13 – Gina Belleveau

3/20 – Kristen Marlo

3/27- Champagne Sunday

And even better: it’s Happy Otter Hour all day!

Come out and support your local artists as well as your local breweries!

St. Patrick’s Day!  Are you ready?  We’ve got green beer, cool shirts, and KIM ARCHER!  Kim will be rockin’ the house from 8-10pm and we cannot wait!  ANNNNND, it’s our Pint Club 2017 launch!  Cheers to all our new and returning Pint Clubbers!  Woot!

On March 27th we not only have Champagne Sunday performing, but we are also hosting a fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Western Washington.  We will be donating 10% of tasting room sales and 50% of raffle ticket sales to this great and worthy cause!  Please join us!

And finally…  on 3/30 from 6-8pm, we will be hosting our second Paints and Pints with Uncorked Canvas!  We can only accommodate 25 painters so reserve your seat as soon as possible at https://uncorkedcanvas.com/event-registration/?ee=2548

Whew!  Did you get all that?  We hope so!  And we hope to see you around the tasting room!  Thanks again for being such awesome, loyal otters!

As always…  #KeepItOdd

 

Pint Club 2017!!

Guess who’s back?!?  Pint Club’s back!  And this year we are going so PNW on you!  Each cup is handmade from a single piece of Pacific red cedar, and is engraved with the Odd Otter’s logo.  And on the other side, you can choose what YOUR cup says.  These are absolutely beautiful, individualized, each unique in color and grain.  They also come with a screw top cap to take with you at the end of the 2017 Pint Club season!   Fill it with beer. Fill it with coffee.  Fill it with coffee and Kahlua.  Fill it with whatever you want.  And your awesome cup can hold whatever it wants…  because only your awesome paws will be holding it!

So, what is so awesome about our Pint Club?  Well, lemme tell ya!  You get 25% off.  All.  The.  Time.  That includes beer and merchandise, as well as preferred access to ticketed/VIP events.  And did we mention 25% off all the time?!?!  Yes please!

Make your own mark with us; join Pint Club 2017 by February 28th to have yours at the party on March 17th!  Order with your beertender today!

Releasing the Blonde Otter + Maddy Dullum + DJ Pablo EscoBEER Karaoke + Ladies Pint Night = Good times!

Maddy Dullum

It’s been a while since we’ve caught up on the old Otter Blogg!  Well, we are back at it with lots of fun stuff planned…  in the tasting room and off-site!

First up though…

2/9/2017- Mark those calendars!

So much awesomeness in one night!  Please join us for the releasing of our latest craft beer creation, the Blonde Otter!  This beer is deep golden in color, moderately hopped with Cascade and Willamette hops.  It is well balanced with a good malt backbone…  and quite frankly, easy drinking!  Who doesn’t love an easy drinking beer?!?

From 7-9pm we will enjoy the beautiful sounds of Maddy Dullum.  She’s a talented singer/songwriter from Gig Harbor and we are so excited for her to play for you!

As with every Thirsty Thursday, we have our very own DJ Pablo EscoBeer bringing down the house with some super fun karaoke shenanigans!

No cover charge!

You bring your friends and we’ll provide the craft beer!

Tacoma Rescue Mission Benefit + A Very Ugly Ottermas “Sweater” Party!

We’ve partnered with the Tacoma Rescue Mission to bring you the very best Very Ugly Ottermas “Sweater” Party Event!  From 12/14-12/23 we will be accepting your warm clothing and non-perishable food donations that will go directly towards our very own Tacoma Rescue Mission.  So, clean out those pantries, use up those coupons to gather up the foods for those who need ’em!  Clean out your closets and bring us what you no longer wear or need!  We’ll make sure it gets to those who can use it most!

On 12/23 we will host a super awesome ugly “sweater” party!  We will have raffles, 50% of sales to go to the TRM!  And we’ll award the three worst sweaters!

Live music by Benni James!  Check out his work on Spotify!

Oh yeah, we’ve got our cute yet “ugly” sweatshirts and raglan baseball t’s for sale…  perfectly acceptable for our party!

Bring your stuff….  wear ugly stuff….  win awesome stuff!

#KeepItOdd

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