Kiddo Karaoke is ALL the rage at OOBC

 

Have you been to the brewery on the first Sunday of the month?  Say, around 12:30pm, when the tables are full and there are kids everywhere?  No?  Then you don’t know about Kiddo Karaoke!

After our Event Coordinator/Social Media Manager/Assistant Manager’s (she wears a few hats) daughter kept bugging her about singing at our Tuesday and Thursday Karaoke (9pm-1am), and she had to keep reminding her it was past her bedtime, she decided to try out this thing…  a karaoke just for kids.  And it worked.  Like, really worked.

For close to a year now we’ve hosted Kiddo Karaoke on the first Sunday of every month from 1-3pm.  The parents enjoy a pint or two while the kids pick their favorite songs to sing to.  We’ve seen kiddos as little as three and as old as teens.  Even the shy ones will participate after some encouragement from the crowd!

While we pride ourselves on creating tasty and unique craft brews for those 21+, we also love being a place where families can come to have fun.  We promise, even if the kids are hesitant to take the mic upon arrival, they’ll leave having sung quite a few of their favorites.  And the parentals will have enjoyed a couple tasty brews while cheering them on.

We hope to see you at our next Kiddo Karaoke, 2/7/2018 at 1pm!

As always…  #KeepItOdd

 

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

Cheap Pints + Hurricane Harvey United Way Benefit

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Five Dollah Pints?  Say Whaaaaat?  You heard right, y’all.  We’ve got got medal winners across the state of Washington, as well all pints on the cheap.  Wanna try our Flagship Ottermelon?  No worries… It’s always $5 per pint…  and then you add in our super Otter Hour and the discounts we give to Active Military, Veterans, and First Responders…  Hashtag Super Cheap!  Not only is the price amazing…  but so too are the beers.  For more info on the best 253 deals check this out http://www.traveltacoma.com/blog/post/the-253-guide-to-tacoma-dining-cheap-food/

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fundraiser
September 9
7-10pm
Monies raised will benefit the United Way of Houston

Now…  lets talk about this fundraising event, we are hosting for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Well, we’ve got our very own Bartender Extraoidinaire Padre Paul playing from 8-10pm.  We’ll be selling raffle tickets the entire week leading up to the event.  You could win gift cards, Otter Merch, or Sounders Tickets!  No need to be present!  Fifty percent of ticket sales go to the United Way of Houston’s relief efforts. Doesn’t it feel good to do some good? We hope to see you around the tasting room!

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!

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!

Our Black Friday Birthday Party!! + Closed Thanksgiving Day

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Holy cow, that’s right. We’re turning 2! And just like your favorite other 2 year olds, we have some pretty fun stuff planned. Check it out:

  • Party is ALL DAY AND NIGHT on Black Friday, November 25th
  • Local music goddess Kim Archer is performing from 9pm-11pm and it’s free to attend!
  • We’re bringing back our Comrade Otter’s Russian Imperial Chocolate Stout and a special keg of our powerful Blind Otter (at a discount!)
  • That growler you see up there is available for a LIMITED TIME – only 100 ever made!! It comes with a free growler fill of anything you’d like
  • We’re closed all day on Thanksgiving Day to let us get ready for the bonanza, so get your Turkey Day growler fills early to wow your friends

Tell your friends you’re coming on Our Birthday Party Facebook Event! We can’t wait to have you come celebrate with us and this awesome community we’ve been honored to join here in Tacoma.

Come early, come often, and as always, #KeepItOdd!

Veteran’s Day Fisher House Benefit

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As a Veteran owned brewery we are passionate about giving back to the military community.  On this Veteran’s Day we are choosing to support the Fisher House of Joint Base Lewis McChord.  Fisher House believes in providing families a comforting, secure, and nurturing environment while receiving care at Madigan Army Medical Center.

So, how can we help?  Easy peasy!

On 11/11/2016 from 6-10pm:

The Fisher House is currently in need of the following items and by donating them you will receive a rafftle ticket:

Laundry Soap (who doesn’t love clean clothes?)

Fabric Softener (and soft clean clothes at that?)

Individually wrapped snacks (don’t we all stress eat?)

We will donate 50% of raffle ticket sales, and 10% of tasting rooms sales, during the hours of 6-10pm to the Fisher House.

So, what are we raffling off?  Glad you asked! Gift cards and beer swag, friends!  You know what?  The holidays are upon us and everyone loves the gift of beer swag!

So, drink up! We firmly believe that drinking for a cause tastes soooo much better!

#KeepItOdd

 

Momma loves bacon… Yes she does!

suzi-and-baconMomma.  She’s the boss, right?  Don’t all things have to go through the boss?  Uh, yeah, we think so!  And since Momma Otter is back on tap, in way of the Pancake Porter, we thought we’d mix things up a little.  Here’s the deal…  Momma likes bacon.  Bacon likes Momma.  Together they make a pretty awesome combination.  Here’s how that goes:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

1 pound bacon

1/4 cup Momma Otter’s Pancake Porter

1/2 cup brown sugar

Directions:

Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil.  Place a wire wrack over the sheet pan.  Lay the bacon on the wire wrack.  Do not overlap the bacon if possible!

In a bowl, combine the Momma Otter’s Pancake Porter with the brown sugar.  Whisk, whisk, whisk!  Whisk the porter and sugar until they combine to create a syrup consistency.  Brush the bacon with the beer and sugar syrup mixture.  Place in the oven and allow to cook for 10-15 minutes.

***WARNING***

The bacon will smoke!  A LOT!  Open windows, turn on the stove fan!  This is completely normal and part of the process that will create delicious Momma Bacon.

…  Once the bacon has baked about 10-15 brush it again with the beer and sugar mixture.  Repeat this process until the bacon is cooked through.

We think it is served quite nicely in our beer can glass.  What a lovely display it makes!

We are pretty sure, with all the football parties going on, Momma would certainly approve!

Nom, nom, nom, nom!

#KeepItOdd