Martin Luther King Boulevard’s OddStory Brewing Co. is celebrating its first year in business this week and weekend.
“Business on MLK is going well,” co-owner Jay Boyd said via text. “We are happy to be on the street and see a lot of growth here.”
When the business opened last year on New Year’s Eve, Boyd and his father and co-owner, Bryan Boyd, were looking forward to celebrating anniversaries with each new year.
One year into business, the brewery employs nine people who are vital to the operation, Boyd said.
OddStory has partnered with the Southside’s Flying Squirrel to create a special beer—a chocolate cherry Gose—for the anniversary.
On Thursday night, The Flying Squirrel’s staff will take over the kitchen at OddStory to provide food and debut the new creation.
Flying Squirrel co-owner Max Poppel said via email:
At Flying Squirrel, we like working with the best providers and artisans we can. OddStory truly takes the science of brewing and adds in the heart/art side to make some of the best beer in town. They also have a staff that’s fun to work with, making for a joyful meeting of the minds when we brought both our teams together to brainstorm on what kind of beer we wanted to do. Lastly, they were kind enough to let us pitch in (i.e., get in the way) while brewing the beer, which was a learning experience for which we’ll forever be grateful.
Also on Thursday night, 12 sour beers will be featured and OddStory will release first-anniversary bottles of a sour Belgian golden ale with blackberries aged in white wine barrels, Boyd said.
On Friday night, there will be a barrel-aged release of beers OddStory has been working on for 12 months, and G’s Detroit Sausage will take over the kitchen to provide eats to go with the beverages.
On Saturday, local musician Rick Rushing will be playing and a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout will be released.
There will also be beer and food specials Saturday, Boyd said.
On New Year’s Eve, there will be a DJ and festive foods, and there’s no charge to attend. OddStory will stay open until 1 a.m. so patrons can watch the ball drop there.
Looking back and forward
Reflecting on the first year, Boyd said that partnerships with other businesses have been a highlight.
“Relationships with other bars, restaurants and breweries stick out in my mind,” he said. “We have loved partnering with other places to create new and exciting collaborations.”
OddStory has found its niche in producing “sour/funky beers,” and there’s been a positive reception to that, Boyd also said.
“For year No. 2, we can only hope for more growth and Chattanooga’s continued support,” he also said. “We hope to do more bottle releases next year and do a little more distribution throughout the city.”