Title says it all, I for one will be picking up my case after work, hope everyone who can get it today enjoys it.
Very OT- Happy Oberon day
Title says it all, I for one will be picking up my case after work, hope everyone who can get it today enjoys it.
Hope it's better this year. As they scaled up the process for mass production, it seemed to lose something for me. Maybe I will hit up Ashleys today after work and try it
They had a hop issue the last few years due to weather
but I thought it was the early batches that seemed the most effected. Either way, I wouldn't buy a case until later in the year.
The past few years have been off. I remember this being much more flavorful and consistent, but it has been just mediocre the past few years. Every year I buy it hoping it will be better though.
I really thought the early brews had the perfect combination of citrus notes. Just not as smooth as I remembered (2006-08). Will try it this year, but I tend to view it as an overrated Bells brew. 2-hearted is the true number 1
I feel the exact same way about Oberon, and also Counting Crows albums.
I will be drinking this come rain or shine this afternoon!
I have many a fond memory of warm afternoons at Dominick's, consuming mason jar after mason jar of delicious Oberon.
It's like Christmas in March
I'm hitting up Bells this afternoon. Can't wait!
I was a bit disappointed these past few years. Maybe it is just me, but I haven't enjoyed the taste as much.
Beat me to it. For those of you who weren't fans the last couple of years, I didn't have access to Oberon for several years in California. It's better than the rest of the swill out there.
...explain. California is widely regarded as having some of the best craft beer in the country, despite not being able to get Bells.
Midnight launch was a big success as i hear. Love that this beer is a national top seller!
Why hasn't Oberon posted yet?
Pretty excited about this. Also, the beer club I belong to has limited quantities of Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout coming in soon.
It has changed so much since I used to drink it in undergrad (WMU) that I can't drink it anymore. It is completely different than it was 10 years ago. The only thing the same is the label.
A fellow Bronco. I'll be graduating from Western next month. It's taken me 9 years longer than it should have though.
Took me 5 years of hard drinking to discover life is much easier if you turn down the volume on your dick and turn up the volume on your brain. You even get laid more.
Enjoy it while you can, I miss Western quite a a bit still, graduated in 2010 and I long to be in Kalamazoo on days like today. It's basically a holiday, the teachers always let class out a little earlier it seemed ( at least the prof's in the college of aviation), and this day always marked perfect weather low 60's, people outside playing beer pong. No matter what day of the week it fell on, Oberon day was a day of debauchery, and for that I miss it.
I'll always call it Solsun. Larry changed it to Oberon after he was sued for trademark infringement, as I think it was confusingly similar in name to a beer from Mexico, imported by someone in Arizona, "Sol" if I remember correctly.
I can't wait to have one tonight after class. Nothing tastes more like summer than Oberon.
Chicago Alumni group is hosting a first keg of Oberon event tonight at Sheffields, come by if you're in chitown
I'll be there for sure.
Got a pallet in at work on Saturday and I had to suffer looking at, since I couldn't buy it until it went out on the floor this morning. So excited, can't wait to get it after work!
Last year's didn't really do it for me but I plan to grab a six pack on my way home today and see what's good.
I'm getting a minikeg today and will definitely be drinking it while I mow the lawn.
A beer helmet would fit nicely with your picture.
Going back to NoVa next weekend for my cousin's kid's 100th day bday celebration (big deal in Korean cultures).
Perfect excuse to hit a store and get at least a 6 of Oberon. Minikeg would be excellent though!
Hoping to hit up Bells this afternoon. However a delay at work may keep me here longer than expected. I must have angered the beer gods in some way.
Isn't this the year they start selling it in cans, too?
Friends don't let friends drink beer from cans. (unless you absolutely have to).
Cans are a great storage container for beer. They're opaque, lightweight, and pack well.
I prefer blue. Too bad there's no navy blue.
Beer snobs turn their nose up at beer sold in cans, unless its PBR. When I'm offered beer out of a can I often think, "how quaint" much like Scotty typing at the keyboard in Star Trek IV.
Cans have utility, no one is arguing that. Its the beer inside the can that is usually at issue.
from the article linked below. The guy saying it founded Oskar Blues, which I'm not personally familiar with, but the brewery gets a 92 score on BeerAdvocate, which is pretty damn good.
When we started, the idea of canning beer was blasphemous," says Dale Katechis, founder of Oskar Blues. "It was frowned upon as a cheap way to deliver lager-style cheap beer. The fact is, if you put bad beer in a can, it's going to be bad beer. But our goal is to deliver beer as fresh as possible, and the can is the best."
Dales Pale and Old Chubb are two of the best I've had. The Old Chubb will knock you under the table pretty quick though.
This article is pretty interesting. I read it after I saw Fat Tire in cans for the first time last year, and it's pretty informative. For the record, I always buy Fat Tire in cans when I can, and will be buying Oberon in cans if I can find it (although I really want to score a minikeg).
The guys at Sierra Nevada did a lot of work, as did Charlie Bamforth at UC Davis, regarding cans, and they do actually preserve the beer better over time and stabilize flavor because of less O2 getting through the can top as the bottles and even less light gets through. They're long papers, but those are the highlights.
I'll take bottles when I can, and cans when I need to (putting in a backpack or has a chance to fall and break.)
The reasoning behind it is to get it sold on golf courses. And, really, Oberon cans would be great for things like beach trips. There are a lot of very respectable breweries these days using cans, and there's no reason why Bell's shouldn't, too, on a limited basis.
I have no issue with the idea of getting it sold on golf courses, or the portability of it in cans. I just think if you have the ability to consume it in either bottle or can - one should always use bottles. (if your'e going to the beach, you don't have that option, and golf courses, etc.)
at least we can all agree: thank god they don't sell it in a plastic bottle.
From the linked article it mirrors what justingoblue says above. Mainly that canned beer isn't bad beer, but up until recently, most of the beer put into cans has been bad beer. The stigma is what they have to fight more than anything, because cans are better in a lot of ways than glass bottles. Here is a short excerpt from the article.
"As our hemisphere tilts toward the sun and the bright half of the year, our thoughts lean toward getting outside. The good news is that it's easier than ever to accompany adventures with good beer, because more and more adventurous craft brewers are canning their beer.
Yes, beer cans, which celebrated their 75th anniversary earlier this year. But canned craft beer? You scoff, but think about it: You've likely never had great beer out of a can because so far, not much great beer has been put into a can.
"Cans have 99 advantages over bottles and one disadvantage," said Jim Mills, owner of Ashland's Caldera Brewing, one of the first Oregon craft breweries to sell its beer in cans. Caldera Pale Ale and IPA are available in 12-ounce cans. "That disadvantage is that the public associates them with cheap beer."
But that's changing, and fast, thanks to microcanning equipment developed in Canada and small brewers who are discovering that canning good beer makes perfect sense for them and their customers. Nearly 100 Canadian and U.S. craft brewers now offer canned beers, including Oregon brewers such as Caldera, Fearless Brewing in Estacada and Fort George Brewing in Astoria, which plans to bring out its Vortex IPA in 16-ounce cans in the next year or so."
About as far as you can get from the oberon topic, but I've found that Guinness poured from a widget can is the closest facsimile to the glory you find in dublin pubs.
I'll be heading to dinner tonight for my sisters birthday and a fresh Oberon will probably be in order. Although I like the heavier darker stuff like some posters ealrier. I'll take a KBS over an Oberon any day.
Sam Summer came out this weekend...so...cheers!
Why dost thou blaspheme?
Sam summer in an Oberon thread?
I'm from Boston. Sam Summer's release here is greeted with a similar reaction as you guys have for Oberon. I just want to reach the day where you can have your Oberon and I can have my Sam's Summer and we can talk about our love of Michigan together.
but am in NY and so cannot enjoy . . . .
I'm thinking Grey Dog or Professor Thom's just because of their U of M affiliation... but I'm preparing myself for another summer without it =(
I feel so girly when I order oberon at a bar, because they bring it with the slice of orange, and I had a chick make fun of me for drinking it once. It could have also been because I squeezed the juice in, dropped in the orange, and then when the beer was done I had to fish it out to get whatever oberon the orange may have absorbed. Or maybe it could've been because of the apple-tinis before the oberon.
Either way, oberon is delicious.
Yeah I really hate that they do that. Do the majority of people really like it that way?
I always say "no fruit" if I see others with a slice in theirs. Hate it too.
If a chick laughed at me for ordering an Oberon I'd laugh right back in her face. Nothing girly about a Summer Wheat Ale.
Now that Leinenkugels stuff...that's girly beer. I'll give it to Summer Shandy...that's not too bad. But every one other than that is literally made for women.
I love Summer Shandy (I drink it a good deal more than Oberon) and dislike most of their other brews, but their Big Eddie Imperial Stout is very good, and their Oktoberfest is decent for that style, although I don't drink a lot of Oktoberfest brews.
This is one of the very few disadvantages of living in California. Hope y'all enjoy and I hope that it's better than the last couple years so I can enjoy when I do make it back to Michigan this summer.
But you have Stone....
Yeah he does...and Russian River...and Sierra Nevada...
No offense, California and Michigan are probably the top two states as far as breweries go but IMHO it's Michigan hands down. Jolly Pumpkin, Founders, New Holland, Arcadia, Odd Sides, OG, Bell's, Dark Horse, Short's, Dragonmead, Kuhnhenn, etc. The list just goes on and on.
Our Honorable mention All-American point guard.
For all the great brews you can get here in Tejas like Shiner and Firemans 4, I really miss my lovely Oberon (Solsun to us oldsters). No distribution to the Lone Star state as far as I am aware.
but it tastes great right now
I picked up some Oberon on the way home from work. I rarely shirk an opportunity to honor good beer, for as my wife will attest, the 24th of September is also a household holiday as it is the birthday of one Arthur Guinness (and his beers are better when poured from the can, incidentally, in my estimation)
Blacked out at the midnight release of Oberon last year at the Jug. Went for one pitcher with a friend, ended up with 5+. It was worth the hangover and missed class.
Ran into Larry Bell (owner of Bell's Brewery) at a grocery store in Kalamazoo this evening. He thanked me for purchasing Bell's! I couldn't help but think that something was flawed, in that I should have been thanking him for making such an awesome product.
Moved to LA for the semester and summer for an internship, any way that you guys know to get Oberon out here? I've found some possibilities for 6-packs, but not mini-kegs
As somebody who moved here from California in 2000 (with beautiful bride & kids), and visit Cali every summer (both South & North), I have to say that I have a new-found appreciation for great beer. Michigan rocks!
Seriously, I would love to send examples of my favorite beers to friends in California (who really have no idea what I'm babbling about, assuming that I forgot what Cali beers are like). It's a shame, really... especially since my experience, so far, with 2012 Oberon (both bottles and minikeg) has been back up to the pre-2010 snuff. It's especially galling when I visit stores in SoCal purporting to deal in quality beverages that have no idea, even, of Jolly Pumpkin Oro de Calabaza's success in the New York Times' survey of Belgian style ales, much less the incredible collection of beers all over this state.
Oh, and I have to say that my wife & I used to jokingly suspect that Anchor Brewing sent it's "seconds" to Southern California, since Steam never seemed to taste as good in L.A. as it did in S.F. (HA!)
Anyway, living in the Ann Arbor-Dexter corridor, otherwise known as the Huron River Valley, I'm living large on great beer and I'm thankful for it.