March 26th, 2010 at 12:59 PM ^

Fat Tire is the flagship brew of New Belgium Brewing, based in Fort Collins. While Fat Tire is pretty good, I would probably rate it as their 4th best beer behind 1554, Trippel and Mothership Wit. When I travel outside of Colorado I just don't get people's fascination with Fat Tire.


March 26th, 2010 at 10:53 AM ^

They do not serve Oberon with an orange at Bell's Eccentric Cafe. Therefore, Oberon should not be served with fruit. I believe the call it "NFF" No F-ing Fruit.
That style came from d-bags that thought Oberon was like Blue Moon so why not put some fruit in it.
Horrible, horrible idea.
Please stop the senseless pollution of one of the worlds best beverages with this pointless acidic parasite of flavor.


March 26th, 2010 at 10:56 AM ^

about it. I agree with the No Fruit practice.

The president of Bell's was giving a speech one time at a business school and someone asked him about the orange (even worse on the East Coast bartenders feel compelled to put a lemon in it).

He responded that the beer will have more of it's true flavor without the orange, or fruit whatsoever.


March 26th, 2010 at 11:57 AM ^

Oberon is very well-balanced without the orange. The orange just throws it off.

Blue Moon, on the other hand, tastes better with orange because it is all around lower quality (and I am almost certain they use artificial sugars, syrups, whatever... just doesn't taste natural).

As for Corona, that beer is so bland the lime is pretty much obligatory.


March 26th, 2010 at 9:23 AM ^

Sorry to hear that, the closest distributor for Boston would be in Emmaus, PA. I made the drive down there from Parsippany, NJ once and it was totally worth it.


March 26th, 2010 at 9:28 AM ^

Stock up then. The distributor in Emmaus only sells by the case anyways. When I went there, I was looking to buy a six pack of oberon, best brown, and two hearted, but only ended up with a case of oberon. I know, poor me.


March 26th, 2010 at 9:29 AM ^

personally, i enjoy one Oberon a year. Then its back to Diet Miller for me. The hangovers i get after an evening of Oberon debauchery is close to a malignant brain tumor. Tastes good, just instant dehydration.


March 26th, 2010 at 9:42 AM ^

I love the taste as well but for some reason I get the worst hangover from the stuff. I drink just one a sitting now. Wish I could drink it more but being old and stuff I can't do the hangover-every-weekend routine anymore. I drink Michelob Ultra now! (checking for my man card....)


March 26th, 2010 at 10:11 AM ^

It has B-complex vitamins that can help function as an anti-hangover preventive measure.
I used to homebrew a lot, and started drinking the "sludge" after I found that out. I'm not sure if it's placebic or actual therapy given the amount consumed. But, waking up with a cranium only 1 size too small as opposed to 2-3 sizes too small seem to make it worthwhile.

His Dudeness

March 26th, 2010 at 9:32 AM ^

Oberon seems to have morphed over the last few years. I loved Oberon when I was in K-Zoo for undergrad a few years back, but in the recent years it has become more bitter and less sweet ime.


March 26th, 2010 at 12:01 PM ^

You might be unlucky, depending on how much of it you drink. I have seen wild variability in Oberon over the years. Some batches are entirely transparent and taste more like Leini Summer Shanty (which really grinds my gears!)

Quality control needs to get their shit together, ime. But I guess that's the price paid for popularity and mass-production


March 26th, 2010 at 9:38 AM ^

I grew up in Kalamazoo and remember when Bell's Brewery had no beer garden (just a hole in the wall store front) and Oberon was called Solsun.......I think there was a copyright dispute over the name.

Given all of the micro breweries around the country, it's pretty amazing how popular and well respected Bell's has become over the years...nice to see.

Kalamazoo Blue

March 26th, 2010 at 12:31 PM ^

Maybe Bell's has surpassed Derek Jeter as our most famous export.

Oberon day is a very fun day for us in the 'zoo.

[edit: Geez, I totally forgot Kalamazoo's third-most famous export: last year's name of the year runner-up and M grad Iris Macadangdang.]