March 26th, 2012 at 7:35 AM ^

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

Zone Left

March 26th, 2012 at 8:27 AM ^

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.

His Dudeness

March 26th, 2012 at 9:17 AM ^

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.


March 26th, 2012 at 10:08 AM ^

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.


March 26th, 2012 at 9:25 AM ^

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.  

Demar Dorsey 4ever

March 26th, 2012 at 9:41 AM ^

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!


March 26th, 2012 at 9:54 AM ^

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!


March 26th, 2012 at 12:30 PM ^

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.


March 26th, 2012 at 12:46 PM ^

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."


March 26th, 2012 at 3:38 PM ^

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.)


March 26th, 2012 at 1:06 PM ^

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. 

death by trident

March 26th, 2012 at 1:52 PM ^ 

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."


March 26th, 2012 at 10:30 AM ^

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.