MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP- Michigan’s seasonal ale beer has hit the shelves.
For most people, Opening Day for baseball, means it is summer time. For many Michiganders, the release of the unofficial Oberon beer is the first taste of summer.
Old Chicago celebrated Oberon Day with tons of the American wheat ale on the shelves. Every March, Bell’s Brewery of Kalamazoo releases one of its most popular brews. According to Bellsbeer, the beer is made with Bell’s signature house ale yeast, along with a mix of spices and mild fruity aromas. This year’s release was March 27.
William Kidd, who works at Old Chicago as a bartender, said he enjoys that he has a reason to drink on a Monday.
“This is the best beer ever, that we have ever received,” said Kidd as he makes drinks for guest. “It pairs well with the citrus flavor of the orange that’s paired with it, instead of most beers with a high hob case, the Oberon beer is actually pretty well balanced.”
Oberon is sold year-round in Florida, Arizona, and Southern California according to Mlive, but for Michigan this classic beer is most popular because it is so exclusive.
Old Chicago guest Tyra Green was there celebrating her 21st birthday when she was offered the seasonal beer as her first legal drink.
“I thought my first drinking beverage would be a Margarita, to get a beer was more masculine, but also exciting,” said Green. “I did not expect to do much on a Monday for my birthday, but I walked in on an Oberon Day celebration and that works for me.”
Old Chicago had a crowded bar as guest ordered rounds of Oberon beer.
Amanda Flegal was with her friends when she stopped in at Old Chicago for their second bar stop to celebrate the day.
“It’s seasonal and it’s different every year, so, I like trying it to see what’s it about, it’s limited variety and because it’s a local brewery, I just make a day out of it” said Flegal. “Being limited and seasonal makes it special to me.”