Bell's Brewery releases Oberon, their summer beer, on March 28, 2011. The event is marked by the annual Michigan celebration of the hope that the winter is finally behind us and baseball is about to start.
Here are some details on how to get Oberon near you, if you happen to be near one of the places mentioned in this list; this is not a complete list, but their web site will let you find more.
Ann Arbor, MI: midnight tap at Ashley's. Tell Jeff I sent you.
Kalamazoo, MI: Old Burdick's release party, Sunday March 27, 9:00 p.m.
Petoskey, MI: City Park Grill is tapping at midnight.
Traverse City, MI: Union Street Station is tapping at midnight.
Detroit, MI: Slow's Bar B Q is tapping at midnight; April 8, opening day with Bell's
Holland, MI: Eighth Street Grille. $2.50 all day; expecting it on draft by early afternoon.
Monroe, MI: Harbor Inn & Ale. 5:00 p.m.
Ypsilanti, MI: Sidetrack. $2.00 pints all day.
Washington, DC: The Big Hunt, Dupont Circle, 4:00 p.m.
Richmond, VA: Cous Cous, March 31, 9:00 p.m.
Brooklyn, NY: No Bell's distribution to New York on the official map, so you'll have to find a friend.
It's not blueberry season yet, but an excellent summer beverage is a blueberry beer in the style of the Vierling Restaurant in Marquette, which serves a fruity wheat beer with a spoonful of crushed wild blueberries mixed in.
I remember when it was called Solsun, as does Eric Strader who wrote this 2009 Oberon Day post for Michiana Beer Nuts complete with a vintage Solsun bottle photo.
Edward Vielmetti celebrates all holidays in moderation. If you drink, don't drive, but it's an excellent reason to ride the bus. FTC notice: the author received no compensation from Bell's Brewery or from anyone else for that matter for this writing. All graphics from bellsbeer.com. Michigan deposit $0.10.