With the summer drawing to a close, I recently made sure to stock up on Bell's Oberon at a local supermarket in Virginia before it disappears until the spring. I love that I can experience my favorite summer beer while living 500 miles away from the Michigan state line. Every sip of Oberon reminds me of summers in Michigan, where the days are warm, the nights (usually) are not stifling hot like they are in Virginia, and the daylight lasts seemingly forever.
|Oberon on the dock in St. Michaels, MD and Kilwin's in Annapolis|
When I first moved to the East Coast fifteen years ago, I was saddened by the prospect of losing access to Bell's beer, Sanders candy, Detroit-style pizzas (yes, this is a real thing, although I just called it "pizza" growing up) and my favorite restaurants in Detroit and Ann Arbor. Yes, I make infrequent trips back to Michigan, but those trips only raise the unfortunate fact that, despite how hard I try, I cannot possibly eat and drink everything I desire during my visits home.
I go out of my way to purchase a six pack of Bells Oberon or Founders Breakfast Stout when they are in season, and love seeing Bell's Two Hearted on tap at many of my favorite restaurants. Sometimes, the hardest decision I have to make when dining out is which Michigan beer to order. Just this weekend, I tried Founders Red's Rye PA for the first time and my only disappointment was the realization that it took me too long to discover this beer.
Until then, I will gladly pick up some Founders and Bell's. As the leaves begin to change color and fall to the ground and the Oberon disappears from the shelf and my fridge, I will take solace in the fact that Bell's Best Brown and Founders Breakfast Stout will soon appear in Oberon's place.