Monday, April 06, 2015

Recap of 2015 Oberon Release including Midnight Tapping at Uccellos in Standale

Written by  Dan VanderKooi
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This year Bell’s Brewery unleashed the popular slice-of-orange (optional) Oberon the week of March 23rd with a series of brewery sponsored tappings and events. And once again this year if you could be one of the first to try what is described on Bell’s Taproom menu as “wheat malt & bright, citrusy, spicy hop” by staying up late on Sunday, March 22nd for one of the midnight Oberon tappings. This year the Grand Rapids based Uccellos was on the list for official midnight tap releases an I attended the Standale location for my first Oberon of the year.
Uccellos proved a great choice for a midnight tap release with their sports lounge featuring many late night specials to take advantage of including $3.99 3-topping personal pizzas and $3.00 breadsticks from 11 PM to 1:30 AM every night. Additional Sunday through Thursday, Uccellos features half-off appetizers and half-off draft beers. Needless to say, I didn’t go hungry or thirsty while waiting for this year’s Oberon to be released! The Uccellos location on Beltline off 28th Street in Grand Rapids also featured a midnight tap release as well as the location in Grandville. Monelli’s Italian Grill and Sports Bar in Wyoming was another Grand Rapids area restaurant included in this year’s official midnight tap releases.

I also made the rounds this year in the Muskegon area seeking out all things Oberon. My visits this year included Pope’s Pub in Fruitport and Handsome Henry’s in Roosevelt Park which were doing specials on Oberon throughout the week. My final stop of the week was at Pints & Quarts (also in Roosevelt Park) which featured $2 mugs of Oberon all week long and their official Bell’s Oberon release party on Thursday to coincide with their all night happy hour with a 1/3rd off appetizers. Bell’s representatives were on hand to give away t-shirts, posters, stickers, and the like.

Be on the lookout this year as Bell’s will be releasing in addition to the traditional 6-packs, mini-kegs, and the like, a new 12-pack of 12 oz. Oberon cans to complement the 16 oz. can 4-packs that were first introduced last year, an especially great option for any beer-friendly outdoor Oberon summer excursions this year.

Dan VanderKooi

Dan VanderKooi

Dan VK has been following the Michigan Craft Beer scene since before Oberon has been available in 6-packs. Besides making the rounds at all the local craft breweries and beer bars, Dan also supports the local music scene, reads crime fiction, and enjoys playing volleyball with his wife and friends.