It’s hard to imagine an annual release as eagerly anticipated as Bell’s Oberon® Ale, as reliable a harbinger of summer as the return of robins and the leaves you forgot to rake before the first snowfall.
In fact, this annual event has its own name – Oberon Day – which this year falls on Monday, March 27. And because Meijer is open 24/7, that means you can get yours at 12:01am.
A refreshing mix of malted wheat and fruity notes with a halo of citrusy hop aroma, Oberon is made with just four simple ingredients (and no fruit or spices): malt, hops, Bell’s signature house ale yeast, and water. The result is medium-body and full flavor, making it the perfect beer for summer (and the wistful weeks we wait for it to arrive ☺).
What’s that stuff in my Oberon?
If you’re new to Oberon, you might be new to unfiltered beer, which contains a certain amount of suspended yeast and protein that gives it more body and a slightly cloudy appearance.
John Mallett, Director of Operations at Bell’s, fills us in:
Goat cheese recipes make an exceptionally good partner with Oberon, especially when the ingredients include orange zest, which calls out Oberon’s citrusy aromas. You’ll be making this one again. We did.
Crostini with Herbed Goat Cheese and Orange Zest
1 day-old baguette
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 pkg (4oz or about 2/3 cup) Mild, soft goat cheese, at room temperature
⅓ cup Cream cheese, at room temperature
Zest of half a small orange
1 tsp Minced fresh mint
1 tsp Minced fresh sage
1 tsp Minced fresh marjoram
1 tsp Minced fresh parsley
- Preheat oven to 325°F.
- Slice 24 ¼-inch slices from the baguette. Lightly brush each slice with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place on the oven rack and toast until golden brown and crispy, about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
- In a small bowl, combine the goat cheese, cream cheese, orange zest, mint, sage, marjoram and parsley. Mix until well-combined. Refrigerate to allow flavors to blend.
- To serve, bring goat cheese to room temperature and spread on crostini.