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Oberon lovers celebrate release of summer beer

Karine Carls (left) Jane Norttoast as they stopped by Bell's Eccentric Cafe Monday March 25 2013 celebrate was OberDay release

Karine Carls (left) and Jane Norton toast as they stopped by Bell's Eccentric Cafe on Monday, March 25, 2013, to celebrate was Oberon Day and the release of Bell's seasonal signature beer. | AP photo

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Oberon lovers gathered at Bell’s Brewery Inc. to raise a glass to a seasonal rite: The annual release of kegs of the summer beer.

Brenda Mulder, 51, showed up a half hour before Bell’s Brewery opened at 9 a.m. Monday to keep her record — three years in a row — of enjoying the first Oberon served at the brewery during its annual release, The Kalamazoo Gazette reports.

Michigan saw freezing temperatures on Monday. But Mulder says Oberon Day is “a holiday” and makes her feel as if summer is on the way.

Dozens of Oberon kegs are ready to be tapped at the Kalamazoo brewery. The beer is sold seasonally in most markets, but is available year-round in Florida, Arizona and Puerto Rico.

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