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July 10, 2010

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Oberon, from Bell's Brewery in Kalamazoo Michigan, is my favorite 'summer' beer. Its crisp, hoppy but not too bitter, and overall well-balanced. Perfect for a few at a BBQ. Not local, but definitely worth seeking out. Too bad Bell's doesn't distribute to Long Island, they're Two-Hearted Ale is perhaps my favorite beer.

My new favorite summer beer is Rooster Fish Brewing (a microbrew pub located in Watkins Glen) Summer Sail Hefeweissen. There's a really nice smoothness to this beer with a lot of fruit and critus. This isn't in bottles yet so I have to make biweekly runs down to get my fix with growler fills. The whole Rooster Fish lineup of beers is really really great. Highly recommended to someone who hasn't visited there yet.

Jessica - I really enjoyed Rooster Fish while in the Finger Lakes for TasteCamp this past May. That hefe was really nice as were their double IPA and brown ale. I'm planning on reviewing a Rooster Fish beer in the next couple weeks, so stay tuned!

Adam - there's not a beer geek out there who doesn't love Bell's Two-Hearted :) Maybe someday they'll distribute to New York State...

Southampton Double White, Troegs Sunshine Pils, Weinstephan Hefe, and Saison Dupont have all been in my rotation this summer.

Southamton Double White is fantastic.

Very nice article Julia. The brewery is spelled Shmaltz though, no C.

Kevin - Wouldn't ya know, I even double-checked the spelling of of "Shmaltz," knew there was no "c," and then must've gone and spelled it wrong anyway. Clearly I've lost some of my Yiddish street cred - but at least you spelled "Southampton" wrong :) Heard their beers are awesome. Plan to buy the next one I see.

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