What’s not to love about summer? Outdoor barbecues, weekends on the beach, crisp beers by the pool, a few short months of bliss brimming with a lifetime of memories. To start the season off right, head to your favorite local watering hole for a sip of something light and refreshing. Empire Brewing from upstate New York has just the drink for June and July: Its White Aphrodisiac, made with real lavender and ginger, is worthy of abounding adoration.
Empire’s beachtime brew clocks in at a manageable 6.3 percent ABV, giving it a sturdy backbone for a Belgian-style Witbier but remaining easy enough to knock back on a hot and humid afternoon. The yeasty spice typical to a Wit is tamed against the gentle floral tonalities of the lavender. You’ll immediately notice these enticing peculiarities in the beer’s unique aroma, fostering a therapeutic rush that will flood your mind’s eye with images as pleasant as rolling waves crashing the shoreline.
Although it’s available exclusively on tap across the city, look for it at growler stations such as Whole Foods’. Fill one up to bring home, or, more appropriately, take straight to the sand.