As the cold subsides and we embrace the new spring season it's time to start losing the layers, go outside and start working on those beach abs (what are beach abs anyway?) Along with the warmer months we see the imperial stouts, porters and Scotch ales start to retreat back into the brewers logs to wait for another winter.
Some people would say that the lighter spring/summer brews lack the sophistication of and complexity of there heavier brethren, but to me that's certainly not the case. Pilsners, Kolchs, Saisons and Whitbiers are some of most widely consumed beers on the planet. They are generally light, have just enough flavor and are easily approachable for any type of drinker. One local brewery from Long Island not only makes these style of brews, but they do it in a very classic way.
Southampton Publick House excels in making traditional Farmhouse and Belgian style ales but with a modern twist. A few of there brews include Biere De Mars ("Beer of March"), Cuvee De Fleurs, and their flagship Double White.
The Double White is a twist on a classic Belgian white ale or or "Whitbier". The brew pours a nice hazy light color, with aromatics of citrus and wheat. The taste is full of crisp citrus, clove and coriander spice. The Double White is truly a good refreshing brew that will help quench anyone's thirst during the hotter months to come. At 6.7% ABV it's a little higher in alcohol content than typically seen in the style, but it's still highly sessionable and makes for a great barbecue or poolside brew. This beer would pair well with cedar plank salmon, a tomato and feta salad and — my personal favorite — a classic crawfish boil.