89 Samuel Adams Longshot Honey B’s Lavender Ale, The Boston Beer Co. (MA). 5.5% ABV (9/11)
Golden amber color. Bold aromas and flavors of spicy carrot cake, honey and faint floral talc with supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a lingering fig and citrus preserves on raisin toast finish. Very clever and tasty; will be great with barbecue.

88 7th Street Wheat, NOLA Brewing Co. (LA). 4.3% ABV (9/11)
Bright old gold color. Aromas and flavors of lemongrass and ginger crème brûléewith a hint of basil and a supple, dryish medium body with a crisp, savory citrus marmalade and honeyed cottage cheese -accented finish. A very flavorful beer to try with Asian cuisine.