New Belgium Brewing Co. is rereleasing a beer in its Lips of Faith series that was named after longtime brewer Eric Salazar.
The Fort Collins, Colo.-based brewery is once again releasing Eric’s Ale, a 7 percent ABV “wood-aged ale” that is a blend of two different beers: a golden strong ale that has been aged up to two years with peaches in oak foeders and Felix, one of New Belgium’s sour base beers. The beers were brewed with nugget hops as well as pale, wheat and red wheat malts.
“When I first brewed this ale in 2008, I was highly involved in the sour program and wanted to blend a sour beer,” said Salazar, who is New Belgium’s wood cellar manager, in a press release. “What’s really great about it is there isn’t as much of a ‘kick-you-in-the-teeth’ sour as La Folie. I really wanted a middle ground sour that everyone could enjoy. The base beer, Felix, really lends itself to fruit, so I decided to experiment with peaches; that’s really what makes this ale shine.”
Originally released in 2008, Eric’s Ale was the third beer in New Belgium’s Lips of Faith series at the time. It will be the fourth release in the series this year, following Blackberry Barley Wine Ale (12 percent ABV), a barleywine-style ale that is brewed wit blackberries, Pear Ginger Beer (7 percent ABV) and the rerelease of the popular Cocoa Molé (9 percent ABV) after a three-year hiatus.
According to a press release, Eric’s Ale is packaged in 22-ounce bottles and will be available this month across New Belgium’s entire distribution footprint.