Eric's Ale, from the creative and slightly diabolical mind of brewer Eric Salazar, is all about taking chances, breaking rules and being experimental, kind of like being back in high school. The beer began when Eric won the Loose Lips competition, where co-workers are given a blend of three different beers and challenged to identify the beers and what percentage of the blend each beer represents. The winner earns the right to brew a beer of his or her choice. Eric's Ale was the first Loose Lips beer to be used a full-scale release. Having worked closely with our wood beer project, La Folie, Eric decided to play around with oak barrels. The result is a very drinkable sour beer hybrid with subtle peach tones and a warm, spicy finish. The aroma has pleasant hints of vanilla and tropical fruit, the wood characteristics are present but nicely muted. Eric s Ale weighs in at 7% ABV and is best enjoyed while listening to the dulcet guitar work of Buckethead.