Meet New Belgium Brewing's Sour Master Eric Salazar as He Tours Local Craft-Beer Spots

This Friday, April 15, forget finding a place to go for Tax Day, because New Belgium Brewing Co. is putting on a full day of fun with its wood-aging expert, Eric Salazar.

Since 1997, Salazar has been a part of the wood-aged beer program at New Belgium, which has grown to encompass an more than 4,100-hectoliter capacity. The brewing veteran will be swinging through South Florida on Friday starting at noon with a paired lunch at Brass Tap Fort Lauderdale (551 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale).

The craft-beer bar and restaurant will be featuring a specialty tapping of Eric's Ale, a peach-spiked sour beer, and chef Jonathan Garr has created a special menu to compliment a range of New Belgium's beers.

Try Florida Gulf shrimp ceviche with tostones paired with Citradelic; turkey and quail-egg sliders paired with Snapshot; Brew Pub Philly flatbread paired with Fat Tire; and peach- and peri-peri-glazed pork belly over smoked Gouda mac ’n’ cheese, paired with Eric's Ale.

Then at 4 p.m., a "Happy Hour of Sour" will kick off at Tap 42 Fort Lauderdale (1411 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale). They'll be tapping a few exciting sour beers like Eric's Ale, 2015 Le Terroir Dry Hopped Sour, 2016 Transatlantique Kriek, and Peach Wheat Wine.

Then get your knowledge on with a discussion with Salazar about the New Belgium Sour Program over at the Craft Beer Cartel (557 SW 12th Ave., Fort Lauderdale) starting at 7 p.m. Learn from the master and see how ambitious local homebrewers fare as he judges a homebrew competition, offering feedback to those who have some of their own sour beers to share. 

Finally, there's a nightcap at the perennially nightcap-friendly Laser Wolf (901 Progresso Drive, Fort Lauderdale) beginning at 10 p.m. With four events across Fort Lauderdale, by the end of the night, there should be a few new fans of New Belgium. 

Doug Fairall is a craft-beer blogger who focuses on Florida beers. He is a Certified Beer Server and has been a homebrewer since 2009. For beer things in your Twitter feed, follow him @DougFairall and find the latest beer pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.

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Tap 42

1411 S. Andrews Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316


Craft Beer Cartel

557 SW 12th Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312


Laser Wolf

901 Progresso Dr.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304


The Brass Tap

551 N. Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301


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