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Zach and Laura Wilson (right) are leaving Purpose Brewing in the hands of Peter and Frezi Bouckaert.
Zach and Laura Wilson (right) are leaving Purpose Brewing in the hands of Peter and Frezi Bouckaert. Purpose Brewing
Two founders of the much-hyped Purpose Brewing & Cellars in Fort Collins announced their departure last week. "We have decided that it is time for us to go on our own way to new adventures. While we are uncertain about what those adventures are, we hope they will keep us here in Fort Collins, a town we love to live in and a town full of people we love," wrote Zach and Laura Wilson in a message to customers.

Zach and Laura were the head brewer and marketing director, respectively, at 1933 Brewing in Fort Collins before it closed in December 2016. They took over the brewery's space, liquor license and equipment a few days later and reopened in the summer of 2017 as Purpose. Astoundingly, they also attracted Peter Bouckaert, the renowned Belgian beer-maker responsible for New Belgium Brewing's groundbreaking sour-beer program and many of its other recipes, who left New Belgium to join them at Purpose.

Bouckaert will now operate the brewery on his own.

Keep reading to see all the craft-beer events in the area through early November.


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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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