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Meet the Fort Collins brewer who turned America sour

Photo courtesy Coloradoan

Photo courtesy Coloradoan

“The rise of the beer style started with Bouckaert’s bold move to leave his native Belgium for the brewmaster role at fledgling New Belgium Brewing.

“My husband thought New Belgium was like a castle that was building its foundation,” said Frezi Bouckaert, who moved with Peter. “Belgians really don’t leave their country. But everyone told us we were an adventurous couple that could do it.”

Peter gave Belgian credentials to a brewery named for the country and also brought experience to the operation that in 1996 was rapidly ramping up production thanks to the popularity of its amber ale, Fat Tire.”

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Meet the Fort Collins brewer who turned America sour