Purpose Brewing considers re-location

Purpose Brewing and Cellars on Mason street in Fort Collins may have plans to relocate to a former Carquest auto parts store on North College Ave. The new building would allow Purpose to have a larger brewing area, as well as provide ample space for a coffee shop, roastery, and tap room. Since rent in Fort Collins is rising rapidly, it makes more sense for Purpose owners to buy.

“Rent is so expensive in Fort Collins, so it just makes it worthwhile to buy,” co-owner and former New Belgium brew-master Peter Bouchaert said.

Bouchaert also mentioned that he, his wife Frezi and co-owners Zach and Laura Wilson will find out if they will acquire the new space within the next thirty days.

“There’s a fifty-fifty chance that we’re getting that property. We’re not under contract [yet] because we have two more city conceptual reviews and we don’t really know which body is going to fall out of which closet. We’re all in the middle of that, and so we’re super busy with the new building while also trying to run a brewery, “Bouckaert added.

During a previous interview with Scene, Bouckaert shared his desire to farm his own produce to use in the beer he brews, but because city ordinances are stricter than he thought, the idea came up to buy instead of build a new sight for the brewery.

“The farm option is really hard when you’re trying to comply with city codes with a new build, so then we thought about buying something. But then there’s always issues with existing properties.”

Bouckaert stated that because there are four buildings he is trying to purchase instead of just one, the process to get permission to change the old Carquest into a full-blown brewery and taproom has not been an easy one. The new property would double the space that Purpose now works in on Mason, and it would also be located near a bike path.

Even though moving Purpose seems like it will be difficult one, Bouckaert and the Wilson’s are hopeful that it will be beneficial not only to their own family business, but also to the city of Fort Collins and the all-around culture of downtown and Northern Colorado.

For more information about Purpose Brewing and Cellars, please visit http://purposebrewing.com.

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