Weyerbacher Brewing (Easton, Pennsylvania) announced this week that Chris Wilson will be leaving his position as Brewmaster to assume the role of Chief Production Officer at Free Will Brewing Co. (Perkasie, Pennsylvania).
Freshly armed with a degree from the Master Brewers Program at UC Davis, Chris Wilson joined Weyerbacher Brewing in 2004. He quickly worked his way up the brewing ranks at Weyerbacher and proved to be “instrumental in helping them grow into a regional craft brewery.” It is because of Wilson’s “vision, extensive knowledge of the industry and creativity” that Weyerbacher was able to create award-winning beers such as Sunday Morning Stout, Imperial Pumpkin Ale and Riserva.
“Weyerbacher has allowed me to grow as a brewer and as a manager,” Chris Wilson stated when asked to reflect on his time at Weyerbacher.
“Chris has been a valuable team member and a great asset to Weyerbacher. While
we’re definitely sorry to see him go, we’re excited for him as he looks forward to this
next chapter,” said Josh Lampe, Chief Operating Officer of Weyerbacher.
As far as Wilson’s new gig goes, Free Will Brewing Co. is described as an independently owned production brewery with taproom “based in Perkasie, PA producing craft ales, lagers and an extensive portfolio of sour/wild ales.” Free Will’s offerings are currently distributed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, New York, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C.
Chris Wilson will steadily transition out of his position at Weyerbacher Brewing to step into his new role at Free Will Brewing Co. Weyerbacher will have members of its current “brewing and production teams . . . collectively fill the void left by Wilson’s departure.”
As we wrap this post up, the team here at Mashing In just wanted to take a moment to personally wish Weyerbacher, Chris Wilson and Free Will Brewing Co. good luck and continued success as you all enter this new chapter in your histories. We are greatly looking forward to seeing where these new paths take you into the future. Prost!