Prior to relocating to the U.S. in 1996 to become New Belgium Brewing Company’s brewmaster in Ft. Collins, CO, Peter brewed for a decade at Brewery Rodenbach. When Peter joined New Belgium, the company’s portfolio included five Belgian-inspired beers. He was an early advocate of brewing hoppier beers outside the Belgian tradition, exploring IPAs, Czech-style lagers, fruits, spices, wood-aging and fermentation, and experimenting with yeast and microbe strains from around the world.
Peter earned the equivalent of a Master’s degree in brewing and fermentation technology from the University of Ghent, Belgium, as well as a Quality Engineer degree from CKZ Kortrijk. Peter’s mantle includes awards from World Beer Cup℠ and Great American Beer Festival® and a handful of other beer accolades. He was honored to be awarded the 2013 Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Brewing by the Brewers Association.