Colorado Brewers Guild leaders confirmed Wednesday they’ve officially voted to reconcile with the breakaway brewers who formed a competing craft-beer industry group in June and combine the two organizations again as one.

Chris Wright, founder of Pikes Peak Brewing in Monument and a board member for the guild, told the Denver Business Journal on Oct. 8 that his organization had agreed after talks with the group Craft Beer Colorado to work out their differences and work together on behalf of the $1.7 billion industry in lobbying with the Legislature and promoting locally made beer.

To do so, the combined group, which still will be known as the Colorado Brewers Guild, agreed to ban membership by breweries owned by non-craft-beer interests and to move forward without longtime director John Carlson.

Steve Kurowski, operations director for the guild, said in a news release Wednesday that the organization will continue its search for an executive director and will have a board made up of members of both organizations. The official decision was made last week at a meeting, he added.

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