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Local brewmaster retires after 42 years in the business

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) — After 42 years in the business, City Brewing brewmaster Randy Hughes is retiring.

The La Crosse community celebrated the distinguished career of the brewer at Pearl Street Brewing Company. Hughes took over as brewmaster at City Brewing 24 years ago. He has been an innovator in the creation of quality beer and a rock for City Brewing during good times and bad.

Hughes is most commonly known for tapping the ‘Golden Keg’ at Oktoberfest.

Representative Jill Billings and State Senator Jennifer Shilling presented Hughes with a legislative citation for his career.

The brewmaster plans to stay busy in his retirement.

“[I have] a brand new grandson, two other grandsons that are just a riot, and spend more time with them, with my wife,” said Hughes. “We’ll do some traveling, probably see some other breweries out there and going to make the rounds and relax, relax and have a beer.”

Pearl Street Brewing honored Hughes with his own special beer, the ‘Randy Hughes Brewmaster Reserve IPA.’

Correction: Updates story to say that it was Pearl Street Brewing that created the special beer. 

Mike Beiermeister

WXOW Weekend Anchor and Reporter

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