Casey Hughes

Brewmaster, Coppertail Brewing Co.


At age 18 Casey hightailed it down to Florida from his childhood home in the Finger Lakes of upstate New York to pursue his dream of brewing beer in paradise.  Before the ink was on his high school diploma was dry he found employment at Key West Brewing working on the bottling line.  He worked his way up to a brewer position before he turned 21, putting him in the unusual spot of being a professional brewer who was legally prohibited from drinking his own product.


In 2002 Casey became the Head Brewer of Flying Fish Brewing in New Jersey.  Over the next decade he developed a series of critically acclaimed beers and led the brewery through a period of rapid growth, winning GABF medals for his IPA, Trippel, Dubbel, Belgian Strong Dark Ale, Belgian Chestnut Specialty Ale and Super Friends Collaboration.  It was also during this time that Men’s Journal chose his Trippel as “Best Belgian Beer in America”, and he served as President of the Masters Brewers Association of America, District of New York.  However, despite his brewing success up north, with each miserable New Jersey winter the siren song of Florida grew louder.


Casey’s brewing career now comes full circle as he returns to Florida to lead Coppertail Brewing in 2014.