Lauren Hughes is the head brewer at Necromancer, an award-winning craft brewery located in the North Hills of Pittsburgh.
Before Necromancer, her career started in a very different direction with music, where she was an adjunct professor and worked for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. An experience at Sun King Brewery in Indianapolis ignited a passion for the brewing industry. Hughes then held positions at Hop Farm, Hitchhiker, Rock Bottom, and was the assistant head brewer at Penn Brewery.
Opened in 2021, Necromancer resurrects dead historical beer styles and spearheads a variety of diversity and inclusion initiatives. Currently, Hughes chairs a subcommittee for the Pittsburgh Brewers Guild to establish a Code of Conduct alongside members from Dancing Gnome, Two Frays, Coven, Hop Farm, 412, Trace, and Old Thunder Brewing.
Necromancer has been named PGH City Paper People of the Year, one of the best breweries in Pittsburgh by Hop Culture, Three Rivers Business Alliance Highmark Ally Business Award, and Ceros Best Looking Beer Cans in the World.