Ed Reisch, last family member to run brewery, dies at 100

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – Ed Reisch, the last family member to operate Reisch Brewing in Springfield, has died at age 100.

Family members say Reisch died Monday. He left Reisch Brewing in 1963 to work for Pabst Brewing in Milwaukee. The State Journal-Register says Reisch Brewing closed three years later after more than a century in Springfield.

The newspaper says Reisch in March tapped a keg of Reisch Gold Top beer, which was revived by local beer lovers. A son, George Reisch, says “it meant the world” to his father.

The beer has been in stores and will be sold at the Illinois State Fair.

A funeral Mass will be held Monday at Blessed Sacrament Church in Springfield.

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