The history of women in the making of beer, on the other hand, is another matter. Put out the call for a roundtable of women brewers hereabouts, and, well, all you’ll need is a small booth. If that.
So in the mammoth beer hall of Downingtown’s Victory Brewing last week, it was refreshing to encounter – over a Korean short-rib sandwich and a pint of dark Donneybrook Stout (at 3.4 percent alcohol, a good lunch beer) – a bona fide brewer by the name of Whitney Thompson, sensibly clad and straight-talking: “I’m a no-B.S. kind of person.”
She is also low-key and pleasant, the lone female on Victory’s 11-man (and one woman) team of award-winning brewers; which is 1000 percent more than almost every other local brewhouse.