Philadelphia Inquirer – A real beer-hall woman

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.

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The Victory Brewing Story

The story of Victory Brewing Company starts on a school bus in 1973 when fifth-graders Ron Barchet and Bill Covaleski stepped aboard, on their way to a new school. The two became fast friends and remained so, even as they grew up and went to college on opposite coasts. Just months out of college, Bill’s appreciation of good beer and access to his father’s home brewing equipment inspired him to explore the hobby. That same year (1985), Bill gave Ron a home brewing kit as a Christmas gift. With that, both Bill and Ron developed their love of the craft…
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