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More women joining the ranks of beer enthusiasts

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Ashleigh Arnold is the only female brewer at Two Brothers Brewery in Warrenville, but one of a growing number of female professional brewers.

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Eileen Uchima of Naperville started home brewing so she could enjoy more of the mead that she loves. Today she brews a number of different styles and even enters some of her beers in local competitions.

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Valerie Delligatti of Round Lake Beach pours a pint of stout she brewed at home. Delligatti belongs to the Babble Home brewing Club of Lake County.

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Ashleigh Arnold, brew master at the Two Brothers Brewery in Warrenville, moves spent grain within the factory.

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Ashleigh Arnold, brew master at the Two Brothers Brewery in Warrenville, stirs spent grain.

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Ashleigh Arnold, brew master at the Two Brothers brewery in Warrenville, shows off the brewery's Ebel's Weiss.

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Eileen Uchima stirs together beer ingredients in her Naperville home.

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Eileen Uchima of Naperville measures hops for her peach-infused beer.

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Valerie Delligatti of Round Lake Beach enjoys a pint of stout she brewed at home.

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Ashleigh Arnold had an ephipany on her 21st birthday. She toasted the milestone with an Old Courthouse Stout, a roasty, creamy pint brewed in St. Charles, Mo., not too far from where she grew up. "Once I got past knowing that not all beer tasted like Budweiser, I was hooked," Arnold says. Now Arnold makes beer for Two Brothers Brewery in Warrenville and is among the growing number of women entering this once male-dominated world.

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    • Ashleigh Arnold is the only female brewer at Two Brothers Brewery in Warrenville, but one of a growing number of female professional brewers.
    • Eileen Uchima of Naperville started home brewing so she could enjoy more of the mead that she loves. Today she brews a number of different styles and even enters some of her beers in local competitions.
    • Valerie Delligatti of Round Lake Beach pours a pint of stout she brewed at home. Delligatti belongs to the Babble Home brewing Club of Lake County.
    • Ashleigh Arnold, brew master at the Two Brothers Brewery in Warrenville, moves spent grain within the factory.
    • Ashleigh Arnold, brew master at the Two Brothers Brewery in Warrenville, stirs spent grain.
    • Ashleigh Arnold, brew master at the Two Brothers brewery in Warrenville, shows off the brewery’s Ebel’s Weiss.
    • Eileen Uchima stirs together beer ingredients in her Naperville home.
    • Eileen Uchima of Naperville measures hops for her peach-infused beer.
    • Valerie Delligatti of Round Lake Beach enjoys a pint of stout she brewed at home.
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