Brewer Ron Barchet - Biography
A home brewing kit as a Christmas gift from Bill Covaleski inspired Ron Barchet’s interest in craft beer. Friendly rivalry in home-brewing competitions sharpened the skills of both men, but passion and a little courage were necessary to make the jump into brewing career.
Leaving a secure job in the financial industry, Barchet worked as an apprentice at Baltimore Brewing Company, learning the trade from Dutch-born and German-trained Brewer Theo DeGroen. A year later Barchet made the move study at the Technical University of Munich at Weihenstephan—with Covaleski filling his post at BBC. After completing his studies, he took to a brewmaster position at Old Dominion Brewing Company in Virginia, where he increased annual production from 1,500 to 15,000 barrels.