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Photo courtesy of Alex Rogals / Forest Park Review

May 17, 2022

It takes guts for someone to quit their steady day job to launch their own business. But that’s what Chris and Katherine Valleau MAT ’04 did when they started Exit Strategy Brewing Company. Forest Park’s only brewery opened its doors on April 15, 2015.

The couple recently spoke with the Forest Park Review after celebrating the brewery’s seventh anniversary with their staff. Before they launched their business, the Valleaus had lived in Forest Park for 12 years. They met as students at Ohio University. Katherine later earned master’s degrees in education at Dominican University and Concordia University.

Katherine became a teacher for District 91 and currently serves on the school board. She spent seven years teaching fifth grade before serving as the district’s Latin teacher.

Read more about the Valleaus’ journey to starting Exit Strategy Brewing Company.