D.L. Geary Brewing Co
One of the pioneers of the craft beer movement is located in Portland Maine
Located in Portland, Maine, D.L. Geary Brewing Company has an impressive past, present and no-doubt future in the world of craft beer. With the help of his wife Karen, founder and president David Geary has built one of the state’s most well-known and respected microbreweries, which in two years will celebrate its 30th year of brewing highly-rated, traditional English-style ales.
The D.L. Geary Brewing Company became a reality in October 1983, a time when there were only 10 microbreweries in the United States (all of which were in California and the Pacific Northwest). David and Karen Geary wanted to create their own world-class beer, but the dream didn’t happen overnight. They spent the next three years doing training and research in Scotland and England with the help of Peter Maxwell Stuart, a Scottish nobleman and brewer who worked in a half-dozen small commercial English breweries. The Gearys also spent this time creating a business plan, designing packaging, specifying equipment, finding investors, as well as the right home for their new brewery in Portland, Maine.
D.L. Geary Brewing Company (now commonly known as “Geary’s”) was finally ready to start brewing in the fall of 1986 and their first beer, Geary’s Pale Ale, was born. The brewery also earned the title of first microbrewery in Maine and New England! Since then, Geary’s beers have garnered serious attention in the craft beer world, including having their London Porter named the Best in the World in a New York Times blind taste test. Their flagship Pale Ale remains a customer favorite and has been the recipient of numerous awards over the years.
Today, Geary’s is still recognized as a pioneer in America’s brewing renaissance and as a model of quality and excellence for the industry. The brewery recently opened its first ever tasting room that will give visitors the opportunity to sample Geary’s beers, chat with the staff, and learn about their nearly 30 years of brewing experience.
Sadly, co-founder Karen Geary passed away in November of 2013 after a long battle with cancer. She will be remembered as the first female brewery owner in Maine and Geary’s beers are now brewed in her honor. Karen and David’s daughter Kelly still works at the brewery and assists David in many of the day-to-day brewing tasks.