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 late wife, Karen, founder and president David Geary has built one of the state’s most well-known and respected microbreweries, which in 2016 celebrated 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 the 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 of 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 has their own tasting room that gives visitors the opportunity to sample Geary’s beers, chat with the staff, and learn about their recently accomplished 30 years of brewing experience.
Sadly, co-founder Karen Geary passed away in 2013 after a long battle with breast cancer. To commemorate all of Karen’s hard work and the loving spirit that made this brewery everything it is today, Geary’s has decided to brew a series of single batch releases over the course of 2017. “We’re honored to announce “KKG”, a brew named after a very important woman in Main’s craft beer movement.” Also, for every case of KKG sold in Maine, 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the Maine Cancer Foundation.