D.L. Geary Brewing Co.
“We are the cornerstone beer operation in our State"
Portland, Maine’s D.L. Geary Brewing Company holds the distinction of being Maine’s first craft brewery since Prohibition was lifted back on December 5th, 1933 as well as holding one of the earliest federal craft brewing licenses (#13) since the status was initiated many decades ago.
Geary Brewing Company owes its existence to David and Karen Geary who traveled extensively to Europe to develop the brewery’s traditional recipes and portfolio. Geary’s Pale Ale was the first beer to reach the market and was followed later by Geary’s London Porter that was victorious in a New York Times blind tasting of 25 porters.
After Karen Geary’s passing in 2013, David Geary’s passion for brewing waned and in March of 2017, Geary Brewing Company was sold to a pair of long-time Maine residents, Robin and Alan Lapoint. The Lapointes were former admirers of the Geary brand of beer and are dedicated to the preservation of the heritage line of English Ales as well as redirecting a segment of the operations to include a number of new beers. Among the new offerings are a New England-style IPA and a seasonal double hopped IPA.
“It is our intention to remember where we came from and still provide a window to the future,” remarked Geary Brewing President Robin Lapointe. “Our five closed fermenters allow us the flexibility of exploring new venues and types of beer that our customers keep asking for. It’s an exciting time for the Geary Brewing Company and the heritage it brings to the Maine craft brewing scene.”
For the Lapointes, their 6,000-barrel operation involves sustainability, flexible packaging and providing a really topnotch beer product at a more than reasonable price. “There are now some 154 craft beer operations in the State of Maine,” reflected Robin Lapointe. “Some are producing high quality products and have made our state a go-to place to enjoy a variety of beers. The number of breweries makes it all unbelievably competitive, but that competition makes for a lively environment.”
Geary Brewing operates without any food accompaniment and does not intend to alter its operation in the future. “We are the cornerstone beer operation in our State and have undergone a massive turnaround in our sales and marketing,” finalized Robin Lapointe. “Our older customers and those who have just discovered what we have to offer are as happy as we are as owners. Geary Brewing is still a distribution brewery and is truly who we are. We are the State of Maine’s brewery and intend to remain so.”
Visitors to the Portland location can sample eight beers on tap and can enjoy a true outdoor beer garden during the months of April to November. Our Craft Beer Club members are lucky to try these 2 selections!
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1. HOW DOES THE BREWERS ASSOCIATION DESIGNATE A “SMALL, INDEPENDENT” BREWERY?
The Brewers Association defines American craft brewers as “small, independent and traditional.” Small is defined as an annual production of 6 million barrels or less, independent means that at least 75% of the entity is owned or controlled by a craft brewer and traditional is described as brewing in which at least 50% of the beer’s volume consists of traditional or innovative ingredients.
2. WHAT DOES THE EXPRESSION “MIND YOUR P’S AND Q’S” HAVE TO DO WITH BEER?
In English pubs, ale is ordered by either pints or quarts. In olden times, whenever customers got unruly (as they usually did) the bartender would yell down to them to mind their own pints and quarts and settle down. This was the origin of the phrase “Mind your P’s and Q’s.”
3. HOW DID SAINT ARNOLD OF METZ HELP END A PLAGUE?
In the year 580 AD, Saint Arnold of Metz was born and became one of dozens of patron saints for beer, brewers and hop-pickers. Saint Arnold helped end a plague by convincing people to drink beer rather than impure water. Did anyone turn him down?