A Pioneer in America’s Brewing Renaissance
The D.L. Geary Brewing Company was incorporated in October, 1983 by David and Karen Geary who shared the vision of producing world class products on a small scale for local and regional consumption. At that time, there were only 13 so-called microbreweries in the United States, almost all of them in California and the Pacific Northwest. In the winter of 1984, David Geary began a period of training and research in Scotland and England. With the help of Peter Maxwell Stuart, a Scottish nobleman and brewer who arranged introductions and itineraries, he worked in a half-dozen small commercial breweries from the highlands of Scotland to the south coast of England.
During that time, the size and design of the brewery began to take shape; and most importantly, the recipe for Geary’s Pale Ale was created using classic elements from some of Britain’s best breweries. In the summer of 1984, Karen and David Geary began the long and difficult process of creating a business plan, finding appropriate real estate, specifying equipment and raw materials, designing packaging and raising the capital necessary to begin brewing. After nearly two years of planning and effort, construction began. Equipment was ordered, contractors were hired, and the brewery was ready for its first brewing the fall of 1986. On December 10, 1986, the first pints of Geary’s Pale Ale were sold; New England’s first microbrewery had arrived.
Since then, Geary’s has increased its product line to five full time products and three seasonal specialties, all in various package sizes, and has spread distribution to thirteen states along the eastern seaboard and as far west as Ohio.
The Geary Brewing Company is recognized as a pioneer in America’s brewing renaissance and as a model of quality and excellence for the industry.
We would love to have you come to the brewery for a visit! Our tours are at 2 p.m. and typically last 20 – 30 minutes and include a tasting and a pint glass. In order to give everyone the best possible experience, we require reservations for the tour. Please call (207) 878-2337 to ensure your spot. Of course, you can stop by our tasting room and retail store any time we are open! Fall/Winter hours are Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The beers available for tasting change daily and we have a variety of options to choose from. We also have our house made root beer on tap! Last tasting begins 15 minutes prior to closing.
Please call (207) 878-2337 to set up an appointment for a tour. Thanks and we look forward to seeing you!