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D.L. Geary Brewery Tour - Here for the Beer


D.L. Geary Brewing Company

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.

The Pale Ale Recipe
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.

Here for the Beer - Tim and Amy Brady
Tim and Amy Brady left our corporate gigs and took off for Vermont to escape all of the nonsense that came with “working for the man”. As soon as we walked in to this beautiful old building and saw the perfect space to put in our little pub for our guests, we were sold. Since then we have been the happy owners of Forty Putney Road Bed and Breakfast and have never looked back.

Of course, the even bigger clincher for us is that Forty Putney Road B&B is located 4 blocks north of downtown Brattleboro. Brattleboro is an awesome “art town”, full of creative people and energy as well as many great restaurants and shops. Best of all we are walkable to McNeil’s Brewery and Pub, the funkiest local watering hole there is.

After many a conversation in our pub, we realized that there are others out there like us. So we decided it would be fun to share our experiences with you. We ask you to sit back and enjoy the ride. Website


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