Geary's Pale Ale Brewed by D.L. Geary Brewing - Portland, Maine
The first kegs of Geary's Pale Ale hit the bars near Christmas of 1986. This
is a classic British pale ale with a nod to the legendary beers of
Burton-on-Trent. Copper-colored, dry, clean, and crisp with lots of late hop
taste, in an appetizing complex with ale fruitiness from imported Hampshire
yeast. This classic ale uses two row English malt (pale, crystal and
chocolate) and Cascade, Mt. Hood, Tettnang and Fuggle Hops. ABV: 4.5%
Beer Review by Beer Advocate:
Presentation: The label on the 12 oz. short twist bottle pictures a fat Maine
Lobster with a red "Geary's" banner across it. No drink before date.
Appearance: Clear copper in colour with a patchy white lace.
Smell: A some what leafy and herbal hop aroma mixes with malty caramel and a bit
Taste: Dry malt flavours of grain and a touch of caramel make this brew a bit
chewy in the mouth-feel. Some salt, from hard water, helps to enhance the ample
bitterness and the complex hop leaf flavours of herb and spice.
Notes: A wonderful English style pale ale with a New England twist. Gets even
better when at cellar temperature.
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D.L. Geary Brewing Company History
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 seven full time products
and three seasonal specialties, all in various package sizes, and has spread
distribution to fifteen states along the eastern seaboard and as far west as
Ohio. David and Karen still work at the facility as does their daughter, Kelly
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.