In the mid-1980s, there were only 13 craft breweries across the entire United States. It was then that David Geary met Peter Maxwell Stuart, the 20th Laird of Traquair in Scotland (you can’t make this stuff up). Their friendship led to Stuart inviting Geary to his castle, which housed its own brewery. Geary lived at the castle, learning everything he could from Stuart. His travels in Scotland, along with the things Stuart taught him about the fine art of brewing, fueled Geary’s passion. He came back to Maine a man on a mission to start his own craft brewing business.
That mission was accomplished in 1983, when David, along with his wife Karen, started what is still known today as the D.L. Geary Brewing Company. Utilizing all he had learned about brewing in Scotland, David created his first beer, Geary’s Pale Ale, and sold the first pints in December of 1986. It was a huge triumph and the ultimate realization of his dream—especially sweet, considering that during his journey, he had been rejected for funding 136 times. It must have made that first beer taste like delicious victory.
Between his experiences in Scotland, his education from Peter Maxwell Stuart, and the fact that he was one of the first craft brewers in Maine, David Geary is a pioneer of sorts in the Maine craft brewing industry. The D.L. Geary Brewing Company now offers seven regular beer products and three seasonal products, distributing to 15 states.