Friday April 18th 2014

The Beer Babe

A toast to Karen Kay Geary – co-founder of Geary’s Brewing

By: Carla Companion

I regret to share the news that the Maine beer community has lost a founding member – Karen Kay Geary. The co-founder of DL Geary Brewing Company passed away after her long battle with cancer on November 28th at the age of 68. Karen Geary was present at the very beginning and birth of craft beer in Maine, becoming co-owner when DL Geary Brewing company was incorporated in 1983. Her former husband David Geary and daughter Kelly Geary still work at the brewery.

Notably, Karen was the first female brewery owner in Maine, and among the first in New England and the U.S., after prohibition. Author and beer historian Tom Acitelli commented that, “To be a woman involved in craft beer in the early/mid-1980s was to be in rare company; it was, like the larger brewing industry, very much a man’s world on both the consumer and business sides.” I, for one, would like to thank her for being a pioneer in the early days and paving the way for those that came after her in craft beer. I hope you will join me in raising a toast in Karen’s honor.

Per her obituary, celebration of Karen’s life will be held from 3 PM to 6 PM on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at JP Thornton’s Café, 740 Broadway, South Portland, ME 04106.

Those wishing to remember Karen may make gifts in her name to:

Sugarloaf Charity Summit

c/o Cheryl Fullerton

5092 Access Road

Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947

or to:

The Maine Cancer Foundation

170 US Route 1

Suite 250

Falmouth, ME 04105

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