D.L. Geary, right, and his daughter, Kelly Geary Lucas in the new Geary's tasting room
Hanging out in the new tasting room
Hats for sale.
Kelly Geary Lucas pours a sample.
Tasting room taps.
Visitors in the brewery.
D.L. Geary pours a cask-conditioned Hampshire Ale.
D.L. Geary in the brewery.
From left: Don Littlefield of the Maine Brew Bus; Sean Sullivan, executive director of the Maine Brewers' Guild; Adam Callaghan, editor of Eater Maine; D.L. Geary, Zach Poole of the Maine Brew Bus.
Rolling Fatties food truck provided sustenance at the tasting room opening event.
Geary's Production Manager Steve Spear has been with the company since its inception.
Richard Pfeffer, co-owner of Gritty's, left, and D.L. Geary
Kelly Geary Lucas.
Production manager Steve Spear, left, shows a visitor the brewery's wooden mash tuns.
Geary's new cans, ready to be filled.
All photos by Ted Axelrod/Axelrod Photography
It’s a modest space, with a polished wood bar, a few bistro tables and a small TV mounted high in one corner. But the crew at D.L. Geary Brewing Co. in Portland couldn’t have been more excited to show off their new tasting room on Wednesday afternoon.
While tasting rooms are the norm at Maine’s newer breweries, Geary’s, which D.L. and the late Karen Geary opened nearly three decades ago, never had one until the company decided to convert what had been a staff room. Now, there’s a comfortable, friendly place for fans of Geary’s British style ales to stop by for a sample, or a pint. And maybe even have a chance to chat with D.L., the man who launched the first microbrewery not just in Maine, but in all of New England.
The Geary’s tasting room and retail store, 38 Evergreen Dr., is open Monday – Friday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., with tours of the brewery offered at 2 p.m.