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Susan Axelrod

Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business for 15 years before turning to journalism. By day, she is the social media editor for Portland Press Herald. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs, preferably followed by a cocktail or a Maine beer. Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or On Twitter: @susansaxelrod

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Posted: September 24, 2014

Portland beer fans welcome Geary’s first-ever tasting room

Written by: Susan Axelrod

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.

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