At a time when there were only 13 microbreweries in the entire U.S., David and Karen Geary shared the vision of producing world class brew products on a small scale for local and regional consumption. In 1983, they staked their claim along with the other micros, mostly huddled in California and the Pacific Northwest. Your favorite Beer of the Month Club is so glad they did!

In 1984, David began training and researching in Scotland and England, working in a half-dozen small commercial breweries, guided by Peter Maxwell Smart, a Scottish nobleman and brewer. Back at home, strategies were formulated for a business plan, financing, appropriate real estate, securing both the specialized equipment and raw materials to create their recipes, etc.

After two years of planning and effort, their dream took roots and the first lot brewed at Geary’s Brewery was run in the fall of 1986. On December 10, 1986, the first pints of Geary’s Pale Ale were sold and New England’s first microbrewery had arrived.

Since then, Geary’s has increased its product line to seven full-time products and three seasonals, all in various package sizes. Distribution has spread to fifteen states, as far west as Ohio. It’s still run by the Geary’s, and their daughter, Kelly. It is recognized as a pioneer in America’s brewing renaissance and as a model of quality and excellence for the industry.

London Porter is the classic English style with deep mahogany color and restrained roasted malt flavor. It’s rich and complex, yet smooth and refreshing. Made with four malts and three hops.

A legendary seasonal, Hampshire Ale is now available year ’round. It has huge toasted malt flavor, is assertively hoppy. The finish is long and lingering with well-blended malt/hop notes.

Featured Beer from Geary’s Brewery: London Porter & Hampshire Special Ale

PORTER — Geary’s London Porter — A meal in itself, porters (members of the ale family) were first brewed to fortify the hard-working laborers, including the porters! Smoothly drinkable, it goes well with all shellfish, cold cuts or heavier cuts of beef.

ALE – Geary’s Hampshire Special Ale — Nearly all ales are expressive and complex, with a pleasing fruitiness not found in lagers. They are made with ale yeast, which ferments at the top of the wort. Lengthy aging is not critical as it is in lagers. Ales come in a wide range of styles and flavors. This one is a happy brew boasting both maltiness and hoppiness that bode well with whatever fits your mood and satisfies your craving!

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