Thursday, November 01, 2012

Geary's Pale Ale (ME)

 
One of my favorite beers for a long time has been Geary's Pale Ale from Portland, ME. Love the beer, and love the label. And Geary's has been one of the biggest success stories in micro-brewing from the first wave of craft brewing two decades ago.

The D.L. Geary Brewing Company was incorporated in October, 1983 by David and Karen Geary who shared the vision of producing high quality products on a small scale for local and regional consumption. At that time, there were only 13 so-called microbreweries in the United States, almost all of them in California and the Pacific Northwest. In the winter of 1984, David Geary began a period of training and research in Scotland and England. With the help of Peter Maxwell Stuart, a Scottish nobleman and brewer who arranged introductions and itineraries, he worked in a half-dozen small commercial breweries from the highlands of Scotland to the south coast of England.

During that time, the size and design of the brewery began to take shape; and most importantly, the recipe for Geary’s Pale Ale was created using classic elements from some of Britain’s best breweries. In the summer of 1984, Karen and David Geary began the long and difficult process of creating a business plan, finding appropriate real estate, specifying equipment and raw materials, designing packaging and raising the capital necessary to begin brewing. After nearly two years of planning and effort, construction began. Equipment was ordered, contractors were hired, and the brewery was ready for its first brewing the fall of 1986. On December 10, 1986, the first pints of Geary’s Pale Ale were sold; New England’s first microbrewery had arrived.

This is the flagship ale of Geary's. "This is a classic British pale ale with a nod to the legendary beers of Burton-on-Trent. Copper-colored, dry, clean, and crisp with lots of late hop taste, in an appetizing complex with ale fruitiness from imported Hampshire yeast," says the website. Original gravity - 1047; alcohol by volume - 4.5%; two row English malt (pale, crystal and chocolate); Cascade, Mt. Hood, Tettnang and Fuggle Hops.

Original Gravity: 1047
Ingredients - Two row English malt (pale, crystal and chocolate); Cascade, Mt Hood, Tettnang and Fuggle Hops.
This is a big, aromatic pale ale. Crisp. Clean. Big. The fuggles gives it that great hoppiness Pale Ale drinkers are looking for.

It was greta back in the late 1980s and early 1990s and it's fantastic now! A standard for any real beer drinkers fridge.