PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- When D.L. Geary first toyed with the idea of creating his own brewery in the early 1980's, there were only a handful of small scale breweries in the country.
"I happened to know a Scottish brewer who was exporting beer to this country from Scotland," he explained. "He came, he stayed at my house, we became friends, and he put the idea in my head. He said, 'if you ever want to start a small commercial brewery come to Scotland and we'll start you on your journey', so I did."
Geary spent four months working in breweries in Scotland and brought the knowledge he gained back to Maine with him. Then he worked to raise enough capital to make his dream a reality.
"It was hard raising money for something nobody had ever done," said Geary. He hocked everything he owned and in 1986 started brewing and selling Geary's Pale Ale.