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.
"There were no road maps, there were no guides," he said. "Now you can go to the brewery store and get a turn-key operation off the shelf."
By contrast, at the end of 2013, there will be roughly 40 breweries and brew pubs in Maine alone with more coming down the bottling line.
"Certainly, demand is increasing, but so is capacity. So as long as demand outstrips capacity, everybody is going to be fine," he stated. "If it doesn't, then we'll see."
Asked what his greatest accomplishment during his nearly thirty years brewing beer has been, Geary says it is the quality and consistency of his beer. He's also proud of the role he helped play in changing the face of the beer industry.
"I take a certain amount of pride in that, a certain amount of gratification," he said. "I think it is fun to have been in this position, to have started something, started a movement."