Karen Kay Geary, 68 (Updated)

The Beer Babe has posted an article about the passing of Karen Kay Geary, co-founder of D.L. Geary Brewing.

Notably, Karen was the first female brewery owner in Maine, and among the first in New England and the U.S., after prohibition. Author and beer historian Tom Acitelli commented that, “To be a woman involved in craft beer in the early/mid-1980s was to be in rare company; it was, like the larger brewing industry, very much a man’s world on both the consumer and business sides.” I, for one, would like to thank her for being a pioneer in the early days and paving the way for those that came after her in craft beer. I hope you will join me in raising a toast in Karen’s honor.

Update: For more information see the article in Wednesday’s Press Herald.