As a homebrewer it is possible to brew hard to find beers like an Australian Sparkling Ale
. It is also possible to attempt to clone specific commercial beers. Homebrew shops and websites sell tons of commercial clone kits, occasionally they have hilarious names that thinly veil the beer the kit is attempting to clone. A year ago I attempted my own clone of The Substance by Bissell Brothers
Brewing in Portland, Maine. At the time it was the hot, new IPA on the market. One year later people still line up outside the brewery. This time around I am cloning a beer from New England's oldest craft brewery.
DL Geary Brewing
|Traditional brick-lined boil kettle designed by Alan Pugsley.|
was incorporated in 1983, one year before Samuel Adams, and started producing beer in 1986. David Geary spent three years in Britain learning his trade. He spent time at the Ringwood Brewery
owned by influential English craft-beer pioneer Peter Austin
. Another disciple of Peter Austin named Alan Pugsley
, who would later become head brewer and partner at Shipyard Brewing
, helped set up the brewery.