Last week I made a trip to Bangor and met up with Andrew Geaghan of Geaghan Bros Brewing and Pub. I have been to brew pub on several occasions for lunch and growlers but never caught Andrew.
My goal was to try their Penobscot Icebreaker, a winter seasonal, as I had heard good things but they sold out in the days before my visit. I ended up trying their Capt Kool IPA which was very good. While enjoying a pint at the bar the server was able to track down Andrew and he gave me a quick tour of the facility and brief history of brewing at Geaghan’s.
The pub has been in business since 1975 but only recently started brewing their own beer. Their head brewer Jason Courtney is from Texas and moved to Maine in 2011 to start brewing at Geaghan’s. He was the 2002 winner of the Great American Beer Festival Small Brew Pub Brew Master of the Year award and brought a wealth of knowledge with him to Bangor to help the Geaghan family start their brewery.
They brew on a custom-made 5 barrel system that is located in a very small but efficient space off the brew pub. All beer is brewed and served only at Geaghan’s Pub. They sell pints at the bar and also fill 32 and 64 oz growlers for you to drink at home. I have tried several different beers from Geaghan’s and all are good but the Capt Kool IPA and their Smiling Irish Bastard.
If you find yourself in the Bangor area you should certainly stop by Geaghan’s for some quality beer a great food. They are located right next to Hollywood Casino with ample parking and open daily at 7:00 AM.
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Location: 570 Main Street – Bangor, ME
Hours: Sunday – Thursday 7 AM – 11 PM / Friday – Saturday 7 AM – 12:45 AM
Packaging: Growlers (32 oz / 64 oz) and pints at the bar
Distribution: Brewery / Brew Pub Only
Recently took a trip to Bangor to meet with some clients and decided to have lunch at Geaghan’s Pub which includes Geagan Bros Brewing. I sampled the 4 beers they had on-tap and decided on a growler of Smiling Irish Bastard to take home. Beer pours a nice orange with solid white head. Minimal aroma but some light malts.
Taste is solid with a nice balance of malt and hop flavors. Very easy to drink and would go well with just about any meal. Looking forward to my next trip to Bangor so I can grab another growler from Geaghan’s. Oh and the food was good too. Be sure to give them a try if you make it up that way.
Pros: Easy to drink and very well balanced
Brewers Website: Geaghan Bros Brewing
Our brewer’s favorite staple beer is copper in color with moderate maltiness and features grapefruit hop character. This pale is brewed with traditional Cascade hops from the Pacific Northwest that linger on your palette. The name says it all: American strong, like Officer Bernie Welch, a legend in the Bangor Police Force. From Freeses’ Department Store through “Devil’s Half Acre,” with his billy club in hand, he wiped the smile off more than one hooligan’s face while keeping Bangor’s downtown safe.