The Maine Brew Bus was founded in September 2012 by Zach and Allison Poole, who realized that people in Portland might enjoy a guided safe ride to drink local beer at different small producers. Maine’s Original Brew Bus company began by offering tours on Saturday afternoons to a handful of breweries in the Portland area.
Our guests quickly saw that having a designated driver to guide them to both established and up-and-coming producers offered them an opportunity to learn much more about the craft alcohol business than they could learn on their own.
The all-inclusive tours on our bright green school buses provide a behind-the-scenes look at Maine’s craft breweries, distilleries, wineries, and more. Tours are led by expert guides in addition to a knowledgeable non-drinking driver to ensure the best possible experience for participating guests as well as for the businesses with which they partner.
That first summer proved that Maine’s Original Brew Bus was a very popular tour with locals and visitors alike. Exciting new tour routes were added on weekdays, and newly opened producers embraced the idea of having “The Green Bus” stop by so that guests could taste and tour at their facilities.
By the time our first anniversary rolled around, nearly 1,500 guests had taken tours and The Maine Brew Bus had become the #1 Tour in Portland as rated by TripAdvisor users – an enviable position that they maintain to this day. The fleet now includes three 15-passenger buses and 10 additional staff members, and we drove well over 5,300 guests from around the globe to drink local during 2016.
The Maine Brew Bus offers regularly scheduled and private tours in Greater Portland and Southern Maine. Some tours are partnered with local minor-league baseball and basketball teams and include game tickets as part of the tour package. We also offer frequent specialty and adventure tours, such as the popular Birds on Tap – Roadtrip! series, the Zymurgy Home Brew tour, History of Portland Beer tour, local Coffee and Tea tours, and new offerings produced throughout the year.
In 2014, 2015, and 2016, The Maine Brew Bus was presented the coveted TripAdvisor “Certificate of Excellence” for outstanding guest reviews. We also received an Editor’s Choice award by Down East Magazine as a “2014 Best of Maine” recipient, and were selected for Portland Buy Local and Entreverge awards in 2015.
For more information about the Greater Portland Region visit the official travel website.