Join us on Sundays for an all beer tour!
Sundays 10:30am – 2:30pm
Please arrive 15 minutes ahead of tour time to ensure a timely departure.
Pick-Up & Drop-Off Location
Old Port Spirits and Cigars, 79 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101
Savory Hand Pie from Ten Ten Pie (171 Cumberland Avenue, Portland)
Flight Deck Brewing Co. // Maine Beer Company // Rising Tide Brewing Co.
Our first stop is Flight Deck Brewing in Brunswick. Flight Deck was born in the summer of 2016, when co-founders Jared Entwistle and Nate Wildes saw an opportunity to bring a destination brewery to the college town of Brunswick, Maine. Entwistle, who previously worked at Shipyard Brewing Co. in Portland, has been brewing since he was 18 by staying up all night and storing beer in a closet so his parents wouldn’t know. The town’s first craft brewery is located in a 4,500 square foot building that was previously the former Small Arms Range of the Brunswick Naval Air Station. Flight Deck has four fermentors and an entirely electric, seven-barrel brew house, which makes it the largest electric brewery in Maine. Learn how they actually use 100% renewable energy as you sip on their beers made from ingredients as exotic as sumac and as New England as blueberries.
We’ll hop back on the bus and head to our next stop. Maine Beer Company was started by brothers Dan and Dave Kleban at One Industrial Way in Portland in 2009. They moved their brewery to Freeport in 2013. The brewery has gained national attention from beer drinkers, particularly for Lunch, a popular India pale ale, and for its spiritual successor Dinner Double IPA. Look for them to be in expansion mode, they have begun construction on an expansion that will more than triple the size of its Freeport brewery and tasting room by the time it is completed in 2018.
For our final stop, we’ll head back into town to visit Rising Tide Brewing Company. The name Rising Tide, inspired by the famous quote, “A rising tide lifts all boats,” encapsulates the collaborative spirit of the craft beer industry. This husband- and wife-owned brewery was founded near Allagash in 2010, and moved to the now-bustling East Bayside neighborhood in 2012. They have experienced tremendous growth with the popularity of their core beers like Zephyr and Maine Island Trail Ale. After remodeling and expanding their tasting room, they saw on-site revenue increase by 50 percent. They have expanded yet again, now with a dedicated space for experimental beers brewed with wild yeast and souring bacteria, more space in their existing 5,500 square foot production floor, and an area for private events in a community room.
At the end of the tour, we’ll be dropping you back at Old Port Spirits and Cigars, which is a terrific place to head from to check out some live music and the rest of what Portland has to offer on a Sunday afternoon.
Please note that tour venues and details may change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances.