We’ll show you some of the highlights of this hard-to-find ‘hood'!
Friday’s & Saturday’s 3:30pm-7:00pm
Please arrive by 3:15pm 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)
Friday – Maine Mead Works // Rising Tide Brewing // Urban Farm Fermentory // Lone Pine Brewing
Saturday – Lone Pine Brewing // Hardshore Distillery // Maine Mead Works // Rising Tide
Yeast lives everywhere, but it congregates heavily in certain favorable environments: The skin of fruit, the pores of wood, and the industrial zone of Portland’s East Bayside. Thanks to the many yeast-based businesses now housed in the area, the neighborhood is being revitalized, and has earned itself the nickname “yEast Bayside.”
Stops on the tours (please check schedule for which four producers you will be visiting)
Rising Tide Brewing Co.– The name, taken from the famous quote “A rising tide lifts all boats,” encapsulates the collaborative spirit of the craft beer industry, and the loyal following of locals speaks to the young company’s community engagement as well as to the quality of its beer. We’ll thread our way through the thirsty crowd and retrieve samples for you to enjoy while you learn about the largest brewery on the block.
Urban Farm Fermentory – A winery unlike any other, the Urban Farm Fermentory focuses on hard cider and kombucha. Hard cider you’ve surely heard of, but maybe not quite like this: Fresh-pressed local apples, wild-fermented, dry as a bone. Kombucha can truly surprise you: A fermented tea, this tonic is low in alcohol but high in tart, fruity flavor, mixed with a startling variety of locally-grown herbs and spices. Trust us on this one.
Maine Mead Works – A producer of one of the world’s oldest-known fermented goodies: mead. While mead, or honey wine, is typically heavy and syrupy, you’ll be pleased to find that the team at Maine Mead Works has developed a light, dry, modern take on the formula. They’ll sample us on their extensive list of variations before showing us some of the secrets to their success.
Hardshore Distillery – New in Portland is Hardshore Distilling. This project headed by Jordan Milne is set to open shortly next to Maine Mead Works. They intend to produce high quality gins, including seasonal and special editions. Also look for them to produce Maine angles on cordials and other herbal liqueurs on their impressive copper clad still.
Lone Pine Brewing Co.– After working in the retail side of beer for over a decade, Tom Madden decided that the time was right to break into producing his own beer. A long-time home brewer and Certified Cicerone, he reconnected with his longtime friend John Paul who had been working in the music industry in California. Together, they opened Lone Pine in March of 2016 in a former countertop production space in Portland’s East Bayside, and they are churning out American-style Pale and Wheat Ales for retail sale and enjoyment in their elevated tasting room.
As our whirlwind tour comes to an end, we’ll drop you back off at Old Port Spirits, where you can purchase some beer for later and is an excellent location to continue your exploration of lively downtown Portland.
Please note that tour venues and details may change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances.