Join your guide in the Old Port, East Bayside, or IndustriALE Way and travel on foot learning about the extraordinary history of beer brewing in Portland.
Pickup & Drop-off Location: The Thirsty Pig
- Adult Ages 21+
- Private tour (includes gratuity)
RUN FOR CRAFT BEER IN PORTLAND
If you want to get out for a fun athletic adventure around Portland and work up a thirst, make a run for one of our Port City Running Brew Tours.
For several years now we have been working with Port City Running Tours to offer Running Brew Tours in Portland. We meet at The Thirsty Pig in the heart of the Old Port to start our approximately 3-mile run.
Our guides will run at a relaxed pace to show you around the city and reveal its dynamic history. During our time together, we talk about the role Portland played in Prohibition and what the industry is like today. We will trace some of the path of a disastrous fire that destroyed the city in 1866, and how architects worked to rebuild the city. Along the way, the guide will point out several historical buildings and landmarks that remain to this day.
After the majority of the running is over, there are stops at three local breweries and producers of craft alcohol to taste their delicious treats. At each location, our guides will share the background of the owners and each company and explain how they fit into the big picture of the brewing industry in Greater Portland and in Maine.
Then it’s back to The Thirsty Pig to end the tour, where you can have a final but well-deserved beer on your own to celebrate your new knowledge of Portland.
The next time you’re traveling to Portland on vacation or business, don’t skip your run or limit yourself to a hotel treadmill. Get outside with us for a fun adventure on a Port City Running Brew Tour!
Available daily at 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. (Other times of day available by request)
Please arrive 15 minutes before tour start time to ensure a timely departure.
- Rising Tide
- Urban Farm Fermentory
- Oxbow Blending and Bottling
Rising Tide Brewing Company – 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.
Urban Farm Fermentory – A production center unlike any other, the Urban Farm Fermentory focuses on fermentation in all of its wild and untamed glory. Hard cider you’ve surely heard of, but maybe not quite like this: Fresh-pressed local apples, wild-fermented, dry as a bone. The kombucha is where UFF truly shines and will surely surprise the uninitiated: 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.
Oxbow Blending and Bottling – A dynamic brewery with a true farmhouse operation in Newcastle, Oxbow Brewing Company has a tasting room and warehouse facility to better serve the Portland community. The hip space is bursting with graffiti by local artists and jammed with oak barrels to grow the company’s internationally-recognized wild beer program. This gives fans unprecedented access to a wide range of Oxbow’s hoppy saisons and funky experiments.
Tours will be run at a relaxed pace. Each participant must be at least 21 years old and is required to bring a valid ID.
Please note that tour stops may change without notice due to events and availability of staff at each venue.