Be among the early birds to check out three trendsetting breweries located in lively Portland locations. This all-beer morning tour visits three breweries in the Greater Portland area.
Pickup & Drop-off Location: Old Port Spirits and Cigars
- Adult Ages 21+
- Private Tour (Includes Gratuity)
DISCOVER THE BREWERIES OF SOUTHERN MAINE
As Maine’s total number of breweries climbs, clusters form beyond the Portland city limits. On the Southern Crawl tour, we’ll explore some of the happenings south of Portland.
At the conclusion of the Southern Crawl tour, we will drop you off back at Old Port Spirits and Cigars, where you can pick up some beer for later in the night or head out into the Old Port.
Snack – Vegetarian hand pie from Union Kitchen, 1 Union Wharf, Portland
Every Saturday 3:30 – 7 p.m.
Please arrive 15 minutes before tour start time for check-in and to ensure a timely departure.
- Banded Brewing
- Nuts & Bolts Brewing
- Island Dog Brewing Company
Please note that tour stops may change without notice due to events and availability of staff at each venue.
Banded Brewing Company was founded in the winter of 2013 by cousins Ron Graves and Ian McConnell. It was fitting as these two had started homebrewing together back in 2005, and Ian had received excellent preparatory training for commercial brewing while serving as the head brewer at Brooklyn’s Sixpoint Brewery.
They opened Biddeford’s first-ever brewery in a 200-year-old mill building, part of the historic Pepperell Mills complex. Banded’s variety of both ales and lagers, as well as the spacious tasting room filled with multiple entertainment options, make this stop truly unforgettable.
Patrick Doherty and Deedra Zeeh opened Nuts & Bolts in Biddeford in April of 2018. Located in one of the city’s many former textile mills, their combined brewing space and taproom is certainly not large with just over 1,000 square feet.
They are operating a truly nano-brewery as well, they only have the ability to produce two-barrels – or 62 gallons of beer – at a time. But this allows them a lot of creativity and experimentation, and the results in the glass show that they are skilled at coaxing some amazing flavors out of their small footprint.
Island Dog Brewing was established in 2016 by Jim Denz and Tim Francis, and are now the third brewery to call South Portland home. They produce primarily Belgian and German-inspired beers (including herb and spice ales), and the company name comes from the owner’s love of rescue dogs and the sheer beauty of Coastal Maine. Jim spent time in the Army, worked as a high school teacher, and spent many years working in technology. Jim met Tim, who has experience with home brewing (in addition to a diverse background including retail, food service, and communications) at a beer festival a few years ago. Enjoy their spacious tasting room as you sip on beers infused with ingredients that you didn’t know would taste so good in beer.