Explore some of Greater Portland’s well-known and up-and-coming breweries on the weekday Taste the Town tour!
Pickup & Drop-off Location: Old Port Spirits and Cigars
- Adult Ages 21+
- Private Tour (Includes Gratuity)
START THE WEEKEND EARLY ON THIRSTY THURSDAY
Help yourself get by those last few days of the week by taking a trip on our big green bus! Hop on the bus and we will bring you to get a behind-the-scenes look and taste the beer and spirits that are helping Portland become one of the premier food and beverage destinations in the country.
Once we’ve finished the tour, we’ll drop you back off at Old Port Spirits and Cigars, where you can purchase some excellent beer to take home and can continue your exploration of lively downtown Portland.
Please note that tour venues and schedules may change due to production demands of our partners.
Snack – Vegetarian hand pie from Union Kitchen, 1 Union Wharf, Portland
Every Thursday 5 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your tour begins for check-in and to ensure a timely departure.
- Island Dog Brewing
- Rising Tide Brewing
- Goodfire Brewing Co.
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.
The name of Rising Tide Brewing Company, 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.
Goodfire Brewing is located in East Bayside, a well-known hub within the booming craft alcohol industry of Portland. Founded by David Redding, a physician, they first poured their beers during 2017 Portland Beer Week and opened their tasting room doors shortly after. The comfortable 4,000 square foot space includes a separate meeting and event room. The brewing equipment was produced by Tigpro, right here in Portland. Head brewer Gordon Jones started Goodfire off by brewing IPA’s named Prime and Waves, but has certainly branched out with fruited sours, saisons, and lagers.