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.
For our first stop, we’ll be visiting Island Dog Brewing. 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 homebrewing (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.
Next up, we’ll hop back on the bus and head to Stroudwater Distillery. Beverage industry veteran Jeff Johnson opened Stroudwater Distillery at Thompson’s Point in July 2016 with a production facility, tasting room and space for private events.
The distillery is located in a 5,000-square-foot space in the “Brick North” building of the sprawling former rail yard adjacent to the Stroudwater River. Stroudwater Distillery produces small-batch bourbon, whiskey, rum, vodka, and gin, and the location is also a showcase for other premium brands such as their Vespertino Tequila Crema and Griffin’s Wharf 1773 Coffee Liqueur.
For our final stop, we’ll visit Bunker Brewing Co. Originally based in a tiny, brick-walled former scrapyard building in East Bayside, Bunker Brewing Company has moved to a much larger former warehouse on the West side of town.
Their creative brewers make a rotating assortment of ales and lagers, making this the perfect stop during which to ask the question, “what’s the difference between an ale and a lager?” Enjoy their spacious tasting room and outside patio while pondering that important question over a well-crafted Bunker beer.
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
- Stroudwater Distilling
- Bunker Brewing Co.