It's like reading breaking news, except it's drinking Breaking Brews!
You won't want to miss this unique experience! Because breweries are opening in Maine at the rate of over one per month, this tour itinerary will change over time in order to provide you the best and newest brewreies possible.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your tour begins to ensure a timely departure
Pick-Up & Drop-Off Location
Old Port Spirits and Cigars, 79 Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04101
Savory Hand Pie from Ten Ten Pie (171 Cumberland Avenue, Portland)
This tour itinerary ends June 3rd
Nonesuch River Brewing // Island Dog Brewing // YES Brewing
Friday Breaking Brews will be available this summer 2018. More details coming soon.
Be one of the first to explore the brand new breweries of Portland, Maine on this unique tour. Because breweries are opening in Maine at the rate of over one per month, this tour itinerary will change over time in order to provide you the best and newest experience possible. It’s like reading breaking news, except it’s drinking *Breaking Brews*!
For our first stop, we will be visiting Nonesuch River Brewing. Tim Boardman, Michael Schuler and Jay Gambo founded Nonesuch River Brewing Company with an eye towards creating a community-friendly atmosphere. Schuler has been home-brewing for over a dozen years, and impressed his friend Boardman who had previously been a commercial brewer. They designed their building inspired by historic New England barn architecture, complete with a tin roof, a spacious front facade and red siding. The 5,000-square-foot structure on the 2.5 acre parcel bordered by woodlands features an indoor mezzanine, a balcony and about 140 seats, 30 of which will be outdoors.
Next up, 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 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.
Last but not least, we’ll stop at YES Brewing. Longtime homebrewer John Bigelow wanted their company Yes Brewing to bring something unique to the area craft brewing scene. What if a small brewery could make small batches of typical styles, but then also use very unique ingredients to complement their beer? After partnering with brothers Brady and Troy Frost, Westbrook’s second brewery opened their 2,400 square-foot facility in June of 2017. Quickly people have figured out that mint can exist in an IPA, and that jalapeno pale ale is actually pretty good. Check out how they are able to produce enough of their beer on a small system while sipping on one of their newest offerings.
After the tour, we’ll drop you back off at Old Port Spirits and Cigars to grab some bottles and cans before continuing your exploration of lively downtown Portland.
Please note that tour stops may change without notice due to events and availability of staff at each venue.