Maine Beer Tours | Brews Cruise
Beers and boats in Portland and on beautiful Casco Bay.
Take a fun boat ride to visit a brewery, spin around Portland Harbor, and walk with our expert guide in the historic Old Port to visit another brewery.
Saturday with departures at 1:00 pm (returns 4:00 pm) and 2:00 pm (returns 5:00 pm)
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)
Scenic boat ride in Portland Harbor | Stop at Foulmouthed Brewing | Historic walking tour to a Portland brewery
- This tour is a combination walking and boat event. The walking distance is less than one mile over brick sidewalks, and the difficulty of the walk is low to moderate.
- Guests will need to able to use ramps to access the boat and docks.
- The boat is partially covered and operates rain or shine. All reservations occur regardless of weather. We like to remind our guests that the temperature is normally cooler on the water, even during the warmer summer season.
- Rescheduling of any cruises is only permitted at the discretion of Portland Harbor Water Tours.
- Smoking is not permitted onboard the vessels used for these tours.
- Personal items can be brought on board, but only alcohol purchased at one of our designated stops on the tour may be consumed while the vessel is underway.
Individual Tickets $100 / per person
Semi-Private 1-10 guests $1,000
Private up to 20 guests $1,800
The Maine Brew Bus and Portland Harbor Water Tours are partnering up to bring you our Brews Cruise – Walking and Boat Tours!
The idea to take to the water to visit local breweries is one that we had talked about for a couple of years. Once we had the concept, we just needed a name.
Some of our team were fans of the TV show from the late 1990’s called Blue’s Clues, so we twisted that name towards the beer side to call this water-based boat tour Brews Cruise.
There was only one issue…
That title is a registered trademark of Brews Cruise, Inc, a provider of premier brewery tours Brews Cruise was founded in Asheville, NC in 2006, and now has operations that span 15 beer-loving locations across the country.
The owners of that company were recently on one of our bus tours in Portland, and we talked to them about proper use of the tour name. In the greater interest of beer tourism, our Brews Cruise tour name is now used with permission of the trademark holder.
We will meet at Old Port Spirits and Cigars and head to the docks to meet Captain Ben from Portland Harbor Water Tours. Ben runs his boats seven days a week bringing sightseeing tours, sunset cruises, private boat rentals and more to the people of Casco Bay! We will hop on the boat and Ben will shuttle us across the Fore River.
Once we tie up, we will take a short stroll to our stop at Foulmouthed Brewing. Veteran homebrewers Craig Dilger and Bill Boguski have joined forces to bring Foulmouthed Brewing to life in South Portland. Their brewpub has been built inside a former auto and boat repair facility, and the brewery is also well designed for large-scale production. Opened in June of 2016, Foulmouthed provides a unique assortment of beers that have been crafted to pair with the food turned out from their sunny kitchen. Learn about the origin of the name as you tour one of the most unique breweries in Maine.
Then it is back to the boat to spin around Portland Harbor to talk about our busy seaport, the fishing and lobstering industries, the lighthouses and forts visible in the harbor, as well as how the residents of the islands live.
Back to Portland’s Old Port, for a historical walk to learn about the role Portland played in Prohibition and pointing out several historical landmarks – including early brewery locations!
We will then stop at one of these three breweries:
Liquid Riot Bottling Company – This is the house that Novare Res Bier Cafe built, as that renowned Portland beer bar provided the impetus for its owners to open Liquid Riot nearby. This is one of the country’s few combinations of a restaurant, brewery, and distillery in one place. The interior is striking, with floor-to-ceiling glass separating the three sections so customers can observe the producers at work.
Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub – Maine’s oldest brewpub was founded in 1988 by Ed Stebbins and Richard Pfeffer, two friends who wanted to bring the vibe and the beer of a true British pub to Portland. Gritty’s, as it’s known locally, makes traditional English ales (including “real ales” on cask) that pair great with its classic food selection.
Shipyard Brewing Company – Founded in 1994, Shipyard is one of the largest breweries in the State of Maine. The legendary partnership of Fred Forsley and Alan Pugsley of Shipyard Brewing started in Kennebunk as Federal Jack’s Brew Pub, Shipyard made their way to Portland in 1994 after they grew out of their space only a year later.
After our second stop, you are welcome to stay and enjoy yourself there or make your way back to Old Port Spirits to make additional purchases. Of course, if you would rather you can continue 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.
“Brews Cruise” is the registered trademark of Brews Cruise, Inc, a provider of premier brewery tours around the country, and is used with permission.