Join us every Saturday to discover the different flavors within the Portland craft alcohol scene.
Hop on the bus Saturday afternoons to discover Portland and it's vibrant craft alcohol scene.
Saturdays 2:15pm – 5:00pm
Please arrive 15 minutes before tour start time for check-in and to ensure a timely departure.
Pick-Up & Drop-Off Location
Old Port Spirits and Cigars, 79 Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04101
Snack – Savory Vegetarian Hand Pie from Ten Ten Pie
Nonesuch River Brewing // Urban Farm Fermentory/Gruit // Goodfire Brewing Co.
For our first stop, we’ll 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 homebrewing 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, we’ll visit Gruit. Inside Portland’s Urban Farm Fermentory is an experimental brewing lab. This new grain fermentation facility called Gruit is producing alternative styles of beer called gruit and braggots. Gruits are an ancient version of beer that replaces hops with roots, herbs, and other ingredients to create unique flavor combinations. Braggots are grain beers fortified with honey making delicious and tasty variations. Continuing the tradition set by Urban Farm Fermentory, this new operation is turning out some truly memorable beverages in East Bayside.
For our final stop we’ll head to Goodfire Brewing. Goodfire Brewing is the latest beer producer to open 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 private meeting and event room. The brewing equipment was produced by Tigpro, right here in Portland. The first beers produced by head brewer Gordon Jones were both takes on IPA’s, named Prime and Waves, and were surprisingly immediately available in cans by utilizing their own canning line.
Once we’ve finished the Dirigo Discovery tour, we’ll drop you back off at Old Port Spirits and Cigars, where you can purchase some beer for later and continue your exploration of lively downtown Portland.
Please note that tour venues and details may change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances.