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.
Every Saturday 2:15pm – 5:15pm
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
Vegetarian hand pie from Union Kitchen, 1 Union Wharf, Portland
Foundation Brewing // Rising Tide Brewing // Root Wild Kombuchery
For our first stop, we’ll be visiting Foundation Brewing Company which was started in 2014 by avid homebrewers Joel Mahaffey and John Bonney, along with their wives. Joel and John met at a homebrew shop called Central Street Farmhouse in Bangor and soon began homebrewing together. Joel is a former art director and designer, and John transitioned away from the practice of medicine. They both found their true passion in the art of making beer – the true foundation for modern civilization. Today they use classic styles as the inspiration for brewing exciting beers that push conventional boundaries.
Next up, we’ll visit Rising Tide Brewing Company. 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.
For our final stop, we’ll head to Root Wild Kombuchery. Root Wild was founded in 2018 by Reid Emmerich, a long-time kombucha brewer and former partner in Urban Farm Fermentory—along with Tom Madden and John Paul, co-founders of Lone Pine Brewing Co. Kombucha is a craft alcohol product that is made with fermented black and green tea. The result is a pleasing low-alcohol base product, to which they add locally foraged fruits, herbs, roots, and more. The 12 taps feature the brewery’s “core flavors” of kombucha on draft: Wild Blueberry, Ginger, and Vanilla Rooibos, along with tasty flavors in seasonal rotation. Alongside the kombucha are special beers brewed by Lone Pine for Root Wild that are also clearly a departure from the norm. Their goal is to blur the lines between their products and experiment with beer-kombucha blends. Root Wild is one of the first kombucha producers in the country to package their kombucha in 12-ounce aluminum cans to allow for greater distribution of their products.
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.