Drinks About Town
This Sunday afternoon tour visits some of the top names in the area for tours and tastes.
A look behind-the-scenes of two of Maine's biggest names in the beer scene, as well as a delicious look at the world's oldest fermented beverage. Let's go get some Drinks About Town!
Every Sunday 3:30pm – 7:00pm
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 St, Portland, ME 04101
Vegetarian hand pie from Union Kitchen, 1 Union Wharf, Portland
Maine Beer Company // Honeymaker/Maine Mead Works // Oxbow Blending and Bottling
Our first stop is at Maine Beer Company founded by brothers Dan and Dave Kleban after learning how to brew at home on a $300 system they found on online. Their first location was started in 2009 at One Industrial Way in Portland, a location later occupied by the well-known Bissell Brothers brewery. The company has gained national attention from beer drinkers, particularly for Lunch – a popular India pale ale – and for its spiritual successor Dinner Double IPA. They moved their brewery to a brand new brewery in Freeport during early 2013, and eventually were brewing 13,000 barrels of beer a year on a 15-barrel brewhouse. They have just completed work on their newly expanded facility that has more than tripled their production volume and has given them the opportunity to send their beer into new states. This has also allowed them to turn their former brewing space into an impressive new tasting room and pizza restaurant.
Our next stop is back in Portland as we visit Honeymaker Mead. Founded in 2007 by Ben Alexander as Maine Mead Works, Honeymaker Mead strives to reintroduce the world to the oldest of all fermented beverages: a wine made from honey called mead. In collaboration with South African scholar Dr. Garth Cambray, they developed a state-of-the-art continuous fermentation system, bringing mead making into the 21st century. While traditional mead is often heavy and syrupy, you’ll be pleased to find that the team has developed a light, dry, modern take on the formula. Learn about the secret of their success and taste their extensive list of variations, including some invigorating sparkling Ram Island mead blends.
Finally, we will make our way to Oxbow Blending and Bottling. A dynamic brewery with a true farmhouse operation in Newcastle, Oxbow Brewing Company has a spacious tasting room and warehouse facility in a former bakery warehouse to better serve the Portland community. The hip space is bursting with graffiti by local artists and jammed with oak barrels to grow the company’s internationally-recognized wild beer program. Their outside space is a sort of oasis in the area, and just steps away is an opportunity to enjoy french fries cooked in duck fat at the Friteshack. This space is truly Oxbow, and it gives fans unprecedented access to a wide range of Oxbow’s hoppy saisons and funky experiments which are very different from most hop-centric breweries.
At the end of the tour, we’ll be dropping you back at Old Port Spirits and Cigars, which is a terrific place to head from to check out some live music and the rest of what Portland has to offer on a Sunday afternoon.
Please note that tour venues and details may change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances.