Our summer and fall schedule is ready for booking!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where do I meet the bus?
  • Our pick-up location for all tours (unless otherwise noted on your ticket and e-mail confirmation) is at Old Port Spirits and Cigars at 79 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your departure time.

    Special note for our returning guests, this is a new pick-up location as of March 15, 2017. It is less than two blocks away from our previous pick-up location.

  • Where do I park?
  • Here are some parking suggestions for downtown Portland. Click the links for a map to each location. Please allow enough time to park your car and get to the bus pickup location 15 minutes before we leave.
    – Fore Street Parking Garage – 427 Fore Street, Portland
    – Fisherman’s Wharf – 202 Commercial Street, Portland
    – Custom House Parking Garage – 25 Pearl Street, Portland

    If you are on a Sunday tour (or legal holidays) there is free street parking at the meters all around Old Port Spirits at 79 Commercial Street.

    Click here for a City of Portland PDF map of parking options in the area. Old Port Spirits is located on Commercial Street between Franklin and Custom House streets.

    Want even more maps? Here is a Google Map of various parking options throughout Portland.

  • How many locations will I visit?
  • That depends on which tour you select! There are typically no fewer than three (3) stops and no more than five (5) stops on our tours. Sometimes our pick-up location is part of the tour, sometimes it’s not. Please check our Tours page for more information regarding specifics.

  • Are the stops the same for each tour?
  • No way! We try to mix things up, which allows us to visit more of the many producers in Maine – and it also means that if you decide to come on a second tour, you have the opportunity to have a new experience. But don’t worry – all the locations we visit are unique and delicious. We’ve taste-tested them all!

  • Is the Maine Brew Bus wheelchair accessible?
  • Unfortunately we are not wheelchair accessible at this time.

  • How long will the tour last?
  • That depends on the tour, but generally will be between 3 and 5 hours in duration. Times are listed for each tour on our Tours page.

  • Will you wait for me if I'm running late?
  • If you have provided us with a contact number, we will try to call you at least a few minutes before we leave. Because we are dealing with so many different businesses and moving parts, though, we simply cannot leave any later than the departure time listed for each tour. We therefore strongly suggest that you plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to departure.

  • If I miss the departure, can I meet you partway through the tour?
  • No. We do not allow guests to meet us partway through our tours. It wouldn’t be fair to you or to other guests on the tour, as we pride ourselves on the flow of our tours and the full experience we provide.

  • Are there tasting fees?
  • There are no tasting fees for the samples you will receive at each stop, as we have already covered samples in our all-inclusive ticket price. If you don’t want to, you won’t have to open your wallet at all after showing us your I.D. to start the tour. That said, all of the locations we visit will have retail operations of some kind. Beyond the samples we cover for you, please feel free to support our local businesses by purchasing some additional samples (if time permits) or taking merchandise or beverages home with you. Many items found along the way cannot be purchased elsewhere, and we have coolers on the buses for cold storage!

  • Do I have to be 21 to buy a ticket?
  • Yes! ALL I.D.s will be checked at least once by The Maine Brew Bus staff, and there is a chance your I.D. will be checked at other establishments we visit as well.

  • Are children permitted?
  • Unfortunately no one under the age of 21 is allowed on the bus, that includes babies and toddlers.

  • I have a group looking to book the entire bus, how do I go about doing that?
  • Contact us and we can provide you with more details. We’d love to make your group outing unforgettable! Call 207 200-9111 or e-mail us at [email protected].

  • Can I drink alcohol on board the bus?
  • No open alcohol containers are allowed on the bus. If you decide to open an alcoholic beverage, you will be asked to leave the tour. We do have storage available on the bus for any purchases for later consumption that you make along the tour, though.

  • Is there water available on the bus?
  • Absolutely. Complimentary bottled water is provided to each guest at the beginning of and throughout each tour.

  • What is your cancellation policy?
  • If you need to cancel your reservation, we will be sad that you won’t be joining us but if you contact us with 72 hours notice or more, we will refund your money, minus a 10% processing fee. There are absolutely NO REFUNDS available less than 72 hours prior to tour time.
    If you need to rebook with less then 72 hour notice we will charge you a 10% booking fee.

  • Will my tour be cancelled?
  • Not likely, but possible. In the event of severe weather or a lack of guests, the tour may be canceled. If there are six (6) or less seats booked, the tour may be subject to cancellation (so bring all of your friends)! Should either of these cases arise, you will be refunded in full for your ticket or you can select an alternate tour date or time.