Be among the early birds to check out three trendsetting breweries located in lively Portland locations. This all-beer morning tour visits three breweries in the Greater Portland area.
Pickup & Drop-off Location: Old Port Spirits and Cigars
- Adult Ages 21+
- Private Tour (includes gratuity)
SPEND FRIDAY SAMPLING THE BEST BEER, WINE & MORE IN PORTLAND
Start your weekend in Portland off on the proper foot with our brand new Friday night tour that visits one brewery, one winery, and very unique fermentory. Have some fun with us on a Fermented Friday!
At the end of the tour, we will drop you back off at Old Port Spirits and Cigars to grab some bottles and cans before continuing your exploration of lively downtown Portland.
Vegetarian hand pie from Union Kitchen, 1 Union Wharf, Portland
Every Friday from 5 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Note: Please arrive 15 minutes before your tour starts for check-in and to ensure a timely departure.
- Island Dog Brewing
- Urban Farm Fermentory
- Honeymaker/Maine Mead Works
Please note that tour stops may change without notice due to events and availability of staff at each venue.
Island Dog Brewing was established in 2016 by Jim Denz and Tim Francis and is now the third brewery to call South Portland home.
They produce primarily Belgian and German-inspired beers (including herb and spice ales), and the company name comes from the owner’s love of rescue dogs and the sheer beauty of Coastal Maine.
Jim spent time in the Army, worked as a high school teacher, and spent many years working in technology. Jim met Tim, who has experience with homebrewing (in addition to a diverse background including retail, food service, and communications) at a beer festival a few years ago.
Enjoy their spacious tasting room as you sip on beers infused with ingredients that you didn’t know would taste so good in beer.
A production center unlike any other, Urban Farm Fermentory focuses on fermentation in all of its wild and untamed glory. Hard cider you’ve surely heard of, but maybe not quite like this: Fresh-pressed local apples, wild-fermented, dry as a bone. The kombucha is where UFF truly shines and will surely surprise the uninitiated: a fermented tea, this tonic is low in alcohol but high in tart, fruity flavor, mixed with a startling variety of locally-grown herbs and spices. The part of their operation called Gruit is truly an experimental brewing lab. Here they are producing several alternative styles of beer called gruit. This was once an ancient version of beer that replaces hops with roots, herbs, and other ingredients to create unique flavor combinations. This operation is turning out some truly memorable beverages in East Bayside.
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.