Friday Night Flights
Start your weekend off right with Friday Night Flights!
Join us every Friday for our Friday Night Flights tour and start the weekend rolling to local breweries!
Friday’s from 5:00-8:15pm
Please arrive 15 minutes before your tour starts 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 – Cumberland Ave Portland ME
Austin Street Brewing // DL Geary’s Brewing Co. // Lone Pine Brewing
After a long week workin’ like a dog, what better way to start the weekend off than with great beer and great people? At The Maine Brew Bus, we are here to bring you just that. Join us every Friday for our Friday Night Flights tour from 5:00-8:15pm and start your weekend off the right way!
Our first stop will be Austin Street Brewery. The name Austin Street neatly references both the name of co-founder/head brewer Jake Austin and the street he once lived on. Founded in the spring of 2014, Jake and his co-founder Will Fischer were barely able to keep up with demand as they were brewing on a 1-barrel system for the first two years. Now brewing on a 10-barrel brewhouse, they are able to produce and package their well known Patina Pale Ale and Six Grain milk stout right along with more unique beers that are using different yeast strains and wild fermentation methods.
Next up, we’ll be visiting DL Geary’s Brewing Co. New England’s oldest craft brewery residing in Riverside Industrial Park. See inside the space that kicked off Maine’s modern brewing revolution back in 1986. David Geary developed the local taste for British-style beers that helped revive America’s waning beer industry. Geary’s also has a nice tasting room to accommodate visitors to the decades-old facility. After 30 years of a family run operation, Geary’s was bought by another set of local family business owners, Robin and Alan Lapoint. The Lapoints have been manufacturing filtration products for over 25 years in Maine serving many parts of the Beverage Industry. Taking this know-how and combining it with their knowledge of Geary’s, a customer of theirs, the new ownership acts to preserve and steward New England’s First Craft Brewery. This change has brought the addition of producing different styles of beer including lagers and IPAs, some of which you’ll have the opportunity to sample during the visit.
Last (but not least) we’ll be stopping at Lone Pine Brewing. After working in the retail side of beer for over a decade, Tom Madden decided that the time was right to break into producing his own beer. A long-time home brewer and Certified Cicerone, he reconnected with his longtime friend John Paul who had been working in the music industry in California. Together, they opened Lone Pine in March of 2016 in a former countertop production space in Portland’s East Bayside and quickly enjoyed tremendous success and popularity. In late 2017, Lone Pine announced they had purchased the former Sebago Brewing brewing facility in Gorham, a move which has increased their production volume by ten-fold.
Finally, we’ll drop you back off at Old Port Spirits and Cigars to grab some bottles and cans before continuing your exploration of lively downtown Portland.
Please note that tour stops may change without notice due to events and availability of staff at each venue.