Local Pour Tour
Dive deeply with the Maine Brew Bus and see what lies beneath the surface!
Portlands diverse brewery scene has so much to offer, join us to taste the mix of products made in the area on this unique afternoon tour.
Every Saturday 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Please arrive 15 minutes before your 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
Snack – Vegetarian hand pie from Union Kitchen, 1 Union Wharf, Portland
Nonesuch River Brewing // Urban Farm Fermentory // Three of Strong Spirits
First, we’ll hop on the bus and head to Nonesuch River Brewing Company. Tim Boardman, Michael Schuler, and Jay Gambo founded Nonesuch River Brewing Company with an eye towards creating a community-friendly atmosphere. Schuler had been homebrewing for close to 20 years when be brought some growlers to share. The beer impressed his friend Boardman who had previously been a commercial brewer. They designed their 5,000 square foot building inspired by historic New England barn architecture, complete with a tin roof, a spacious front facade and red siding. And it’s a full restaurant as well, with a culinary-trained chef at the helm. Learn about how they went so far as to incorporate the literal earth they built upon into their brewpub plan.
Next up, we’ll visit Urban Farm Fermentory. 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.
Last, but certainly not least, we’ll head over to Three of Strong, which opened in Portland’s lively East Bayside neighborhood in July of 2019. Founded by financial and investment manager Sam Pierce and beverage industry attorney David McConnell, their 6,200 square foot tasting room is also their distillation workshop. This allows them to showcase small-batch rums that are distilled with 100% organic cane syrup, pure Sebago Lake water, and yeast. Distiller Graham Hamblett was previously the master distiller at Dogfish Head Distilling Co. in Delaware. Find out the historical origin of their unique company name as you enjoy rum-based cocktails in Maine’s newest distillery.
At the end of the Local Pour Tour, we’ll drop you back off at Old Port Spirits and Cigars, a perfect place to pick something up to indulge in later in the night after exploring lively downtown Portland.
Please note that tour venues and details may change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances.
The Maine Brew Bus
79 Commercial Street (Old Port Spirits)
Portland, ME, 04101