Check out the wide variety of alcoholic beverages that Portland, ME has to offer!
What better way to spend a Saturday than experiencing the incredible amount of variety that the Greater Portland Area had to offer! Join us on our Saturday Sampler tour to learn all about the process of brewing, distilling and even making Mead, the oldest fermentation process in history.
Saturday 5:30pm – 8:30pm
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
Savory Hand Pie from Ten Ten Pie (171 Cumberland Avenue, Portland)
Fore River Brewing Co. // Honeymaker Mead // Hardshore Distilling Co.
For our first stop, we will be visiting Fore River Brewing Co. Fore River Brewing Company opened in South Portland in early 2016, and they are already the oldest of three breweries in the city. John and TJ – two friends and avid homebrewers – teamed up with Alex the property owner (who had just sold his landscaping business) to open the brewery. They worked for months to hand craft and perfect their beers and the beautiful tasting room, which has both classic and modern barn elements in the design. Look for an outside beer garden at this spot just across the river from Portland.
Next up, we’ll stop at 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.
Last but not least, we’ll visit Hardshore Distilling. Established in 2016, this distillery founded by former New York finance manager Jordan Milne produces high-quality gins, including seasonal and special editions. The distillery is currently focused on producing Hardshore Original Gin, its flagship product. The unique recipe was developed over a period of four years and includes locally grown fresh rosemary and mint, which are unconventional in gin. Recently they were honored as the Best Craft Gin Distillery in 2017 in a nationwide competition sponsored by USA Today.
As our whirlwind tour comes to an end, we’ll drop you back off at Old Port Spirits and Cigars, where you can purchase some beer for later and is an excellent location to continue your exploration of lively downtown Portland.
Please note that tour venues and details may change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances.