Check out the wide variety of beer styles that Portland has to offer!
Spend a Saturday experiencing the incredible amount of beer that the Greater Portland Area had to offer! Join us on our Saturday Sampler tour to learn all about the process of brewing from owners while sipping on the beer that they crafted.
Every Saturday 5:45pm – 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
Vegetarian hand pie from Union Kitchen, 1 Union Wharf, Portland
Brewery Extrava // Lone Pine Brewing // Bunker Brewing
For our first stop, we will be visiting Brewery Extrava which was founded in July 2019 by Joe and Charlene Doherty along with brewing industry veteran Michael LaCharite. LaCharite, the head brewer, has abundant experience in the professional brewing industry. A Siebel Institute of Brewing Science graduate, he has owned and/or brewed at some of Maine’s most iconic breweries. They are brewing on a custom-built, three-vessel, 10 bbl brewhouse along with a 1 bbl pilot system, and they have a large tasting room filled with wood elements and serving up to 12 beers on tap. They are creating both traditional and innovative variations of Belgian and other international beer styles, including mixed fermentation and barrel-aged beers. Their goal is to offer a contrast in style from the hop-forward portfolio of many of the breweries in the area. Extrava means “to come from exploration and examination”, and this new entry into Maine’s craft beer scene is poised to give us some creative takes on familiar styles.
Next up, we’ll stop at Island Dog Brewing. Island Dog was established in 2016 by Jim Denz and Tim Francis, and are 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 home brewing (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.
Last but not least, we’ll visit Bunker Brewing. Originally based in a tiny, brick-walled former scrapyard building in East Bayside, Bunker Brewing Company has moved to a much larger former warehouse on the West side of town. Their creative brewers make a rotating assortment of ales and lagers, making this the perfect stop during which to ask the question, “What’s the difference between an ale and a lager?” Enjoy their spacious tasting room and outside patio while pondering that important question over a well-crafted Bunker beer.
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.
The Maine Brew Bus
79 Commercial Street (Old Port Spirits)
Portland, ME, 04101