Suds and Shells
Our new beer and oyster farm combo tour allows you to crack open great beer and also some very special oysters.
This brand new tour visits one of the most impressive breweries in the entire state, and then we will board the oyster boat F/V Patricia Lynn to cruise to an oyster farm to learn all about raising oysters.
Second and Fourth Sundays from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Please arrive at our pickup location 15 minutes before the tour start.
Pick-Up & Drop-Off Location
Old Port Spirits and Cigars, 79 Commerical St, Portland, ME 04101
Vegetarian hand pie from Union Kitchen, 1 Union Wharf, Portland
Maine Beer Company // cruise aboard F/V Patricia Lynn // visit to Dirigo Marine Resources oyster farm
This tour requires a minimum of 4 people to operate, and a maximum of 6 people (USCG legal limit)
The Maine Brew Bus and Dirigo Marine Resources have teamed up to give you an unforgettable experience on land and in the water.
Hop aboard the Brew Bus to head out to our first stop. Along the way, you will learn about the history of brewing in Maine with your expert guide.
Our first stop will be Maine Beer Company. This brewery was started in 2009 by brothers Dan and Dave Kleban after they learned how to homebrew on a $300 system they found on online. Their first location was at One Industrial Way in Portland, a location later occupied by the well-known Bissell Brothers Brewery. The company has gained national attention from beer drinkers, particularly for Lunch – a popular India pale ale – and for its spiritual successor Dinner Double IPA. They moved their brewery to a brand new brewery in Freeport during early 2013, and eventually were brewing 13,000 barrels of beer a year on a 15-barrel brewhouse. They have just completed work on their newly expanded facility that has more than tripled their production volume and has given them the opportunity to send their beer into new states. This has also allowed them to turn their former brewing space into an impressive new tasting room and pizza restaurant.
Be sure to grab some beer to go for the boat ride!
Our next stop is to the dock to meet the oyster boat F/V Patricia Lynn and the folks behind Dirigo Marine Resources.
They work hard to grow a specific type of oyster in the cold waters near Flying Point in Casco Bay. The unique water profile at the confluence of the Gulf of Maine, the Harraseeket River, and the Little River, as well as our seasonal farm cycle from surface to ocean bed, give their special oysters a full-bodied, briny flavor with a delicately sweet finish.
As we cruise to their oyster farm we will have the opportunity for viewing wildlife such as frequent visitors like Bald Eagles and Harbor Seals. When we arrive at the offshore farm, you’ll learn all about raising oysters directly from the owner and founder Greg Foote. If you would like, you can try a half-dozen oysters plucked fresh from the sea right in front of you. You can even learn to shuck your own like a pro.
On the way back to shore we will take a short harbor cruise to look for more wildlife and enjoy the nature that surrounds the farm area.
After this incredible experience, we will hop back on the bus for the ride back to Portland loaded up with lots of beer and oyster knowledge.
Please note that tour stops may change without notice due to events and availability of staff at each venue.