Suds and Spirits
Join us Saturday mornings to taste something old, something new, and some whiskey!
This tour will give you an in-depth look at the brewing and distilling process using both the oldest and newest equipment in the Portland industry. These set of stops will blow you away with their unique facilities and techniques.
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 Street, Portland, ME 04101
Snack – Savory Vegetarian Hand Pie from Ten Ten Pie (171 Cumberland Avenue, Portland)
New England Distilling // DL Geary’s Brewing // Austin Street Brewing Co.
The Suds and Spirits Tour visits three unique locations, mixing both beer and spirits for a veritable boilermaker of a tour!
Our first stop is New England Distilling. New England Distilling founder and head distiller Ned Wight (the company’s initials are NED — see what he did there?) was brought to Maine by Rob Tod, who hired Wight as his first employee at Allagash Brewing Company years ago. Wight comes from a family of whiskey makers and he brought their Maryland-style rye whiskey north. The company makes Maine’s first post-prohibition whiskey, Gunpowder Rye, as well as gin and barrel-aged rum.
Next up is D.L. Geary Brewing Company. New England’s oldest craft brewery resides in Riverside Industrial Park, surrounded by much younger players. See inside the space that kicked off Maine’s modern brewing revolution with the release of Geary’s Pale Ale 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 family-run operation, the business was recently sold to a local businessman who was not previously connected to the beer industry. This change has brought about a shift in types of beers being produced, some of which you will be able to sample during the visit.
For our final stop, we’ll be visiting Austin Street Brewery. The name of Austin Street Brewery 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.
Finally, we’ll drop you back off at Old Port Spirits and Cigars to purchase some more bottles and can’s before you continue 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.