The Casco Fiasco

See what some of Casco Bay's best brewers are up to on this in-depth tour.

Adult (21+)
$85
Private tour (includes gratuity)
$1325

Our access to the ocean helps explain the diversity of our vibrant city, and our access to good, clean water from Sebago Lake helps explain the incredible taste of our beer. Join us for Casco Fiasco to see what this working-waterfront city has in store for you!

Friday and Saturdays 10:30am-2:45pm
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 Street, Portland, ME 04101

Food
Full Lunch (vegetarian option available) – Choose at Check Out

Schedule

Friday
Foundation Brewing Co. // DL Geary’s Brewing Co. // Sebago Brew Pub // Oxbow Bottling and Blending
Please call our office to ask for availability

Saturday 
Foundation Brewing Co. // Lone Pine Brewing // Sebago Brew Pub // Rising Tide Brewing


Welcome to Portland, Maine, a working-waterfront city on Casco Bay. Our access to the ocean helps explain the diversity of our vibrant city, and our access to good, clean water from Sebago Lake helps explain the incredible taste of our beer. See what some of Portland’s best brewers are up to on this in-depth tour. (Scroll Down to your tour day to read the full description)

Friday Casco Fiasco

Our first stop is Foundation Brewing Co. Foundation Brewing Company is an artisanal brewery that exists because the owners are very passionate about brewing and sharing great beer with others. They focus on creating world-class beers that use classic styles as the inspiration for brewing exciting beers that push conventional boundaries.They opened their doors in 2014 and were founded by avid home-brewers Joel Mahaffey and John Bonney. They have continued to expand their production space which more than doubled their size, and their new comfortable tasting room is where we will start our memorable visit.

On to our second stop. We will head over to DL Geary’s Brewing Co. 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.

Next we’ll hop on the bus and head to lunch at Sebago Brew Pub, the newest of Sebago Brewing Company’s four Maine pubs. Founded in 1998 as a true brewpub, Sebago now has a separate production brewery that supplies its restaurants as well as other accounts throughout New England. With a mix of classic beer styles and more recent innovations, Sebago offers something for everyone, making good use of the water from its namesake Sebago Lake. A full lunch of your choice is served with samples of delicious beer right from the tap.

Our final stop is Oxbow Blending & Bottling. A dynamic brewery, with a true farmhouse operation in Newcastle, Oxbow Brewing Company, recently opened this tasting room and warehouse facility to better serve the Portland community. The hip space is bursting with graffiti by local artists and jammed with oak barrels to grow the company’s internationally-recognized wild beer program. This gives fans unprecedented access to a wide range of Oxbow’s hoppy saisons and funky experiments.

Saturday Casco Fiasco

Our first stop is Foundation Brewing Co. Foundation Brewing Company is an artisanal brewery that exists because the owners are very passionate about brewing and sharing great beer with others. They focus on creating world-class beers that use classic styles as the inspiration for brewing exciting beers that push conventional boundaries.They opened their doors in 2014 and were founded by avid home-brewers Joel Mahaffey and John Bonney. They have continued to expand their production space which more than doubled their size, and their new comfortable tasting room is where we will start our memorable visit.

Next we’ll be visiting Lone Pine Brewing. After working in the retail side of beer for over a decade, Tom Madden decided that the time was right to break into producing his own beer. A long-time home brewer and Certified Cicerone, he reconnected with his longtime friend John Paul who had been working in the music industry in California. Together, they opened Lone Pine in March of 2016 in a former countertop production space in Portland’s East Bayside, and they are churning out American-style Pale and Wheat Ales for retail sale and enjoyment in their elevated tasting room.

Next we’ll hop on the bus and head to lunch at Sebago Brew Pub, the newest of Sebago Brewing Company’s four Maine pubs. Founded in 1998 as a true brewpub, Sebago now has a separate production brewery that supplies its restaurants as well as other accounts throughout New England. With a mix of classic beer styles and more recent innovations, Sebago offers something for everyone, making good use of the water from its namesake Sebago Lake. A full lunch of your choice is served with samples of delicious beer right from the tap.

Our final beer-based stop, run by a husband and wife, is Rising Tide Brewing Company. The name, taken from the famous quote “A rising tide lifts all boats,” encapsulates the collaborative spirit of the craft beer industry, and the loyal following of locals speaks to the young company’s community engagement as well as to the quality of its beer. We’ll thread our way through the thirsty crowd and retrieve samples for you to enjoy while you learn about the largest brewery in Portland’s booming yEast Bayside neighborhood.

Once we’ve finished the Casco Fiasco tour, we’ll drop you back off at Old Port Spirits and Cigars, where you can purchase some beer for later and continue your exploration of lively downtown Portland.

Please note that tour venues and details may change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances.