The Casco Fiasco
See what some of Casco Bay's best brewers are up to on this in-depth tour.
Join us for Casco Fiasco to see what this vibrant beer-making 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
Full Lunch (vegetarian option available) is provided on the Casco Fiasco tour.
Our Friday private tours include a lunch that is pre-ordered in advance when the booking is made.
On Saturday tours the lunch is ordered at arrival. The menu changes occasionally, but recent selections included these options:
- Soup and Salad – Bowl of the soup of the day and a garden salad.
- Margherita Wood-Fired Pizza – Extra virgin olive oil, oven roasted tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, house cheese blend
- Pepperoni Wood-Fired Pizza – House tomato sauce, nitrate-free pepperoni, house cheese blend
- Roast Turkey Baguette – Sliced turkey, baby spinach, fresh mozzarella, plum tomatoes, basil pesto mayo, warm baguette
- Tap House Burger – Short rib, brisket, and chuck blend beef patty, smoked cheddar, bibb lettuce, oven roasted tomatoes, grilled brioche
Friday – Private Tours Only
Foundation Brewing Co. // DL Geary’s Brewing Co. // Sebago Brew Pub // Bunker Brewing
Private Tours only. Please call our office to ask for availability.
Sebago Brewing Co. // Yes Brewing // Lone Pine Brewing
Saturday Casco Fiasco
Our first stop for a tour and lunch will be Sebago Brewing Co. Founded in 1998, Sebago Brewing has become Maine’s premier contemporary American brewpub and one of the fastest growing craft breweries in the state. With four pubs located throughout Southern Maine, and an impressive brand new production facility in Gorham, they clearly demonstrate a refusal to stay with traditions that often can be found in a company with 20 years in the business. The new 31,000 square foot brewery and a four vessel, fully-automated, 40-barrel brew house more than doubles the size of the facility that had produced their beers for a dozen years. The need for this new modern brewery was made clear with amazing growth over the past several years of their year-round core beers, five seasonal beers and several highly anticipated, limited-edition Single Batch Series beers.
Next we’ll be visiting Yes Brewing. Longtime homebrewer John Bigelow wanted their company Yes Brewing to bring something unique to the area craft brewing scene. What if a small brewery could make small batches of typical styles, but then also use very unique ingredients to complement their beer? After partnering with brothers Brady and Troy Frost, Westbrook’s second brewery opened their 2,400 square-foot facility in June of 2017. Quickly people have figured out that mint can exist in an IPA, and that jalapeno pale ale is actually pretty good. Check out how they are able to produce enough of their beer on a small system while sipping on one of their newest offerings.
For our final stop, 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 quickly enjoyed tremendous success and popularity. In late 2017, Lone Pine announced they had purchased the former Sebago Brewing brewing facility in Gorham, a move which has increased their production volume by ten-fold.
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.
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 residing in Riverside Industrial Park. See inside the space that kicked off Maine’s modern brewing revolution back 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 a family run operation, Geary’s was bought by another set of local family business owners, Robin and Alan Lapoint. The Lapoints have been manufacturing filtration products for over 25 years in Maine serving many parts of the Beverage Industry. Taking this know-how and combining it with their knowledge of Geary’s, a customer of theirs, the new ownership acts to preserve and steward New England’s First Craft Brewery. This change has brought the addition of producing different styles of beer including lagers and IPAs, some of which you’ll have the opportunity to sample during the visit.
Next we’ll hop on the bus and head to lunch at Sebago Downtown, 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 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.
Please note that tour venues and details may change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances.