The Southern Crawl
Join us as we head south to check out some amazing breweries outside the Greater Portland area.
Just as Portland's craft beer industry began to flourish, the neighboring towns to the south followed suit and began exploring the possibilities with in the industry. Join us on our Southern Crawl tour to check out some amazing facilities just south of Portland!
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
Savory Hand Pie from Ten Ten Pie (171 Cumberland Avenue, Portland)
Barreled Souls Brewing // Dirigo Brewing Co. // Banded Brewing
As Maine’s total number of breweries climbs, clusters form beyond the Portland city limits. On the Southern Crawl tour, we’ll explore some of the happenings south of Portland.
We will hop on the bus and head south to Barreled Souls Brewing. Barreled Souls was founded in the summer of 2014, and may be the only brewery in the country fermenting 100% of its beer in oak barrels. They are using a Burton Union system, a wooden fermenter method originally developed in England in the 1800’s and was once the industry standard. All of their beer is produced in Saco, with larger quantities made at their Mill Brook facility and smaller batches made adjacent to their basement-level tasting room. Be prepared to try a huge variety of unusual styles, with many of their beers also spending time aging in wood barrels.
Next up, we’ll visit Dirigo Brewing Co. Tom Bull has been in all phases of the business. He is a former homebrewer, bar manager, commercial brewer, and has even worked delivering beers for a distributor. After a successful run with his previous brewery called Bull Jagger, Tom is back with his new brewery called Dirigo Brewing Company in a section of the former Biddeford mill complex. His specialty is lagers, but he knows how to brew great ales as well. Visit the impressive tasting room overlooking the Saco Falls as you sip on Tom’s great beer.
For our final stop, we will head to one of Biddeford’s former mill buildings, where we’ll check out Banded Brewing Company. Banded was founded in the winter of 2013 by cousins Ron Graves and Ian McConnell and was originally called Banded Horn. It was fitting as these two had started homebrewing together back in 2005, and Ian had received excellent preparatory training for commercial brewing while serving as the head brewer at Brooklyn’s Sixpoint Brewery. They opened Biddeford’s first ever brewery in a 200 year-old mill building, part of the historic Pepperell Mills complex. Banded’s variety of both ales and lagers, as well as the spacious tasting room filled with multiple entertainment options, make this stop truly unforgettable.
At the conclusion of the Southern Crawl tour, we will drop you off back at Old Port Spirits and Cigars, where you can pick up some beer for later in the night or head out into The Old Port.
Please note that tour stops may change without notice due to events and availability of staff at each venue.