The Southern Crawl
Hit the mills of Biddeford and Saco with the Maine Brew Bus as we visit some of the places producing great beer south of Portland.
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!
Every Saturday 3:30-7:00pm
Every Sunday 2:30-6:00pm
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
Snack – Vegetarian hand pie from Union Kitchen, 1 Union Wharf, Portland
Saturday: Banded Brewing // Nuts & Bolts Brewing // Dirigo Brewing Company
Sunday: Run of the Mill // Dirigo Brewing Company // 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.
About the Breweries:
Banded Brewing – Banded Brewing Company was founded in the winter of 2013 by cousins Ron Graves and Ian McConnell. 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.
Dirigo Brewing Company – 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.
Nuts & Bolts Brewing. Patrick Doherty and Deedra Zeeh opened Nuts & Bolts in Biddeford in April of 2018. Located in one of the city’s many former textile mills, their combined brewing space and taproom is certainly not large with just over 1,000 square feet. They are operating a truly nano-brewery as well, they only have the ability to produce one barrel – or 31 gallons of beer – at a time. But this allows them a lot of creativity and experimentation, and the results in the glass show that they are skilled at coaxing some amazing flavors out of their small footprint.
Run of the Mill – Formerly managed by Maine Brew Bus founder Zach Poole, Run of the Mill occupies a beautiful old mill building overlooking the Saco River. This brewpub has a wide line-up of beers produced in traditional British-style open fermenters, and its unique two-story brewing setup is a perfect place to learn about the brewing process with a sample in hand. Fun fact: Run of the Mill is the sister brewpub to Hallowell’s The Liberal Cup.
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.