Feeling Thirsty? Let us show you behind the scenes look at some of your new favorite breweries in Greater Portland.
Help yourself get by those last few days of the week by taking a trip on our big green bus! Maybe you want to start a little early or maybe you are gathering some friends or workmates together to celebrate. Hop on the Bus and we will bring you to 3 breweries to get a behind the scenes look and taste the beers that are helping Portland become one of the premier Beer Destinations.
Thursday’s 5:00 – 8:30pm
Please arrive 15 minutes before your tour begins 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
Vegetarian Savory Hand Pie from Ten Ten Pie
Sebago Brewing Co. // Yes Brewing // Oxbow Blending and Bottling
Starting November 1st:
Island Dog Brewing // Fore River Brewing Co. // Bunker Brewing Co.
For our first stop, we will be visiting Sebago Brewing Company. 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.
On to our next stop, 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.
Last but not least, we will visit Oxbow Blending and Bottling. A dynamic brewery with a true farmhouse operation in Newcastle, Oxbow Brewing Company recently opened a second 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.
Starting November 1st:
For our first stop, we’ll be visiting Island Dog Brewing. Island Dog Brewing was established in 2016 by Jim Denz and Tim Francis, and are now the third brewery to call South Portland home. They produce primarily Belgian and German-inspired beers (including herb and spice ales), and the company name comes from the owner’s love of rescue dogs and the sheer beauty of Coastal Maine. Jim spent time in the Army, worked as a high school teacher, and spent many years working in technology. Jim met Tim, who has experience with home brewing (in addition to a diverse background including retail, food service, and communications) at a beer festival a few years ago. Enjoy their spacious tasting room as you sip on beers infused with ingredients that you didn’t know would taste so good in beer.
Next up, we’ll hop back on the bus and head to Fore River Brewing Co. Fore River Brewing Company opened in South Portland in early 2016, and they are already the oldest of three breweries in the city. John and TJ – two friends and avid homebrewers – teamed up with Alex the property owner (who had just sold his landscaping business) to open the brewery. They worked for months to hand craft and perfect their beers and the beautiful tasting room, which has both classic and modern barn elements in the design. Look for an outside beer garden at this spot just across the river from Portland.
For our final stop, we’ll visit Bunker Brewing Co. 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.
Once we’ve finished the tour, we’ll drop you back off at Old Port Spirits and Cigars, where you can purchase some excellent beer to take home and can continue your exploration of lively downtown Portland.
Please note that tour venues and schedules may change due to production demands of our partners.