Welcome to the Maine Brew Bus proudly offering Brewery Tours in Portland, Maine and beyond!
Yeast lives everywhere, but it congregates heavily in certain favorable environments: The skin of fruit, the pores of wood, and the industrial zone of Portland’s East Bayside. Thanks to the many yeast-based businesses now housed in the area, the neighborhood is being revitalized, and has earned itself the nickname “yEast Bayside.” We’ll show you some of the highlights of this hard-to-find ‘hood!
Stops on the tours (please check schedule for what four producers you will be visiting)
Rising Tide Brewing Co. (Thurs, Fri, Sat) 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 on the block.
Urban Farm Fermentory (Thursday). A winery unlike any other, the Urban Farm Fermentory focuses on hard cider and kombucha. Hard cider you’ve surely heard of, but maybe not quite like this: Fresh-pressed local apples, wild-fermented, dry as a bone. Kombucha can truly surprise you: A fermented tea, this tonic is low in alcohol but high in tart, fruity flavor, mixed with a startling variety of locally-grown herbs and spices. Trust us on this one.
Maine Mead Works is a producer of one of the world’s oldest-known fermented goodies: mead. While mead, or honey wine, is typically heavy and syrupy, you’ll be pleased to find that the team at Maine Mead Works has developed a light, dry, modern take on the formula. They’ll sample us on their extensive list of variations before showing us some of the secrets to their success.
Bunker Brewing Co. (Fri, Sat, Sun) Based in a brick-walled former scrapyard building where they’ve added a DJ booth to the loft, Bunker’s 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?” Sample the wares while learning the answer and then let the soundtrack of the day carry you through.
Oxbow Blending and Bottling (Fri & Sat) 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.
As our whirlwind tour comes to an end, we’ll drop you back off at The Craft Beer Cellar, where you can purchase some beer for later and is an excellent location to continue your exploration of lively downtown Portland.
Please note that tour venues and details may change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances.
Friday’s & Saturday’s 3:30pm-7:00pm
*Select Thursdays during Holiday’s
Please arrive by 3:15pm to ensure a timely departure.
Pick-Up & Drop-Off Location
The Craft Beer Cellar, 111 Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04101
Savory Hand Pie from Ten Ten Pie (171 Cumberland Avenue, Portland)
Thursday/Friday – Rising Tide Brewing // Oxbow Blending and Bottling // Maine Mead Works // Bunker Brewing
Saturday – Oxbow Blending and Bottling // Rising Tide Brewing // Maine Mead Works // Bunker Brewing