Be one of the first to explore the newest breweries of Portland, Maine on this unique, guided tour. Breweries are opening in Maine at the rate of one per month so this tour itinerary will change in order to provide you the best and newest experience possible. Begin at the Craft Beer Cellar, then possibilities include the'Dirigo Brewing Company, the Fore River Brewing Company, and the Lone Pine Brewing Company. Enjoy snacks and samples of beer at each establishment.
After meeting at the Craft Beer Cellar, the first stop is across the Fore River into South Portland. The aptly named Fore River Brewing Company opened in early 2016. John and TJ, two friends and avid home brewers, 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 as well as the beautiful tasting room, which has both classic and modern barn elements in the design. Look for an outside beer garden in the future from this cozy, neighborhood spot.
The next stop is north of Portland. Formerly near Allagash, this company used its quick success to expand to a much larger location. The Maine Beer Company, also known simple as MBC, has made a serious name for itself as a producer of hop-forward ales, including the coveted Lunch IPA. In their Freeport facility, they've been expanding their lineup, so have a flight on the house and maybe get lucky enough to catch an even rarer beast, like the Dinner Double IPA.
Then stop at Westbrook's first brewery, Mast Landing Brewing Company. Once college buddies home brewing in a garage in Freeport, they now co-own the very first brewery in the City of Westbrook. Mast Landing Brewing Company was founded in March 2016 by Ian Dorsey and Neil Fredrick, two University of Maine alums. They are focusing on brewing very small batch ales that are light in malt character, but full on flavorful hops. Their location, a former tire manufacturing facility, will give them plenty of space to grow as they move forward.
The'last stop is the newest in Portland, the Lone Pine Brewing Company. After working in the retail side of beer for over a decade, Tom Madden decided 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 have opened Lone Pine in a former countertop production space in Portland's East Bayside, and they are churning out American-style pale and wheat ales for retail sale and enjoyment in their elevated tasting room.
The tour ends with a drop-off'at the Craft Beer Cellar in downtown Portland.
Please note that tour stops may change without notice due to events and availability of staff at each venue.