Enjoy this 3.5-hour small-group minibus tour that checks out two well-known craft breweries in the Portland, Maine area and also an award winning meadery.
The first stop, run by a husband and wife, is Rising Tide Brewing Co. 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. Thread your way through the thirsty crowd and retrieve samples to enjoy while you learn about the largest brewery in Portland's booming East Bayside neighborhood.
Next, head North of Portland'to a brewery that'used its quick success to expand to a much larger location. Perhaps you've heard of it'Maine Beer Company. Maine Beer Co. 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 line-up, so have a flight and maybe you'll be lucky enough to catch an even rarer beast, like their Dinner Double IPA.
For the last stop, the group will hop back on the bus and head back into town to taste the world's oldest fermented beverage: 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. Try samples of their extensive list of variations before discovering some of the secrets to their success.
At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back at The Craft Beer Cellar, which is a terrific place to start the rest of your Sunday evening in Portland if you desire.
Please note that tour venues and details may change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances.