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Event: Local Pour

Presented by: Maine Brew Bus
Pickup and drop off at Old Port Spirits, Portland

More About Maine Brew Bus:

Having a designated driver to guide you to both established and up-and-coming producers offers an opportunity to learn much more about the craft alcohol business than you could learn on your own. Tours are led by expert guides in addition to a knowledgeable designated driver to ensure the best possible experience for our guests as well as for the businesses with which we partner. The all-inclusive tours on our bright green school buses provide you a behind-the-scenes look at Maine's craft breweries, distilleries, wineries, and more. We offer daily scheduled and private tours in Greater Portland and Southern Maine. We also offer frequent specialty and adventure tours, and we even partner with local teams for tours that end at minor league hockey and baseball games. The fleet now includes four buses and additional staff. We are proud that we have been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence each of the last three years because of our highly rated tours. For more information and to see a current schedule of tours and events, please visit www.themainebrewbus.com


Portlands diverse brewery scene has so much to offer, join us to taste the mix of beer made the local area on this unique afternoon tour.

Every Saturday 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Please arrive 15 minutes before your 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

Food
Snack – Vegetarian hand pie from Union Kitchen, 1 Union Wharf, Portland

Schedule:
Nonesuch River Brewing // Urban Farm Fermentory/Gruit // Hardshore Distilling

First, we’ll hop on the bus and head to Nonesuch River Brewing Company. Tim Boardman, Michael Schuler, and Jay Gambo founded Nonesuch River Brewing Company with an eye towards creating a community-friendly atmosphere. Schuler had been homebrewing for close to 20 years when be brought some growlers to share. The beer impressed his friend Boardman who had previously been a commercial brewer. They designed their 5,000 square foot building inspired by historic New England barn architecture, complete with a tin roof, a spacious front facade and red siding. And it’s a full restaurant as well, with a culinary-trained chef at the helm. Learn about how they went so far as to incorporate the literal earth they built upon into their brewpub plan.

Next up, we’ll visit Urban Farm Fermentory. A production center unlike any other, Urban Farm Fermentory focuses on fermentation in all of its wild and untamed glory. Hard cider you’ve surely heard of, but maybe not quite like this: Fresh-pressed local apples, wild-fermented, dry as a bone. The kombucha is where UFF truly shines and will surely surprise the uninitiated: 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. The part of their operation called Gruit is truly an experimental brewing lab. Here they are producing several alternative styles of beer called gruit. This was once an ancient version of beer that replaces hops with roots, herbs, and other ingredients to create unique flavor combinations. This operation is turning out some truly memorable beverages in East Bayside.

Last, but certainly not least, we’ll head over to Hardshore Distilling Company. Established in 2016, this distillery founded by former New York finance manager Jordan Milne produces high-quality gins, including seasonal and special editions. The distillery is currently focused on producing Hardshore Original Gin, its flagship product. The unique recipe was developed over a period of four years and includes locally grown fresh rosemary and mint, which are unconventional in gin. They were honored as the Best Craft Gin Distillery in 2017 in a nationwide competition sponsored by USA Today.

At the end of the Local Pour Tour, we’ll drop you back off at Old Port Spirits and Cigars, a perfect place to pick something up to indulge in later in the night after exploring lively downtown Portland.
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79 Commercial St
Portland, Maine, 04101
(207) 200.9111
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Portlands diverse brewery scene has so much to offer, join us to taste the mix of beer made the local area on this unique afternoon tour.

Every Saturday 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Please arrive 15 minutes before your 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

Food
Snack – Vegetarian hand pie from Union Kitchen, 1 Union Wharf, Portland

Schedule:
Nonesuch River Brewing // Urban Farm Fermentory/Gruit // Hardshore Distilling

First, we’ll hop on the bus and head to Nonesuch River Brewing Company. Tim Boardman, Michael Schuler, and Jay Gambo founded Nonesuch River Brewing Company with an eye towards creating a community-friendly atmosphere. Schuler had been homebrewing for close to 20 years when be brought some growlers to share. The beer impressed his friend Boardman who had previously been a commercial brewer. They designed their 5,000 square foot building inspired by historic New England barn architecture, complete with a tin roof, a spacious front facade and red siding. And it’s a full restaurant as well, with a culinary-trained chef at the helm. Learn about how they went so far as to incorporate the literal earth they built upon into their brewpub plan.

Next up, we’ll visit Urban Farm Fermentory. A production center unlike any other, Urban Farm Fermentory focuses on fermentation in all of its wild and untamed glory. Hard cider you’ve surely heard of, but maybe not quite like this: Fresh-pressed local apples, wild-fermented, dry as a bone. The kombucha is where UFF truly shines and will surely surprise the uninitiated: 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. The part of their operation called Gruit is truly an experimental brewing lab. Here they are producing several alternative styles of beer called gruit. This was once an ancient version of beer that replaces hops with roots, herbs, and other ingredients to create unique flavor combinations. This operation is turning out some truly memorable beverages in East Bayside.

Last, but certainly not least, we’ll head over to Hardshore Distilling Company. Established in 2016, this distillery founded by former New York finance manager Jordan Milne produces high-quality gins, including seasonal and special editions. The distillery is currently focused on producing Hardshore Original Gin, its flagship product. The unique recipe was developed over a period of four years and includes locally grown fresh rosemary and mint, which are unconventional in gin. They were honored as the Best Craft Gin Distillery in 2017 in a nationwide competition sponsored by USA Today.

At the end of the Local Pour Tour, we’ll drop you back off at Old Port Spirits and Cigars, a perfect place to pick something up to indulge in later in the night after exploring lively downtown Portland.
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