Southern Crawl | Maine Brew Bus | Portland, ME, ME
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Event: Southern Crawl

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

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


Hit the mills of Biddeford and Saco with the Maine Brew Bus as we visit some of the places producing great beer south of Portland.

Every Saturday 3:30-7:00pm
Every Sunday 2:30-6:00pm

Please arrive 15 minutes before tour start time to ensure a timely departure.

Pick-Up & Drop-Off Location
Old Port Spirits and Cigars, 79 Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04101

Food
Snack - Savory Vegetarian Hand Pie from Ten Ten Pie (171 Cumberland Avenue, Portland)

Schedule
Saturday: Banded Brewing // Nuts & Bolts Brewing // Dirigo Brewing Company
Sunday: Run of the Mill // Dirigo Brewing Company // Banded Brewing

Price
$70/person

As Maine’s total number of breweries climbs, clusters form beyond the Portland city limits. On the Southern Crawl tour, we’ll explore some of the happenings south of Portland.

About the Breweries:

Banded Brewing – Banded Brewing Company was founded in the winter of 2013 by cousins Ron Graves and Ian McConnell. It was fitting as these two had started homebrewing together back in 2005, and Ian had received excellent preparatory training for commercial brewing while serving as the head brewer at Brooklyn’s Sixpoint Brewery. They opened Biddeford’s first ever brewery in a 200-year-old mill building, part of the historic Pepperell Mills complex. Banded’s variety of both ales and lagers, as well as the spacious tasting room filled with multiple entertainment options, make this stop truly unforgettable.

Dirigo Brewing Company – Tom Bull has been in all phases of the business. He is a former homebrewer, bar manager, commercial brewer, and has even worked delivering beers for a distributor. After a successful run with his previous brewery called Bull Jagger, Tom is back with his new brewery called Dirigo Brewing Company in a section of the former Biddeford mill complex. His specialty is lagers, but he knows how to brew great ales as well. Visit the impressive tasting room overlooking the Saco Falls as you sip on Tom’s great beer.

Nuts & Bolts Brewing. Patrick Doherty and Deedra Zeeh opened Nuts & Bolts in Biddeford in April of 2018. Located in one of the city’s many former textile mills, their combined brewing space and taproom is certainly not large with just over 1,000 square feet. They are operating a truly nano-brewery as well, they only have the ability to produce one barrel – or 31 gallons of beer – at a time. But this allows them a lot of creativity and experimentation, and the results in the glass show that they are skilled at coaxing some amazing flavors out of their small footprint.

Run of the Mill – Formerly managed by Maine Brew Bus founder Zach Poole, Run of the Mill occupies a beautiful old mill building overlooking the Saco River. This brewpub has a wide line-up of beers produced in traditional British-style open fermenters, and its unique two-story brewing setup is a perfect place to learn about the brewing process with a sample in hand. Fun fact: Run of the Mill is the sister brewpub to Hallowell’s The Liberal Cup.

At the conclusion of the Southern Crawl tour, we will drop you off back at Old Port Spirits and Cigars, where you can pick up some beer for later in the night or head out into The Old Port.

Please note that tour stops may change without notice due to events and availability of staff at each venue.
Send Inquiry:
79 Commercial St
Portland, ME, Maine, 04101
207.200.9111
EVENT DATES:
  • Saturday, Jun 22
  • Sunday, Jun 23
  • Sunday, Jun 23
  • Saturday, Jun 29
  • Saturday, Jul 6
  • Sunday, Jul 7
  • Saturday, Jul 13
  • Sunday, Jul 14
  • Saturday, Jul 20
  • Sunday, Jul 21
  • Sunday, Jul 21
  • Saturday, Jul 27
  • Saturday, Aug 3
  • Sunday, Aug 4
  • Saturday, Aug 10
  • Sunday, Aug 11
  • Saturday, Aug 17
  • Sunday, Aug 18
  • Saturday, Aug 24
  • Sunday, Aug 25
  • Saturday, Aug 31
  • Sunday, Sep 1
  • Saturday, Sep 7
  • Sunday, Sep 8
  • Saturday, Sep 14
  • Sunday, Sep 15
  • Saturday, Sep 21
  • Sunday, Sep 22
  • Saturday, Sep 28

Hit the mills of Biddeford and Saco with the Maine Brew Bus as we visit some of the places producing great beer south of Portland.

Every Saturday 3:30-7:00pm
Every Sunday 2:30-6:00pm

Please arrive 15 minutes before tour start time to ensure a timely departure.

Pick-Up & Drop-Off Location
Old Port Spirits and Cigars, 79 Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04101

Food
Snack - Savory Vegetarian Hand Pie from Ten Ten Pie (171 Cumberland Avenue, Portland)

Schedule
Saturday: Banded Brewing // Nuts & Bolts Brewing // Dirigo Brewing Company
Sunday: Run of the Mill // Dirigo Brewing Company // Banded Brewing

Price
$70/person

As Maine’s total number of breweries climbs, clusters form beyond the Portland city limits. On the Southern Crawl tour, we’ll explore some of the happenings south of Portland.

About the Breweries:

Banded Brewing – Banded Brewing Company was founded in the winter of 2013 by cousins Ron Graves and Ian McConnell. It was fitting as these two had started homebrewing together back in 2005, and Ian had received excellent preparatory training for commercial brewing while serving as the head brewer at Brooklyn’s Sixpoint Brewery. They opened Biddeford’s first ever brewery in a 200-year-old mill building, part of the historic Pepperell Mills complex. Banded’s variety of both ales and lagers, as well as the spacious tasting room filled with multiple entertainment options, make this stop truly unforgettable.

Dirigo Brewing Company – Tom Bull has been in all phases of the business. He is a former homebrewer, bar manager, commercial brewer, and has even worked delivering beers for a distributor. After a successful run with his previous brewery called Bull Jagger, Tom is back with his new brewery called Dirigo Brewing Company in a section of the former Biddeford mill complex. His specialty is lagers, but he knows how to brew great ales as well. Visit the impressive tasting room overlooking the Saco Falls as you sip on Tom’s great beer.

Nuts & Bolts Brewing. Patrick Doherty and Deedra Zeeh opened Nuts & Bolts in Biddeford in April of 2018. Located in one of the city’s many former textile mills, their combined brewing space and taproom is certainly not large with just over 1,000 square feet. They are operating a truly nano-brewery as well, they only have the ability to produce one barrel – or 31 gallons of beer – at a time. But this allows them a lot of creativity and experimentation, and the results in the glass show that they are skilled at coaxing some amazing flavors out of their small footprint.

Run of the Mill – Formerly managed by Maine Brew Bus founder Zach Poole, Run of the Mill occupies a beautiful old mill building overlooking the Saco River. This brewpub has a wide line-up of beers produced in traditional British-style open fermenters, and its unique two-story brewing setup is a perfect place to learn about the brewing process with a sample in hand. Fun fact: Run of the Mill is the sister brewpub to Hallowell’s The Liberal Cup.

At the conclusion of the Southern Crawl tour, we will drop you off back at Old Port Spirits and Cigars, where you can pick up some beer for later in the night or head out into The Old Port.

Please note that tour stops may change without notice due to events and availability of staff at each venue.
EVENT DATES:
  • Saturday, Jun 22
  • Sunday, Jun 23
  • Sunday, Jun 23
  • Saturday, Jun 29
  • Saturday, Jul 6
  • Sunday, Jul 7
  • Saturday, Jul 13
  • Sunday, Jul 14
  • Saturday, Jul 20
  • Sunday, Jul 21
  • Sunday, Jul 21
  • Saturday, Jul 27
  • Saturday, Aug 3
  • Sunday, Aug 4
  • Saturday, Aug 10
  • Sunday, Aug 11
  • Saturday, Aug 17
  • Sunday, Aug 18
  • Saturday, Aug 24
  • Sunday, Aug 25
  • Saturday, Aug 31
  • Sunday, Sep 1
  • Saturday, Sep 7
  • Sunday, Sep 8
  • Saturday, Sep 14
  • Sunday, Sep 15
  • Saturday, Sep 21
  • Sunday, Sep 22
  • Saturday, Sep 28
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