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Event: Suds and Spirits

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


Join us Saturday mornings to taste both from the world of beer and craft-made spirits. This tour will give you an in-depth look at the brewing and distilling process using both the oldest and newest equipment in the Portland industry. These set of stops will blow you away with their unique facilities and techniques.

**Saturday, 10:30am-1:45pm**
Please arrive 15 minutes before tour start to ensure a timely departure.

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

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

**Schedule**
Foundation Brewing Co. // New England Distilling // DL Geary’s Brewing Co.

**Price**
$70/person

The Suds and Spirits Tour visits three unique locations, mixing both beer and spirits for a veritable boilermaker of a tour!

For our first stop, we will be visiting Foundation Brewing Company. Foundation was started in 2014 by avid homebrewers Joel Mahaffey and John Bonney, along with their wives. Joel and John met at a homebrew shop called Central Street Farmhouse in Bangor and soon began homebrewing together. Joel is a former art director and designer. John transitioned away from the practice of medicine. They both found their true passion in the art of making beer – the true foundation for modern civilization.

Next up, we’ll stop by New England Distilling. New England Distilling founder and head distiller Ned Wight (the company’s initials are NED — see what he did there?) was brought to Maine by Rob Tod, who hired Wight as his first employee at Allagash Brewing Company years ago. Wight comes from a family of whiskey makers and he brought their Maryland-style rye whiskey north. The company makes Maine’s first post-prohibition whiskey, Gunpowder Rye, as well as gin and barrel-aged rum.

Last but not least, we’ll visit Geary Brewing Company. New England’s oldest craft brewery residing in Riverside Industrial Park. See inside the space that kicked off Maine’s modern brewing revolution back in 1986. David Geary developed the local taste for British-style beers that helped revive America’s waning beer industry. Geary’s also has a nice tasting room to accommodate visitors to the decades-old facility. After 30 years of a family run operation, Geary’s was bought by another set of local family business owners, Robin and Alan Lapoint. The Lapoints have been manufacturing filtration products for over 25 years in Maine serving many parts of the Beverage Industry. Taking this know-how and combining it with their knowledge of Geary’s, a customer of theirs, the new ownership acts to preserve and steward New England’s First Craft Brewery. This change has brought the addition of producing different styles of beer including lagers and IPAs, some of which you’ll have the opportunity to sample during the visit.

Finally, we’ll drop you back off at Old Port Spirits and Cigars to purchase some more bottles and cans before you continue your exploration of lively downtown Portland.

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, Maine, 04101
(207) 200.9111
EVENT DATES:
  • Saturday, Mar 30
  • Saturday, Apr 6
  • Saturday, Apr 13
  • Saturday, Apr 20
  • Saturday, Apr 27
  • Saturday, May 4
  • Saturday, May 11
  • Saturday, May 18
  • Saturday, May 25

Join us Saturday mornings to taste both from the world of beer and craft-made spirits. This tour will give you an in-depth look at the brewing and distilling process using both the oldest and newest equipment in the Portland industry. These set of stops will blow you away with their unique facilities and techniques.

**Saturday, 10:30am-1:45pm**
Please arrive 15 minutes before tour start to ensure a timely departure.

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

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

**Schedule**
Foundation Brewing Co. // New England Distilling // DL Geary’s Brewing Co.

**Price**
$70/person

The Suds and Spirits Tour visits three unique locations, mixing both beer and spirits for a veritable boilermaker of a tour!

For our first stop, we will be visiting Foundation Brewing Company. Foundation was started in 2014 by avid homebrewers Joel Mahaffey and John Bonney, along with their wives. Joel and John met at a homebrew shop called Central Street Farmhouse in Bangor and soon began homebrewing together. Joel is a former art director and designer. John transitioned away from the practice of medicine. They both found their true passion in the art of making beer – the true foundation for modern civilization.

Next up, we’ll stop by New England Distilling. New England Distilling founder and head distiller Ned Wight (the company’s initials are NED — see what he did there?) was brought to Maine by Rob Tod, who hired Wight as his first employee at Allagash Brewing Company years ago. Wight comes from a family of whiskey makers and he brought their Maryland-style rye whiskey north. The company makes Maine’s first post-prohibition whiskey, Gunpowder Rye, as well as gin and barrel-aged rum.

Last but not least, we’ll visit Geary Brewing Company. New England’s oldest craft brewery residing in Riverside Industrial Park. See inside the space that kicked off Maine’s modern brewing revolution back in 1986. David Geary developed the local taste for British-style beers that helped revive America’s waning beer industry. Geary’s also has a nice tasting room to accommodate visitors to the decades-old facility. After 30 years of a family run operation, Geary’s was bought by another set of local family business owners, Robin and Alan Lapoint. The Lapoints have been manufacturing filtration products for over 25 years in Maine serving many parts of the Beverage Industry. Taking this know-how and combining it with their knowledge of Geary’s, a customer of theirs, the new ownership acts to preserve and steward New England’s First Craft Brewery. This change has brought the addition of producing different styles of beer including lagers and IPAs, some of which you’ll have the opportunity to sample during the visit.

Finally, we’ll drop you back off at Old Port Spirits and Cigars to purchase some more bottles and cans before you continue your exploration of lively downtown Portland.

Please note that tour stops may change without notice due to events and availability of staff at each venue.
EVENT DATES:
  • Saturday, Mar 30
  • Saturday, Apr 6
  • Saturday, Apr 13
  • Saturday, Apr 20
  • Saturday, Apr 27
  • Saturday, May 4
  • Saturday, May 11
  • Saturday, May 18
  • Saturday, May 25
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