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Event: Thirsty Thursday

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


You've worked 4 days, and can already feel the weekend. Maybe you want to start a little early or maybe you are gathering some friends or workmates together to celebrate. Our Thirsty Thursday Tour will fit the bill.

Help yourself get by those last few days of the week by taking a trip on our big green bus! Maybe you want to start a little early or maybe you are gathering some friends or workmates together to celebrate. Hop on the Bus and we will bring you to 3 breweries to get a behind the scenes look and taste the beers that are helping Portland become one of the premier Beer Destinations.

Thursday’s 5:00 – 8:30pm

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

Food
Vegetarian Savory Hand Pie from Ten Ten Pie

Island Dog Brewing // Fore River Brewing Co. // Bunker Brewing Co.

For our first stop, we’ll be visiting Island Dog Brewing. Island Dog Brewing was established in 2016 by Jim Denz and Tim Francis, and are now the third brewery to call South Portland home. They produce primarily Belgian and German-inspired beers (including herb and spice ales), and the company name comes from the owner’s love of rescue dogs and the sheer beauty of Coastal Maine. Jim spent time in the Army, worked as a high school teacher, and spent many years working in technology. Jim met Tim, who has experience with home brewing (in addition to a diverse background including retail, food service, and communications) at a beer festival a few years ago. Enjoy their spacious tasting room as you sip on beers infused with ingredients that you didn’t know would taste so good in beer.

Next up, we’ll hop back on the bus and head to Fore River Brewing Co. Fore River Brewing Company opened in South Portland in early 2016, and they are already the oldest of three breweries in the city. John and TJ – two friends and avid homebrewers – 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 and the beautiful tasting room, which has both classic and modern barn elements in the design. Look for an outside beer garden at this spot just across the river from Portland.

For our final stop, we’ll visit Bunker Brewing Co. Originally based in a tiny, brick-walled former scrapyard building in East Bayside, Bunker Brewing Company has moved to a much larger former warehouse on the West side of town. Their creative brewers make a rotating assortment of ales and lagers, making this the perfect stop during which to ask the question, “What’s the difference between an ale and a lager?” Enjoy their spacious tasting room and outside patio while pondering that important question over a well-crafted Bunker beer.

Once we’ve finished the tour, we’ll drop you back off at Old Port Spirits and Cigars, where you can purchase some excellent beer to take home and can continue your exploration of lively downtown Portland.

Tour stops and itinerary subject to change based on production or facility needs.
Send Inquiry:
79 Commercial St
Portland, Maine, 04101
2072009111
EVENT DATES:
  • Thursday, May 23
  • Thursday, May 30

You've worked 4 days, and can already feel the weekend. Maybe you want to start a little early or maybe you are gathering some friends or workmates together to celebrate. Our Thirsty Thursday Tour will fit the bill.

Help yourself get by those last few days of the week by taking a trip on our big green bus! Maybe you want to start a little early or maybe you are gathering some friends or workmates together to celebrate. Hop on the Bus and we will bring you to 3 breweries to get a behind the scenes look and taste the beers that are helping Portland become one of the premier Beer Destinations.

Thursday’s 5:00 – 8:30pm

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

Food
Vegetarian Savory Hand Pie from Ten Ten Pie

Island Dog Brewing // Fore River Brewing Co. // Bunker Brewing Co.

For our first stop, we’ll be visiting Island Dog Brewing. Island Dog Brewing was established in 2016 by Jim Denz and Tim Francis, and are now the third brewery to call South Portland home. They produce primarily Belgian and German-inspired beers (including herb and spice ales), and the company name comes from the owner’s love of rescue dogs and the sheer beauty of Coastal Maine. Jim spent time in the Army, worked as a high school teacher, and spent many years working in technology. Jim met Tim, who has experience with home brewing (in addition to a diverse background including retail, food service, and communications) at a beer festival a few years ago. Enjoy their spacious tasting room as you sip on beers infused with ingredients that you didn’t know would taste so good in beer.

Next up, we’ll hop back on the bus and head to Fore River Brewing Co. Fore River Brewing Company opened in South Portland in early 2016, and they are already the oldest of three breweries in the city. John and TJ – two friends and avid homebrewers – 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 and the beautiful tasting room, which has both classic and modern barn elements in the design. Look for an outside beer garden at this spot just across the river from Portland.

For our final stop, we’ll visit Bunker Brewing Co. Originally based in a tiny, brick-walled former scrapyard building in East Bayside, Bunker Brewing Company has moved to a much larger former warehouse on the West side of town. Their creative brewers make a rotating assortment of ales and lagers, making this the perfect stop during which to ask the question, “What’s the difference between an ale and a lager?” Enjoy their spacious tasting room and outside patio while pondering that important question over a well-crafted Bunker beer.

Once we’ve finished the tour, we’ll drop you back off at Old Port Spirits and Cigars, where you can purchase some excellent beer to take home and can continue your exploration of lively downtown Portland.

Tour stops and itinerary subject to change based on production or facility needs.
EVENT DATES:
  • Thursday, May 23
  • Thursday, May 30
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