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Maine Brews Cruise was initially founded as The Maine Brew Bus in September 2012 by husband-and-wife Zach and Allison Poole.
Our all-inclusive tours and experiences provide guests a behind-the-scenes look at Maine’s craft breweries, distilleries, wineries, and more.
Tour guests enjoy having an expert guide and dedicated driver to lead them to both established and up-and-coming producers. This offers an opportunity to learn much more about the craft alcohol business than they could learn on their own.
Over 35,000 people have been connected to Maine’s craft alcohol producers since our tours began over 10 years ago.
Maine Brews Cruise offers regularly scheduled and private bus, walking, and biking beverage tours in Greater Portland and Southern Maine. Some of our tours are partnered with local minor-league baseball and hockey teams and include game tickets as part of the tour package.


Based on 241 reviews
Paul Graves
Joe was a great beer tour guide, and Molly did a great job entertaining us (and driving!). Great beer knowledge, great local recommendations. If you like beer, definitely give it a whirl.
Brad Campeau
This tour run by Jim was full of wonderful historical stories on Portland and the brewing scene. Very glad we got to take this trip and can't suggest it enough to visitors to Portland.The locations were perfect blend of some of the best tasting beverages that we've had in the region. If we're ever back in the city we will be taking another trip.
Ryan Heath
Molly and Sarah were amazing! They recommended lots of great excursions for us to check out on the remainder of our stay and made the tour a ton of fun! Highly recommend!
Meghan Jenks
The Portland Brews Cruise was an incredible experience! It was a perfect activity for the low-key bachelorette my maid of honor planned. The range of breweries from large to small was great, and the amount of beer you get at each place is perfect. Our guide and driver Spencer was very knowledgeable about the beer making process, different types of beer, and the local beer scene. He made us feel super welcome and was great at bringing the group together. I would definitely go back the next time I am in Portland or another brews cruise city!
Great experience! Joe was an awesome tour guide and Molly was a great driver. We especially loved Belleflower. They have water and chips available on the bus which is very nice
Michele S
Fun walk around Portland, with stops at 3 breweries along the way. Got a larger "taste" at each of the breweries than I've had on other tours. Knowledgeable and friendly guide. Terrific way to spend an afternoon!
Jake Dingler
Tom is an incredible tour guide. Wealth of knowledge and a true character. So many awesome stories about historical portland and the breweries. I’ve read a ton of positives reviews for brewscruise and it lived up to the hype. Definitely a must do.
Eloise Hurton
There are not any words to describe how amazing Tom was on our tour. We’re a bachelorette party and he totally read the room. He was AMAZING. We LOVE HIM 10/10 recommend this tour enough.
April Lauf
Tom, one of the walking tour guides, was amazing! The mini-history lessons about Portland itself or our drinks within our tour was cool to learn about, all along the way. Great for groups or solo travelers!
Kelly Monaghan
I was very hungover from the night before a let me tell you something.. JOE AND DON AND THE BREWERIES BROUGHT ME BACK TO LIFE! They were the absolute best and I highly suggest if visiting or live in Portland you take this tour with them. There were 3 different groups on the bus and they brought us all together so it was not awkward. ( Toy Story ladies, Susan and Mike... WE MISS YOU! ) We went to Brissell Brothers (BBB), Belleflower and Goodfire Brewing. Each brewery had amazing options. Thank you for an amazing time and we are all hoping to come back to do it again!THE NJ BBB ladies love you all!
Daniel Breton
Our Tour Guides John and Tom were awesome. Everyone in our group loved the tour. Nonesuch River Brewing gave us a great tour thanks to Shea. I would highly recommend Maine Brews Cruise based on my experience.
Lobster Demonstration Tours with Rocky Bottom Fisheries @ Rocky Bottom Fisheries
Sep 22 all-day
Lobster Demonstration Tours with Rocky Bottom Fisheries @ Rocky Bottom Fisheries | Portland | Maine | United States

1.5 hour water tour! Tour booking times usually include 9am, 11am, 1pm departure!

Traps. Lobsters. Sealife. Hands-on.

This tour will haul and set lobster traps alongside beautiful landmarks and sea life. This fun and interactive environment offers an experience to feel like a Maine lobsterman and grasp the concept of the lobster fishery.

Please feel free to bring a small drink cooler with you if desired.

Children under 2 are free but still need tickt.

$50 per ticket

Oktoberfest at Bissell Brothers @ BISSELL BROTHERS
Sep 22 all-day
Oktoberfest at Bissell Brothers @ BISSELL BROTHERS | Portland | Maine | United States

Save the date: Oktoberfest at our Portland taproom is back and better than ever on Friday 9/22.

Our fest lager Festbier will be released on draft and in cans, the Kitchen is hard at work on their all-German special menu focused on locally-raised @broadarrowfarm pork, and we’ll have 2023’s limited edition Festbier steins available for pours and purchase.

New this year: an Oompah Band quintet from 3-6pm, a local vendor market, a steinhoisting competition, and more… stay tuned for details.

Wir sehen uns!

Stephen King Week @ Portland, Maine - Multiple Events + Locations
Sep 22 all-day
Stephen King Week @ Portland, Maine - Multiple Events + Locations | Portland | Maine | United States

Celebrate Stephen King Week if you dare. . .

Join the horror with us and other Portland-based organizations this Sept. 18-22 in celebration of the Portland-born best-selling author’s 76th birthday.

Email info@portlandmaine.com for more information!

Happy Hour at Salvage BBQ @ Salvage BBQ
Sep 22 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Happy Hour at Salvage BBQ @ Salvage BBQ | Portland | Maine | United States

Salvage: Happy Hour at BBQ joint runs Wednesday-Friday 2 PM-5 PM. Stop by for food specials, $5 select beers, $5 well cocktails, and $5 wines.

Happy Hour: Wilson County Barbecue @ Wilson County Barbecue
Sep 22 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Happy Hour: Wilson County Barbecue @ Wilson County Barbecue | Portland | Maine | United States

This pit-smoked whole hog barbecue joint in Portland’s Bayside offers happy hour Monday- Friday 2pm-5pm. Includes 1/2 off snacks, $5 wine, & $5 $5 Mango Habenero IPA & Piggy Back IPA

Old Port Walk, Talk, and Taste with Maine Brews Cruise @ Shipyard Brewing Company, 86 Newbury St, Portland, ME 04101
Sep 22 @ 2:45 pm – 5:15 pm
Old Port Walk, Talk, and Taste with Maine Brews Cruise @ Shipyard Brewing Company, 86 Newbury St, Portland, ME 04101 | Portland | Maine | United States

Tour 3 Breweries in Portland’s Historic Old Port!


2.5 Hours

About The Tour

This leisurely walking tour allows you to visit and learn about notable Portland landmarks including numerous former brewery sites, the U.S. Custom House, the Workingmen’s Club, Mariners’ Church, the Seamen’s Club, and the working waterfront that was essential for importing many goods and the exporting of alcohol during times of prohibition.

As part of this historical journey, we will stop at three of these legendary Portland breweries to sample their incredible beverage offerings:

  • Shipyard Brewing Company
  • Gritty McDuff’s
  • Liquid Riot Bottling Company

Please note that tour venues and details may change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances.


  • Locally produced craft beverages
  • Light snack
  • Trained guide

Meeting Location

Shipyard Brewing Company, 86 Newbury St, Portland, ME 04101

Help us to ensure a timely departure by arriving 15 minutes before the start of your tour

Happy Hour at Dock Fore @ Dock Fore
Sep 22 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Happy Hour at Dock Fore @ Dock Fore | Portland | Maine | United States

What’s better than one happy hour? How about TWO happy hours! Yep, that’s right at Dock Fore happy hour is two times a day, every day. 

  • 3pm-7pm: $1.95 Pints of Bud, Bud Light, High Life and Rolling Rock. House Margaritas are $4.95
  • 7pm-CL: a 20oz draft for just $3.95 (rotating draft selection)
    • Monday: Sam Adams
    • Tuesday: 14 to choose from @ $3.25 and up
    • Wednesday: Fat Tire
    • Thursday: Smuttynose IPA
    • Weekend: High Life or Rolling Rock for just $3.25
  • and lastly, Saturday & Sunday (and Monday holidays) $3.95 mimosas
Happy Hour at Maine Craft Distilling @ Maine Craft Distilling
Sep 22 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Hideaway Happy Hour at East Ender @ East Ender
Sep 22 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Hideaway Happy Hour at East Ender @ East Ender | Portland | Maine | United States

Hello folks! We are very excited to announce a special party to liven up your weekend or to make your visit to Middle Street a great one!

Daily from 3 to 6pm in the Hideaway Bar upstairs we will be shucking $1.50 oysters* and selling half priced bottles of fun natural wines! The full food and bar menu is available as well, so come make it your disco lunch or just bring your group for drinks while you wait for your table at one of the other great establishments on the block.

*Special price on Oysters available while supplies last at the oyster bar in the Hideaway!

You bring you, we bring the party

Happy Hour at Dok Mali @ Dok Mali
Sep 22 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Happy Hour at Dok Mali @ Dok Mali | Portland | Maine | United States

Dok Mali: Dok Mali Thai Kitchen runs Happy Hour Tuesday – Friday from 3:30 PM – 5 PM. Deals on dumplings, cocktails, draft beer, starters and wine.

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