Things to do in Portland ME: The Maine Brew Bus
Many Maine vacationers come here for a vacation that is a bit unusual and more adventurous, whether that means exploring our rocky landscape, the blue waters or doing things “uniquely Maine.” This big green bus is your ride to one of Maine’s most celebrated aspects: Portland’s abundant breweries. Ride Portland’s Maine Brew Bus for a chance to taste the city’s finest ales, lagers, ciders and meads, one of our favorite things to do in Portland, ME.
Portland has one of the most active and diverse food and brewery scenes in the country — and choosing which breweries, distilleries or meaderies to visit can be every bit as challenging as you might expect. But when you take a Brew Bus tour, you get all the fun of visiting – and sampling – at some of Portland’s best breweries, without any of the hassle of parking, driving, or finding directions.
The key to the whole deal is Lenny, a 13-passenger microbus, and Lenny’s owners, Zach and Allison Poole. Their tours travel around Portland to some of the best local beer and beverage destinations in the city. On the way, you’ll learn about the history of the city, the local brewing culture, and probably make some new friends as well.
More than a dozen local brewers participate in the Maine Brew Bus tours, each offering hand-crafted brews in an overwhelming variety of styles to please even the most seasoned beer geeks.
Tours visit the Allagash Brewing Company, specializing in both traditional and experimental Belgian-style beers; Sebago Brewing Company, whose unique beers feature American malts and water from Maine’s Sebago Lake; and Maine Mead Works, a maker of the traditional honey wine known as mead. At most stops, you’ll get to take a behind-the-scenes tour, learn about each brewery’s craft, and of course, taste it! Every one of these breweries and beverage houses is an experience on their own, but a tour like this lets you compare styles and flavors one by one — a sure-fire way to improve your beer know-how.
And once you’re off the Brew Bus, you’re only about a 30-minute drive away from your own private cottage in charming Ogunquit. But there’s no need to hurry back — there are plenty of things to do in Portland, ME, beyond the brewhouses, including some of the Northeast’s best restaurants. After all, when in Portland…