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Portland, Maine: A year-round destination for craft beer lovers!

A one-day snapshot looking at exactly where Maine Brew Bus guests travel from to visit Portland, Maine

On Saturday January 2, 2016 we ran five different tours that visited 15 different producers.

With 66 seats available on those different tours, we had reservations that filled 62 seats. That means we were 94% full on the second day of the year.

Obviously this was part of a holiday weekend filled with revelry, but we were still impressed at our bookings this early in January.

We were interested in learning more, so we took a closer look.  Here is the breakdown for that first Saturday:

  • Massachusetts
  • Maine
  • New Hampshire
  • Connecticut
  • Georgia
  • Rhode Island
  • California
  • Kentucky
  • Pennsylvania
  • Scotland, UK

On this particular day, two entire full tours had zero guests who reported that the lived in Maine.

Also, 55% of our guests were from Massachusetts. Where in the Bay State did they say they were from?

  • Boston
  • Worcester
  • Auburn
  • Brighton
  • Abington
  • Revere
  • Watertown
  • Belmont
  • Winchester
  • Brookline
  • Oxford
  • Shrewsbury
  • Somerville
  • Reading
  • Randolph

It’s great to see just where our guests travel from to come to Portland, Maine. Sure, our city gets a lot of out of town guests during the very busy summer. We know that our famous restaurant scene has been written up in major publications for years, and Portland is one of the best places to live, work, and play.

But Portland is lucky to get thousands of visitors in the so-called “off-season”.  Our company is one of the only transportation tour operators in the city that conduct tours year-round, so we have a unique view as to the demographics of the traveler at this time of year.

Low gas prices and increased availability of hotel rooms have made it easier for couples, families, and friends to drive to Portland for a nice long weekend (and also a tour on The Maine Brew Bus).

We love that so many people travel great distance to visit Portland no matter the time of year. Our lighthouses, lobsters, and ales and lagers are all worth a visit. Spending a few hours in the car, train, or bus is certainly worth it to visit such an exciting and vibrant place with amazing beer and a great culinary and cultural scene.

If you haven’t checked out Portland, Maine in a while, it’s time to plan a trip to Beercationland!

Check out The Maine Brew Bus tour itineraries at Or, are you interested in your own a private tour? Contact us today!