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About Maine Brews Cruise

Introducing…Maine Brews Cruise!

After nine years of being known as The Maine Brew Bus, we have aligned our craft beverage tour and activity operations with that of the national company we acquired last year. Please welcome Maine Brews Cruise! It is now official: our Portland-based companies are now truly recognized as part of the Brews Cruise brand. It signals…

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. Over 35,000 people have been connected to Maine’s craft alcohol producers since tours began almost 10 years ago.

In early 2020, we announced an acquisition of a majority share of Brews Cruise, Inc., a company that licenses and supports craft beverage tour operators around the United States. In April 2021, Maine Brews Cruise aligned our company with the national Brews Cruise brand.

Our guests enjoy having an expert guide and often a dedicated driver to lead them to both established and up-and-coming producers. This allows an opportunity to learn much more about the craft alcohol business than could be learned on their own.

Tour and Activity News

Explore the World of Coffee on our Bike and Morning Brews Tours

We love bringing our guests to learn about all types of craft beverages, even those that are non-alcoholic. In this new tour, we have teamed up with the expert coffee roaster at Rwanda Bean to bring you an all-ages bicycle-based offering: Bike and Morning Brews tours! Many people really love coffee. They get fresh whole…

New Beer Adventures On Casco Bay

Our new partnerships have allowed us to expand our offerings not only on land but also on the sea! Here are three new options to enjoy Maine craft brews while cruising around Portland Harbor and Casco Bay this season. It’s getting closer to the Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start to the Maine summer…

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They Were Very Well Connected August 2021

This was awesome!! Perfect for our group of 13. The guide and driver were friendly, passionate and knowledgeable and took us to great spots in the area. They were very well connected and It felt like we were visiting their friends at every stop. Learned a lot about the history of spirits in Portland and tried some great beers and rum! Highly recommend!

– Carley C. | Google
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A Surprise For My 40th Birthday August 2021

Don, was the absolute best tour guide. This tour was a surprise for my 40th birthday trip. It was one of the hottest days in Portland but, Don made sure to stop in highly shaded areas. Don was extremely knowledgeable about Portland and even more knowledgeable about the beer and the breweries we visited. Don's relationship with the breweries we visited was also great. We were definitely treated well at each establishment.. I would do this tour over and over again...

– A. R. | Google
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The Highlight Of Our Time In Portland! August 2021

I cannot give enough positive feedback about our tour. Don was amazing, adding so much depth to the day. He was accommodating, well prepared, and a very easy person to spend the day with. He added many details regarding local history and the local businesses we toured. The day ended with a lovely ride by the harbor. This was absolutely the highlight of our time in Portland!

– Bree K. | Google
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The Best Birthday Ever August 2021

We had a cruise today with Dylan and Zach and, I have to say, they made it the best birthday ever. They took us around Casco Bay, provided historical facts, answered all our ridiculous questions, and joked around with us. Both went above and beyond to make sure we got some amazing pictures of the beautiful sunset and all other surroundings. We will always remember our time in Portland, but Zach and Dylan made it truly special.

– Kathryn B. | Google
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Our Tour Guide Was Awesome! August 2021

We did a bike tour of 3 breweries and Nathan our tour guide was awesome! Would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about the craft brewery scene in Portland.

– Colleen G. | Google
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Had A Great Time August 2021

Had a great time with Zach! Very informative and he led a fun and cohesive group. He gave my family and I a good tour of the Old Port in Maine and the brewery scene there is like no other! Highly recommend.

– Christian B. | Google
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A Fun Experience! July 2021

We did a private tour and it was such a fun experience and way to see Portland! Nathan was a great guide who kept us on track while showing us the best of Portland. Thanks Maine Brews Cruise!

– Jenna F. | Google
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A Wonderful Tour! July 2021

We had a wonderful tour with Nathan! The bike ride itself was comfortable and scenic and brought us to parts of Portland we most likely wouldn’t have seen as weekend visitors. The highlight of our trip was definitely visiting Belleflower brewery where we learned a lot from Nathan and the Belleflower team. Would definitely recommend as a fun way to learn about/try local beers and get a good sense of Portland’s history.

– Valerie J. | Google
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Even A Non-Beer Drinker Like Me Can Enjoy The Tour! July 2021

Tom was a great tour guide! He taught us a ton about Portland's history as we walked around the city, which was really interesting. I honestly don't really like beer very much (the wives were there for our husbands, haha), but Tom helped suggest varieties to try that came closest to my tastes (including cider at the second stop). Even a non-beer drinker like me can enjoy the tour!

– Tracey B. | Google
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Exceeded Our Expectations June 2021

Our bike tour exceeded our expectations. Spencer and Nathan were great tour guides. Would recommend to anyone visiting Portland area

– Frank S. | Google
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Highly recommended from 2 avid travelers and coffee lovers! June 2021

Our first trip since COVID. Also our first coffee tour. It was such a great tour, and we’re so glad we purchased tickets for it! Would most certainly do again and recommend to our friends and family! We learned so much about how coffee is grown, picked, roasted and brewed. Don our tour guide was so friendly and knowledgeable about Portland. John the coffee roaster at Rwanda cafe has years of experience and was just as friendly and knowledgeable. Highly recommended from 2 avid travelers and coffee lovers!

– Sonam S. | Google
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Absolutely LOVED this tour!!! May 2021

We did the afternoon bike and brew with Don and he was amazing. Very knowledgeable and friendly. We couldn't have asked for a better tour guide. Each location we went to was very unique and it was nice to finally feel normal (everything just fully opened from the pandemic!). Still appreciate the safety measures and cleanliness of the bikes and the helmets. Would definitely recommend!!!

– Tiffany K. | Yelp
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Team building with my co-workers May 2021

Don was our tour guide and was super knowledgeable about both Maine beers and the city of Portland. He was friendly and personable and the information he shared was interesting, especially for a new resident of Portland like myself. The breweries we visited were great as well, and it was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon team building with my co-workers and exploring the city!

– Samantha A. | Google
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Maine Brews Cruise/Portland May 2021

Excellent and a very fun "major" Tom. Highly recommend. He was full of historical tidbits which made the experience memorable.

– mo202167 | Tripadvisor
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Brews Cruise was an amazing tour! May 2021

In addition to providing history of Portland, Maine, we also got to have flights of beer at some of the local breweries. Don was incredibly knowledgeable of both subject matters and super friendly. Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone visiting Portland for the first time.

– Leonard G. | Google
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A Great Way To Learn About The City May 2021

My dad and I were visiting from Minnesota and our tour guide, Don, was absolutely fantastic! It was a great way to learn more about the city and try out some delicious beers and spirits. highly recommend!

– Erin G. | Google
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Great, fun tour! May 2021

I did the bike and brewery tour with The Maine Brews Bus and it was great! This tour gives you a great sense of what Portland has to offer as it pertains to the many breweries around. I was able to try things I didn't even think of such a chai kombucha and mead. Don was an excellent tour guide, he was friendly and engaging. Don took time out to give a history and explanation of other breweries in Portland, and because of that I continued my tour after the fact. The tour ends with a beautiful bike ride back along the coast. I highly recommend this tour.

– Maria P. | Tripadvisor
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Highly Recommend this Tour! April 2021

The Maine Brews Cruise was a trip highlight! Our tour guide did an excellent job of not only recommending the best beers at each location but also sharing the history of Portland along the way. Our group had so much fun, and I would recommend this tour for anyone visiting Portland!

– Irishteacher6 | Tripadvisor
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Walking Brewery Tour March 2021

Fun and safe way to visit many local breweries and enjoy a bit of Portland’s rich history. Had a blast!

– Heather C. | Tripadvisor
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MAINE BREW BUS GIVES BACK

Since June 30, 2019, we have donated $3,848 to Feed Kids!

The Maine Brew Bus joins other Maine businesses in a new marketing initiative benefitting the work of Full Plates Full Potential – a Maine-based non-profit organization whose mission is to end child hunger in all sixteen counties.

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