Monday, July 7, 2014 at 8:16AM
For the last few Summers I've been lucky enough to spend a week at a friend's house on a beautiful lake in Southern Maine, a short drive to beer-soaked Portland. This year I'm honored to guest host a Maine Brew Bus Tour. Voted the #1 activity in Portland on TripAdvisor, The Maine Brew Bus drives you around to different beer spots in Maine so you don't have to worry about driving. It's pretty ingenious.
So this coming Sunday, July 13th I'll be guest hosting a very special tour. We'll focus on beer photography while getting special VIP treatment at the area's best breweries. Ever wanted to visit the Allagash wild barrel room? How about when the brewery is closed to the public? How about checking out some of the newer, amazing beers coming out of Maine like from Bissell Brothers Brewery or Banded Horn Co.? To tell you the truth, if I weren't hosting this tour, I'd be attending it anyway. It's drool-inducing.
Buy your tickets here and see you Sunday!
Here's the official description from the Maine Brew Bus:
The Maine Brew Bus presents a very special tour looking at the combined art of beer and photography with our special guest guide John Kleinchester. He's a blogger, imbiber, Cicerone Certified Beer Server, and photographer who is the founder of Beertography.com.
On this tour we will visit two breweries that have been mainstays in Maine for years, and two that are just a few months old. All produce great beer in very photogenic environments.
Our first stop is Bissell Brothers Brewery. This months old brewery is owned by Noah and Peter Bissell, and has been shaking up the beer landscape in Maine with their hoppy first beer called Substance. Peter is a professional photographer with his own successful business, and he will make sure that their brewery will be in full theatrical mode for our visit.
Next we will visit Allagash Brewing Company. Producers of award winning Belgian style ales, this is Maine's second largest brewery and the 47th largest in the country. We will visit by special arrangement when the brewery is closed to the public. Photo opportunities abound as we tour their impressive new brewhouse, check out their bourbon barrel aging program, and visit the wild barrel room for a private tasting.
Time for lunch, and we make our way down to the birthplace of Shipyard Ales - Federal Jack's Restaurant and Brewpub in Kennebunkport, ME. Situated in a scenic seaside village, Federal Jack's was founded in 1992, and today creates inventive food combinations that will integrate with their wide family of beer styles. We will overlook the waterfront with cameras in one hand and tasting glasses in the other.
Finally, we stop at an amazing 150 year old mill complex in Biddeford that now houses Banded Horn Brewing Company. Ian McConnell recently brought what he learned as the head brewer at Sixpoint in Brooklyn back to his home state of Maine. Along with his cousin Ron Graves, they are brewing a wide range of styles on their 22 barrel system that started production late in 2013.
Pick up and drop off is at In'Finiti Fermentation and Distillation, 250 Commercial St in Portland. The folks at In'Finiti are brewing their own creative beers which should not be missed. The architectural and design elements throughout their restaurant which opened in early 2013 creatively celebrate the production of beer and the distillation of spirits - and make a fine backdrop for a just few more pictures celebrating great Maine craft beer.
Tickets are $85 per person and include all beer samples, full lunch, transportation, and brewery/restaurant gratuities. Gratuity for the driver and guide are not included, and if found appropriate are suggested to be $10pp.