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Our most recommended New England Beer Tasting & Brewery Tours

Portland: Sunset Harbor Cruise in Casco Bay with Drinks

1. Portland: Sunset Harbor Cruise in Casco Bay with Drinks

Enjoy a 1.5-hour cruise around the islands of Portland's Casco Bay. Pass historic lighthouses, early-19th century forts, and quaint fishing piers as you explore the area at sunset. Guests over 21 can enjoy 2 craft beers or hard seltzers per person. As you cruise, keep an eye out for seabirds and the occasional seal that call Maine's coast home. When the timing's right, the boat will turn its bow towards Portland so you can enjoy the sunset and the city's skyline from the water.

Newport, RI: Evening Cocktail Cruise of Narragansett Bay

2. Newport, RI: Evening Cocktail Cruise of Narragansett Bay

Experience Newport Harbor and Lower Narragansett Bay as the sun goes down while sipping a special complimentary drink. See mega yachts, lighthouses, historic church steeples, the Newport Pell Bridge, Rose Island, the Jamestown shoreline, historic forts, and so much more from aboard the Coastal Queen. Enjoy panoramic views from the warm and weatherproof main salon or from the open-air upper deck. Additional refreshments are available for purchase at the cash-only bar onboard. Coastal Queen staff follow the most current health guidelines to ensure your experience is safe and enjoyable. After the cruise, take a moment to walk around and soak up the vibrancy of this coastal town. Checkout out the shops or enjoy a sweet or savory treat in one of the many cafes lining the port.

Kennebunkport, Maine : Lunchtime Culinary Walking Tour

3. Kennebunkport, Maine : Lunchtime Culinary Walking Tour

Discover the area that has been home to those who make their living on the sea for centuries. Visit a popular destination for visitors who love history, beautiful beaches, and plentiful outdoor activities. Explore the culinary scene that In recent years is attracting visitors with nationally renowned chefs, gourmet catering companies, craft brewers, and award-winning food artisans. This tour takes a leisurely half-mile walk from Dock Square across the bridge into the lower village as you taste all along the way what it means to be from Maine.  You will visit with shop keepers and food artisans, taste chowders, lobsters, and more, all regionally sourced and created by local talent. A friendly and knowledgeable guide will take you to several venues to sip, taste, and learn about Maine’s culinary history and vibrant food scene. This experience actively works with gluten (not celiac), seafood, nut, and vegetarian dietary preferences and sensitivities to the best of our ability. Guests may pick and choose their participation for any further food issues.  While tours vary, your foodie experience may include, Satellite donuts, fresh lobster right off the boat, Maine clam or fish “Chowdah”, craft-brewed ales or fruit sodas, Maine honey wines, the original Maine whoopie pie, freshly roasted coffees with local roaster and macaroons, and a visit to a summer stand for ice cream.

Boston: Historic Pub Crawl Tour along the Freedom Trail

4. Boston: Historic Pub Crawl Tour along the Freedom Trail

Wander along the same cobblestone streets as Paul Revere once did, pass through bustling markets where Sam Adams peddled the idea of revolution. Visit historic bars that have been frequented by Bostonians for hundreds of years.  Revisit the story of America's birth and raise a glass as you learn the importance of beer in the founding of America. This historic pub crawl reveals hidden history about the events leading up to the revolutionary war and takes you where it all started: taverns. The four historic taverns visited on the tour are in the Faneuil Hall area and provide a wonderful backdrop as expert guides tell stories about Boston's rebellious past that helped lead to America's independence.  Each tavern dates back at least to the 1800s, several even further which includes America's oldest tavern. At each tavern, your guide will recommend beer as unique as the history of the city. Most of the beers are exclusively served in Boston and several can only be found in the taverns visited on the tour.

Portland: Brewery Bus Tour (Spirits, Beer, & Lunch Options)

5. Portland: Brewery Bus Tour (Spirits, Beer, & Lunch Options)

Satisfy your taste buds with a variety of brewery bus tour options of different breweries throughout greater Portland, Maine. Generous portions of alcohol products made at each different location are included, along with local snacks and an optional lunch. Portland, Maine, is known for beer. Find out how some of Portland's breweries, wineries, and distilleries are turning out a wide variety of amazing craft alcohol products. Transportation and reserved access at each location are included in every tour option. Best of Portland Brewery Tour (3 Hours)Stop selections may include Definitive Brewing, Urban Farm Fermentory, Blue Lobster Urban Winery, Bunker Brewing, eighteen twenty wines, Hi-Fidelity Brewing, Hardshore Distilling, Maine Mead Works, and Banded Brewing. Casco Fiasco Brewery Tour (3 Hours 45 Minutes)Brewery visits include Sebago Brewing Co. and Lone Pine Brewing Co. in Gorham, along with Mast Landing Brewing Co. in Westbroo. A full lunch is also included with this option (vegetarian options available). Lunch options include pizza, sandwiches, and burgers. Beerunch Brewery Tour (3 Hours)Visit the famous Bissell Brothers Brewing before they open their doors to public, then travel to East Bayside to Belleflower Brewing for another exclusive visit before they open their doors to the public. The last stop is at Goodfire Brewing before being dropped off in downtown Portland, Maine. Drinks About Town Brewery and Spirits Tour (3.5 Hours)This afternoon tour explores different craft alcohol products made in the city of Portland. Start at Battery Steele Brewing Company for beer. Head over to Three of Strong Spirits for cocktails to learn what it takes to craft high-quality rum. Round off your tasting adventure with a visit to Après for flavorful hard seltzers and alcoholic apple ciders. Local Pour Tour (3 Hours)Enjoy local breweries just south of the city. The first stop is Nonesuch River Brewing in Scarborough. Next, visit Island Dog Brewing in South Portland. The last stop is Fore River Brewing. All tours end with drop-off at Old Port Spirits and Cigars, a perfect place to pick something up to indulge in later in the night after exploring lively downtown Portland.

Boston: VIP Brewery & Beer-Tasting Tour with Meal

6. Boston: VIP Brewery & Beer-Tasting Tour with Meal

Get an in-depth analysis of up to 16 different beers on a beer tasting tour of Boston. Enjoy a delectable lunch and beer pairing at Chelsea Station, and learn how one of Boston’s premier beer bars maintains 100 different beers on draft. Whether you’re a light beer drinker or a connoisseur of the brew, this is the perfect introduction to Boston’s top breweries, cider houses and distilleries. From pilsners to stouts, your beer guides will introduce you to award-winning beers of all styles. On Monday to Friday tours, visit legendary brewers including the Samuel Adams Brewing Company, Chelsea Station, Downeast Cider House, Night Shift Brewing or Mystic Brewery. On Saturday tours, the route may vary. Samuel Adams Brewing Company:  Learn the history of the Samuel Adams brewery and who the brewer and patriot Samuel Adams was on an immersive look at the brewing process from start to finish. Taste the specialty malts used to brew Samuel Adams beers and smell the unforgettable aroma of their traditional Hallertau hops. Samuel Adams utilizes only artesian-imported hops and fresh malt, making all their beer delightfully refreshing. Chelsea Station: Chelsea Station is a new restaurant and bar that opened in 2014, transforming an old firehouse to a dazzling hub of food and drink in the culturally rich neighborhood of Chelsea. Its dishes prove just as robust as its culture, as it flaunts a modern-American menu that has so many choices it is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. So take a chair in their 115-seat dining room and prepare yourself for a treat, before washing it all down with a seasonal rotation of local brews, or one of the classic staples of Massachusetts’ finest craft beers. Whatever your tastes, there’s something for you at the Chelsea Station. Night Shift Brewing: (weekdays)  Go to a nocturnal nanobrewery and taproom in Everett at Night Shift Brewing, known for its avant-garde brewing style and unusual ingredients. Habanero pepper and agave nectar in “Viva Habanera” and rosemary and pink peppercorn in “Rose” sound more like something you’d find in a 5-star kitchen than a beer bottle. Downeast Cider House:  From its humble beginnings in the basement of a Bates College dormitory, Downeast Cider House is the result of hundreds of test batches aimed at crafting the best hard cider you’ve ever tasted. Original Blend is made from freshly pressed local apples, because the guys at Downeast Cider not only believe in high quality produce, they believe in America.

Stowe, Vermont: Half-Day Local Brewery Tour

7. Stowe, Vermont: Half-Day Local Brewery Tour

Get an introduction to some of Vermont's finest beverages on a guided tour of around five notable drinking hot spots. Your tour begins with a convenient pickup from your hotel in the Stowe area. Then, sit back and relax as you begin an informative afternoon, learning about and sampling a variety of very tasty local craft beverages. In addition to craft breweries, enjoy visits to local hard cider operations and distilleries. Let someone else do the driving and a local guide show you a great time, while you sip some seriously good craft drinks. You will be picked up between 1:00 and 2:00 PM at your hotel and returned to the pickup point approximately five hours later.

Boston: Craft Brewery Beer Tour

8. Boston: Craft Brewery Beer Tour

Whether you're a light beer drinker or a connoisseur of the brew, this is the perfect introduction to Boston's top breweries, cider houses, and distilleries. From pilsners to stouts, your beer guides will introduce you to award-winning beers of all styles. Tour routes may vary but may include some of the following top brewery affiliates: Mighty Squirrel Brewing Co Aeronaut Cannery Samuel Adams Night Shift Democracy Brewing Co Distraction Brewing Co and more...

Boston: Historic Taverns Tour

9. Boston: Historic Taverns Tour

This informative 3.5-hour walking tour visits some of New England’s most historic landmarks, as well as two of Boston's most historic taverns. The tour begins in Boston's oldest neighborhood, the North End. Board a public ferry for a round-trip ride to the Charlestown Navy Yard. Here, you'll see the USS Constitution aka "Old Ironsides", and Bunker Hill Monument. Walk through the Blackstone Block, and discover the true location of the "Boston Stone". See the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, and Quincy Market. The tour includes two tavern visits and one drink at each stop plus snacks.

Portland, Maine: Old Port Tasting Tour of Local Breweries

10. Portland, Maine: Old Port Tasting Tour of Local Breweries

Spend the day walking, talking, and tasting your way through the historic city of Portland, Maine. Led by a local guide, this 2 or 3-hour walking tour takes you through the interesting history of the city's beer culture. From becoming the birthplace of Prohibition in 1851 to establishing the first craft brewery in all of New England in 1983, Portland has a riveting story to tell.  The three locations visited on each tour will vary based on the availability of staff. Stop selections may include Definitive Brewing, Urban Farm Fermentory, Blue Lobster Urban Winery, Bunker Brewing, eighteen twenty wines, Hi-Fidelity Brewing, Hardshore Distilling, Maine Mead Works, and Banded Brewing. Experience the city that saw the first craft brewery to be established in all of New England, Geary Brewing Company in 1983. It welcomed Gritty McDuff’s in 1988 as they opened their doors in the Old Port to become the first brewpub in the state. It witnessed the dramatic rise of Shipyard Brewing Company in 1992 to be one of the county’s largest brewing enterprises that now spans well beyond the U.S. to shores far away.  Pass by one of the world’s only brewery-distillery-restaurants that was formed on Portland’s waterfront once Liquid Riot turned on their open sign in 20111. There are many other breweries in the neighborhood around Portland that are shaping their own history in the present day.

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I was with 2 other friends and all of us are in the 70+ age group. We did not do the stairs to go on the upper level of the boat, but the tour guide came to the bow of the boat and he was excellent. The weather was great the trip was great. We did not drink the rum punch but they made us Virgin drinks and they were very, very good. Highly recommend!

This tour was very fun! Our guide is the owner, and he puts his all into his business! He’s from Boston and is very knowledgeable. The ferry ride across the harbor was a wonderful part of the tour! And the cannolis at the end were a great treat!!

What a fun tour! Our guide Julie was fantastic! Her knowledge of American history, Boston - and of course beer was presented in such a fun and entertaining way. What a blast!

The guide, Julie, was very informative, funny and we had a great time. Met some really nice people too.

Driver and host were very respectful and explained everything well. Drinks were good and ambience too.