Four of us did the Suds and Spirits Tour on Saturday, July 5th. It was a fun busy day on commercial street portland as we embarked on our journey to our first stop, Foundation Brewing, which was about four miles inland in an industrial park that also houses several other breweries, including allagash.
Our guide was great at giving us some history about portland and it's bar/brewery past and present, along with some trivia games related to the brew industry.
Foundation, a four month old brewery, was terrific. The two owners were both there, and were clearly passionate about there new venture. The farmhouse type beers were very good, and we went back the next week to purchase a 32 oz howler of Wanderlust. The place was immaculate. You left really hoping these guys will be successful, and feeling pretty confident that they will be.
Next stop was a replacement stop, Maine Craft Distillery, in the bayside neighborhood of portland. Samples of six liquors, and a description of their process was provided. Nice people, and an interesting place. It is next to Rising Tide, another brewery. We grabbed a snack at the food cart and lunch truck outside, since lunch was not included on this tour ( if you want lunch, book the casco fiasco tour instead that includes lunch at sebago in the old port).
We then returned to our starting point, infinity, where we went into the fishbowl, the brewery that can be seen from the restaurant. The diners were more interested in watching the World Cup game than watching us.
The beers included a sour mash, the type of which is gaining popularity. Some liked it, others found it too sour, but all of us found it interesting.
This is a great company that knows how to give you a fun time and also teach you a few things.
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