My husband and I went on a Pubs of Portland tour today with Tom, one of the company guides. He took us and two other couples to 5 downtown Portland breweries, getting around using the street car system, which only costs $1 for the day, and some walking. Be aware that no food or beverages are included in the tour, and are additional costs. There are also no behind the scenes brewery tours, which we had expected. However, Tom was very knowledgeable about the beer making process, and brought along samples of roasted barley to taste so he could explain how the roasting process affects the beer. We also got to smell samples of different kinds of hops, and he explained how the basic ingredients work together. Tom gave us some history on the pubs and some of the old buildings we passed, and was a fun guy to hang out with. He knew a lot about all different kinds of beer, including foreign brews, and the history of beer making. We're glad we went, although we think the tour could be explained better on their website so there are no misconceptions. Some of the people who started with the group left after the first stop. Two of the ladies told me they were mad that we would be paying $30/person to be chaperoned around to pubs. Unfortunately they didn't stay around for Tom's mini lessons along the way, but I agree that it was expensive for what you get. We did appreciate Tom's passion for beer and the brewing process. I would have given the tour a 4 or 5 if it were cheaper, and better explained up front, or included some tours of the breweries. Tom did a great job.
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