Bike and Brews TourBike and Brews Tour

Maine Foodie Tours has teamed up with Summer Feet Bicycle Tours to offer a full day of adventure for the active set! Join our knowledgeable local guides for a 4-hour, 12 leisurely mile bicycle tour of Portland—featuring the rugged Maine coast, five scenic lighthouses, gourmet picnic lunch, and fascinating Portland history—and a tasty 2.5-hour shuttle tour of Maine's craft-brewing scene.

First, the Biking Part

For the biking portion of our tour we’ll outfit you with an appropriately sized bike and helmet. After a short orientation, we’ll shuttle to the start of our tour: a bike path through Willard Beach, one of Portland’s most charming communities, to Bug Light, which marks the entrance to the Portland Breakwater. We’ll explore the lighthouse, enjoy the great views from the park, and learn about the liberty ships built during the Second World War. From here we cycle to the Spring Point Lighthouse, the Portland Harbor Museum, and Fort Preble, a nineteenth-century stone fortification. Continuing through Portland’s charming beachfront community, we cycle onto Shore Road, one of Portland’s most exclusive addresses, and then onto majestic Portland Head Light. Our cycling continues past ocean-front farms to Two Lights State Park, overlooking the ocean, where we’ll enjoy a gourmet picnic of local foods.

Then the Brewing Part

After lunch, we’ll head back to o Portland to enjoy, via shuttle, the first of several brewery visits and learn about the vibrant craft-brewing scene. Stops will include 3 of the following:  Rising TIde; A new craft brewer in town where we will learn from the husband and wife team who started the business just a short time ago and sample their excellent beers now available in 22 oz bottles.  OR,  Bunker Brewing Company, one of several new to Portland, to talk with the owner/brewer and enjoy tastes of small batch ales and lagers made by hand, one barrel at a time, now available in growlers.  OR,  Shipyard Brewery to learn of their operations and bottling partnerships with many New England craft brewers where we will sample their beers in their new tasting bar. OR,  Gritty's, Maine's first post-prohibition brew pub, for a talk with the brewmaster (if he is not too busy brewing).  In this British-style brew pub we’ll learn about open fermentation brewing while enjoying a couple 2-oz pours.  All along our route we’ll enjoy beer trivia, the winners of which will be awarded bottles from the breweries we visit. All that, and ending around 4:30  (give or take).

Tours are limited to 13 bikers to guarantee personal attention. Tickets are fully refundable in the event of a necessary weather cancellation.

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Bike and Brews Tour Includes the Following

  • 2 tour guides per group (13-person group max)
  • Fitted bicycle and helmet
  • Handcrafted beers developed by both new brewers and influential brewmasters
  • Picnic lunch and beverages 
  • Bottles of select beers to trivia winners

Bike and Brews Tour Details


When: Select days Memorial Day to Columbus Day. Please click " buy tickets" to see dates on the calendar. 
How long: 4-hour bike tour, 12 leisurely miles, followed by 2-3-hour shuttle tour
Who: Must be 21 or older
How much: $130 per adult ticket, fully refundable if tour cancelled because of weather
Weather conditions: Tours may be cancelled due to rain only
Where to meet: Ocean Gateway, 14 Ocean Gateway Terminal on eastern point of Commercial Street

Where to park: The garage at Ocean Gateway, just a short half block up from the Gateway, leave yourself an extra 10 minutes to park and walk

What to wear: cycling-friendly clothing and close-toed shoes

What to tell us: There is a question asking you for your height at check out so we may outfit you with the correct size bicycle

What's not included: tour-guide tips, which are appreciated

What they're saying

“What a great way to see Portland! The guides were great”

Kevin Costello
of a tour with Summer Feet

 

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2013 NEW

 

This was a memorable experience. Peter B, our tour guide, was absolutely excellent and very knowledgeable of Portland and the surrounding area. My wife and I did the whole day Bike and Brews tour which gave us a ride to five lighthouses including the famous Portland headlight as well as many microbreweries and a distillery known as Maine Craft Distillery which is an up and coming business with great promise. This tour allows you to see the beauty of the area, learn about Portland's rich history (we actually stopped at a shipyard memorial to learn about the major contribution of the city during World War II), and sample many beers from microbreweries in the area (Portland has a great brewing scene).  You will not regret this tour at all, our tour guide Peter ensured that it was a great experience.

Hoboken, New Jersey

 

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