Bike 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. First stop: A new craft brewer in town called Rising Tide. 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. If possible, we will also visit a nanobrewery named 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, and now avaiable in growlers. Next, we will visit Shipyard to learn of their operations and bottling partnerships with many New England craft brewers. And we will sample their beers, of course, in their new tasting bar. Last stop: 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 an IPA and brown ale. Here, you can stay after the tour to continue the joy. 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 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 canceled 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