Freeport Wild Bird Supply and The Maine Brew Bus are excited to collaborate on ten great outings for 2017 in our popular and growing “Birds on Tap - Roadtrip! series. The unique, relaxed birding and beer-ing adventures that you have come to love combine great local birding at seasonal hotspots with visits to sample the delicious creations of some of our favorite local breweries. These tours are a perfect introduction to birding and/or craft beer, and a great opportunity to travel with significant others, friends, and family that have interest in one topic, while your interest is primarily in the other (for now!). Seasonal birding hotspots and great local beer - a perfect combination, and we'll even do all of the driving!
Migration is in full swing in early October, with a wide range of species on the move. The tail end of warbler and shorebird migration coincides with the increased movement of sparrows and other short-distance migrants. Raptors are also on the move, and the first of the migrant waterbirds begin to arrive. Early October is often also punctuated by the appearance of a rarity or two. This trip will take us to the southernmost hotspots in the state, sampling a great diversity of habitats sought by migrant birds of all types.
After 2-3 hours of birding, we will be transported to two of our great local breweries to sample their offerings and learn their styles.
The first stop after birding is Tributary Brewing Company. Even if you don’t know the name Tod Mott, you’ll know his handiwork. He’s the brewer who devised the Harpoon IPA recipe back in the early 90s, then went on to run the brewhouse at Portsmouth Brewing Company for many years. Finally, Mott and his wife Galen have taken the reins of their own project, where they’re drawing on Mott’s nearly 25 years of experience to run a rollicking little brewery in Kittery, the city’s first.
Our second stop will be at Hidden Cove Brewing Company, a small brewery located within the former Wells restaurant Fire N Brew. The operation opened only three years ago and has quietly been producing some very interesting beers in their beachside location. Kevin Glessing, the former head brewer of popular Maine Beer Company took over the brew kettle in 2015 and has made some great beers, including a very popular series of wild and barrel-aged offerings.
To get an idea about what’s in store - both in the birding and beverage departments - check out the 2016 trip report:
The samples are included in the tour price, and The Maine Brew Bus will supply a light snack (a delicious vegetarian hand-pie) and water.. Bring binoculars. We also recommend bringing a lunch or additional snack if you so desire. A warm layer is highly recommended, as mornings along the coast can be quite chilly at this time of year.
We'll be doing all of the driving, so you can relax. And to make it even easier, we have two pick-up times and locations:
Freeport Wild Bird Supply
541 Route One, Freeport.
Marginal Way Park & Ride
(opposite the intersection with Diamond St, just east of Franklin Ave), Portland.
(Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your departure time at either location, and please let us know where you will be meeting us)
We'll return to these locations to drop you off at 2:40pm (Portland) and 3:00pm (Freeport).
This tour is limited to 13 participants, so sign up soon! This is a one-of-a-kind tour, and we think one you won't want to miss!
For more information about The Maine Brew bus, including all of their other great, non-birding tours, visit them at: