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!
We’ll be taking two easy hikes on this outing to enjoy breeding birds and migrants in the inland forests. Our first stop will be in pine barren habitat. Although not all breeding birds will be present in full force, some of our targets, such as Prairie and Pine Warblers, Field Sparrows, and Eastern Towhees will be. We’ll also look for a Clay-colored Sparrow should a territorial bird return, and there’s always the chance that Red Crossbills could be around.
Our next stop will be a location in search of Louisiana Waterthrushes. Once thought to be rare in Maine, they are actually a locally common breeding bird in very specific habitat. We’ll visit one of two locales for this species taking another walk in search of this shy bird. Hearing them is likely, but we’ll accept the challenge of getting to see one! A variety of warblers, Scarlet Tanagers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, and many others may also be encountered.
After about 3 hours of birding, we will be transported to two of our great local breweries to sample their offerings and learn their styles.
Our first stop is Gneiss Brewing Company. There once was a brewery in Limerick...and its name was Gneiss (pronounced “nice”), which is a metamorphic rock that references the owner and head brewer’s past life as a geologist. The small company focuses on German styles, particularly wheat beers, and uses its significant acreage to grow some of its own beer ingredients like wheat, hops, and fruit. In 2016, they expanded their tasting room which allowed more production space for their popular “biers”.
Next we visit Sebago Brewing Company at their production facility in Gorham. Founded in 1998 as a true brewpub, Sebago has their separate production brewery that supplies its restaurants as well as other accounts throughout New England. With a mix of classic beer styles, rotating seasonals, and more recent innovations, Sebago offers something for everyone, making good use of the water from its namesake Sebago Lake.
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. Light-colored, long-sleeve shirt and pants are highly recommended to reduce the nuisances of biting insects.
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 1:40pm (Portland) and 2:00pm (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: