Maine Beer Tours was started by lifelong Mainers, the husband and wife team of Mark and Nichole Stevens in late summer of 2012. The idea started 8 years ago when Mark and some friends rented a thirteen passenger van and hit the road in search of breweries in Northern New England that offered tours. They made stops in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and as you could imagine, the trip was a big hit. Suddenly a business idea crept into Mark’s head.
Mark and Nichole have been dreaming of getting into the Maine beer scene for years, and finally decided that 2012 was the year they would make it happen. They love craft beer, especially those found in the beautiful State of Maine. They both admit, albeit hesitantly, that they have been drinking Maine beer longer they should admit to, and are thrilled to be able to help promote an industry they love and companies they admire. Mark started home brewing back in 1998, as a freshman in college, with his first batch brewed through his Mr. Coffee. While it may have been pretty horrible, the love affair with all things beer was born. He prefers IPAs and stouts, and says his favorites are Lunch by Maine Beer Company and Tempest, a limited release coffee porter brewed by Rising Tide. Nichole has a background in the service industry and works in the legal department for a large marketing firm. She loves herself a nice, hoppy IPA, like Baxter Brewing’s Stowaway IPA, and is also a big fan of Rising Tide’s Ursa Minor (a weizen stout) and thoroughly enjoys talking with everybody.
In July 0f 2013, Maine Beer Tours hired their first official employee, Adam Callaghan. Adam began his love affair with beer while living in Germany, exploring the growing world of craft beer across the pond. But it was upon returning to Maine a few years ago that he was introduced to the booming, and increasingly innovative craft beer scene in America. He has made it his mission to fully explore the delicious world of fermentation, and what better place to do so than Portland! As someone who reads and studies everything he can get his hands on, Adam is a wealth of beer knowledge, and has worked for such establishments as the Bier Cellar, Urban Farm Fermentory and In’finiti Fermentation and Distillation, and is a Certified Beer Server (Cicerone certification). Adam will serve as Tour Guide Extraordinaire, and can and will answer pretty much any beer related question you toss his way. In an interesting twist, Adam’s favorite beers are of German origin, more particularly sours like Goses and Berliner Weisses. Look for him every Friday and Saturday on board the bus. He’ll be easy to find, he’s 6’6″.