On Hiatus

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The Portland Spirits Society is on hiatus. Please sign up to receive our email newsletter, and if we schedule an event, you’ll be the first to know. Ladies only, please!


June event: Ladies’ Gin Tasting

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Photo (left) courtesy of Woodford F&B

Summer is here! Come celebrate with a gin and tonic on Woodford F&B’s new patio. We will be learning about the 5 styles of gin and how to make the perfect gin and tonic. Your ticket includes samples of gin, two cocktails, and snacks.

July 22nd, 5:30-7pm, Woodford F&B, 660 Forest Ave., Portland

Ladies only, please. Must be 21+ to attend.

April Event: Ladies’ Tequila Tasting

Photo courtesy of Terlingua

The Portland Spirits Society returns to Terlingua for a night of tequila education on Wednesday, April 19th at 5:30pm. Bayside Bowl’s bar manager Briana Lopez will lead us through a tasting of several kinds of tequila, exploring the different styles, how to get the most bang for your buck, and some hidden gems.

Your ticket includes a small margarita, several samples of tequila, and snacks.

Ladies only, please. Must be 21+ to attend.

February Event: Ladies’ Hardshore Gin Tasting & Tour

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Photo courtesy of Hardshore Distilling Company

Join us for our first 2017 event—a happy hour to learn about the newest Portland craft distillery, Hardshore Distilling Company. On Thursday, February 16th from 5:30-7PM we’ll meet Hardshore staff and have a gin tasting and tour of the facility. The gin tasting is free and cocktails will be available for purchase. 53 Washington Ave. Portland (next to Maine Mead Works)

Ladies only, please.

November Event: Ladies’ Spirits + Chocolate Tasting


The Portland Spirits Society is teaming up with Maine Craft Distilling and La Creme Chocolat for a unique event at the Maine Women’s Expo on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM. Experience the beautiful relationship between aged spirits and chocolate with samples of Maine Craft Distilling’s craft spirits and artisanal chocolate truffles from La Creme Chocolat.

Your ticket includes entry to the Maine Women’s Expo, samples of Maine Craft Distilling’s spirits, and three chocolate truffle pairings.

Ladies only, please.

October Event: Ladies’ Tiki Rum Punch Tasting

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Ladies, join us as the Portland Spirits Society reconvenes at Rhum for a night of tiki rum punches. Rhum bartender Alex will lead us through an educational tasting of tiki punches, as he explains the history of rum and the tiki craze.

Your $30 ticket includes several rum punches and snacks from the new happy hour menu. Join us on this rum-soaked escape to Portland’s hippest tiki lounge.

Ladies only, please.

Monday, October 24th, 6pm | Rhum, 4 Free St (around back), Portland

July(ish) Event: Stroudwater Distillery Happy Hour

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Photos from Stroudwater Distillery

Stroudwater Distillery is Portland’s newest craft distillery, joining Bissell Brothers Brewing and Cellardoor Winery in Thompson’s Point’s booze row.

Come have happy hour from 5-6:30PM on Friday, August 2nd with your fellow liquor-loving ladies at this new distillery. We’ll taste their full line of spirits (vodka, gin, bourbon, and rye) and enjoy a cocktail, mixed up by bar manager and famed Portland bartender, John Myers.

The event is free to enter and pay-as-you-go. RSVP on facebook!

May Event: Wiggly Bridge Distillery at TIQA

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Photos from Wiggly Bridge/TIQA
UPDATE: this event is now sold out – thank you for your interest! Check the event’s facebook page on the day of, as some tickets become available last minute.
Join us for an evening of Maine-made spirits and Mediterranean fare. June’s Portland Spirits Society event takes us the swanky lounge of TIQA, where Wiggly Bridge Distillery‘s brand ambassador Kendra White will share her distillery’s story and spirits with us. She’ll also feature some simple cocktails that can easily be made at home this summer.

Your $25 ticket gets you samples of 5 Wiggly Bridge spirits, sample cocktails, and snacks from TIQA’s kitchen.

Ladies only, please.

May 31st, 6pm, TIQA, 327 Commercial St. Portland

April Event: Caledonia Spirits + Oyster Pairing

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Photos courtesy of Eventide Oyster Co. and Caledonia Spirits

UPDATE: this event is now sold out – thank you for your interest! Check the event’s facebook page on the day of, as some tickets become available last minute.

It’s finally spring (right!?), so this month we’re exploring lighter spirits from Vermont’s Caledonia Spirits. This small craft distillery’s gin and vodka will be paired with local oysters and other snacks from the city’s best oyster bar, Eventide Oyster Co.

Jeff Cole, regional sales manager for Caledonia, will be on hand to explain his company’s unique spirits, while Eventide’s bartenders mix up some of their favorite vodka and gin-based cocktails for us.

Ladies only, please.

When: Monday, April 25th, 2016, 5PM
Where: Eventide Oyster Co. 86 Middle St. Portland, Maine
Tickets: $30