Kennebec River

Maine Craft Beer

Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort is the only rafting, snowmobiling lodge in Maine with its own brewery! After your day of fun and adventure, relax and enjoy craft Maine beers on tap in the casual comfort of the Kennebec River Brewery, located in our main lodge with a full restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. We launched our brewery in 1996 because a few of our river guides were beer fans crafting home brews, and we had the perfect setting for a microbrewery on site. Our handcrafted beers are extra tasty after a day rafting, hiking, ATVing or snowmobiling.

The Buzz About Our Brewery

The Kennebec River Brewery was rated one of America’s Coolest Breweries by Travel + Leisure and we’re a featured stop on the Maine Beer Trail, an easy-to-follow map from the Maine Brewers’ Guild that shows the way to more than 50 breweries around Maine. Follow the Maine Beer Trail and earn prizes and rewards!

What’s In Our Maine Beer


We work hard to craft the tastiest ales and lagers in the North Woods. We use two-row malted barleys, the majority of which are from local farms in Aroostook County and malted at Blue Ox Malt House in Lisbon Falls, Maine.  We source premium imported and domestic hops, superior yeasts, and combine them with pure Kennebec Valley water to create flavorful, hand crafted brews that have been pleasing the beer-lover’s palate since 1996.


Our draught beers are “keg-conditioned” and are never filtered or pasteurized. After kegging, they are allowed to condition and carbonate naturally. In addition to our 7 beers on tap, our brewmaster also crafts a new one each season. See how we do it at our microbrewery operations at the Adventure Resort. We’d love to show you around.


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Enjoy Our Handcrafted Ales & Lagers On Tap

Whitewater Wheat

A light-bodied, well-carbonated white ale brewed with Curacao bitter orange peel and coriander spice. Crafted in the style of the classic Belgian witbiers. A great summer thirst quencher!

Honey Badger Rye

This straw-colored, easy-drinking ale is fermented with real honey. The rye malt imparts a somewhat dry finish that is balanced by the sweetness of the honey.

Bear Naked Black Lager

A German-style “dunkel” or dark lager, this is a smooth and creamy elixir with a rich roasted and chocolate flavor. Goes down like silk!

Magic Hole IPA

Our flagship brew. This golden hued ale was the first to be served here in 1996. Our India Pale Ale is crafted with an abundant measure of domestic and imported hops lending a pleasantly aggressive bitterness. Generous additions of hops towards the end of the brewing process gives this ale a big, unique flavor and aroma.

Big Mama Blueberry Ale

A blonde ale named after the biggest wave on the Kennebec River. Natural blueberry flavor is added at kegging for a great fruity aroma! This is a well-carbonated summer favorite with light malt flavor and a nice crisp finish.

Let ‘er Drift Summer Ale (Summer Only)

Made for quenching your thirst on a hot summer day. Our lightest ale brewed with a perfect dose of citrus. It’s as refreshing as a ride down the Kennebec “Rivah”

Sledhead Red

An incredibly smooth red ale with moderate bitterness up front, which gives way to a delightful malty finish. Brewed using five European malts and three varieties of domestic Northwest hops.

Brewers Choice

What ever Mike feels like brewing. Ask your server for details.

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Sustainability & Our Brewery

We incorporate sustainable business practices into our brewing process because we love the outdoors. Reducing consumption and reusing and/or recycling raw materials are core components of our operations. Here are a few of the things we do:


Recycle: Office paper, cardboard, plastic wrap, glass and pallets are just some of the many components recycled at the brewery. All are diverted from the landfill.


Repurpose: All our spent grains are delivered to a local deer farm for feed.


Reuse: Hot water produced during the process of cooling down the wort during the transfer to fermenters is saved and reused for future brewing cooling processes as well as for cleaning.


Reduce: We do not use electrically run chillers and compressors to keep our beers cool while fermenting. Chilling is done geothermally, by circulating the cool waters from our 300′ deep well.


Repurpose: Spent vegetable oil used in fry-olaters at the Kennebec River Brewery is donated to one of our long-time river guides Peter Brown. Peter converts the spent oil into fuel on his homemade biodiesel plant in his garage in Portland.


The in-house brewery has a fabulous selection and the beers very delicious. The menu was equally unique and appealing and the food we got was incredible.

Julie B. Worcester, MA


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