Kennebec River
Brewery

Craft Beer in The Forks, Maine

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.

 

Kennebec River brews are only available at the source in The Forks, Maine. Taste the beers here, take brews home in growlers.

Maine Brews On Tap

We offer a seasonal selection of seven Kennebec River craft beers on tap. These are a few of our flagship brews.

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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Snowmobiling Season at the Brewery

Winter is snowmobiling season at Northern Outdoors though we are seeing more and more winter hikers (Moxie Falls is a great winter hike,) and folks who want to hang out by the fieldstone fireplace with a flight of tasty Maine brews and a hearty burger (see our restaurant menu.) Our giant outdoor hot tub aka The Big Dipper is open all winter, just a few steps outside the brewery. Indoors we have an arcade game room, pool table, air hockey, fusbol, and comfy couches by the fire. There is no better time of year for a Penobscot Porter or Bear Naked Black Lager. Stay in a Cozy Cabin, go on a snowy hike, rent a snowmobile, and enjoy the perfect winter getaway at our brewery in Maine’s North Woods.

Brewery Buzz & The Maine Beer Trail

The Kennebec River Brewery was rated one of America’s Coolest Breweries by Travel + Leisure. We’re also on the frontier of the explosive craft brewery scene in Maine, tapping kegs ten years before the Maine Beer Trail even existed. Now there are over 80 Maine breweries on the beer trail, from tasting rooms in Portland and Bangor, to destination brewpubs in the woods like us. If you’re into beercations you could spend weeks touring breweries, tasting flights and relaxing with pints all around Maine. It’s not called Beercationland for nothing. Cheers, beer fans!

#BestBeerIsInME

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Sustainable Brewing

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:

 

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.

 

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.

 

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. 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.

Brewery Reviews

Brewery Reviews and News“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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Lodging

Maine CabinsKennebec River Brewery is inside the main lodge at Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort. Throughout the riverside wooded property there are large cabins, cozy cabins, logdos and lodge rooms to suit all group sizes and budgets.

 

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