Kennebec River

Enjoy Handcrafted Ales & Lagers

Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort is the only adventure outfitter in Maine with its own brewery! After your day of fun and adventure, relax and enjoy specialty Maine beers on tap in the casual comfort of the Kennebec River Brewery, located in our main lodge. We launched our brewery in 1997 because several of our staff are microbrew connoisseurs and we had the perfect setting for production. Our handcrafted beers offer a unique (and tasty) addition to your adventure resort experience.

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. Using the finest two-row malted barleys, premium imported and domestic hops, superior yeasts, and pure Kennebec Valley water, we have been handcrafting flavorful brews that dance on your tongue and please the beer-lover’s palate since 1997.


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 8 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 Wit

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 and sweet orange peel. The rye malt imparts a somewhat dry finish that is balanced by the sweetness of the honey.

Bear Naked Black Lager

A German-style schwarzbier, this is a smooth and creamy elixir with a rich roasted and chocolate flavor. Goes down like silk!

Magic Hole IPA

Our flagship ale, this was our first brew ever made in 1997. This copper-colored, American-style India pale ale is crafted with abundant amounts of North American malted barley for a full malt flavor. The aggressive bitter bite comes from a generous infusion of Magnum hops, with late additions of Columbus and Summit adding abundant hop flavor and aroma. Dry hopping with Summit adds to the big hop aroma on this brew.

Big Mama Blueberry Ale

An amber 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.

Deer-In-The-Head Lite

Our interpretation of an American lager (think Miller, Coors, Bud). Light, crisp and less filling, this is the right choice for those new to microbrews.

Let ‘er Drift Summer Ale (Summer Only)

A classic American pale ale crafted with domestic malted barley and fresh Cascade hops from the Pacific Northwest. An excellent choice for those new to microbrews, it’s as refreshing as a ride down the Kennebec “Rivah”!

Sledhead Red (Winter Only)

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.

Sample Our Beers at Regional Beer Festivals


2016 Schedule:



Visit our Kennebec River Brewery Facebook page for up-to-date details on all the New England beer festivals that we’ll be attending.

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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