11 Jun New England Breweries: Friends of the Industry Special
Rafting and beer are a great combo. Well, when done in the right order of course. There’s nothing quite like topping off an awesome day on the river with a delicious, craft Maine beer. As Maine’s only outdoor adventure resort with an on-site brewery (yeah, pretty rare), we are stoked to say you can do just that here in The Forks, Maine!
Join us for 15% off raft trips for beer industry friends!
Northern Outdoors started in 1976 as a rafting company. When home-brewer Jim Yearwood joined the ranks in 1981 as a raft guide, he hadn’t intended on sticking around for as long as he did. But stick around he did, and in 1996 he decided to kick his home-brewing gig up a notch by starting a brewery onsite at our adventure resort. And so the Kennebec River Brewery was formed. In early 2000s, Jim sought out Mike McConnell, who was running a brewery with his father in Connecticut, to help bring Kennebec River Brewery to new levels. Mike is still running the show to this day, with a 500 barrel capacity Pierre Rajotte system. Our brewery doesn’t distribute, so you have to come up to enjoy these fine brews. And we hope you do!
Northern Outdoors runs rafting trips daily on the Kennebec River from our base in The Forks, Maine, where our main adventure resort is located (along with Kennebec River Brewery). In addition to the Kennebec River trip, there are tons of other things to do here (hike, bike, fish, float, to name a few) as well as multiple indoor and outdoor lodging options.
The Penobscot River is located near Baxter State Park, so these trips are run out of our Katahdin Adventure Basecamp outside of Millinocket, Maine. Our Katahdin Adventure Basecamp is located at Abol Bridge Campground and Store, with amazing hiking options and incredible riverside campsites and bunkhouses. Additionally, there are indoor lodging options just 10 miles south at Big Moose Inn.
Whatever direction you go, there are lots of great breweries to hit up for a flight on your way! (Masons Brewing Company in Brewer is right off I95 near Bangor on your way north, Bigelow Brewing Company in Skowhegan is just a touch off your route to The Forks, and Bissell Brothers Three Rivers is between our Forks Resort and Katahdin Base Camp). If you need other breweries to visit, check out Steph’s list of “off the beaten path” breweries!
The Fine Print:
15% off Kennebec River and Penobscot River rafting trips, Monday-Friday, all season EXCEPT Monday, July 8th on the Kennebec River (high water).
Special applies to beer industry staff member and immediate family (spouse, partner, children). Others may join your crew of course, but will not be given the Beer Industry discount. We do ask that you honor our request to reserve this deal for beer industry folks and families, and will ask for verification of employment upon reservation.
Reservations taken over phone only, in order to receive 15% off discount
Discount cannot be combined with any other offers, so be sure to check out our specials page to see if other discounts might apply for your group instead, like Maine Day Wednesdays or Half Price for Kids.
Northern Outdoors and Kennebec River Pub & Brewery