Craft Beers and River Trips!
Oregon has definitely made a name for herself in the microbrew industry, so it may not come as a shock that these famous suds are being combined with white water rafting to create a perfectly, frothy river trip! The obvious choice for a rafting trip in Oregon is the Rogue River, where 4-day trips allow you to settle into the natural rhythm of life on a scenic river. But with the addition of craft brews, your campsite turns taproom each evening as brewers present tastings of their traditional ales as well as special seasonals or private reserves. Guests on these trips will learn about the beer-making process and ingredients as they enjoy complementary meals riverside each evening.
Northwest Rafting Company has paired with Deschutes Brewery, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., and Double Mountain Brewery to offer “Brews with Views.” These 4- or 5-day trips on the Rogue River feature experts from each brewery that will discuss beer making and offer up their favorites. Craft beers are poured from state-of-the-art jockey boxes that keep the drafts ice cold, despite the Rogue’s warm summer temps.
Rogue Wilderness Adventures features “Paddles and Pints” with Golden Valley brewer, Mark Vickery. Mark shares beers from around the world and features the best of the Northwest. Rogue Wilderness also offers the “HOP”licious Hiking trip along the Rogue River with rafts transporting your gear, food, and beer to camp each evening.
ROW Adventures combines the wonderful beers from Ninkasi Brewing in Eugene, Oregon with a 3 day lodge to lodge trip on the Rogue River. Their “Craft and Raft” trips are a great way to enjoy the river each day and the comforts of a wilderness lodge each night.
O.A.R.S. offers a craft beer tasting trip on the Rogue River.
About the Author: Zach Collier
Zach Collier owns Hood River based Northwest Rafting Company. He spends his winters exploring new rivers and summers guiding on the Rogue River. He's paddled and guided trips around the world, but chose to call Oregon home due to the abundance of amazing whitewater rivers.