Northern Outdoors’ Brews up the Ultimate Whitewater, Wilderness and Microbrew Getaway in Western Maine.

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Northern Outdoors, the only regional rafting and adventure resort with its own microbrewery, offers outdoor-minded beer lovers the ultimate wilderness and microbrewery getaways in western Maine. With big, fun whitewater rafting, breathtaking hiking to scenic overlooks and gushing waterfalls, guests can kick back after a day of play with frosty handcrafted beer, all at super summer and fall savings.

Dead River Maine Rafting - Northern Outdoors

Dead River Rafting - Northern Outdoors

"That’s the beauty of this area. It offers fun, wilderness excitement to outdoor adventurers - and what could be better after a day of play than relaxing with a delicious, frosty pint of handcrafted beer!”- Russell Walters, President of Northern Outdoors.

Have the ultimate wilderness and microbrewery getaway swhooshing down big whitewater, hiking through wooded trails in western Maine and then kicking back with a cold frosty handcrafted beer at the in-house Kennebec River Brewery, while crackin’ open finger lickin’ good local lobsters. No matter your fitness or frothy preferences, staying and playing at Northern Outdoors - the only regional rafting and adventure resort with its own microbrewery - will satiate the senses for beer lovers with a hankering for fun, wilderness and outdoor fitness.

The Kennebec River Pub & Brewery, located at Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort in The Forks, ME, will woo beer lovers with their “flights” of handcrafted beer on tap that are carefully made with the same nuances of well-crafted wine. Similar to “flights” of wine tastings, six styles of beer with names like Whitewater Wheat, Honey Badger Rye, Big Mamma Blueberry and Penobscot Porter, are served in three-ounce glasses and presented on a mini-wooden whitewater paddle by the knowledgeable bar staff. Take a tour of the brewery, chat with the Brewmeister and then take home a growler of handcrafted beer.

"That’s the beauty of this area. It offers fun, wilderness excitement to outdoor adventurers of all levels- and then what could be better after a day of play, than relaxing with a delicious, frosty pint of beer handcrafted right on site!” - Russell Walters, President of Northern Outdoors.

There is no better time to boat and brew than this August and fall. The splash and sip combo delights with adrenaline-spiking class III and IV whitewater along two local rivers – the Kennebec, which runs daily through the fall and the Dead River – the latter has only seven special release dates per season to thrills boatloads of rafters. With epic water levels gushing over 5,500 CFS on the dam-controlled Dead River, it’s a ride of a lifetime that includes 15 heart-pumping miles of continuous rapids culminating in a Grand Finale at Poplar Hill Falls. Upcoming Dead River releases are September 2nd, 15th and October 6th, which includes the popular October 6th Raft n’ Brews weekend, comprising rafting on the Dead River, post-paddle cookout, live music and $3 pints all day Sunday.

While, midweek rafting and lodging rates are at a big discount, Fall Value Season is just around the corner, offering big savings up to 35% off regular summer whitewater rafting rates with the same top quality lodging, generally fewer people on the river and clearer, crisper air. A perfect time for gorgeous New England fall foliage-viewing, Fall Value Season runs September 3rd through October 7th on the Kennebec and Penobscot Rivers. For more information on rafting Maine's Kennebec, Penobscot and Dead Rivers visit:

Open year-round, Northern guests can hit the links at the nearby par 72, 18-hole Sugarloaf Golf Course and wintertime becomes primetime for snowmobiling. Sporting a slew of spectacularly scenic snowmobile trails with stunning views of Grand Falls, Moosehead Lake and The Bigelow Range, loops range from 20-to-130 miles.

Northern Outdoors is Maine's Premier Adventure Resort and winner of Yankee Magazine's 2011 Best New England Adventures Award. Established in 1976, Northern Outdoors offers year-round affordable, Maine adventure vacations and is the first and most experienced rafting adventure company in Maine. Summer season activities offered include whitewater rafting, river floats, hiking, ATV trails, and fishing. Lodging options include rustic to luxury cabins and riverside camping. The resort includes the Kennebec River Brewery, featured on the Maine Beer Trail. Northern Outdoors is located 4 hours from Boston, 2 hours from Portland, Maine and 3 hours south of Quebec City, Canada on Route 201, The Old Canada Road National Scenic Byway.

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