Brews With Views 2011

by Zachary Collier

Over the years, we've found that an ice cold beer tastes even better after a day spent rafting the Rogue River, and when that ice cold beer is a hand-crafted ale, the tastiness quotient increases dramatically. It was with this in mind, that we developed our Brews with Views trips on the Rogue River. These trips mirror our regular rafting trips by day, but once you arrive at your campsite for the evening, the taproom opens with a variety of microbrews on draft. Each trip has a brewer or representative from the featured brewery to provide tastings of special seasonals or reserves, and share their knowledge on the way each craft ale is developed. The NWRC guides prepare a special menu to complement the evening's offerings.

For 2011, we've scheduled 3 trips with 3 different breweries ranging from one of the original craft brewers in the country to an up-and-coming brewery located near our office in Hood River, Oregon. Simply choose your favorite brewery and join us for a trip worth savoring!

Deschutes Brewery | Bend, Oregon

Stopping for Lunch Below Mule Creek Canyon

Stopping for Lunch Below Mule Creek Canyon

Deschutes Brewery started brewing handcrafted ales back in 1988 and has since become a household name in Oregon. Their flagship Black Butte Porter features a rich flavor with distinctive chocolate notes and a roasted finish, perfect for an evening spent riverside. Mirror Pond Pale Ale features hops balanced with Crystal malts resulting in Deschutes' most popular beer. On using whole flower hopes, "We’re big fans of Mother Nature and keeping our brewing ingredients as close as possible to what she provides.”

Double Mountain Brewery | Hood River, Oregon

Tyee Rapid on the Rogue River

Tyee Rapid on the Rogue River

Double Mountain Brewery was founded in 2007 with a mission to make great beer for craft beer fans. All of their offerings are served up unfiltered and long-aged, to deliver maximum flavor and character. "We aim to satisfy both the hardcore aficionados and the more casual craft beer fan, all in the same glass." They are making a name for themselves with favorites like the powerful IPA, Hop Lava (made with hops grown here in the Northwest), and the dry-hopped pale ale known as The Vaporizer.

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. | Chico, California

Camping at Kelsey Creek on the Rogue River

Camping at Kelsey Creek on the Rogue River

Sierra Nevada got their start in 1979 with the simple goal of brewing exceptional ales and lagers. Using premium ingredients including copious amounts of hops, by 1980 they had created a landmark in American craft brewing: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, which is now a nationwide favorite. With a special offering for each season (Summerfest's tangy hops will pair nicely with the Rogue's sunny afternoons) and a large collection of "Limited Selections", Sierra Nevada's trip on the Rogue will please both casual and serious microbrew fans.


Zachary Collier

Zach is the owner of Northwest Rafting Company and has led groups throughout the U.S. as well as Siberia, Bhutan, Nepal, Honduras, and Chile. His passion for wilderness shines through how he runs both his trips and his company. He's as confident on the oars as he is on the chess board, while he delivers a truly memorable experience in the most amazing places on the planet.

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