Friday, November 30, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

I came through the area in 2009 on my southbound thru hike of the AT and swore I would return to enjoy all that the resort had to offer.

On this trip I brought my girlfriend , we rented our own cabin which was awesome. We went on a float trip down the Kennebec, the staff were awesome and treated us like a king an queen for the day as we were the only ones going out on the river that day. The supper in the restaurant was awesome and the beer from the brewery was second to none.

I have already recommended the resort to many of my friends, couples, families and the adventurous few. Everyone will enjoy their stay at NO.

We will be back for sure. Thanks!

Peter Mac
Dieppe, New Brunswick

Rating: 4 ****

Maine Adventures

Maine get away!!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

From the moment we arrived at northern outdoors I knew this was going to be a great trip! I've spent a lot of time in Maine doing everything from snowmobiling, atving, fishing, hiking etc... Everything except white water rafting. The staff at northern outdoors make you feel like family from the first moment you walk through the door!

Our rafting guide James made the expiernce even better as we were both a little nervous about the rafting, but James put us at ease and it was a unforgettable expiernce!!! The lunch along the rivers edge was amazing best expiernce we have had in Maine yet and can't wait to return to northern outdoors with the snowmobiles this winter! There's nothing better than a day on the river then returning to the lodge and soaking in the hot tub enjoying one of their own brewery's fresh beers on tap!

Thanks again!

Tom P
Coventry, Rhode Island

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Outdoor Adventures

Family Whitewater Fun!

Thursday, September 6, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

We have been up to Northern Outdoors three times now. We have done everything from camp with Tents, used our RV/Horse Trailer, and rented their beautiful Town Houses overlooking a private pond. The Facilities are as good as they get for a adventure-focused operation. The main lodge has a HUGE hot tub, heated swimming pool (with indoor in-out for wintertime), and their own Brewery! (We love the whitewater-wheat). The staff is talkative and willing to help in whatever way they can.

The rafting itself could not be any better. The guides are trained and vetted and know the rivers well enough to direct the raft without help of the paddlers at all. The lunch on the Kennebec is outstanding. They cook your steak, chicken, salmon, or Veggie burger right there along with rice and pasta salad. Hydration in the form of water, ice tea, lemonade, hot cocoa and cowboy coffee are also available while on the river.
This is a top-notch operation, and any adventure-seeking family will find all they want at whatever price-level.

We plan on returning to this great week-end getaway (for us) multiple times.

Jess H

East Falmouth, Massachusetts

Rating: 5 *****

Family Whitewater Fun

Highlight of my summer!

Thursday, September 6, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

I visited Northern Outdoors facility in the Forks, ME with a friend in July 2012 for a few nights of camping and a day of rafting on the Kennebec. Let me start by saying that I have never been whitewater rafting before so I have no other experiences to compare to, but we had a fantastic time! I don't have a single negative thing to say. Northern Outdoors has a great reputation for being the best and I believe they lived up to that.

Our time on the river was great, we had a blast, lunch on the river oustanding, the whole day was handled beautifully by the staff at NO. We were impressed at how efficiently the staff managed to feed 100 people on the river in 45 minutes, nicely done! The staff there is fantastic, very accomodating and friendly, great with kids.

I was drawn to Northern Outdoors because of their on-site brewery, I am a homebrewer and appreciate good craft beer. Every beer they had on tap was excellent, especially the nut brown ale! The food was very good too. Great atmosphere at the restaraunt as well.

Overall, we had a great experience at Northern Outdoors and will definitley be back with a bigger group! Thanks again!

Name: Shawn McGillveary
City: Agawam
State: MA
Activity: Kennebec River Rafting
Activity2: Camping
Rating: 5 *****

Maine Rafting

Kennebec River Brewery

Kennebec River Brewery Tips For Keeping Your Beer Growlers Fresh!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Staff

Growlers' popularity is growing gangbusters over the last 3 years since Maine loosened up it's Growler law.  The Maine Growler Bill passed on September 12, 2009, creating much happiness for local breweries and brewpubs and their devoted patrons. A Growler is half-gallon (64 ounces) glass jug that consumers buy upfront and then refill for a relatively nominal fee. Not only are Growlers a financially fit method of buying and selling your favorite brew, but, they are eco-friendly and a fantastic means of buying local.

So, how do you keep a Growler clean?
To keep your Growler fresh for the next “filler up please,” upon pouring your last savory drop of brew, rinse the thick glass jug with hot water – give it some sturdy swirls – and then dry upside-down. It’s a good idea to wash the cap with hot water as well.

We are pretty big here at KRB at telling our guests to avoid using dish detergent, as it contains surfactants, which are non-biodegradable components that leave behind particles which can (and do) accumulate over time. If you find funkiness (ie: organic matter) in your Growler, don’t fear – but, don’t ignore it either. Give your bottle another hot soak and use a bottlebrush to scrub away the matter.

Those feeling the need for uber-cleaning can use environmentally friendly home-brewing cleaning products like 5-Star PBW (Powered Brewery Wash) ( or try Star San ( Northern Brewer carries bottle brushes as well, and we have also found that Sigg's high performance bottle brush works in our Growlers too.

Kennebec River Brewery - Northern Outdoors GrowlersGrowlers come in different styles, and can be clear glass or brown glass. Northern Outdoors had clear glass Growlers initially, and we switched over to Brown Growler jugs this season. (Look at our KRB page on FB for more pictures.)

Enjoy that Growler!

Kennebec River Brewery
Our KRB Beers (All are available for Growlers!)
Kennebec River Brewery on Facebook
Raft n Brews: Octoberfest Whitewater Rafting and KRB Weekend



Epic Day on the Kennenbec

Monday, August 27, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

This was one of the best getaways ever!! Our guide, David Parker, was awesome. We had so much fun with him. He was funny, entertaining, knowledgable and made sure we had a great time and were safe doing it. We would definitely raft again with him. Loved the brewery and night entertainment. We stayed in a tent and really enjoyed that experience.

Thanks again for a great vacation.

Melissa D
Norton, Massachusetts

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Rafting Getaway

New England Adventure Resort

Whitewater, Wilderness, and Brewery - A Perfect Combination

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Staff

Maine Whitewater Rafting, Wilderness and Brewery - Northern OutdoorsWe know that whitewater, wilderness, and an honest-to-goodness real microbrewery is indeed a fantastic combination - we get to live that threesome every day from May into October! (We substitute snowmobile trails for whitewater in winter.) Northern Outdoors is not only the only rafting company or adventure resort in Maine with its own microbrewery onsite, but it's the only one in New England, and (sources close to us suggest, but have not confirmed yet), all of the US!

Maine whitewater rafting on the dam-controlled Kennebec, Penobscot, and Dead Rivers rivals the best whitewater anywhere. These rivers are big (4800CFS and more), technical in the right places (think Penobscot Cribworks Class V section!), and offer guaranteed water all season long according to their scheduled dam releases.

Maine has more trees than people. That's a shortcut way to say Maine has vast forests and mountainous regions, along with untouched rivers and pristine lakes that offer unparalleled outdoor recreation adventures. Add to whitewater and wilderness our very own Kennebec River Brewery, featured on the Maine Beer Trail, and located at our adventure resort - and you have a getaway made in heaven for beer enthusiasts and adventurous souls.

Read more about this unqiue brewery, wildernesess and whitewater combination in this our recent press release here.

There's still time to get in on whitewater, wilderness, and the Kenenbec River Brewery - now through October 7th for this season!


Kennebec II (The Sequel)

Thursday, July 5, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

Myself and a great group of friends returned for a second year of rafting and, like last year, chose to reside in a cabin (Tamarack). The quality of the experience from start to finish has again been fantastic. The accommodations, rafting, organization and staff were exceptional.

Abundant quantities of the multiple fine beers were also ingested, another outstanding feature of the trip.

Brewmaster Mike McConnell was our guide both days and was the 'Gold Standard'. Massive thanks, Mike - you 'da man.

We will absolutely return and I highly recommend Northern Outdoors to anyone.

Thank you all for a great experience.

Steve A
Fredericton, NB (Canada)
Rating: 5 *****

Maine Rafting

Kennebec River Brewery

Our second year in a row.....

Thursday, June 28, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

Our party of Canadians grew from 5 last year to 8 this year -- easy to round up three more to fill a raft after the amazing stories from last years trip!

We were lucky enough to have the same guide this year in Mike McConnell -- a true professional!!

The river is amazing, the staff outstanding, facilities first rate (and reasonably priced), beer brewed on site is excellent.

We're coming back next year -- we'd be crazy to not tackle Maytag again but we're also strongly leaning toward doing another raft (or two) of the Dead and Penobscot.

Great work all around, Northern Outdoors!!!

Pete L
Toronto, ON

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Whitewater Rafting

Kennebec River Brewery

Awesome Experience!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

I attended a bachelor party last weekend with a group of 12. We arrived on Friday evening and the great experience started with the greeting we received at the lodge. I cannot recall the name of the woman who welcomed us but could certainly tell that she loved her job and felt quite welcomed. The cabin was incredible. Everything was clean, cozy, and was perfect for any group.

Being a first time rafter, I was not quite sure what to expect. Our tour guide Emily was incredible. She made a point to learn our names, what we did, and our level of experience. She was an absolute joy to be around and she even saved a few of us dare devils that thoght it would be a great idea to get out and swim. She is a great asset to your company.

The rafting was enjoyable, the food for lunch that they served us just off the river was great, and the lodge had incredible beers. I have told many people in the past week about my experience and plan to tell many others. I cannot wait to return with another group and hope that Emily is there to be our guide again. Thank you for a memorable experience.

Tim B
Manchester, NH

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Bachelor Party Whitewater Rafting Trip

Kennebec River Pub & Brewery

Unforgettable Honeymoon!

Friday, June 1, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

My husband and I recently spent our honeymoon at the Northern Outdoors Kennebec center. I can't say how impressed I was with the facility, rafting, and staff. Our cabin was immaculate and adorable: the appliances were new, furniture was clean and comfortable, and the bed and bedding were excellent quality. We were pleasantly surprised that staff came to change our towels and tidy up the room each day. The cabin was secluded enough with its own porch and a wooded backdrop, but it was still a quick walk to the lodge.

Each and every staff member that we interacted with during our trip was extremely friendly and helpful (no exaggeration). Of particular note were Elaine (at the front desk) and Dave (rafting guide), who made us feel welcome and safe, and made sure we had fun! Dave was a very skilled guide and provided interesting stories about the rafting history and surrounding area.

The beer at the brewery was awesome, and the food was surprisingly good (although a little heavy). Although I loved the homemade mac and cheese, my only suggestion is to offer more lighter fare options such as salads, yogurts, and whole grains. Otherwise, keep up the good work! We will definitely be coming back in years to come.
Thank you,
The Newlyweds
Shannon and Brendan

Shannon P
San Diego, CA

Rating: 5 *****

Maine cabin rentals

Maine Honeymoon trip

Northern Outdoors, the way life should be when you visit Maine

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

My wife and I had a chance to stay at Northern Outdoors a couple of weeks ago and what a wonderful experience we enjoyed!!.We stayed in one of their rustic cabins which had all natural furniture to help set the relaxing mood for the weekend. We sat by the gas fireplace and watched the snow gently accumulate on the porch outside while we let the stress of the city life melt away with the warm glow of the peaceful Maine woods setting.

The first evening we went down to the BEAUTIFUL main lodge which has a massive rock fireplace and two leather couches to relax on. We met a great couple from VA.who had driven all the way up to ride the snowmobile trails which can be accessed right out of your cabin. We laughed alot about the fact that they were snowmobilers and we were snow shoe'ers.They travel in the fast lane and we choose to travel in the slow lane !! Northern outdoors offers both means of travel: bring your own means of travel or your can rent right there.

I travel a lot as part of my job and I must tell you the meals were DIVINE !! It was like going to a five Star restaurant in the Maine woods. One evening we enjoyed steaks cooked to prefection and the second evening we had their Dijon crusted tenderloins. The meal portions will satisfy any person's appetite,and more. If you have a sweet tooth make sure you save room for their desserts, again you won't be disappointed.

The lodge staff and wait staff at Northern Outdoors were very warm and friendly right from the moment we arrived, we were very impressed with the personal service we received. They couldn't do enough to make our stay more enjoyable. They told us of snow shoeing trails that met our level of experience,(we really enjoyed the trek up to Moxie Falls). After a great day of snowshoeing in the peaceful and quiet Maine woods we retreated to the couches in front of the fireplace and enjoyed a couple of beers (they have their own brewery right there) and reflected on our wonderful experience in the Maine woods.

If your looking for a place to retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city check out Northern Outdoors they represent the motto: THE WAY LIFE SHOULD BE WHEN YOU VISIT MAINE. It's a destination we certainly will be revisting!!!

Henry and Joan M
Augusta, ME

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Adventure Resort

Kennebec River Pub and Brewery

Awaiting the snow

Monday, March 19, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

Our family enjoyed the accommodations and warm welcome from staff. The food was great as was the craft beer. Thawing by the fireplace was my wife's favorite activity but the kids preferred the hot tub.

Finally the snow storm hit and the conditions the next morning were heavenly. We had The snowmobile ride of the year!

Thanks to your staff for an excellent time. Especially Dan for watching over my shoulder a couple times to make sure my machines were ready to go. We will see you this summer.

Thank you Northern Outdoors staff:
Stephenson family

Chris S
Nashua, NH
State: NH

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Snowmobile Lodge

Kennebec River Pub & Brewery


Honeymoon Trip

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews

We had a wonderful time with you! Our lodging (One of the larger cabins) was just perfect, and minutes from the lodge. The snow was not as great as we would have liked but no one can control that aspect!

The food/drinks/atmosphere of the brewery were great, and the two couples who were with us were happy as well. Everyone on staff was very hospitable and acted like old friends after our first meal there. We will be back for sure!

Bridgeville, DE

Rating: 5 *****

Maine honeymoon trip

Snowmobile Trip

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews
Backpacked through Maine last weekend on the sleds and stayed in one your cabins on Friday night. Your staff was extremely accomadating. Had a fantastic meal, lobster Mac and chesse was out of this world...nice job Kevin, everyone made the experience fantastic.

Would definetely recommend Northern Outdoors to anyone looking for somewhere to stay or even dinner.

Looking forward to the next time we get over to Maine and staying with Northern Outdoors.

Your employee's are what make this place great and everyone one of them, down to the person who fueled our sleds were great.

Joe R
Broad Brook, CT

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Snowmobiling
Kennebec River Pub & Brewery

Northern Outdoors Never Fails

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews
On my third trip to N.O. I brought 4 first timers with me. We all had a blast, and they all want to plan another trip ASAP. Camping was great. Nice sites with great access. The bath house was clean with plenty of hot water. The Lodge never comes up short with the comforts of fresh beer, a pool table, and WIFI. Took a dip in the hot tub, which was much needed after a long day paddling and hiking up to Moxie Falls. Rafted the Kennebec with Mike M. for our guide. I highly recommend you request him. He's not only a great river guide, but he's also the brewmaster. We we're rained out from Hurricane Irene on our last morning. So, instead of cooking in the rain, we hit the breakfast buffet at the Lodge. Clutch move.

Keep the Blueberry Ale flowing, Mike! Thanks!

Stephen M
Red Bank, NJ

Rating: 5 *****

Maine Camping Getaway
Kennebec River Brewery

Cruising the ATV trails.

Thursday, September 22, 2011 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews
Yes we both had a very nice cruise on the trails as this was our 1st time in this area. We drove 94 miles in 2 days, and would have driven more on Thursday--but it rained--These trails are different than in NH as many are dirt roads used by logging trucks.

We did both have a beer and food and both were great. The 1 beer I had was enough-WHOA--felt like 3 beers---what was in that Porter???

We stayed in a Cozy Cabin and the accomodations were excellent--though more shelving would be great in the kitchen area to the left of the stove/frig, as well as some hooks to hang towels as well as in the bathroom. And the outside light facing the parking spot needs to be replaced...Looking forward to returning in 2012, when the weather is warmer for us. For more ATVing and rafting next time.

We were the only ones there for 4 nights and enjoyed the quiet sounds of the darkness, along with using the fire was eerie but also serene.

Thanks for the relaxation.

Richard W
Nashua, NH

Rating: 5 *****

Maine ATV Trails

Kennebec River Pub & Brewery

July 29, 2011 Trip w/ Jayson

Wednesday, August 10, 2011 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews
Having rafted both the Penobscot and Kennebec, the excitement of the Penobscot surpasses our experience on the Kennebec. With first-time Penobscot rafters with us, we were mildly concerned that we may be biting off more than they could chew. NOT! Our guide was great - extra points for inviting multiple shots at the Nesowadnehunk Falls - perhaps we should have stopped after 2 successful maneuvers?! I though his coaching was good; raft chatter makes it as we had strangers in our raft at the start, but not at the end.

I read the glowing reports about the center at The Forks and it isn't the brewery that makes our trip! The Penobscot Center is beautiful and fits the bill for us to sit, relax and watch the slides and video of the day!

Thank you! A great way to spend time as a family making Maine memories to talk about for years to come. More next summer? Hope so!

Cindy W
Chesterville, ME

5 *****

Penobscot River Rafting
The Penobscot Outdoor Center

Outstanding Family Value!

Saturday, August 6, 2011 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews
My daughter asked for a rafting trip to celebrate her 15th birthday, and we're all glad she did - our Northern Outdoors experience exceeded our expectations!

We arrived the afternoon prior to our trip and thoroughly enjoyed the facilities (pool, hot tub, pub & brewery) before retiring for a restful evening in our spacious 4-person cabin tent.

Our guide Blaise was outstanding, and set the raft up for a great ride through every feature the river offered. Lunch was perfect - as first outfitter on the river Northern Outdoors has the best lunch spot by a long shot!

The perfect weather and 5000 cfs flow made for an incredible family experience that completely satisfied my family of 4 - who came into the trip ranging from "very nervous" to "bring it on". There are not many adventure experiences out there that have the "range" to accomplish that.

The entire package was a great value, and one of the most satisfying family adventures we have ever had (there have been many). My 17-year old son now wants to take the training course and work as a guide while in college.

Thank you, Northern Outdoors - we will be back, bringing friends!

Bill S
North Yarmouth, ME
Rating: 5 *****

Maine Family Rafting Adventures
Northern Outdoors Lodge

Great trip-impressive outfit

Friday, August 5, 2011 by Northern Outdoors Trip Reviews
We came up with a group of 14 people and camped in the cabin tents across from the main building. The campsites were good size and the cabin tents were extremely clean and roomy. We rafted on a Sunday, there were about 16 rafts on our trip that day. Every person who we met that worked at Northern Outdoors was polite and helpful, and they all worked hard at multiple tasks. They got us equipped and ready to go down the river in no time.

Our guides were incredible! They brought us safely down the rapids and even customized our ride down as much as they could. We stopped for a fantastic lunch that our guides prepped, cooked, served and cleaned up in no time. It was incredible to watch these professionals work on the river and preparing a meal for 16 rafts full of people. Steak, chicken, salmon or veg burger, with vegetable fried rice, bean salad, gorp, cookies and beverages. Our group was spoiled because we had Mike as our guide Not only was he the best guide on the river that day, but he also brewed the beer served in the Pub. I recommend the IPA and the Porter.

Russell, if you really read this, not only do you have an impressive hard working crew, but everyone we met, and I mean everyone, smiled. The people who checked us in, the bartenders, our guides, Jim who helped issue gear, collect it, transport us, and who knows what else behind the scenes, everyone smiled. All the guides on the river were great, but in our humble opinion, none topped Mike. We hope to be back.

Thanks Mike!

William and Teresa T
Rowley, MA

5 *****

Kennebec River Whitewater Rafting
Kennebec River Pub & Brewery