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Northwest Rafting Company
CONTACT: Zach Collier
PHONE: (800) 652-3246
EMAIL: zach@echotrips.com
WEB: http://www.echotrips.com

Northwest Rafting, Brewmasters from Double Mountain Brewery and Nectar Creek Honeywine treat whitewater rafters to exclusive beers, mead and special infusions on a 4-day journey through Oregon’s wilderness

HOOD RIVER, Ore. – Owner of Northwest Rafting Company Zach Collier can see Double Mountain Brewery from his office window. Before Nectar Creek Honeywine owner Nick Lorenz started crafting mead from local Willamette Valley Honey, he guided whitewater trips with Northwest Rafting Company. Working together, these local companies offer a special Brews with Views rafting trip each summer is an incredible opportunity for travelers to get a taste of what Oregon is all about: Adventure in the Great Outdoors and delicious culinary experiences.

Voyaging four days through geological wonders in the Wild Rogue Wilderness, Northwest Rafting Company hosts travelers on one of America’s classic whitewater rafting trips. Rafters will not only experience the splendor of the Rogue River’s remarkable features, but they’ll be treated to a truly authentic local culinary experience. For the past four years Double Mountain Brewery and Northwest Rafting Company have been teaming up on the Rogue River to give rafters an experience they will never forget. With the addition of Nectar Creek Honeywine this year, travelers can’t go wrong.

It’s not beyond Double Mountain Brewery owner and brewmaster Matt Swihart to brew a beer on the annual Northwest Rafting Company Brews with Views trip using river water, yeast, malt, hops, and his tee shirt as a filter. In fact, he did just that on the Brews with Views trip two years ago. After each day of rafting through Oregon’s pristine wilderness, the brew master will turn the riverside camp into their own private taproom. Each year Double Mountain Brewery brings a variety of beers consisting of the four year round beers: Kolsch, Vaporizer, IRA, and Hop Lava, along with whatever is new and exciting. On the Rogue River rafting trip, Double Mountain will also introduce adventurers to a Randle, a device that allows beer to flow through a clear pressurized chamber filled with whatever delicious hop or fruit guests would like to infuse their beer with.

A recent addition to this classic trip, Northwest Rafting Company will be featuring local mead – a gluten-free alternative to beer and up and coming local Oregon brew. Founded by Northwest Rafting Company former guide, Nectar Creek Honeywine crafts delicious alcoholic beverages from their bees’ honey. Their classic Wildflower Session Mead captures the essence of the Willamette Valley and the complexity of honey. Aromas and flavors of ripe fruit and fresh honeycomb ignite the senses in every sip – a perfect way to relax after a day on the river.

At camp, Northwest Rafting Company guides prepare each evening’s meal with fresh, local ingredients and a specially selected craft brew will be paired with the meal. The steak and burgers pair great with the IRA and Hop Lava while the salmon and sushi pair fantastic with Kolsch and Vaporizer.

The Rogue River is one of America’s treasured wilderness rivers. It was one of eight founding members of America’s Wild and Scenic River system and is best known for its warm water, fun Class II/III rapids, outstanding scenery, and plentiful wildlife. It is the perfect river trip and the perfect place to enjoy a local brew. Northwest Rafting provides all your gear, safe navigation down the river, great company and delicious meals. The 4-day trip departs Sept. 11 and costs $995 per person. For more information on Northwest Rafting Company or the 2014 Brews with Views tour, visit www.nwrafting.com.

About Northwest Rafting Company:
Founded in 2009, Northwest Rafting Company’s top priority is running phenomenal river trips so that each guest experiences the magic of these natural environments. Its trips aim to provide memorable adventures for families and friends while minimizing their footprint on the planet. Whether travelers are experienced outdoor enthusiasts or it is their first camping trip, Northwest Rafting Company guides will provide safe navigation, local and organic meals as well as quality camping and rafting gear. In 2011, Outside magazine honored Northwest Rafting Company’s Rafting and Cultural Tour of Bhutan in their annual travel awards and their on the Bashkaus and Chuya Rivers in Russia was named one of National Geographic’s 50Tours of Lifetime in 2013.

About Double Mountain Brewery:

Double Mountain Brewery is a favorite among Hood River locals and the Northwest Rafting Company staff. Their brewers create unfiltered and long-aged brews that deliver maximum character and flavor. Four main crafts are accompanied by over a dozen rotating seasonals and specialties. Casual beer fans love their lighter Kolsch and Vaporizer, while serious connoisseurs opt for the Hop Lava and IRA.

About Nectar Creek Honeywine
Nectar Creek Honeywine makes craft mead using all local Willamette Valley honey. The meadery has deep roots in the Willamette Valley and was founded by two brothers who are native to the area. Coming from a beekeeping and farming background, Nectar Creek Honeywine was started pursuing a dream to continue the brewing and agricultural heritage of the Pacific Northwest. Bridging the gap between horticulture, fermentation science and beekeeping the two brothers worked together to develop Nectar Creek. Nectar Creek aims to make delicious, sessionable, everyday meads that everyone enjoys.

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