loading the gear
Beer and outdoor activity. What a good combination. It’s important for people to think of the two together. Good health includes consumption of many things: fresh air, nutritious food and drink, and time spent in active pursuits.
It was with a special relish that I accompanied the rafting company down the gorgeous Rogue River in mid-July. The rafting company has changed hands and the transition has been seemingly very smooth and we were glad to have once again partnered to bring beer to life on dry land after a day of white water rafting.
The crew of guides from ROW Adventures was spot on: high standard of safety, concern of guest comfort, and lots of fun to be with. Peter, Jonas, Kayla and Mikey – all competent and personable guides with ROW – really made the trip outstanding for the entire party.
boats at the ready
This signature trip idea started in 2010 with Joy Henkle, then owner of White Water Warehouse, the previous rafting company. That inaugural Raft & Craft trip was one of learning, fun (again!) and much beer conversation. (2010 Day 1, Day 2, Day 3)
There may be naysayers who want to divorce good health and outdoor activities with alcohol of any sort. To that I say: Moderation. In everything – exercise included. You’re only allowed to critique it after you’ve tried it, not before.
The first day found me picking up Jamie Floyd, co-founder of Ninkasi Brewing. Ninkasi was one of 2 featured beers last year and they were receptive to being involved so Jamie also joined the fun. We drove in the earlier hours of the morning to Morrison’s Lodge to get the crew the beer and matching foods for pairing for the 2 nights we’d be out. After we offloaded and met the crew, we headed to the landing for the safety talk, gear loading and getting into the water.
guides prepping the first tasty lunch
Mother Nature decided that overcast and slightly rainy on and off was the order of the day for weather. It didn’t dampen a terrific cast of guests and we all had a ball, paddling, looking around, riding, eating, and in general getting into the great out of doors.
Once we landed later in the afternoon at our evening’s lodge – Black Bar – we all unloaded and settled into our cabins. A shower felt good and I set about prepping for the tasting.
Around an hour+ after landing, everyone reconvened at the lodge for a name game outside and then all settled inside the lodge for the evening’s entertainment and fare.
Both Jamie and I shared info with the guests and they in turn had some good questions. There’s no doubt in my mind that Jamie is uber passionate and knowledgeable about beer and it was a fun evening.
great guests make the party
Here’s the menu we selected:
Because I love to food shop and got caught up when I was procuring foods at the store, we also put out medjool dates and walnuts for people to play with.
Suffice it to say: no one went hungry or wanting for anything after the tasting and then dinner was wrapped up. I dare say, some waddled back to their cabins with contented faces and stomachs.
Tomorrow: Day 2 of the 2011 Raft & Craft