You’ve been paddling up the Monocacy River in a boat all morning long for nearly six miles. Don’t you think you’ve earned a little reward? How about stop at a microbrewery for some frosty beer samples? That’s the idea behind Boating & Beer Fun, a unique boating tour offered by River & Trail Outfitters.
The name “Boating & Beer Fun” is pretty self-explanatory. It is an experience that offers two enjoyments in one—an outdoor paddling adventure and a tasting tour of one of Frederick County’s finest microbreweries. Spend the morning working up a physical sweat with an outdoors pursuit and then cool off with a refreshing artisanal beer. It’s that simple.
River & Trail Outfitters offers this unique quest on select Saturdays in June through October. The adventure starts at 10:30 a.m. with a relaxed guided kayaking or canoeing tour down the Monocacy River, the second largest tributary of the Potomac. You will venture along for 5.8 miles down the serene river, experiencing a few moderate lively ledges and riffles along the way. Take in the lush sights and sounds of the great outdoors, see ducks, birds, and other animals sipping water, waddling, and playing. Listen to nature’s majestic melodies and tunes carried on the wind, dancing through branches as birds sing, frogs accompany them, and the rushing water sounds play their own background pieces. Breathe in the scents of the surrounding fragrant forests and look over the mastery of the pristine Catoctin Mountains.
After this leisurely stretch, you will break your journey at Barley and Hops Microbrewery. Disembark for an educational tour of the brewery with Brew Master Larry Pomerantz. Following the full touring experience, paddlers will be treated to a tasting of half a dozen handcrafted brews. Select your favorite and then enjoy some time on the patio with a pint of your very own selection. Tasty complimentary snacks such veggies, mozzarella sticks, and onion rings will be offered as pairings to your beverage. In addition, you may also purchase burgers, ribs, sandwiches, and salads from the menu.
River & Trail Outfitters offers many one-of-a-kind nature tours both in and out of the water. From kayaking, canoeing, rafting, tubing, biking, hiking, zip line adventuring, and more, you can trust that you will find something great when you book with them. To learn about upcoming schedules for Boating & Beer Fun and other offerings by River & Trail Outfitters, call 301-834-9950 or click here.