Kennebec River Pub is one of those pubs, bars, and taverns where you feel a lot like “Normie” on Cheers–where everybody stops what they’re doing and calls out “Norm” when you enter.

And while we’re always looking for new experiences when we travel, it’s awesome to find a place to spend the evening where we feel right at home even when we’re well over 2000 miles away.

I must admit, though, that the Kennebec River Pub has a few things that are even better than home, and that was the beers from their own microbrewery. In fact, I had my first taste of blueberry draft there–it was the first of many, as I sipped this seasonal specialty from Maine clear down to Virginia on our fall foliage tour!

David, on the other hand, agrees with one of our sons, who always declares, “There should be no fruitation of beer!” So, his favorite was the pub’s Sledhead Red, which was a fuller flavored beer than I like. It’s also a seasonal beer, available once the frost arrives and winter is just around the corner.

Kennebec River Pub

Kennebec River Pub & Brewery beers on tap.

Kennebec River Pub has their full list of beers online at:

Both the Kennebec River Pub, and The Forks Resort Restaurant, are owned and operated by Northern Outdoors–Maine’s first whitewater rafting company, and the only rafting and snowmobiling resort in Maine that offers its own special beers, along with a choice of the lodge or cabins to settle in while enjoying this scenic state.

Northern Outdoors is a four-season resort, while most of the other local whitewater rafting companies in the area close up for the winter. It was easy to see they enjoyed the snowmobile season though, judging from the old Ski-Doo hanging from the rafters!


Ski-Doo at Kennebec River Pub

Ski-Doo hanging from the ceiling at Kennebec River Pub in The Forks, Maine.


Of course, as well as great beer we look for great food in a bar–and Kennebec River Pub certainly delivered!

David enjoyed one of the Pub’s most popular entrees, the hand cut char-grilled New York Sirloin steak, while I savored the barbeque chicken that was the night special. With tiny potatoes and a cob of corn just in from the field, dinner couldn’t have been any better!

Meal at Kennebec River Pub

Barbequed chicken dinner at Kennebec River Pub & The Forks Resort Restaurant.


While we dined on the pub side of the open-timbered lodge, families with children filled the opposite side, in The Forks Resort Restaurant.

There’s so much to do in The Forks area of Maine, from fishing and riding your ATV, to whitewater rafting and hitting the snowmobile trails, that we’ll need to do a few more visits to begin to cover it all!

Visit the Kennebec River Pub and The Forks Resort Restaurant

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Our thanks to Northern Outdoors for hosting us for a great dinner at the Kennebec River Pub–your hospitality was awesome!

Thanks also to Wende Gray, of Gray Marketing, for arranging our stops in Maine! See:


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