Kennebec River Brewery

Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1771 US Rte 201
The Forks Plt, Maine, 04985-3402
United States

(800) 765-7238 | map

Notes: Also has a pub on site called Kennebec River Pub at Northern Outdoors
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2.23/5  rDev -39.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

My boyfriend and I were en route to Moxie Falls when we happened to see this place on the side of the road. Being beer fans, we decided to trek the 50 miles back on a following day to try it out. It was not worth it.

Atmosphere: first, it was a crisp fall day and the room was freezing. No one said hi to us upon entering and it was a good 10 minutes before the one waitress working even asked if we were there for lunch. We ordered a beer sampler tray and waited 15 minutes for that to arrive. The water in Mason jars was cool. There was a guide for a rafting group sitting off in the corner of the dining room swearing his head off about someone not showing up (not the restaurants fault, but multiple staff walked by and never said anything to him about it.) Our waitress didn't bring our food - another staff member did and we waited a good 15 minutes for that.

Quality: I ordered the chili. It was good but spicy and my boyfriend's sandwich was passable. The beer in the sampler tray was not to our liking. There was a strange aftertaste with just about all the beers - one even tasted disturbingly like Honey Smacks.

Service: We were ignored. That explains that score.

Selection: Menu was decent size and I suppose the rest may be good.

Food: Again, good chili, passable sandwich, beer was lacking.

Value: About average. I think we spent around 30$ on the beer sampler tray, two waters, one beer, chili and a sandwich.

Overall, it was disappointing to travel as far as we did to receive such poor service and to shiver throughout our meal. At one point, we actually joked that we could be out the door, in the car and down the street before they ever noticed we were gone. I debate if we shouldn't have just done that.

Oct 02, 2012
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SevaTse from New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Stayed at the campground for white water rafting. This really was a dream come true for me and my wife, as there was a swimming hole on one side of the campground, and a brewpub on the other. The beer is served in mason jars or plastic cups, if you're looking to take it to the hot tub or the pool, which was also an amazing bonus for us. The food being reviewed is from the rafting trip, so that was pretty decent- I ordered chicken teriyaki, thinking that if they're offering both chicken and steak, the steak has to be a tiny cut, and that wasn't true at all- go for the steak, if you're so inclined! The bar area also has wi-fi, which could be useful, as no one in our party had any cell signal. The beers were $4.75, and it addition to their own taps, there was also a Coors Light and Woodchuck cider. I was hitting the porter pretty heavily, which I felt was nothing exceptional, but for all other factors(being able to drink at the pool, a brewpub in the middle of nowhere) things just added up nicely, my wife was drinking Blueberry(served with blueberries) which she enjoyed. A friend of mine had the IPA, and said it was above average. Def. will come back for camping, rafting, and the beer.

Jul 15, 2011
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Faulconerbrewing from Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I was up in West Forks maine for a white water rafting trip and was pleasently surprised to see that Northern Outdoors Center has a brewpub in it. The beer was good. They had a Blueberry ale, Amber Ale, Summer Ale, IPA and an American Lager and were fresh out of the Stout. Some of the rafting guides said the Stout is their best beer, but I didn't get to try it. I tried all but the summer ale and enjoyed them. The Blueberry ale was great, but was much darker than most blueberry's I've had. The Amber ale was my favortie and I pretty much stuck with that. I thought it was pretty cool, but the brewmaster is also a whitewater rafting guide. he was very nice and we gave him some (friendly) crap for not having any stout and he was agood sport and took it well. It was all for some fun!

They have a breakfast buffet which we had before rafting which was good. For lunch (which is included in the rafting package) we have grilled chicken, rice and pasta salad. The grilled teriaki chicken was outstanding. We grilled ourselves for dinner, so I'm not sure how it was but the it was packed when we went back up to drink.

Live bands play on Saturday night and Friday night they had an couple who played accoustic guitar and the woman sang and had an awesome voice. The brewery is very small, but I recomend this to anyone if you want to go rafting and enjoy some great beer.

Sep 08, 2008
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deltatauhobbit from Maine

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

This is more a brewpub than a brewery. It's part of a resort lodge in northern Maine at The Forks. Been here a few times, pretty much during the summer to go white water rafting as the Kennebec River Brewery is pretty much part of Northern Outdoors, a resort that does white water rafting, camping, snowmobiling during the winter, etc.

The lodge itself is very cozy, they got tennis courts, a pool, a hot tub, a game room, a fire place, you get the idea. Aims for high class rustic and succeeds, you'll certainly be comfy and have fun. You can go downstairs and look at their brewery facility in all its glory too.

Although it's one of the few places to eat in the immediate area (The Forks is a rather small town), we did most of our cooking on the grill so I can't comment on the food.

The beer though is rather good and they usually have 2-4 styles available at all times on tap and bottles to buy. During the night, the lodge is the place to be, but take my advice, don't get too wasted before you go rafting the next morning, it never turns out pretty.

Dec 22, 2007
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CHADMC3 from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

The brewery is actually part of a larger lodge and smaller resort.
This is a great place to meet some friendly people in a great atmosphere and enjoy some brews available in very few places. There was a Hazelnut Brown Ale, their 4 Stroke Lager, Big Mama Blueberry Ale, Magic Hole IPA, and I believe a porter called the Stage V Porter.

The atmosphere is great, just a small bar area, located in the lodge with a game room and huge fireplace nearby. Around the corner food is served in the dining area. There is definitely a high pride of brewership shown by the brewer, the service is great, and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable.

Although there may not be many brews offered here, they are very good, and the prices are great.

Definitely worth a friendly visit if you're driving down 201 through The Forks

Nov 27, 2007
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ViveLaChouffe from Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Brewpub area is integrated into the lodge itself. There is a seating area to the left but we sat at the bar mostly. Lots of wood everywhere, looked like pine. Very much done like a log cabin, big roughly hewn pine beams everywhere. Hot tub and pool in the patio area out back (plastic cups required if you are to take them out to the patio BTW.). Some TV's in the lodge if you care to watch the game. Nice and welcoming atmosphere if you ask me. Beers served in mason jars which make it unique to say the least.

Beers were very good. They have been brewing the same lineup for years as far as I can tell so they have the formula down. On tap they had a Penobscot Porter, Hazelnut Brown, Blueberry Mama (blueberry wheat) and their great Magic Hole IPA. Their summer ale and winter lager kegs had run dry at the time but you could get bottles of the winter to go if you wanted. Also Bud and Bud Light on tap for the unadventurous whitewater rafters among us.

Service was outstanding, prompt and friendly as hell. The waitress recommended the burgers as the house specialty and they did not disappoint. I had a huge burger with Canadian bacon and Monteray Jack cheese that was pretty great. A good honest burger. Prices were good, $3.50 a draft. No complaints. Heading up 201 north into Canada (or south toward Skowhegan) there will be no better place to stop for a bite and drink or three. Oh, and the campground was nice too.

Jul 31, 2005
Kennebec River Brewery in The Forks Plt, ME
Brewery rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 147 ratings