The Best In Family Adventures Just Got Better - ROW Introduces Family "Beer" Tasting Trip

April, 2013
Like ales and lagers of micro-breweries, no two root beers are alike. ROW Adventures introduces a family twist to their popular Craft & Raft™ adventure on the Rogue River.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho – A new and innovative spin on their Craft & Raft™ adventure, ROW Adventures' "Family" Craft & Raft™ trip marries the thrill of whitewater rafting on Oregon's Rogue River with exclusive beverage tasting for adults and kids alike. Adults sample a number of delicious craft beers from Oregon breweries, each paired with hors d'oeuvres that complement and enhance the flavors of the brew. Kids get to do just the same with specialty crafted root beer from regional breweries.
"Two things set our trip apart from the other craft beer trips in the area," explains Peter Grubb, founder of ROW Adventures, "First, we have Ginger Johnson, enthusiastic beer specialist and owner of Women Enjoy Beer, come along with beer, food pairings, and knowledge. Secondly, we've decided that these specialty trips should not only be fun if you are over twenty-one!"
The Pacific Northwest is the self-proclaimed king of micro-breweries and there are more than a dozen brands of root beer in the region as well. With variations in flavor distinctions, carbonation, and sweetness, each root beer brand (like beer) is unique.
So, what makes root beer taste like root beer? Here are the basic components:
  • Anise: Licorice flavor
  • Sarsaparilla: A bitter root that lends the root beer flavor
  • Birch oil: Made from the sap of birch trees; lends a flavor similar to teaberry
  • Wintergreen: Minty flavor often found in chewing gum
  • Sassafras: A deep, bitter flavor derived from the sassafras tree
  • Vanilla extract: Bourbon or Tahitian; gives root beer its distinct creaminess
Apart from sampling some of the region's best root beer, Ginger Johnson accompanies the group and comes equipped with these ingredients so they may assist the younger guests in preparing their very own homemade root beer!
This trip is offered on July 20, 2013. The Rogue River is a premier whitewater destination and offers the only summer lodge to lodge rafting vacation in the United States.  Spaces are limited.
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