Riverkeeper Beer Series

Our summer events and paddles just got a lot cooler with the Riverkeeper Beer Series: five unique local beers brewed to support the work of MountainTrue and the French Broad Riverkeeper – the primary protector and defender of the French Broad River watershed. Each month will also be co-sponsored by a local outdoor gear manufacturer who will donate prizes, apparel and gear.

August Riverkeeper Beer Series Events Sponsored by Hi-Wire Brewing, Southern Raft Supply and Nantahala Outdoor Center:

Aug. 6 – French Broad River Cleanup.
River Cleanup: meet at Jean Webb Park, 30 Riverside Dr. at 11 am.
Beer Tasting: Hi-Wire Brewing’s Big Top in Biltmore Village at 5 pm.
Register here.
Aug.13 – Section Paddle: Redmond Dam to Barnard. Register here.
Aug. 27 – Section Paddle: Barnard to Hot Springs (sponsored by NOC) Register here.

July Riverkeeper Beer Series Events Sponsored by Blue Ghost Brewing Company and Nantahala Outdoor Center:

July 9 – River clean up and Blue Ghost Beer Release Party
July 12-15 – French Broad Float
July 23 – Section Paddle: Hominy Creek to Woodfin
July 30 – Section Paddle: Alexander to Marshall
June Riverkeeper Beer Series Events Sponsored by Catawba Brewing Co. and Astral:

June 9 – Beer Release Party at Catawba Brewing in Asheville with special prizes from Astral designs from 5:00-8:00 P.M.
June 11 – Section Paddle from Westfeldt Park to Bent Creek.
Register here.
June 16 – River Clean Up – TBD
June 25 – Section Paddle from Bent Creek to Bywater.
Register here.

May Riverkeeper Beer Series Events Sponsored by Oskar Blues and ENO:

May 7 – River Cleanup near Oskar Blues Brewery (exact location TBD).
May 14 – Section Paddle from the Pisgah Access to Pleasant Grove Road followed by a Beer Release Party at Oskar Blues Brevard with ENO prizes.
Register here.
May 28 – Section Paddle from Pleasant Grove Road to Westfeldt.
Register here.



Through Muddy Water Watch, volunteers go out hiking, biking, and driving to collect data about sources of sediment pollution. The data is used to work with the US Forest Service to repair damaged roads, culverts, and other sources of sediment to ensure these streams remain healthy.
After nearly a decade of work by WNCA (now MountainTrue), 11th District Congressman Heath Schuler, and many others, the long-proposed North Shore Road along the shore of Fontana Lake was put to rest. The people of Swain County were financially compensated in lieu of the originally promised road, and pristine streams, sensitive aquatic life and public land were preserved.