2017 Riverkeeper Beer Series

Join us for another great summer of great beers and fun on the river with the French Broad Riverkeeper Beer Series, presented by MountainTrue and Blue Ridge Orthodontics and sponsored by Mix 96.5.

From June through August, there will be five French Broad Riverkeeper Beer Series events that will include clean-ups and float trips on the French Broad River. Floaters and clean-up volunteers are then invited to sample a new limited-release beer from one of six participating breweries, including Hi-Wire Brewing, New Belgium Brewing, Oskar Blues Brewery, Wedge Brewing Company and Wicked Weed Brewing. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these very special beers goes to support the work of the French Broad Riverkeeper protecting the French Broad River watershed.


Each French Broad Riverkeeper Beer Series event will also be co-sponsored by a local outdoor gear manufacturer who will donate prizes, apparel and gear that will be raffled off at the release parties to support the cause. Supporting gear builders include Astral, Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO), Liquid Logic Kayaks, Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC), and Watershed.

Presented by MountainTrue and Blue Ridge Orthodontics and sponsored by Mix 96.5, the French Broad Riverkeeper Beer Series:

  • June 17 – River cleanup and float with a beer release party at Hi-Wire Brewing Big Top.
  • July 8 – River clean-up with a beer release party at Wedge Brewing Co. at The Foundation.
    Buy your tickets today!
  • July 29 – Beer release party at Wicked Weed Brewing.
    Tickets coming soon.
  • August 3 – Save the French Broad River Concert featuring Michael Franti and Spearhead at the Salvage Station. 
    Get your tickets here: Buy Tickets on Eventbrite  
  • August 12 – River float with a beer release party at Oskar Blues Brewery.
    Tickets coming soon.
  • August 19 – River float with beer release party at New Belgium Brewing.
    Tickets coming soon.

The Riverkeeper Beer Series includes the August 3 Save the French Broad River Concert starring Michael Franti & Spearhead. Tickets for the concert are on sale now. Get more information and Buy Tickets for the Save the French Broad Concert on Eventbrite.




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.