Tour de Brew: Paddling Micro-Brew Tour

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Uncommon Adventures

Skill Level: Beginner to advanced

NOTE: This is not Paddle For Pints. If you are looking for a massive group watery pub crawl, this is not it. If you’d like a personal small group (2-10) program where the price includes very good kayaks, safety gear, a fine shore lunch cooked at your table, tasting flights and well trained guides, then you are in the right place. Think Quality, not quantity. We’ve purposely scheduled to avoid Paddle for Pints so you won’t end up joining the melee.

This program combines lake, river and bay paddling, with an Ale-themed cooked lunch. We plan stops along Traverse City’s downtown Boardman riverway to sample flights of beers at a few of the fine craft breweries that our fair city features. We’ll provide all the gear and lunch, you bring an appetite, your time and some casual quick dry clothes. 

We begin with a short paddle skills session and safety briefing on Boardman lake with a paddle up to a park where we’ll cook up lunch specialties like Porter drenched whitefish filets on chiabatta with caramelized onion and wasabi mayo. It’s a local affair with fish, bread and greens; all come from within 30 miles of where we paddle.

The drinks…well they’re made just feet from where we’ll get out of our boats to stretch our legs - and your taste buds. Craft breweries to choose from? Holy cow, do we have great choices in Traverse…Ferment, Rare Birds, North Peak, the Workshop and The Filling Station.  We’ll make a couple of stops down the river and you’ll end with a session at Little Fleet while your guide literally “runs” shuttle. A little exercise, some great eating, some fun sipping….how can you lose? 

Here’s how it works:

Tour de Brew with Uncommon Adventures

10 AM: Meet-up on Boardman Lake’s Hull Park next to TC Sailing Club

LUNCH deserves it own line…our beach meals have been featured in Traverse Magazine (, with recipes available from our new cookbook: Hey, I’d Eat This at Home!

Beer battered whitefish tacos, stout marinated perch on chiabatta or Porter drowned flank steak fajitas with a fresh seasonal fruit tart for dessert.

3 PM: Take out and end up with a final session at Little Fleet while your guide hoofs it back to the start for the van!

4 PMish: You should be ready to head out on your next adventure!


$140/per person includes professional guide/instructor, kayaking equipment (boat, paddle, PFD, skirt), lunch, wine tour fees and sand, of course. Please call if you have special diet requirements. You are more than welcome to bring your own touring kayak if you have one and we'll be happy to help you learn to get the most out of it.

Stuff to Bring

  • Synthetic clothing that is made to dry quickly (NO COTTON on water please)
  • Fleece Jacket in cooler weather
  • Paddling Jacket or raincoat: I have a few loaners.
  • Water shoes or neoprene boots: I try to discourage sandals because they can get tangled in footrests….and that’s bad if your upside down. Barefoot works in the boats too!
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera

Don’t hesitate to call 231-882-5525 if you have questions about any of it at all!


To hold your spot, full payment is required. You can pay online, but please call first for availability:231-882-5525 . We take as few as 2 or as many as 8 on this tour (with two guides) in single kayaks.  We do have one tandem available upon request.  This trip is only held in fair weather months, but we usually can make a go / no-go decision based on weather at least 24 hours in advance.  If we don’t go, you get your money back. 

Dates for 2016:

June: 1, 2, 24, 26, 28
July: 20, 26, 28
August: 2, 9, 30
Septemer: 4

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