Craft Beer Tasting on the Rogue River 4 Days
Neil Clooney, Smithfield’s, Ashland OR
Chef Neil Clooney is the two-time “Oregon Iron Chef” winner and lover of all things meat. He is the owner of Smithfields Restaurant & Bar in Ashland, Oregon, which was selected as one of “America’s Coolest Restaurants” by The Daily Meal. One of his favorite riverside meals to prepare is braised lamb osso buco with risotto and mint remoulade paired with a bold-tasting Syrah or Cabernet. Neil’s menu ingredients are locally-sourced in the Oregon area and his farm-to-table offerings provide an extraordinary culinary experience that pairs perfectly with this Wine on the River event.
Most recently of Southern Oregon Brewing Co. (S.O.B.), brewmaster Scott Saulsbury has over 20 years’ experience in the brewing industry. Previous gigs include positions at Steelhead Brewing Company, Bend Brewing, Deschutes Brewery, and Caldera Brewing Company. Scott will be introducing us to a variety of his favorite Oregon brews to compliment the delicious menu.
Southern Oregon’s Rogue River flows 215 miles from its headwaters near Crater Lake to the Pacific Ocean. As it makes its way through the Wild & Scenic section amidst the lushly forested Siskiyou Mountains of old-growth conifers and meadows, abundant wildlife can be found. Playful river otters, merganser ducks, black-tailed deer, turtles and black bear are often within sight, and majestic osprey and bald eagles can sometimes be seen fighting for a freshly-caught salmon overhead.
The Rogue’s exciting Class III rapids and warm water lend itself to a variety of water craft including spunky inflatable kayaks, exciting paddle rafts and oar rafts which are ideal for folks who wish to relax while the guide rows. Swimming, hiking, fishing and historical points of interest abound along the way. Camping on one of the sandy beaches along the river offers the perfect setting for relaxing with a glass of wine or a refreshing beer. Ahhh, the Rogue might just be the perfect Oregon river trip.