Boat & Brew – Abolitionist Ale Brewery Tour

Dates: Memorial Day May 31, Sunday, Sep 12, Saturday Oct 23 (Groups of 10 or more may request custom dates)

  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Price: $92
  • Includes: Guide, Equipment, Shuttle, Beer Tasting, Artisan Pizza
  • Location: Charles Town, WV

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River & Trail Outfitters has teamed up with Abolitionist Ale, in Charles Town, WV to craft a fun, festive and flavorful day where participants paddle the mellow, wilderness-surrounded Shenandoah River and then enjoy a craft beer tasting along with a personal artisan pizza.

The splash and spirit day kicks off with a guided 3-to-7-mile mellow kayak or canoe tour – depending on water levels – down the winding tree-lined Shenandoah River. Nestled in lush wilderness of the picturesque Shenandoah Valley, the river is encircled by the sprawling Blue Ridge Mountains. Deer, otters and beaver are often spotted along and beyond the shoreline, while there are plenty of Blue Herons, Egrets and Osprey on the water – and an occasional Bald Eagle overhead.

At Abolitionist Ale Works 

Started by brother’s Josh and Michael Vance, the brewery name reflects the history of the area and the site of abolitionist John Brown’s trial and hanging which started the Civil War.  But it also reflects the desire to abolish the status quo of beer culture.  Specializing in flavorful, creative craft beers with natural ingredients, the brothers like to come out with different creative varieties of beer every week.  Abolitionist Ale Works beer cannot be found on shelves at the grocery store or on tap at your local watering hole. The brews are only available at the company’s brewpub, nestled in historic Charles Town.


Tour Information

  • Pricing:

    Add a $2.50 user fee/person


    • Choice of tandem canoe, tandem kayak or single kayak
    • Life vest and paddle
    • Shuttle service
    • Personal artisan pizza
    • Craft beer tasting
      Group discounts for groups of 25 or more available

    Tour Dates

    • 2021 Dates
      May 31, Memorial Day Monday
      Sunday, September 12
      Saturday, October 23

    Less than 1 days notice? Call 301-834-9950

    Spaces fill fast!
    Groups of 10 or more call to book your private trip

  • Canoe/Kayak on the Shenandoah Trip Itinerary

    • 10:45 am Check in at our Harpers Ferry location at 99 Cary Lu Circle
    • 11:15 am Depart for river put-in
    • 3:00-4:00 pm Take off the water, shuttle back to your car, change, and then head to distillery.
    • Drive your car to the brewery a few minutes away. Parking available on the street outside.
    • At the brewery, kick back and enjoy a craft beer tasting and pizza

    *Trip length may vary according to current water levels. Please plan accordingly.

    What to bring

    For the river trip: Be sure and bring a sack lunch/snack in a waterproof, compressible bag, and plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated

  • How to dress for river activities:What to wear rafting

    What to bring

    1. dry change of clothes
    2. towel
    3. suntan lotion
    4. glasses strap
    5. water bottle


    River and Trail Outfitters Store Supplies:

    • Snacks and drinks
    • Trip Souvenirs such as t-shirts, hats, and patches
    • Items you might forget like suntan lotion, inexpensive river shoes
    • Quality outdoor gear such as kayaks, canoes, and paddling gear
  • Directions:

    Google Map & Directions

    Directions to the Brewery


    Turn right onto 340 heading into Charles Town, WV.  Continue onto WV-51/E Washington St.  Go a total of approximately 3 miles and Abolitionist Ale will be on your left hand side in downtown Charles Town. 

We Look Forward To You Joining Us!

Please Note: Spaces on these popular trips are limited and fill fast. Book Now To Secure Your Spot!