Salmon River Outpost

Where to get good beer in the middle of nowhere? If you are in the area of Somes Bar, CA, then you should try the Salmon River Outpost.

The original Salmon River Outpost was established in 1935. It was rebuilt in 1965 after a flood in 1964 took out the old store. The current owners bought the store in 2003, and shocked the local populace by forcing employees and locals to start smoking outside, and by adding a pretty respectable line of organic offerings, fresh produce, and locally made chocolate candy.

Now, it may shock you that some of us kayakers want to get a beer or two after being on a river all day (not the drivers – not on these roads!) The outside of the store looks what you might expect in a super-rural area – some Harleys, some pick up trucks, and so on.

You might expect, then, the usual assortment of beers – Bud Lite, Coors Lite, Blah Blah Blah Lite.

But nooooooooooooooooooo.

The first time we stopped we bought Sierra Nevada Porter. Great Beer.

The second time we stopped we bought Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout. Awesome beer.

It turns out that Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout is brewed by North Coast Brewing Company, the brewery that makes Brother Thelonious Belgian Style Abbey Ale, a beer I have blogged about before.

So – your run of the mill country store. I don’t think so. If you are going out to kayak the Klamath or Salmon Rivers, and you need beer, stop at the Salmon River Outpost.

PS: You can get these beers around town, specifically at Total Wine and More.