River Saint Joe, a unique organic farmstead brewery that opened in March 2020, has come up with a new, socially-distanced, outdoor winter game. Coined “River Rocks”, it is a mix of shuffleboard and curling on 50′ x 25′ lanes of ice.
Brian Dougherty, CEO of River Saint Joe, says: “This is an opportunity for friends and family to get outdoors, embrace the cold, and feel more comfortable in the time of COVID. Dressed warmly, it’s something that people would enjoy doing in winter, pandemic or not.”
People can book a lane via River Saint Joe’s website, which allows booking of 1 or 2 hours, for parties of 2 or 4 people to hurl “stones” down the ice lanes – kept frozen with a chiller – toward a target. River Rocks is in addition to River Saint Joe’s everyday offerings of deliciously crafted beers and farm-to-table fare, which can be enjoyed at tented and heated tables or fire pits overlooking RSJ’s home, the beautiful 180 acre Flatwater Farms.
River Saint Joe had been working for 5 years towards an opening in Spring 2020, only to face stay-at-home orders and indoor dining bans, like the rest of the hospitality industry. But that did not stop them from welcoming guests and pursuing their mission of sustainability and community well-being. Their extensive outdoor space turned out to be ideal during these challenging times.
Of River Rocks, Doughtery adds: “So far the response has been extremely positive. Midwesterners can handle the cold, and we’re all about embracing the seasons here at RSJ.”